Supply Chain Features

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Joe Humm
Many hands and companies touch the materials required to get a finished product to market. With the growth of supplier networks and contract suppliers, much of the quality process is out of the...
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Rich Thomas
Manufacturers may be able to produce their products more cheaply overseas, but that option has its pitfalls, including supply-chain logistics and security issues. When deciding how and where to...
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Jordan Katz
For suppliers, one question comes up again and again in their distributor relationships: Should you treat your distributors like employees, or should you treat them more like customers? The answer...
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Steve Banker
What resolutions are you making in the New Year to improve your supply chain? Here are a few of mine. To remember that supply chains should be built backward from the customer One way to do this...
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Calin Moldovean
T he modern supply chain is becoming more complex, and many different levels of skill and oversight are found among suppliers and purchasing companies. Some suppliers do an excellent job of...
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Danei Edelen
Manufacturers today report that their biggest challenge is satisfying customers who demand more detailed product information. For larger companies with many suppliers and remote locations...
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Andrew Savini
Global supply chains are growing significantly larger and more complex for many companies across the globe. At the same time, the regulatory environment is quickly evolving, requiring these...
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Sonal Sinha
Regulations such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the UK Bribery Act, and the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (specifically Section 1502 on...
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Sonal Sinha
Traditionally, brick and mortar stores have been the primary, and often only, way for companies to sell their products. But with the advent of e-commerce, mobile commerce, and social media,...
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Mohan Ponnudurai
Analytics, business intelligence, and key performance indicators (KPIs) are common phrases we hear just about everywhere in the workplace. The top focus for chief information officers has been on...
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Mike Richman
It’s been said that supply chain risk today is riskier than ever before. Why? Well, there are several reasons. Supply chains are lengthier. Almost everyone manufacturing anything today must...
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Dennis Monroe
There is an ever-growing need to transform supply chain management. More companies are feeling the pressure to produce high-quality products at low costs. To produce these products efficiently and...
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Ryan E. Day
When discussing supply-chain security, what could be more important than the security of our food supply? In view of the fact that we die if we don't eat, I'd say food supply-chain security ranks...
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Matthew Barsalou
Tests have detected the presence of horse DNA in European meat products that were supposed to be beef. So far, many food products, from hamburgers in the United Kingdom to frozen lasagna in Germany...
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Ryan E. Day
In May 2012 the United States Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) released the report, “Inquiry into Counterfeit Electronic Parts in the Department of Defense Supply Chain.” As noted in the...
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Thomas R. Cutler
Berner Food and Beverage is a leading private-label and store-brand supplier of food and beverage products such as processed cheese, snack dips, latte, and meal replacement beverages. From...
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Kari Miller
As our product and service value chains expand globally, OEMs in various industries are outsourcing more of their products and services instead of keeping them in house. This has heightened the need...
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Jakob Bjorklund
There are entire books, thorough training, and certification processes all devoted to lean supply-chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there are a few relatively simple steps...
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Mark Fontaine-Westhart, CMRP & Greg Hutchins, P.E.
The recent earthquake in Japan and evolving nuclear plant disaster have forced firms to triage their supply chains, adopting an emergency-room approach to responding to the crisis. Recent articles in...
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Anderson Jacintho
Poor quality products, an unsafe work environment, or failure to comply with regulations ranging from product safety to social responsibility, can cause business disruption, financial loss, costly...