Will 3D Printing Transform The Supply Chain?

Natasha Clark, April 17, 2014 Comments

Used to generate products from guns and engine parts to models and human organs, 3D printing could be soon to change the global supply chains as we know it. Otherwise known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing involves creating a blueprint of a product and generating it through a printer using different materials, in-situ.

Though the idea was created in the 1980s, it was not until around 201...

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3D Printing Transformation

Large UK Manufacturers Lost £58m in 'Preventable' Supply Chain Issues

Lianna Brinded , April 15, 2014 Comments

Large UK manufacturers lost more than £58m in 2013 following a raft of preventable supply chain issues, including firms' failures to deliver goods on time.

According to research by supply chain risk management company Achilles, the total average cost of all supply chain disruptions was £105,000 (€127,000, $176,000) per manufacturer and most of these costs could have been preve...

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Supply Chain Loses

Broken Link In The Agricultural Supply Chain

Editorial, April 15, 2014 Comments

In the season of elections animal spirits rule. India’s equity markets have been ebullient for some time now. Spurred by a robust inflow of foreign investment capital, markets have reacted favourably. A lot now depends on the ability of the next government to enact meaningful structural reforms, especially in a sector such as agriculture that requires modernization. Will things turn out as expec...

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Agricultural Supply Chain

Curing Supply Chain Tunnel Vision

Wade McDaniel, April 14, 2014 Comments

Right about now you are probably wondering why, as a supply chain executive in the global high tech industry, I am blogging about California's weather. The answer is simple, because, as supply chain professionals, we cannot afford to have tunnel vision. Not only must we remain current on issues and trends directly relating to our business, we need to be just as attentive to broader issues that could h...

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Curing Supply Chain's

Supply Chain Funding Boost To Firms

Editorial , April 11, 2014 Comments

The Government is offering £100 million worth of support for companies to boost their supply chains, including those bringing manufacturing back to the UK from overseas.

The trend of "reshoring" is increasing, with recent research showing that one in six firms has switched production back to the UK in the past three years, benefiting parts and components companies.

Business Secre...

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Supply Chain Funding

Supply Chain Disruption Costs Manufacturers £58m

Editorial, April 09, 2014 Comments

Large UK manufacturers lost more than £58m dealing with the fall-out from supply chain disruptions in 2013, according to a study commissioned by risk management specialist Achilles.

The total average cost of all supply chain disruptions was £105,000 per manufacturer.

The survey found that manufacturers were hit hardest in 2013 by suppliers failing to deliver the products of...

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Supply Chain Destruction

3D Printing

Comments Natasha Clark, April 17, 2014

Losing £58 Million

Comments Lianna Brinded , April 15, 2014

Broken Links

Comments Editorial, April 15, 2014

Tunnel Vision

Comments Wade McDaniel, April 14, 2014

White Papers

  • Inventory in Motion: A Direct Alternative to Global Fulfillment

    David Zamsky, Friday, October 26, 2012   // Comments

    Logistics visionaries have talked for years about eliminating—or, at least, drastically reducing— the role of inventory in modern supply chains. The most efficient, slack-free supply chains, after all, wouldn’t require any inventory buffer, because supply and demand would be in perfect sync. This vision certainly h...

  • Crossing international borders with confidence

    Livingstone International, Tuesday, October 02, 2012   // Comments

    Although most businesses are eagerly looking forward to increased growth over the next two years, many say they are concerned that confusion over complex customs regulations could hamper that success, according to a survey of small- to medium-sized businesses. The survey* turned up some surprising new findings, notably that some com...

  • Cross-Functional Involvement in Sales and Operations Planning

    APQC, Thursday, September 20, 2012   // Comments

    More than three-quarters of the participants in APQC’s Open Standards Benchmarking in Supply Chain Planning involve sales and marketing in their sales and operations (S&OP) planning. More than half of the participants involve purchasing, finance, and manufacturing in this process. S&OP is the process of making decision...


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