Ethical Lobby To Target Fashion Retailers With Supply Chain Campaign

Tracy McVeigh, April 24, 2014 Comments

A new campaign to change the way we think about shopping will be launched on Thursday, one year after the garment trade disaster at the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. Backed by MPs including the shadow consumer minister, Stella Creasy, and Labour's international development spokeswoman, Alison McGovern, as well as fashion-trade insiders such as Mary Portas and Caryn Franklin, the campaign was set up by Car...

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Big Data: Maximising The Oil And Gas Supply Chain

Cecilia Rehn, April 23, 2014 Comments

Everyone is talking about Big Data these days: how to capture it; how to manage it; how to store it; how to use it. Businesses that deal in physical commodities, such as oil and gas, are no exception. But what is interesting about managing commodities is that it has always been a big data business – long before the term became fashionable.

By its very nature, commodity trading creates th...

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How To Build A Big Data Supply Chain

John Haddad, April 22, 2014 Comments

For decades, IT has relied on conventional business intelligence and data warehousing, with well-defined requirements and pre-defined reports.

In the new world of big data analytics, discovery is part of the process, so objectives shift as new insights emerge. This requires an infrastructure and process that can quickly and seamlessly go from data exploration to business insight to actionable ...

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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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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

Retail Supply Chain Campaign

Comments Tracy McVeigh, April 24, 2014

Maximising Supply Chain's

Comments Cecilia Rehn, April 23, 2014

Big Data Supply Chain's

Comments John Haddad, April 22, 2014

3D Printing

Comments Natasha Clark, April 17, 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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