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    1. EU Calls For Cutting Red Tape in Supply Chain

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Apr 15 2014)

      At the 6th European Logistics Summit in Brussels last month, Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President for Global Network Operations at DHL Express presented European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik with key recommendations to ensure comparable, simple and valuable environmental and carbon reporting for the logistics sector. Speaking on behalf of the Alliance for European Logistics (AEL), Dobbie called for the promotion of a consistent global standard for carbon calculation and reporting in the transport of goods, ensuring Europe’s approach is fully aligned within existing international frameworks


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      Mentions:   SAP   Brussels

    2. Managing for Supply Chain Catastrophes

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Mar 27 2014)

      Five elements of a resilient supply chain

      Supply chain managers tend to rely heavily on data to support decision-making processes. Data proves helpful in planning for risk but is insufficient in light of the massive number of scenarios that could disrupt a supply chain. Developing a plan to deal with so many unknowns requires a slightly different set of priorities. There are five key elements that distinguish a resilient supply chain:

      1. Prepared: Designing a supply chain that is prepared for a catastrophic disruption involves understanding the risks, maintaining deep visibility into the supply chain resources, and developing operational readiness ...

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    3. Procurement Expanding Priorities Beyond Cost Reductions to Focus on Influence and Innovation

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Mar 19 2014)

      Procurement leaders are expanding their priorities for 2014, moving beyond a historic emphasis on reducing purchase costs and adding focus on expanding and deepening the scope of spend influence as well as supporting supplier-led product innovation, according to 2014 Procurement Key Issues research from The Hackett Group, Inc.

      The Hackett Group’s research reveals a major change in procurement’s priorities from last year, when cost reduction/avoidance was their number one concern. For 2014, the highest-ranked issue is expanding the scope of procurement’s spend influence. Over three quarters of the executives placed this first in their priority ranking.

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      Mentions:   Hackett Group   Oracle   Paris

    4. How to Speak Senior Executive Lingo: A Guide for Supply Chain Professionals

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jan 20 2014)

      How to Speak Senior Executive Lingo: A Guide for Supply Chain Professionals

      Ten to 20 years ago, the supply chain leader in most companies held a title such as “vice president of logistics.” It was a largely functional role that relied on technical proficiency in discrete areas: knowledge of shipping routes, familiarity with warehousing equipment and distribution-center locations and footprints, and a solid grasp of freight rates and fuel costs. (S)he reported to the chief operating officer or chief financial officer, had few prospects of advancing further, and had no exposure to the executive committee. The way companies need to think of the modern supply chain executive has changed dramatically.

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      Mentions:   Gartner

    5. Fuel Volatility a Given for 2014

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jan 13 2014)

      Forecasting fuel rates has never been more difficult for shippers, maintains Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c., a senior analyst at Mercator International LLC and Logistics Management’s popular Oil & Fuel columnist. When planning for 2013 energy fluctuations, logistics managers must keep an eye on several global issues, he says.

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      Mentions:   Russia   Iraq   Iran

    6. So You’ve Got Issues with Your Chinese Suppliers.  What Now?

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Nov 11 2013)

      You’ve probably been sourcing or manufacturing in China for a while.  At first, product quality was great, but little by little product quality has deteriorated.  Your engineers have been to China, but fear of offending the Chinese has prohibited them from giving direct feedback. 

      Now you are considering taking your production elsewhere or shutting down the plant.  But first, you want to give the Chinese one more opportunity to get product quality back on track.  So how do you tell them without offending them and completely ruining the relationship?  Westerners have open, frank discussions and freely express opinions. Chinese ...

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      Mentions:   China

    7. Are Emerging Markets Still Relevant?

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Oct 31 2013)

      Over the past few years, changing trade dynamics have placed a greater focus on emerging countries.

      As a result, these countries, such as Brazil, Vietnam, Bahrain and Mexico have experienced impressive growth in trade, manufacturing and growing consumer demand for goods. However, this year, many of these countries seem to have hit a “bump in the road”. The bumps vary by country but for many, they may include currency issues, rising inflation, infrastructure concerns and shifting focus towards improving conditions in Europe and the US.

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      Mentions:   India   Brazil   Unilever

    8. Building a Global Classroom for Supply Chain Talent

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Sep 26 2013)

      The supply chain profession urgently needs to fix the problem of a chronic shortage of talent, writes Dr. Chris Caplice, Executive Director, MIT CTL.   We believe that an online learning curriculum now under development at MIT CTL could offer a solution – but we need the industry’s help to shape it.

      The new virtual classroom is called SCMx, and it has the scale and flexibility required to educate huge numbers of individuals worldwide in a single sequence of courses. In our opinion such a curriculum would expand the talent pipeline and provide a world standard for supply chain education.

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      Mentions:   India   Brazil   Russia

    9. BRIC Supply Chains Fairly Flush, Say Maritime Analysts

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Sep 24 2013)

      Although Brazil, Russia, India and China are suffering from overheated economies, the BRIC region is still generating attractive cargo growth, said Drewry Maritime Research analysts.

      Although Brazil, Russia, India and China are suffering from overheated economies, the BRIC region is still generating attractive cargo growth, said Drewry Maritime Research analysts.

      Container traffic loaded and discharged in the BRIC region’s ports in the first half of the year grew by an impressive 7.1% year-on-year, up to 90.7 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which is significantly better than North America’s 1.2% and Europe’s 0%).  “As Brazil ...

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      Mentions:   India   Brazil   Russia

    10. Conflict Minerals Issue Becomes More Complex For Supply Chain Managers

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Sep 18 2013)

      Resistence to the Securities and Exchange Commission ruling that requires publicly traded companies to disclose the origins of conflict minerals contained in their products is breaking down rapidly, say compliance experts.

      “If you were to ask me how many supply chain managers were questioning the urgency of this issue, I would have given you a different answer,” says Sonal Sinha is the associate vice president of industry solutions at MetricStream, Inc, a developer of enterprisewide governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) software and cloud-based services. “But today, that number is much smaller. Nearly every manager and auditor is aware of the ...

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      Mentions:   European Union   Canada   Parliament

    11. Green is Good, but Bottom Line Still a Major Supply Chain Management Concern

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Aug 12 2013)

      When AlixPartners asked 150 C-level & senior executives at U.S. and European companies about the importance of incorporating “green” practices in their company’s supply chain, they received some surprising – and revealing answers. Overall, the global business-advisory firm’s survey found that while most executives recognize the importance of sustainability, cost is still a major factor and trumps environmental impact as a driver of behavior.


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    12. Top Ten Tips for Warehouse Design

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Aug 8 2013)

      Top Ten Tips for Warehouse Design

      Businesses today have to get more out of their existing operation. Any changes made need to be right the first time and cost-effective. The pressures are greater still if extending the warehouse or building a new one. Warehouse layout design and simulation tools are providing businesses with the right information to test ‘What-if?’ scenarios which identify where the operation can be better optimized and the possible ‘stress-points’ it’s experiencing.

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    13. Some Caution Advised on Emerging Markets

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jul 17 2013)

      Some Caution Advised on Emerging Markets

      While Gartner, Inc. builds a compelling argument for entering emerging markets, its latest report also addresses the possible downside of hasty penetration.  The challenges are daunting to the supply chain organization, says Gartner, and dealing with the risk of uncertainty is a common theme.  A survey of 35 of the 100 companies listed by Gartner as among the top global supply chains found the most-cited supply chain challenge in emerging markets is dealing with changing rules, including regulatory or tax requirements. This was followed by building local talent or teams and adapting supply chains to local market needs.

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      Mentions:   Gartner

    14. Reliance on 3PLs Increasing for Supply Chain managers

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jul 12 2013)

      Eighty-six percent of Domestic Fortune 500 companies use 3PLs for logistics and supply chain functions according to a new report just issued by Armstrong & Associates.  The report “Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships - 2013” leverages Armstrong & Associates’ proprietary database of 6,398 3PL customer relationships to provide detailed information on the top outsourcers to 3PLs, trends in service demand, and 3PL market size by vertical industry segment from 2005 through 2013E.   According to the report, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, and Wal-Mart each use 50 or more 3PLs.  The report also quantifies the Global Fortune 500 3PL market at $250.2 billion ...

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      Mentions:   Walmart   General Motors

    15. Demand For Supply Chain Leadership Will Only Get Stronger

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jul 10 2013)

      Demand For Supply Chain Leadership Will Only Get Stronger

      A volcanic cloud descends on Europe, disrupting flight plans. A tsunami in Thailand ripples across the Pacific and affects port activity in California. Forest fires in Los Angeles close highways for days. Threats of a terrorist attack in Brussels halt all transportation. These are typical scenarios for today’s logistics & transportation executives whose jobs have become as much about dealing with a crisis and understanding technology than simply about loading boxes on trucks and airplanes.

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      Mentions:   Miami   Pacific   DHL

    16. Challenges of an Improving Economy

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jun 20 2013)

      As the key indicators continue to point to an improving economy, many organizations find themselves with new concerns regarding talent management.  While dealing with an improving economy is a welcome change, the challenges presented today are significant, and leaders need to understand the impact on their organization of the following potential issues:
      • Loss of tribal knowledge due to retirements
      • Pent-up demand for formal training
      • Retaining top talent
      • Recruiting new talent

      Due to tough recent economic times and productivity improvements prior to the recent economic crisis, many organizations find themselves with a high percentage of employees who are eligible to retire ...

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      Mentions:   San Francisco

    17. IBM Study: Top Chief Procurement Officers Drive 22 Percent Higher Profit Margins

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jun 17 2013)

      IBM says companies with high-performing procurement organizations are driving better bottom line results.  According to the study, these organizations report profit margins of 7.12 percent as compared to just 5.83 percent for companies with low-performing procurement organizations.  Also, companies with top performing procurement organizations report profit margins 15 percent higher than the average company – and 22 percent higher margins than companies with low performing procurement organizations.  

The 2013 Chief Procurement Officer Study was conducted by the IBM Institute of Business Value (IBV) and highlights the business impact that Chief Procurement Officers (CPOs) can have on a company’s ...

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      Mentions:   IBM

    18. How to Source Complex Professional Services

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (May 14 2013)

      How to Source Complex Professional Services

      Spend on complex professional services like consulting, marketing, and legal has long seemed impervious to strategic sourcing efforts. But the recent global recession and ongoing economic uncertainty has provided procurement teams with an opening to add value in these categories.  During this Webcast, Danny Ertel and Jon Hughes of Vantage Partners will discuss the challenges procurement organizations face in influencing complex professional services spend, share advice for gaining access and building credibility with internal stakeholders (who are often very senior executives), and offer proven strategies to deliver value on one of the last frontiers for strategic sourcing and supplier management.

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      Mentions:   JDA   Vantage Partners   Chrysler

    19. Bringing the Power of GIS to Supply Chain Management - Free White Paper

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (May 7 2013)

      Bringing the Power of GIS to Supply Chain Management - Free White Paper

       If you’re in supply chain management, have you gained the necessary expertise in an emerging must-have technology?  Geographic information systems (GIS) give users the power to turn massive amounts of data into intelligence that can drive both supply chain strategy and execution.  Because SCM significantly affects value in a corporation, any operation needs access to the most advanced tools and techniques available if it wants to remain competitive.

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    20. Speak Like a CFO and Gain Management’s Attention (and Support)

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Apr 18 2013)

      The topic of how to Speak Like a CFO (and Gain Management’s Attention) is on a lot of minds these days. And it definitely should be on your mind, not just right now, but on an ongoing basis. Being able to communicate with your senior executives in their language, and thereby connect with them, is a key element determining the future of procurement. In my experience, those procurement and SCM departments who invest time and effort to develop and master this skill are the departments heading to the top of the profession.


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    21. The Hackett Group Shares New Trends in Procurement

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Apr 5 2013)

      Procurement leaders face new pressures in 2013 as companies focus on profitable growth and balance local agility with global scale in their value chains, according to new Procurement Key Issues Research from The Hackett Group, Inc. While company revenue continues to grow, procurement leaders along with other business functions continue to be asked to do more with less.    In addition, it’s no longer enough to just provide spend cost savings. Procurement leaders are now focusing on a much broader list of procurement strategy priorities designed to improve their alignment with business objectives.


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      Mentions:   Hackett Group

    22. Procurement Value is Not a Cheap Proposition

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Apr 3 2013)

      According to a new survey by Consero Group, an international consultancy based in Bethesda, Md, over 50 percent of Chief Procurement Officers said their company pursues short-term savings from suppliers that undermine long-term value.  In addition, 65 percent of participants said their company’s procurement strategies are more focused on using competitive pressure to get maximum value from suppliers, while only 35 percent said their company’s strategies are more focused on using collaboration to get maximum value from suppliers.

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      Mentions:   Vantage Partners

    23. The Case for Managing MRO Inventory

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Mar 1 2013)

      The Case for Managing MRO Inventory

      In many organizations, maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) inventory accounts for a significant slice—as much as 40 percent—of the annual procurement budget. Yet it is still not managed with the level of rigor typically applied to production inventory. There are five basic practices that can quickly close the gap with best practices in MRO inventory management.

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    24. PwC’s 16th Annual Global CEO Survey Reveals Continued Focus on Supply Chain

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jan 29 2013)

      The latest results on supply chain and operations from PwC’s 16th Annual Global CEO Survey, suggest that U.S.-based CEOs remain reluctant to abandon cost-cutting until the economy shows further signs of strengthening. The 16th annual survey, based on the responses of 167 US-based CEOs, lead to the following observations:


      • In 2012, 81% of CEOs implemented cost-cutting measures; in 2013, 71% of CEOs
        are planning cuts

      • 44% of CEOs are investing to increase the operational effectiveness of their


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      Mentions:   America   San Francisco

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