Logistics: One Size Does Not Fit All

When the IMF recently cited slower than expected growth in emerging markets as the chief cause of its reduced global growth forecasts for 2013 and 2014, the blogosphere immediately lit up with speculation that the much-hailed emerging market opportunity was turning out to be more hype than reality. While I disagree with this knee-jerk reaction,…

Everything Has a Cost

EBN Editor-in-Chief Brian Fuller recently asked me about the biggest risk for companies in the global supply chain. Given the category “biggest risk,” you might expect that contenders would include natural disasters, global conflict, labor unrest, and demand uncertainty. Instead I answered that companies created the greatest risk for themselves when they did not engage…

Pandemics’ Lessons for Supply Chain

It reached critical mass, went viral, and swiftly moved through the population. At the height of its powers it affected tens of thousands of individuals and manifested itself in every facet of the supply chain. Raw material suppliers, component manufacturers, distributors, transportation carriers, contract manufacturers, and end customers were all touched by it. And even…

Q&A: Conflict Minerals – Define Your Policy, Start Now

To add clarity to the new conflict minerals requirements, I interviewed Dr. Chris Robertson, Head of Regulatory Compliance at ERA Technology, a UK-based consultancy and a consultant to Compliance & Risks, which provides on-line compliance advice. Dr. Robertson focuses on a wide variety of environmental issues, including RoHS, WEEE, REACH, Conflict Minerals, Eco-design, Sustainability, material…

Supply Chain Volatility: The New Norm

Despite my years in the electronics industry, I continue to be fascinated with the global supply chain and remain amazed at its overall efficiency. However, I also recognize the constant presence of supply chain volatility — a volatility that has now become the new norm impacting every supply chain decision we make. Contributing to this…

Harnessing Information

In an EBN Weekly newsletter last month Barbara Jorgensen highlighted the phrase “unsung heroes of the supply chain” and noted its use in various past EBN communications. That got me thinking about the individuals who routinely go above and beyond to make today's global supply chain work. They jump through hoops, soar over obstacles, find…