Leveraging Logistics for a Flexible Supply Chain

The cost, complexity and expertise required to enact strategic supply chain changes can pose big challenges for companies, particularly with constrained staff and budgetary resources. At the same time, competitive pressures make realizing them essential. These realities are fueling the move to more strategic approaches to supply chain management, including the next-gen LLP model. What…

Resolving Problems in the Modern Supply Chain

As companies rushed to embrace globalization, the lean, complex and highly intertwined supply chains that they created over the past decade took on another, unexpected characteristic: fragility. Practices such as just-in-time manufacturing stripped cost and time out of supply chains, while globalization created highly extended supply and demand networks. The combination of these and other…

Compliance Squeeze: The Polluter Pays

Countries around the world are struggling to deal with environmental degradation, resource scarcity and waste streams. As a result, they are issuing more and more regulations around environmental sustainability – covering areas such as waste stream control, packaging, greenhouse gas emissions and extended producer responsibility. “Legislative and cost imperatives are pushing companies to think about…

Essentials of the Green Supply Chain

Growing public concern for the environment is driving companies to pay more attention to their ‘green’ footprint – not just in the products they manufacture, but also in the supply chain that carries them. What first started as an image improvement effort has evolved into a business imperative and, in the most advanced companies, a…

Emerging Markets Attract High-Tech but Dangers Lurk

Two demographic trends are positioning emerging markets at the forefront of the technology sector’s future: The rise of the global middle class and urbanization. Over the last decade, the cumulative proportion of global output for the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) has increased from 38 to 50 percent. Other emerging markets,…

Electronics Supply Chain Redefining China’s Role

Compared to other industries, the technology industry has a truly cross-regional reach. Supply chains for products like semi-conductors, consumer electronics, mobile devices, PCs, tablets and printers are global in nature, as parts are being supplied from across the world. However, there is a shift in production and consumption as the attractiveness of emerging markets continues…

Tips for Building a ‘Smarter’ Supply Chain

Supply chains move goods, but they run on information. The global, interconnected and technology-enabled supply chain operates like a giant neural network, carrying ‘signals’ at lightning speed throughout the network. Creating this neural network has improved efficiency, reduced costs, expanded commerce, accelerated product flows and created all kinds of value. But the network is only…