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How Analytics Is Transforming the Supply Chain This Year

Supply chains had an unusually challenging year in 2020, one that will likely result in considerable changes. After the Covid-19 pandemic caused massive disruptions around the globe, logistics companies are taking new steps to prevent similar situations in the future. Data analytics is taking center stage amid all this change. Experts predict that the world…

Manufacturing Activity Eases Slightly in July

The pace of U.S. manufacturing growth cooled a bit in July as factories continued to struggle with labor and supply constraints. But some pressures appear to be easing: prices paid by manufacturers declined 6.4 percent between June and July, according to the Institute for Supply Management, and factory employment increased. Overall, the nation’s PMI decreased…

Component Prices Rise 10% to 40%

Increased component prices are inevitable when demand outstrips supply. But the electronics supply chain is being hammered on all sides – from materials to logistics — with rising costs. As one freight expert put it: “In 2020 and 2021, global logistics just can’t seem to catch a break.” For months, the Institute for Supply Management…

How an AI-Applied Supply Chain Enables Efficiency

Today’s supply chains are laden with inefficiencies, as most companies rely on antiquated practices to oversee and manage how goods get from place to place. The supply chain is delicate — even one disruption among suppliers, buyers, and logistics providers can have a trickle-down effect that causes waste, time loss, and increased carbon emissions. With…

3 Tips for Making Supply Chain Management More Sustainable

Sustainability is often little more than a buzzword in modern supply chain management. Multinational corporations set sustainability standards and try to follow them, but the issue of maintaining them across a supply chain can be difficult. True sustainability is a concept built upon three pillars: environments, economics, and people. When supply chain management fails, negative…

Preparing the Supply Chain for Severe Weather Events

Supply chain and logistics professionals must increasingly prepare for the impact of severe weather events on operations as many scientists agree that climate change will only worsen dangerous weather. Semiconductor companies are still recovering from snowstorms in Texas, and Germany is reeling from devastating floods. Here are five practical ways to minimize the impact of…

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5 Ways to Improve Logistics Operations Using Technology

After more than a year of widespread disruptions, supply chain and logistics operations are starting to regain pre-pandemic productivity. About 72 percent of executives surveyed by EY say Covid-19 had an overall negative impact, so the year ahead will be one of rebuilding and growth. It’s the perfect opportunity to improve logistics for any company.…

Tips for Expediting the Supply Chain Backlog

There is no end in sight for global supply delays stemming from trade restrictions and transportation logjams. Demand continues to rise for U.S.-manufactured goods, but raw material and component disruptions are hindering production expansion. “Recent record-long lead times, wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials, rising commodities prices and difficulties in transporting products are continuing to…