Insourcing’s Boom

This is both an excellent business case study and a fantastic morality tale. Faced with pressure from overseas manufacturing, a group of managers and workers at Applicance Park in Kentucky worked together to reimagine their dishwasher manufacturing line and their machine's design. The Atlantic's Charles Fishman tells the story: (They) put together a group that…

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RFID Sparks New Supply Chain Demand

If you have a dynamic information source, secure storage, an efficient means for retrieving that information, and an in-demand use for the information, then you have the backbone structure for businesses of all sorts. If you can securely transport that information over both short and long distances without worrying about adding equipment or customizing existing…

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How to Recycle E-Waste: Emulate Nokia

Because people are replacing their electronics at accelerating rates, there has been a proliferation of electronic waste worldwide. Some companies, such as Nokia, have started programs to recycle cellphones and to reclaim valuable materials hidden in electronic waste. More than 130 million cellphones are thrown away every year in the US. Seventeen-thousand tons of electronic…

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Time for a Water Supply Chain?

Water. Depending on where you live, some years there's too little of it (the current drought in the US) and some years there's too much of it (Thailand floods — ring any bells?). In either case, the global need for water — for personal consumption, to grow crops, or to help produce electronics parts –…

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Supply Chain’s Future: A Survey

The supply chain is undergoing quickening change as technology continues to help us optimize various aspects of it along the way. Additionally, the global economy increasingly survives on the oxygen of the supply chain — so much so that seemingly small disruptions have enormous ripple effects. As the supply chain becomes more integral to daily…

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4 Toughest Supply Chain Issues & How to Solve Them

Over the past two decades, companies have poured billions of dollars into improving their supply chains. These efforts, from implementing new ERP platforms to overhauling supplier selection and management processes, have delivered significant benefits: reduced cost of goods, accelerated time to market, and stronger global competitiveness. But a weak link remains. Even the most sophisticated…

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