Robots Tackle Mundane Supply Chain Tasks

When you have a repetitive, rules-based task to perform in manufacturing, it's not strange to consider using a robot to handle it. However, in the supply chain, with its spreadsheets and order forms, the idea of a robot taking over a manual computer task initially seems ludicrous. Perhaps an electromechanical robot typing away at a…

3-Step Sustainability Framework Points to Future

Consumer products and the companies that create those products make a huge impact on the environment. The upside of that reality is that these same organizations have a significant opportunity to create environmental change, and making those changes will ultimately create stronger and more sustainable businesses. “In a resource constrained world, we are increasingly facing…

2016 Top 25 Global Franchised Distributors

Unlike an exciting horse race with a photo finish and winners measured by a nose, the listing of top 25 global franchised distributors is more like a sedate trail ride or perhaps pomp-filled parade. In fact, the global franchised distributors that remain in the race in 2016 have remained largely the same, with only one…

Never Overlook MRO & the Supply Chain

As much as organizations focus on direct procurement as a strategic business operations, it's critical not to overlook indirect spend as an equally strategic activity for the supply chain as a place to streamline the supply chain and save cost. The purchase of the maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO)-related products and services keep the day-to-day…