Survey to Gauge Social Media Use Within Supply Chain

Which social media networks are most effective for companies within the logistics and supply chain industries? What are the key benefits realized by companies who use social media?  What challenges do companies face? Fronetics Strategic Advisors, a management consulting firm, is conducting its annual survey on social media within the logistics and supply chain industries. …

Sharp Promotes Dave Dwyer

Mahway, N.J.– Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), is pleased to announce that Dave Dwyer has been promoted to Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations. In his new role, Dave will be responsible for end-to-end Supply Chain Management and enhancing alliances with supply chain partners in support of…

Disasters Are Disruptive: Review Your Supply Chain

Another major disaster –the chemical explosion in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin, roughly 75 miles East of Beijing –has recently resulted in a significant loss of life. The blast occurred “[…] at a warehouse owned by Rui Hai International Logistics, a private company that was licensed to handle hazardous cargo,” according to the New…

Is the Industry Ready for Off-, Right- and Near-Shoring?

The high-tech industry has spent the better part of two decades working the kinks out of a supply chain that expanded rapidly into China. In addition to the bureaucracy the move entailed – many companies had to partner with a Chinese company in order to literally get a foot on the ground—the logistics of designing…

Forecasting Is the Biggest Problem for the Supply Chain

Forecasting, also known as demand variability, tops the list of biggest challenges for the supply chain this year, according to a new report from eyefortransport (eft). Other top business challenges include inventory management/optimization, and cost containment and reduction. The 2015 Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) Report also finds the supply chain’s forecasting challenge is its…

German Distributor Rutronik Expands to Americas

The announcement is vaguely reminiscent of the 1990s: A successful distributor in its domestic market is duplicating its model overseas. This time, however, it’s a European company establishing itself in the U.S. Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH, founded in 1973 in Ispringen, Germany, has opened its U.S. headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. (See facts and figures, below.) Its…

2015 Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling, Part 1

Today, there are a variety of factors impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes. Therefore, it’s important to take a close look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling, which has become a mission-critical component in the supply chain as businesses continue to expand globally. Growing customer demands and evolving regulatory requirements…

Arrow Teams Hone Risk Management Skills

An event doesn’t have to be catastrophic to disrupt the supply chain, said Tim Kolbus, vice president of global logistics solutions for Arrow Electronics Inc. A recent work slowdown at two of the U.S.’s busiest seaports is a prime example. Even though the event wasn’t deemed a strike, it will take an estimated six months…

IoT a ‘Game Changer’ in Logistics

Although there is always a base of users that want “cool” technology, utility is usually the driver of widespread adoption. The Internet of Things (IoT) is being touted as a solution to many problems, including the interconnectivity of the supply chain. Companies such as E2Open and GT Nexus have developed platforms that allow members of…