Necessity is the Mother of Collaboration

The cacophony always gets louder when supplies are disrupted: Supply chain partners must collaborate! Yet the “importance” (i.e., order volume) of a supplier or customer often dictates the allocation of constrained resources. Still, necessity is pushing the supply chain toward better collaboration, said Alex Saric, CMO of Ivalua, developer of spend-management platforms. The call for…

Digitization Remains a Manufacturing Priority

The prolonged shortage of electronics components has accelerated supply chain innovations viewed as “nice to have” for years and has rendered many of them imperative. Digitization – essentially, automating manual tasks throughout a manufacturing network – is considered important to achieving business goals by 87 percent of respondents to a recent survey. Yet progress has…

Supply Chain Security Technologies Combat Optimism Bias

Believe it or not, our supply chains have become highly technical. Technological advancements in supply chains have led to significant gains in efficiencies as well as improved accuracy and tracking capabilities. We have fully eclipsed where we were even 10 years ago. However, there are still a number of substantial hiccups and glitches that continue…