Author Archive for Steve Banker – Page 2

Worker Safety: Decontamination Robots to the Rescue

Workers across many industries don’t feel safe during this pandemic. Autonomous mobile robots emitting UV light can help kill COVID-19 microbes and keep workers safe.

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If Multi-sourcing is a Best Practice, Why Are so Few Companies Doing It?

Because of the pandemic, risk management surrounding sourcing has become top of mind. One best practice in this area is to identify and qualify alternate suppliers. Companies need to ensure they have alternate sources of supply that can ramp up to the volumes needed. This best practice urges companies to examine not just the cost of the sourced products, but also to understand the risks associated with not multi-sourcing key components.

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A Very Agile Supply Chain: The Inside Story of AGCO’s Response to COVID-19

AGCO is a supply chain success story. This is the inside story of AGCO’s response to the pandemic and how they developed such an agile supply chain. Agility does not just happen. This global manufacturer of agricultural equipment began their journey to improved supply chain resiliency in 2004.

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Social Distancing: Are the Costs of Shutting Down the Economy Worth It?

Because of social distancing, and the requirement for most Americans to stay home, we will have far fewer deaths from COVID-19. But our economy is also now in recession. Are the benefits from lives saved worth the costs in terms of jobs lost and the economy shrinking? Cost-benefit models say this was the right tradeoff.

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Global Control Tower Connectivity Is Critical for Ports

Ports are critical nodes in global supply chains. Making sure that port-related supply chains operate smoothly is imperative for companies and nations. ElMarie Hugo from BlueYonder is an expert on these supply chains. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on making these supply chains work much better.

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How Fast Can We Go Back to Work?

How fast can the U.S. go back to work? Our disaster preparedness capabilities, and the supporting supply chains, will help to determine the answer to that question. Two experts discuss these issues.

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Multinationals Need COVID-19 War Rooms

Multinationals need war rooms to deal with the trauma being inflected on their supply chains. A key application needed in these war rooms is supply chain design.

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Are You Considering Purchasing Electric Trucks? There is a Lot to Think About

Companies with sustainability initiatives related to reducing greenhouse trucks often consider purchasing electric trucks. But companies need to pay attention to more than the purchase price. In particular, considerations surrounding the charging infrastructure can be complex.

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Compliance is Necessary, Sourcing is Strategic

Global Trade Compliance (GTC) solutions help companies follow complex trade rules. That is necessary buy not strategic. Sourcing is strategic. GTC content is necessary for strategic sourcing. But what is really needed are engines that quickly allow companies to understand what they need to do in component sourcing for their products to qualify for duty free treatement.

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Start Planning for the Coronavirus Now! 20 Things to Keep in Mind

Start making your contingency plans for coronavirus immediately. Here are 20 things to keep in mind.

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