Archive for Procurement/Sourcing

Donald Trump and the “Made in America” Supply Chain

Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect. On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose punitive damages on goods made in China.

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Uber Enters the Long Haul Freight Market, is it Game Over for the Freight Market Startups?

If a marketplace can not provide an almost instant quote, how much value is that site really providing to shippers? But providing instant quotes and commitments is much more difficult for freight moves than what Uber does with their ride hailing service. There are more parties to the transaction and much more complexity. But one tech startup has taken an interesting Big Data approach to tackling this problem.

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Maintaining Brand Equity in Extended Supply Chains

There are as many ways to approach corporate social responsibility as there are companies. But a key driver is almost always focusing on the issues that could be most injurious to that company’s brand equity. For large apparel and retail companies, the treatment of labor in sweat shops in third world countries presents a critical set of issues. This article discusses new crowd sourcing apps that could allow brand owners a tool to better protect their reputation.

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McDonald’s Risky Commitment to a Cage Free Eggs Supply Chain

McDonald’s announced a 10-year plan to produce cage free eggs. The Fortune article is mainly a turnaround story. But this turnaround depends upon a supply chain transformation.

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How Will Brexit Affect Global Supply Chains?

Brexit will have a minimal impact on global supply chains. The U.S. presidential election could have a much bigger impact. And changes in EU tax enforcement, the most of all.

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Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Supply Chain Applications?

Building unbreachable supply chain applications is virtually impossible. So it was with great interest that I listened to how blockchain technology could be used to create robust tendering and visibility that can be wholly trusted.

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Moving Beyond Madness to Methods in Supply Chain Decision Making

Data models provide insights, but humans make decisions, and those decisions are not always rational. Behavioral economics research explores the nature of human decision-making, biases –like the “anchoring effect”, a common tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information when making decisions — and how seemingly unrelated things influence our decisions. We’re here to report that the anchoring effect is alive and well in almost every transportation procurement decision. But why is […]

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Why Do Some Shippers Receive Better Prices from Carriers?

When it comes to getting a good price, there are things that one would reasonably suppose would lead a shipper to get better pricing when dealing with carriers. But do they? For example, one might reasonably expect that the way a shipper treats drivers when they arrive on site to pick up or drop off a load, could affect price or service levels. For example, is there an onerous driver check in process? Do the […]

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Creating Carrier Partnerships is Key to Procurement Success

It’s been a busy year for procurement events. A lot of shippers are realigning their rates and commitments with their carriers in what has been a “soft” market. This has proved cost effective with shippers reducing their rates between 5 and 15 percent. But as we all know, the market is ever changing and the favor will swing the other way eventually, so it’s important not to place all of the focus on cost savings. […]

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Is Your Supply Base Employing Slaves?

Multinational companies can have thousands of Tier 1 suppliers, and in the extended multi-tier supply chain it could be hundreds to thousands of upstream suppliers. How can companies insure that companies they source from are not engaged in slave labor?

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