Archive for supply chain

This Week in Logistics News (October 28 – November 3)

For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are world series champions. The Astros outlasted the LA Dodgers in a thrilling seven game series to bring home the crown. As soon as that final out was made, the real planning began. And no, I’m not talking about how the Astros can build off of this year’s team in free agency to defend the title next year. I’m talking about the victory parade. There […]

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Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017

It is time to start thinking about the supply chain shows you will be attending in 2017. Here is a list of the key supply chain events of 2017.

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A Practical Approach to Supply Chain Resilience: The PepsiCo Case Study

As consumers’ preferences shifted toward more nutritious foods, PepsiCo purchased companies in this food segment. But this segment has a much more complex supply chain. PepsiCo had to take a new approach to supply chain resilience.

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Infor Embraces the Network

… why did Infor pay so much for GT Nexus? In his keynote, CEO Charles Phillips made the point that “no one wants to be on a network until everyone is.” But the GT Nexus network has traction with $100 billion in spend managed on the platform. “80 percent of the data needed to run a global supply chain,” Mr. Phillips claimed, resides with partners.”

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Supply Chain Operating Networks are Finally Beginning to Emerge

The concept of a network of networks – a network that rides on top of other networks and leverages those other network’s data – has been in existence for a while. ARC prefers the term “supply chain operating network,” which we have been writing about since 2003. While the terms are in use, what has not been present is an actual working example of a supply chain operating network. That may be about to change. […]

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Ben & Jerry’s Commits to Building Non-GMO Supply Chains from Scratch

Last year, Ben & Jerry’s celebrated a milestone: all the plant-based ingredients in their ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet products transitioned to non-genetically modified (non-GMO) sources. Now, they’re working with dozens of other food companies to build up non-GMO commodity supply chains across the country to support this growing sector of the food industry. According to Andy Barker, the social mission strategy and policy manager for Ben & Jerry’s, getting to a non-GMO supply chain […]

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Next Generation Supply Chain Risk Management: A Case Study

We are entering an era where it is becoming possible to detect supply chain risks much more quickly.  A case in point is offered by AGCO.  AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of a wide range of agricultural equipment. In a discussion with AGCO’s Jan Theissen, Director of Strategy and Methods, and Jake Stone, Manager of Supply Chain Risk and Contract Management, I learned about this public, Atlanta headquartered corporation’s […]

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The Next Supply Chain Revolution

I’ve been researching and writing about supply chain management for 20 years. I’ve seen a number of supply chain “revolutions”. In the first revolution, the concept of supply chain, as opposed to logistics, was put forth. Constraint based optimization tools for the extended supply chain were developed to support the new philosophy. As this was going on, Lean and Six Sigma approaches to improving capabilities, not just at the factory level, but in other internal […]

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ON Semiconductor’s Supply Chain Risk Management Program is a Competitive Weapon

I talked to Brent Wilson, SVP of Global Supply Chain Operations at ON Semiconductor, about their supply chain risk management program. ON Semiconductor is a premier supplier of energy efficient innovations in the semiconductor industry. The public company, headquartered in Phoenix, has a truly global supply chain with over 90 locations globally. Brent believes their capabilities in supply chain risk management are a competitive differentiator for them, that they can recover from disasters more quickly […]

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Procter & Gamble’s Supply Chain Control Tower

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has one of the best supply chains in the world.  But when their top supply chain executives talk about supply chain management, it can be hard to understand what they are talking about.  P&G has rather forgone talking about supply chain systems and instead talks about their investments in analytics. They believe their supply chain systems are too siloed and they are missing global optimization opportunities. They are looking for a […]

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