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Topic: supply chain challenges

Improve Your Supply Chain with Machine Learning

A productive, efficient and smooth flowing supply chain can be the backbone of a successful business. An effective supply chain will allow you to be resourceful and reduce wastage, and one of best methods for achieving these goals is by accurately predicting demand. While a business is smaller, it may be a simple matter of […] ... Read More

  June 7, 2018     

Preparing Your Supply Chain for GDPR

Regardless of the industry you operate in or whether you are trading in raw materials, work in progress or finished items of inventory stock, your supply chain is what moves your product or service from supplier to consumer. The supply chain is a complex system of businesses, service providers, people, information and activities. Its multifaceted [ ... Read More

  May 22, 2018     

Keeping an Eye on the Cosmetic Supply Chain

Cosmetics and personal beauty products make up a giant global industry. Forbes estimates that the beauty industry rakes in $445 billion dollars a year. The industry must be responsive to fashion as it is a driving force behind many of their consumer’s purchases. However, consumers are looking for more than just fashionable cosmetics these days. [ ... Read More

  May 14, 2018     

Understanding the Cosmetic Industry’s Supply Chain

In the cosmetic industry, managing the supply chain efficiently and effectively is crucial for cosmetic companies to gain a competitive advantage. They must employ a multi-step logistics function to manage retailer requirements to help overcome the challenges caused by supply and demand inherent in the cosmetic industry. Supply Chain Fundamentals D ... Read More

  May 2, 2018     

Is Your Supply Chain Setting You Up for Failure?

Supply chain problems often result in failure for a company, making it imperative to learn from the mistakes of others so you don’t run into the same problems yourself. When a company chooses to outsource components of their supply chain, they are often putting their reputation at risk. Since the supply chain is a very […] ... Read More

  April 28, 2018     

Investigating the Ethics of Outsourcing

In order to keep up with a booming business, some business owners might start to look in to the practice of outsourcing. While outsourcing indeed can be a great way to reduce costs, there are many ethical concerns which any business owner considering the method should consider. This article covers some key ethical concerns involved […] ... Read More

  April 25, 2018     

Why A Sustainable Supply Chain Matters

As the provider of a product, manufacturers rely on a close relationship with their suppliers. It probably won’t come as a surprise that manufacturing plays a major role in the impact on the environment, whether it’s through transport, equipment running and maintenance, assembly lines, or farming practices. As these sustainability issues come t ... Read More

  April 24, 2018     

5 Factors that Spell Supply Chain Failure

In a world of increasingly complex supply chains, businesses are increasingly conscious of the need to ensure that they and their suppliers have made robust supply chain decisions. Being one of the most important factors affecting inventory management, it’s crucial that the supply chain runs smoothly. With that in mind, it's important to thin ... Read More

  April 19, 2018     

3 Supply Chain Disasters and How You Can Avoid Repeating Them

All It Takes is One Component Early in 2016, Oculus started taking preorders for the hotly anticipated Oculus Rift VR kit – the stuff off the future. The Rift sold well – all of the units cleared within the hour. Sadly, Oculus’ supply chain management was not the stuff of the future; despite promising that […] ... Read More

  April 18, 2018     

Avoiding Supply Chain Woes

Controlling a supply chain can be a very difficult exercise. Businesses can struggle to control what is going on in their supply chain and this can result in failure. More and more companies are failing because of risky supply chain issues. When working within global supply chains a lot of unknowns or changes to previous […] ... Read More

  April 17, 2018     

Managing Supply Chains Effectively During the Holiday Season

Gift giving is a major part of the holiday season. As a result, the holiday seasons is hectic, not only for the consumers, but also the retailers and manufacturers supplying the gifts. Supply chains and logistics processes must be in place in order to satisfy consumer demand, with supply chain management a critical part of […] ... Read More

  March 7, 2018     

Just How Ethical is Global Sourcing?

From a pure cost perspective, global sourcing often yields the cheaper option to produce a company’s end product. This means the company is left with a cost- effective finished product, ready for sale. This allows them to be competitive in the market and they will often pass on low prices to consumers as well. However, […] ... Read More

  February 7, 2018     

Where Should You Source From?

In today’s global economy, there are more options than ever before to support your supply chain. The abundance of options can mean sourcing materials and finished products can become an interesting predicament. There are competitive options and opportunities in the domestic and international markets. With these options come pros and cons in eithe ... Read More

  January 31, 2018     

Fragmented Production and Climate Change: Challenges to the Coffee Supply Chain

Approximately 60 percent of Americans consume one or more cups of coffee daily, according to the National Coffee Association (NCA). The caffeinated drink has been consumed widely for centuries – from September 2016 to September 2017, individuals across the globe consumed more than 150 million 60-kilogram bags of coffee, according to the Inter ... Read More

  January 26, 2018     

Sustainable Challenges of Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management impacts business and the economy, the global population and the environment. Supply chain management is a logistical and operational exercise that faces many challenges along the way. Not only is executing this process difficult, trying to do it in a sustainable manner is even more of a challenge. The Food Journey Let’s [& ... Read More

  January 20, 2018     

Playing Fairly: Getting to Grips with Ethical Sourcing

Business ethics such as corporate social responsibility or ethical marketing are nothing new. Yet, although more and more companies are including an ethical sourcing policy in their operational standards and principles, ethical sourcing (or ‘ethical procurement’) is still a developing idea. Ethical sourcing essentially puts ‘ethics’ at the ... Read More

  December 23, 2017     

The Happiest Time of the Year? Holiday Pressures for Food Manufacturers

Holiday seasons are often just as exciting for food manufacturers as they are for consumers. Holiday seasons are big business for food manufacturers – a chance to boost revenue, build positive associations between your brand and festive times and get people talking about your business’ products. Food manufacturers routinely respond to consu ... Read More

  December 7, 2017     

Three Tips for Manufacturers Preparing for the Holidays

The lead up to the holiday season is typically a bountiful time for the manufacturing sector. Every year, manufacturers employ casual staff, ramp up production and achieve record sales in the months prior to the holiday season. Manufacturers of consumer goods experience a particularly strong uplift, although the effects typically reverberate throug ... Read More

  December 4, 2017     

Understanding the Bullwhip Effect and Craft Beer

Craft beer is carving its way to the top as one of the most popular segments of the alcohol industry. Craft beer’s popularity continues to grow, with annual growth over 18% a year. Not only is craft beer shaping our drinking culture, it is changing the entire craft beer supply chain, drastically. Supply chain management […] ... Read More

  November 29, 2017     

Three Key Supply Chain Challenges for Coffee Roasters

Coffee roasters get into the coffee business because they are passionate about flavourful, fresh coffee. Roasters are on the hunt for innovative blends and unique single origin coffees; visiting coffee growers in search of new flavours is an exciting process. The coffee supply chain is complex and operating a successful roaster requires careful inv ... Read More

  November 24, 2017     

How Specialty Coffee is Creating Challenges

Although sales of traditional coffee products, such as instant coffee, continue to grow, most coffee producers are paying particular attention to high-value single origin coffees and specialty blends. Consumers are increasingly looking for a ‘better’ cup of coffee – a brew that is fruity, flavourful and carries the distinct taste of the p ... Read More

  November 16, 2017     

From Bean to Brew: Challenges of Coffee Production

Despite being an industry that is seemingly ever-powerful and not likely to run out of favour anytime soon, coffee production remains a sector that is tormented by massive challenges that can be difficult to overcome. Often, these challenges are weathered by those who are the most vulnerable and the least profitable yet the piles to […] ... Read More

  November 13, 2017