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Topic: supply chain

Keeping Your Supply Chain Sustainable

Sustainable supply chains are becoming increasingly popular among not only small, local businesses but also large multinational companies as well. This is first and foremost because they are seen as socially responsible and healthier for the environment. However, the benefits for your business itself should not be overlooked. In the article below, ... Read More

  April 30, 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     

Is Your Sustainable Supply Chain Transparent?

Sustainability is a hot buzz word for companies in every industry. Consumers are looking for products that have a sustainable component or brands with a sustainable ethos. Companies are using it to leverage consumers in new markets and harness it as a selling point. Being sustainable isn’t just about the workers on the ground or […] ... Read More

  April 27, 2018     

Supply Chain Failure? Consider These Factors

For any business, managing the flow of the supply chain is key to productivity and customer satisfaction. This is especially true as a company begins to experience growth. In this article we examine three key factors which contribute to supply chain failure. Further, we offer tips on how to navigate these factors and to mitigate […] ... Read More

  April 27, 2018     

A Domestic Supply Chain: Should You Source Locally?

For many small business owners, keeping costs low is important to being sustainable. For this reason, many look to source their materials and products from international markets, especially when sourcing locally is more expensive. While sourcing internationally can reduce costs, there are many benefits that come with sourcing domestically which any ... Read More

  April 26, 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     

Achieving Sustainability in the Supply Chain

As there is a general shift towards lessening our carbon footprints and becoming more environmentally friendly, there is a growing pressure on industries to focus on their level of environmental, social, and economic impact. When it comes to manufacturing inventory, sustainability has become a buzzword for enticing customers to purchase your produc ... Read More

  April 24, 2018     

Taking Your Supply Chain Global

As your company begins to grow, you may soon find that domestic sourcing is simply not sufficient. Sourcing resources from across the globe can include everything from raw materials to packaging materials. However, as much as there are benefits, there are many barriers to successfully source internationally. This article explores how international ... Read More

  April 24, 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     

Scaling Up: Overcoming Growing Pains in Business

Shifting gears from a fledgling startup to a medium sized enterprise is an exciting challenge, but not one without its pitfalls. Growing pains are real – as a business scales up, any number of things can go wrong. Each business’ risks and opportunities are different, although there are a number of common pressures that stand […] ... Read More

  April 11, 2018     

Supply Chain Management for the Holidays

In order for companies to have the right stock on their shelves, they need to assess a variety of factors affecting inventory management. However, getting inventory in line for the holidays is just part of the story. The wider picture that needs to be assessed is the supply chain management that leads to inventory management. […] ... Read More

  March 12, 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     

Greening Your Food Manufacturing Supply Chain

In 2018, consumers in the food and beverage market are more conscientious and demanding than ever. Environmental certification, local produce and waste reduction are all major themes in food and beverage marketers’ toolkits. Of course, to market your products as a ‘green’ option, your business has to make its environmental impact a key consid ... Read More

  March 6, 2018     

Supply Chain Issues for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

In our globalised world, the production, sale and supply of food and beverage products has become increasingly efficient and fast. The interconnected web of suppliers, produces and retailers has evolved to make the best use of resources, labour, technology such as specialised food production software, and time. However, these processes also entail ... Read More

  March 2, 2018     

Benefits of a Domestic Supply Chain

The success of a business, amongst other things, is largely dependent on their ability to supply their product or service to a customer exactly when and in what quantity they require. It is this ability that can be compromised by so many factors, the main one being supply chain management and accurate and reliable fulfilment […] ... Read More

  February 17, 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     

Deciphering the Benefits of Supplier Relationship Management

What is a supplier relationship management? Effectively, supplier relationship management (SRM) is a systematic, enterprise-wide process, analysing supplier’s assets and capabilities against the company’s business strategy. This process assesses and determines what activities a business wants to take part in with different suppliers. It allows ... Read More

  January 26, 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