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    Supply chains need to be more resilient as disruptions are widespread
    Business Continuity Institute via SupplyChainBrain    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The sources of supply chain failure are deeply rooted, says a survey from the Business Continuity Institute. Respondents from 62 countries revealed that 85 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2011 with 40 percent of analyzed disruption originating below the immediate supplier. The survey, now in its third year, emphasizes the need for a higher priority to be assigned to developing resilient supply chains in the face of systemic vulnerabilities and unpredictable disruptive events. More

    10 issues that keep supply chain leaders awake at night
    SupplyChainStandard    Share    Share on
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    Inventory management and planning tops the list of 10 issues that keep supply chain leaders awake at night, a survey by consultancy Crimson & Co has revealed. The survey of 300 senior decision-makers from more than 200 companies, highlighted the pressures resulting from the continued economic downturn, along with a combined desire to squeeze every last drop of cost and cash out of the supply chain while supporting revenue growth, largely in emerging markets. More

    Suppliers should rely on consumption-based forecasting
    ChainLink Research    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In retail, the supplier often takes most of the demand risk. The retailer wants accurate forecasts to reduce inventory carrying costs and improve yields, but they don't have the same level of skin in the game that suppliers do, if demand doesn't materialize. The supplier usually is the one who has to pay for markdowns, spoilage, returns and junking. Suppliers can successfully fill every customer order and still "lose their shirt." More

    Labor Productivity Success Story

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    Buyers find transition to outsourcing a challenge
    Supply Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Buyers are struggling to make the transition to outsourcing a success, according to a recent KPMG survey. The study found that buyers are showing renewed interest in shared services as a means to complement or supplant traditional outsourcing. Disappointment with underachieving outsourcing efforts, changing economics and a desire for greater control over strategic processes and sensitive data were cited as reasons. The report said purchasers continue to face challenges in managing outsourcing transition processes and their efforts are hampered by a lack of skilled resources and inadequate planning and procedures. More

    Top 5 steps to insuring your supply chain
    Supply Chain Digital    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The events of 2011 — including the Arab spring protests, the Sendai earthquake and tsunami and now, the Thailand floods — have caused supply chain disruptions to 85 percent of businesses. Insurance coverage for supply chain disruptions is typically found in property insurance policies, which usually contain Contingent Business Interruption coverage. CBI covers your company's losses due to damage suffered by either your suppliers or your customers. Despite the importance of this coverage in our global economy, policyholders often do not focus on it. More

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    The supply chain of the 21st century
    Supply & Demand Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    There is great value in harnessing the power of supply chain ecosystems to drive growth and efficiency in a business. Applying ecosystem principles helps businesses create and master this "chain of chains" that envelops the multi-enterprise scope of the company's suppliers and customers to function as one synchronized unit. The supply chain, as it currently exists for most companies, is a linear function of buy, sell, ship and pay. However, technological advances and communication innovations over the last 40 years have increased the complexity, opportunity and benefits associated with effective supply chains. More

    US trucking index increases
    IFW    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The U.S. Freight Transport Research's Trucking Conditions Index increased by 3.1 points in September bringing the total reading to 9.2. But the FTR warned that while this marks the eighth straight month of improvements, the TCI is still well below the 13.3 peak in March. Readings above 10 are a signal that volumes, prices and margin are sitting in a good range for trucking companies. More
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    How Electronic Postage Technology Demystifies International Shipping

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    Logistics and express delivery company Deutsche Post DHL gets Asian boost in 3Q
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Mail, freight and express delivery company Deutsche Post DHL boosted earnings in the third quarter to $532 million on improved profit margins from cost controls, more Internet retailing business and growth in Asia. Much of the 70 percent increase in net profit from a year ago was due to the sale of a stake in Postbank to Deutsche Bank, the company said. Without Postbank effects net income rose 13 percent. More

    Source Consulting's supply chain success story
    Supply Chain Digital    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Source Consulting is a logistics consulting and solution provider that applies cost reduction services within the shipping industry. Kupersmith, co-founder and CEO of the company, is excited to have been included on Inc. Magazine's 30th annual list of the "500 Fastest Growing Companies" in America, joining the ranks of Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit and Vizio. Source Consulting was also nationally ranked by the magazine as a "Top 10 Logistics and Transportation Company" and a "Top 40 Company" in the Los Angeles area. More

    Vault Logistics- Driving business growth
    Vault provides 3PLservices at all levels of the supply chain. While operating independently, Vault Logistics is built on, and backed by Old Dominion’s 75 years of transportation and logistics expertise.

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    Manufacturing growth slowed slightly in October
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Manufacturing growth slowed in October from September, a troubling sign that factories are struggling in the weak economy. The Institute for Supply Management says its manufacturing index dropped to 50.8, down from 51.6 in September. Measures of production and exports fell and a gauge of employment dipped. On a positive note, survey respondents say raw materials prices fell sharply. More

    Will disappearing trucks lead to supply chain failures?
    American Shipper via SupplyChainBrain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The commercial truck scarcity predicted for the past two years is starting to become reality, forcing shippers to rethink how to keep their supply networks functioning smoothly. U.S. truck capacity is so tight that analysts and trucking executives are warning of serious shortages at the slightest sign of improvement in the economy. "Sometime in 2012 there is a reasonable probability of sporadic supply chain failures based on capacity," freight industry economist Noël Perry recently said at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual conference in Philadelphia. More

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    Beware of risk at lower-tier suppliers
    Supply Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    More than a third of supply chain disruptions are the result of problems with indirect suppliers, research has found. A global survey found 85 percent of companies suffered at least one disruption in their supply chain. The report indicated a growing need for procurement departments to increase focus on subcontractors to main suppliers with 40 percent of all disruptions resulting from issues below immediate vendors. More

    US procurement professionals focus on inventory reduction
    Procurement Leaders    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Despite the global economic turbulence, the U.S. nonmanufacturing sector grew in October for the 23rd consecutive month as procurement professionals focused on inventory reduction, according to the Non-Manufacturing ISM Report on Business. The report also showed that sales are increasing slightly, but are still lower than they have been historically. More

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    Thailand floods: Mother Nature defies the technology supply chain
    Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The truth of current supply chains in information technology is that we've entered a world in which components are increasingly globally sourced. This can be advantageous in terms of costs and should be advantageous in terms of supply chain robustness via the benefits that come from multisourcing. When correctly balanced, this yields an optimal cost/risk tradeoff — with reductions in both when compared to a local sourcing model. But sometimes even the most robust chains are damaged, as Mother Nature has so defiantly proven recently in Thailand. More

    In praise of supply chain professionals
    SupplyChainStandard    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It's a real privilege — and educational — to sit on one of the judging panels for the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards and experience the passion and expertise of the professionals who come and present to us. The caliber of the entries this year was exemplary, and the award winners, revealed at the Hilton on London's Park Lane, deserve all our praise. More
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