The Supply Chain Progress Poll! Denial or Action and Innovation?

As pandemic related restrictions are lifted in our personal and professional lives, the key question is what will our lives be like? What will our new normal be? How will Supply Chain progress?

The level of Supply Chain disruption has been pervasive, unrelenting and indiscriminate. Still there is a danger that once we get past the pandemic people will just go back to their old ways, ignoring all of the signals that things need to be improved.

As such we conducted a poll to determine how Supply Chain progress will be manifested in the future. Will companies be in denial and make no improvement or will they understand the lessons of the pandemic induced disruptions and work to make major improvements?

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The Nature Positive Supply Chain!

There is a lot of information floating around in the media about the environment, climate change, sustainability, pollution, nature preservation and more. It cannot be understated how important these topics are to our present and to our future.

But a phrase that recently caught my attention from the World Economic Forum (WEF) was the “Nature Positive Economy”. That sounded like phrasing that would capture the interest of environmentalists and business people alike.

What did they mean by a “Nature Positive Economy”? And given that nothing can happen without a leading and supportive Supply Chain, by extension what is a “Nature Positive Supply Chain”?

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Why ERP and PLM are No Longer Standard SCM Software!

For decades, forward-thinking supply chains were defined by how robust their investments into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) was. In the early days of supply chain digitization, these SCM software systems provided increased visibility and data pools to improve supply chain operations.

As time has gone on, antiquated ERPs and PLMs have become a drain on supply chain resources and a bottleneck to scalable digitization. As we look forward to the next-generation of the digital supply chain, businesses will need to invest in configurable supply chain management platforms to unify their current tech stack or displace investments into legacy systems.

Let’s define these three terms to create a clear understanding of what each system includes.

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Growing Significance of Supply Chain Education in Today’s Job Market!

Supply Chain Management is one of the essential mechanisms that help to make things work for basically any industry. It is the set of standards and tools that help establish certain bonds and logistics that help customers make correct decisions and purchase products at lower costs.

It happens because of an efficient solution provided by marketing specialists and analysts offering appealing proposals.

The challenging part is to teach future experts as they take an interdisciplinary approach to supply chain management.

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Supply Chains Are Broken. Denial Will Kill Your Company!

I recently saw the headline for an article which said that Supply Chains are NOT broken, but rather it is just a demand planning issue.

I couldn’t believe it. The author must have either a very narrow view of what Supply Chain is, or be oblivious to what has been going on in the world.

It is this very head-in-the-sand thinking and denial, and the resultant inaction which will ensue, that will kill companies in the future. Supply Chain’s Moment of Truth has arrived!

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The Clothing Supply Chain: From High Fashion Runway to Landfill!

Every 3-6 months my wife and I accumulate a bag full of clothing that we no longer wear. We take it to the local Goodwill or Salvation Army. In our minds we believe that we are contributing to help those who want gently used clothing. We didn’t realize we were a part of the Clothing supply chain.

I expect that many of you do the same. You either make donations to these or similar institutions or you avail yourself of used or second hand items that are for sale at numerous outlets.

There is an extraordinary amount of time and money spent on new clothing. But only a small portion of that ends up being recycled and repurposed. In the U.S. alone over 2.5 Billion pounds of textile waste is generated each year and 85% of that goes into landfills!

And did you know that the clothing and textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world?

What exactly is happening in the Clothing Supply Chain?

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Supply Chain Woes with Inflation Rising … What’s Next?

Companies rely on supply chain management to reduce costs and increase their production cycle. Sadly, with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, many global organizations had to rethink their supply chain strategy with inflation rising, especially those who depended solely on China for their requirements of raw or finished materials.

For getting the final product from its original source to the customer, there is an involvement of different persons, resources, and activities to ensure that the link does not break down and companies are able to fulfill their contractual obligations timely.

Unfortunately, the transmission of the virus changed everything.

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Supply Chain Priorities for the Pandemic’s Second Wave!

SC Viral The Pandemic Diaries

There are over 35 million cases and over 1 million deaths due to the Coronavirus pandemic as of the beginning of October, 2020. In many countries they are still experiencing the first wave of the virus. Yet in many other countries they are either expecting or experiencing the start of the second wave of the virus. What are the Supply Chain priorities to deal with the pandemic?

As the first wave struck in early 2020 unprecedented levels of personal and business disruption was experienced by most everyone. Toilet paper and basic commodity items disappeared from store shelves as panic buying set in, in the face of the unknown.

Now that we face the prospect of a second wave of the virus, how should Supply Chain professionals focus their time and energy?

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Seasoned Leadership in Action™ – Our 2019 All Star Leaders!

Our second year of publishing interviews with our 2019 All Star Leaders has proven to be more exciting than ever before.

The interviews are generally amongst our highest viewed articles. This further underscores the fundamental objective of Supply Chain Game Changer which is to share experiences and expertise from professionals around the world.

People want to hear from others and learn the leadership lessons they can share. They want to hear about experiences and get advice and guidance.

We are honoured to present, in order of publication, our compilation of Seasoned Leadership In Action™ interviews from 2019!

Please take the time to view them all. There is value to be learned from every single leader!

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8 Supply Chain Challenges and How Companies Can Overcome Them!

Supply chains come with diverse challenges, ranging from supplier risks to unpredictable exchange rates.

However, by being informed about such potential issues and staying proactive, supply chain obstacles can be overcome to maintain successful operations.

Here’s a look at eight Supply Chain challenges you should be aware of, with strategies to overcome them.

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Top 10 Global Supply Chain Risks

Change is inevitable in modern supply chain management, and risk management is essential to success. Supply Chain risks evolve and become more prevalent with time.

Risk management strategies of yesteryear are ineffective in the changing landscape, and no type of transport can avoid risks.

Risks exist in land, air and ocean freight. They’re inevitable and unavoidable. Poor grasp of hazards in your supply chain will increase freight spend and diminish brand value.

Understanding the top 10 global supply chain risks can work to reduce their impact.

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How Air Jordans Became the Greatest Shoes of All Time!

The modern-day sneaker culture was built on the celebrity limited release. When Michael Jordan first signed with Nike in 1984, the star-endorsed Air Jordans were expected to produce $4 million in sales annually – they did $100 million in the first 9 months.

Nike president and co-founder Phil Knight said it was “the perfect combination of a quality product, marketing, and athlete endorsement.”

Backed by an up-and-coming all-star and a rock-solid marketing strategy, Nike’s Air Jordans quickly became the most sought-after shoe in the world.

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10 Critical Supply Chain Lessons from The Pandemic! (Video)

The Coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc throughout the world. In some places the pandemic has been controlled and life is getting back to a new normal. Yet in many other cases the pandemic is spreading aggressively and even realizing a devastating resurgence, particularly in the United States.

While the initial shock of the pandemic is largely behind us the impacts and ramifications from it will be felt for years to come. The challenge will be whether we remember what we went through and learn from the lessons we have all gone through, or whether we will forget and become complacent.

In this article we share our video of the 10 most Critical Supply Chain lessons that we must learn and make improvements through our future strategies and actions.

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Content Marketing Trends for Supply Chain!

Content has never been at the forefront of supply chain companies’ marketing strategies. However, things are starting to change, and businesses have started investing a considerable amount of time into their marketing services especially in content marketing which has become such an indispensable component of a wholesome online presence. 

In this article, we want to look into the types of content that are very popular at the moment and why chain supply companies should explore them to build a solid brand image, provide their customers with valuable information, and establish thought leadership within their industry and niche.

Let’s dive right in, shall we? 

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7 Strategies to Optimize Your Medical Equipment Supply Chain!

In any business, supply plays an important role. It ensures you dispose of your manufactured goods to your ideal customers. It’s the only way to get output from your investments in the production process. Based on this, an efficient supply chain is a must-have, despite the industry. Suppose you’re in the medical equipment business.

How can you optimize your medical equipment supply chain?

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