Friend or Foe: Where Does Amazon Fit into Your Supply Chain?

Friend or Foe: Where Does Amazon Fit into Your Supply Chain?

What started as a small online bookstore in 1995 is now the world’s largest online retailer with a better selection than most brick-and-mortar department stores. The internet giant continues to grow and expand, now offering commercial materials for various industries through AmazonSupply. Amazon has gained a strategic position in the global supply chain and continues…

Outsourcing or Poor Supply Chain Management: Who’s to Blame for the 787 Crisis?

Outsourcing or Poor Supply Chain Management: Who’s to Blame for the 787 Crisis?

With the entire 787 Dreamliner fleet grounded indefinitely, Boeing engineers and officials are pointing fingers down the supply chain to find the source of the problem. According to the company, one of several outsourced suppliers is to blame for the battery fires that occurred in two of their new jets.

Strategic Sourcing in Public Procurement Has Room for Improvement

Strategic Sourcing in Public Procurement Has Room for Improvement

Strategic sourcing is becoming increasingly important in the public procurement sector, but many governments are still struggling to add effective strategic processes. The US General Services Administration (GSA) launched the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) in 2005 and still doesn’t have a fully effective strategy in place.

Is Local Sourcing Always Best Practice in Public Procurement?

Is Local Sourcing Always Best Practice in Public Procurement?

Many emerging markets and developing countries are launching public procurement initiatives designed to boost local manufacturing in certain sectors. Ideally, these programs should create new jobs and stimulate the national economy. In the long run, local public procurement initiatives will help countries find their place in the global trade arena.

Resilience Is Key to Global Supply Chain Success

Resilience Is Key to Global Supply Chain Success

Supply chain disruptions are inevitable. What’s important is how a company faces these obstacles and what actions they take to overcome them. “Building Resilience in Supply Chains” was the focus of this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting on January 24th. The report addresses common uncontrollable risks of global supply chains and outlines ways to…

Improving Local Procurement Essential for Emerging Markets

Improving Local Procurement Essential for Emerging Markets

Local manufacturing and infrastructure play a big role in a nation’s ability to compete on a global platform. Domestic improvements and better local procurement systems are becoming the focus of many foreign aid programs. South Africa has several initiatives in place to boost the local economy, particularly in the manufacturing sector, to improve their place…

Inefficient Policies Hurt Global Trade More than Tariffs

Inefficient Policies Hurt Global Trade More than Tariffs

According to a recent report by the World Economic Forum, global supply chain barriers found in administrative policies and government infrastructure have a greater impact on trade than tariffs and taxes. The research includes 18 case studies in various industries around the world and outlines several ways countries can work together to boost global GDP.

Walmart Tightens Supply Chain After Bangladesh Factory Fire

Walmart Tightens Supply Chain After Bangladesh Factory Fire

Wal-Mart announced changes to their supply chain policies shortly after a clothing factory in Bangladesh went up in flames. The fire killed over 100 employees at a facility subcontracted by a Wal-Mart supplier without the retail giant’s approval. Under Wal-Mart’s current policy, suppliers have three chances to rectify noncompliance issues like this, but that will…