How Will 3D Printing Affect Supply Chain?

How Will 3D Printing Affect Supply Chain?

Globalization, collaborative planning, and new technologies are changing the way companies manage their supply chains this year. Most modern advancements make it easier to develop an effective supply chain strategy, but 3D printing has the potential to completely change the way consumers shop and, more importantly, it could change the way companies do business.

Low Mississippi Levels Could Disrupt Supply Chain
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Low Mississippi Levels Could Disrupt Supply Chain

Coal, fertilizer, salt, grain, and other valuable commodities depend on the Mississippi River for transport, but the nation’s largest waterway may soon be inaccessible to the barges that move these products. Recent drought conditions have diminished the water level of the Mississippi to the lowest its seen in more than a decade, with some experts…

Speed, Accuracy, and Efficiency: Key Elements for Tomorrow’s Supply Chain

Speed, Accuracy, and Efficiency: Key Elements for Tomorrow’s Supply Chain

The ninth annual PwC Global Supply Chain Survey shows that strategy is everything when it comes to supply chain success. Businesses that realize the strategic importance of their supply chain achieve 70% higher performance and are more profitable. In 2013, PwC surveyed more than 500 supply chain experts around the world, representing a range of…

Levi Promises Greener Supply Chain by 2020

The apparel industry is under fire for their hazardous use of chemicals during the manufacturing process. In July, 2011, Greenpeace International launched the Detox campaign “to expose the direct links between global clothing brands, their suppliers and toxic water pollution around the world.” Along with a global network of consumers, Greenpeace is urging clothing brands…

Mystery Shopper Initiative Improves Public Procurement Policies

Mystery Shopper Initiative Improves Public Procurement Policies

One of the biggest challenges in public procurement is getting the best value for the dollar. In many cases, large companies get most contracts, leaving small and medium-sized businesses without a fair chance to compete. In February 2011, the UK Prime Minister and Minster for the Cabinet launched a ‘mystery shopper’ initiative to give small…

E-Procurement to Improve Public Funding in Bangladesh

E-Procurement to Improve Public Funding in Bangladesh

Electronic procurement systems are in place around the world in both the public and private sectors, but have proven especially beneficial in government settings. E-government procurement systems are already functional throughout the US, Australia, and the UK, as well as Singapore, Malaysia, and the EU. Bangladesh has recently launched an e-procurement system as well.