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GPS Tracking for Food Production

You’re familiar with GPS as it is being used for different navigation purposes. It has made its place in many industrial sectors. Another revolution the GPS tracking system has brought is food safety. Food safety is a global concern. People across the world do care pretty much about whether the food they’re eating is healthy or not. But is it possible? With GPS attached to your poultry, you can find out about the production of the food presented to you. A complete historical record of the product can be available to you.

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Is Amazon a Supply Chain Company?

"The fact is that Amazon has always been a logistics and supply-chain company," argued Michael Zakkour, Vice President of Global E-commerce Practices at Tompkins International while being interviewed by Business Insider. When you think about Amazon’s rise to fame as the most beloved e-commerce store around the world, Zukkour is definitely on to something. Amazon has arguably been successful since its inception in Jeff Bezos’ garage in 1994. But it was their introduction of free two-day shipping in 2005 that really got businesses and customers’ attention.

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How Can Supply Chain Managers Assess and Manage Risk in 2019

chris liverani 551998 unsplashSupply chain management is a complicated process owing to the simple fact that its variables outweigh its constants at every stage. Success at each of the many stages is crucial. However, with so many factors at play, it’s most likely that something will go wrong.

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NGOs walk a supply chain tightrope to disaster response

disaster reliefIn the aftermath of a humanitarian disaster, it's vital for help to arrive as soon as possible through monetary donations, supplies and materials, and on the ground responders. The coordination of these necessities is only achieved through complex operations, and as any disaster relief coordinator can attest, time is of the essence, both in terms of raising funds and quickly beginning relief efforts. In addition to carefully managing limited funding, humanitarian NGOs must manage complex supply chains to ensure the right resources, aid and materials are available quickly and efficiently.

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Self-replicating 3D printers will Disrupt the Supply Chain

3d color printed partsThe advent of 3D printing for production at scale seems to be getting closer to reality. Sure 3D printers have been used for prototyping and remote delivery of pre-production items. And creating one-off parts and custom designs is becoming increasingly common. But forward thinking companies see a future in which goods are delivered by high volume 3D printers that can match manufacturing quantities and lower costs by using generic production materials that are printed in the shapes and quantities needed. That vision is not yet a reality but at least one company is delivering the first wave of production scale printers.

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Disruption of Globalization and Supply Chain

Globalization 900Disruptions are all around us and supply chain has a critical role in making companies successful in the new environment. For example - Globalization, which started earnestly in the 1990s, is getting disrupted. Many multinational corporations are struggling to compete in developing countries.

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It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s a Walmart Blimp!


modern mechanics blimp coverWalmart’s recent patent application seems like something out of a 1959 issue of Popular Mechanics. Who would conjour up a mixture of last century tech to fill modern supply chain demands? Turns out it may be Walmart who mixes and matches blimps, drones, mechanized warehousing, and wireless communication to bring near-instant delivery to the masses and do better than Amazon’s Prime 2 day delivery service.

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Don’t Drive Without a Dashboard

dashboard-businessSupply chain processes throw off a lot of data. If you’re a successful supplier who fulfills a significant number of orders then you understand that the detail of the transactions generated by orders, shipments, receipts, and all the miscellaneous transactions associated with every order is just too much to be able to read through, much less make sense of. But every part of your operation from your suppliers to your customers demand some kind of accountability, and it’s your responsibility to know of any problems or even potential problems long before everyone else. But with all the data flowing through your systems, is it even possible to separate the standard data from the trouble signals? Read more...

You Are Only As Strong As Your Supply Chain

Chain of supplyIn a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected, supply chain effectiveness is becoming a key success factor for the global economy. Given this reality, the findings of a recent Deloitte survey are rather alarming. The study shows that only 38 percent of supply chain executives are either extremely or very confident that their supply chain organization has the competencies needed today. Read more...

Managing Your Supply Chain

StabilizeEveryone is suggesting what the trends in Supply Chain Management (SCM) are for 2016. Most of the writers agree on a “core” of important trends (sort of like the  “motherhood and apple pie” thing. Then there are even some new ones that pop up too. I am going to bring out as many as I find. Where they are not as common, I will provide a link to more information. Read on and tell me if you agree or disagree. Read more...

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