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A Brave, New World of Home Delivery

The toughest part of the supply chain just became the front line in the battle for the consumer.

The push of e-commerce and changes in how we all live in the early 21st century — some dramatic, others less so — are altering the face of home delivery and recasting the role of the big-box store around the corner.


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Make Air Cargo Part of the Supply Chain

A number of drivers are shifting cargo to surface modes, but it should still be a vital part of a supply chain’s modal mix.

Air cargo rebounded nearly 18.5 percent in 2010 according to the Boeing Company’s biennial World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF). All the same, more worrisome from the report was the slowdown of air traffic in 2011 and a contraction of worldwide air cargo traffic in 2012 of around 2 percent.


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Prepare for the New Professionals

The supply chain management profession is designed for people who like to solve problems, but the profession is facing a few of its own problems in the near-to-mid term. One is that when the bulk of the baby boomers occupying management and executive levels have retired, there won’t be P&L-driven executives to fill the slots.


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Consequences of Success

True learning, it is said, means not repeating your mistakes. That doesn’t mean not making new ones.


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True Disaster Relief

Disaster relief agencies often speak of the “second disaster.” That’s when well-meaning people show up at a disaster site intending to help but actually adding to the chaos. It also applies to goods sent to a disaster site outside relief channels. Sometimes the goods are not appropriate to the need or just add to the congestion at the site.


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Emerging But Unsettled Markets in the Middle East and Africa

The Middle East and Africa offer growth and promise, but even some of the best prospects are volatile and full of risk.

The Middle East and Africa are host to a number of emerging markets. They are also often the focus of social, political and economic upheaval. This volatility speaks to the need for careful attention when weighing the risk/reward of sourcing or selling in these markets.


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Shippers Seek Reliable Ports

Pacific Northwest ports give shippers options in both directions.

As ocean carriers continue slow steaming to help conserve fuel and contain costs, importers more than ever are looking for reliable, cost-effective service. Once at a port, they expect to have their cargo off-loaded from a vessel and headed for final destination efficiently and quickly, whether that destination is a warehouse facility or end market.


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Omni-Channel Changes Wholesale Distribution

Pressured by market changes, wholesale distribution executives are assessing solutions to meet consumer and profit expectations

At $4.8 trillion annual revenues, the wholesale distribution (WSD) market is huge. WSD industry revenues are nearly 100 percent more than sales of consumer packaged goods and slightly greater than U.S. retail sales revenues.


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Trade Looks Beyond Climate Change

The Northern Sea Route and climate change are having their effects on trade lanes

When the Yong Sheng set sail from Dalian, a port city in northeastern China in the summer of 2013, the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, part of the Cosco Group’s fleet, was seen by many as the herald of a new era in international trade.


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SCM Spells Success in Emerging Markets

Success in the lucrative emerging markets will depend on supply chain management strategies and execution.

Emerging markets are a $30 trillion opportunity, says Gartner research. They are the primary business growth area in this century. Supply chain leaders will be held responsible for the success or failure of business growth in these markets, based upon the capabilities they put in place, Gartner continues.


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Five Wearable Manufacturing Technologies of the Future

Video applications, Employee Monitoring, Field service, Plant monitoring, Improving employee safety.

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Assurance of Supply: A Top Concern for Manufacturers

Every manufacturer has an assurance of supply problem to some extent due to the complexity of global sourcing. For years, manufacturers were blessed with high margins but margins have grown paper thin. You can’t fill up your distribution centers with excess inventory – not only is there a cost factor but the pace of business and consumer buying trends causes goods to quickly turn obsolete. Assurance of supply provides the speed and agility that is essential to being able to compete in today’s market.

 

Speaker info: Diane Palmquist, VP Manufacturing Industry Solutions

                                         

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