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Changing supply chains, new sourcing and distribution strategies, and market shifts require realignment of real estate commitments as well.
Expanding markets carry challenges that include a need for better technology infrastructure.
While jurisdictions and special interests do battle, the impact on supply chains begins to show.
Small, mixed SKU orders are on the rise in parallel with fulfillment strategies such as “omnichannel.”
The danger of focusing on one “next big thing” is that there are many drivers in extended supply chains. Here are some quick takes for consideration.
Southern Europe had a deeper dive and a slower rise during the recession, but the region has some bright spots.
I’m fond of a long passage from Adam Smith, penned in the 1770s, that describes what we now refer to as supply chain management. His quote begins with the end product, a woolen coat, but quickly shifts to the manufacturing and sourcing of the components and then to the logistics of delivering those elements to the point where the garment was created.
In mid-November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan (known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda) was pronounced the strongest recorded tropical cyclone to make landfall, with wind speeds up to 200 mph. According to UN officials, about 12 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless. However, the first strike did not come from the winds, rain or waves; it came from the global disaster response teams who were in play before landfall.