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Getting Packaging Costs Down to Size

It's a wrap for bulky, wasteful packaging. Shippers today have to satisfy consumers who not only demand that fewer materials be used in packaging, but also prefer those materials to have a low environmental impact.

Tech, transparency and 5 ways to fix unsustainable supply chains

It's one thing for a company to make an internal decision about sustainability, like cutting energy use at corporate headquarters. But it's another matter entirely to dig deeper into systemic problems rooted in the supply chains of multinational businesses with elaborate networks of global vendors.

Delivering the full circle customer experience through product returns

Online returns continue to be a major pain point for many retailers; in fact in some locations they are as high as 60 percent. To date many have simply managed the return of goods as a cost recovery exercise, rather than adapting their processes to take into account customers’ ever-changing buying habits.

Eliminating waste and boosting efficiency throughout the supply chain

Professionals often regard "sustainability" and "lean" as words referring to the same concept. While there are similarities between the two, a clear difference persists.

Supply Chains Climate Risk Differs by Country

Suppliers in U.S. Brazil, China and India are more vulnerable to climate risks than those in Europe and Japan, according to a new study by CDP and Accenture.

New Developments in Tablet Computer Repair

Adoption of tablet computers among consumer and enterprise customers is growing at an incredible rate across the globe. Though the concept of tablet computing was introduced unsuccessfully in the early 2000s with the Microsoft Tablet Computer, the launch of the original iPad in 2010 ushered in the boom era in which we’re currently living. Computer industry giants and young upstarts alike design and sell tablets in an ever-increasing variety of shapes and sizes, with features ranging from basic touchscreen functionality to complex integrated networks of sensors and input/output options, and at a wide variety of prices.

Sustainability Starts with the Supply Chain

Leading manufacturers are pushing their sustainability efforts upstream, using incentives, business leverage, training programs and progress monitoring to improve their suppliers’ performance.

Reverse logistics planning: Three considerations for an omni-channel environment

The demands of the omni-channel marketplace are not only changing the way companies fulfill orders, but how they engineer reverse logistics processes. While you need to please the customer, you also need to be profitable. Considerations for reverse logistics in an omni-channel environment are complex. Here are three of the most important factors to consider as you plan your processes:

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Most supply chain professionals do not completely understand the disruption and upgrades that autonomous vehicles, specifically what I call robot trucks, will create. Most cannot get past the pitfalls and possible barriers to robot trucks. I define robot trucks with a much broader perspective. I include trucks of all sizes and even internal plant material handling equipment like fork-lifts and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs). The biggest leap is that robot trucks will learn! Many doubters just cannot get past this. Although not complete artificial intelligence (AI), robot trucks will adapt on their own, to conditions and circumstances, and build an open memory of what to do.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel

The world is in the early stages of a global supply chain revolution. The Amazon Effect. The Internet of Things. Platform Businesses. The new supply chain will grow beyond omnichannel. It will cross into other industries and markets and will incorporate supply chains of products, information, and finance. All the elements of the New Supply Chain tie together. They are not separate steps. They are not to be selectively chosen or excluded. These are inter-related. The New Supply Chain brings performance excellence.

The 4 Supply Chain Metrics

Metrics are a way to measure performance; and, in turn, communicate that information to key executives in the company.  Their value is how supply chain management is supporting the direction and strategy of the business.  It is important that they present a strategic and tactical understanding of what is happening and how well it is happening. KPIs (key performance indicators) must be measurable.  As a result, numerous metrics are about the logistics components.  Some of these are good.  However, they do not present a view of the total supply chain.  Plus, many have little or no usefulness for the C-suite.   Assessing logistics parts is a node-link approach and does not recognize the supply chain process.