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Increase Efficiency While Cutting Costs

The profitability of the manufacturing industry is constantly in a state of flux. While many emerging markets continue to see dramatic increases in the demand for their products, the instability of commodity and operations costs can cause a great deal of variability in profits.

Remanufacturing is key to supply chain growth

New APICS survey finds that remanufacturing and reverse logistics are no longer niche competencies and improving visibility and integration of remanufacturing are essential to efficient, sustainable supply chain operations

Improving reverse logistics with a returns management strategy

Shippers and their service providers are outlining plans for the new year by identifying pain points in the reverse loop. Key to that process is developing a returns management strategy designed to provide customers with multi-channel visibility.

Corporate America’s sustainability gains ‘not enough,’ says Ceres

Corporate America is making some notable incremental progress on sustainable business strategies and practices, according to a new report released today by sustainability leadership advocacy group Ceres.

2020 Sustainable Cocoa Pledges “Tall Order”

It may be hard for chocolate makers to guarantee that their entire supply comes from a sustainable source by the 2020 target many of them have set, according to a sustainable sourcing auditing firm has told Confectionery News.

3 paths for plugging in to better energy management

Following the lead of mayors and governors across the country, last month President Obama announced energy as a priority for the year. By focusing on energy management, organizations are contributing to the transformation of energy use in the country, saving billions in energy costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Supply chain worries over growing demand for renewable energy

The growing demand for renewable energy could put pressure on the supply of critical materials required in the production of renewable energy infrastructure, says WWF in a new report released today. The report, Critical Materials for the transition to a 100% sustainable energy future, says supply chain bottlenecks can be overcome by applying the right technologies.

Big Companies Step Up Efforts to Trim Environmental Risks in Supply Chains

Multinational corporations say they are increasingly taking on a regulatory role in their supply chains to improve performance on environment, health and safety (EHS) issues, especially in developing countries where government oversight can be weak.

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