Congress Focuses on New Anti-dumping Investigation in Fabrics

New international trade agreements do not protect companies from price wars with foreign nationals. Congress is investigating multiple Chinese companies accused of “dumping” fabrics on the US market at prices too low for domestic companies or rivals to compete with. Current findings are more information on this investigation were released by the International Trade Organization…

SOLAS

Maritime safety for workers and marine life is important. Businesses have a large footprint on the environment and ocean transportation still lies at the heart of global organizations. New regulations on weight declaration is meant to create more transparency in the transportation and logistics industry. How will this change the current structure of the logistics…

Catch Up!

The supply chain discipline is young. As professionals in the field we are just now starting to learn from past mistakes and develop best practices. We are searching for innovative tools to help streamline processes, cut waste and increase visibility. As a group we are starting to have discussions around big data, analytics and the…

Supply Chain Dynamics: What if… We Could Think Differently

Supply chain innovation means taking full advantage of best of breed technology and data algorithms that empower intelligent decision-making. The exchange of information, from inside and outside the organization, must be real time, autonomous and continuous. Previously, I shared an article with insights into the integration of advanced data analytics in supply chain planning. Last week I…

Intelligent Supply Chain Management

This week I will be joining two supply chain veterans at the Supply Chain and Logistics Summit to discuss the influences of technology, software and analytics on supply chain management. Supply chains are in continual flux. Just when companies think they have developed the best strategies, everything changes. In line with the constant remodeling nature…

ERP Benefits for SMB Supply Chains

Excel spreadsheets, emails, FTP sites, Quickbooks, Salesforce, SharePoint, PDFs back to Excel. Does that sound like the operations process in your business or department? The use of incongruent systems to store and manage information is the norm for more that 60% of small and medium size businesses (SMBs) in the United States. For these types…

Why Companies Need a Supplier Relationship Management Strategy

The business landscape is ever changing, numerous innovations have allowed companies to transcend borders and become global entities. While the opportunities are numerous so are the challenges; in this fiercely competitive global marketplace success requires companies to pay closer attention to supplier relations. Global leaders should retain suppliers with vested interest in the long-term success…

3 Big Data Insights for the Savy Organization

Recently the World Economic Forum weighed in on the big data conversation. You can read the article here and see below 3 insights that I consider very important and relevant: 1. Big data management is tricky, and companies must understand what dupes of data they require and the supporting structures they need to reach their data goals.…