Global Supply Chain Management — September, 2008

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Building a Resilient Global Supply Chain
Growing global operations are forcing companies to more proactively evaluate and address their supply chain risks. Companies are sourcing from and selling to more new regions, often adding new carriers, forwarders, logistics, and distribution partners to their network. At the same time, customers are continuously demanding improved service levels. As a result, most companies are finding that it's not easy being global. Over the past year, fifty-eight percent (58%) of companies suffered financial losses as a result of supply chain disruptions. This study shows that Best-in-Class firms have adopted a more holistic view of...
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Managing Global Supply Chains: McKinsey Global Survey Results
Supply chains are increasingly global and complex, as companies aspire to support a variety of strategies, such as entering new markets, increasing speed to customers, and lowering costs. In this survey, we asked operations and other senior executives from around the world about their companies' supply chain strategies, the factors that influence those strategies, and the ways their companies act on these factors. We also explored how well executives think their companies are meeting their goals, how they manage their supply chains, and the challenges involved in running a global supply chain.
The results show that supply chain risk is rising sharply. Executives point to the greater complexity of...
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Companies Must Look Within Themselves Before Deciding Whether to Outsource Logistics, Seko Says
The weakening economy hasn't stopped companies from outsourcing their supply chain management activities, according to Seko Worldwide, the global provider of logistics and supply-chain services. But companies today are realizing that outsourcing to logistics service providers "is not an all-or-nothing proposition, and requires an in-depth evaluation of the entire supply chain process," the company said. John Fitzgerald, vice president of global sales and marketing with Seko, said companies need to...
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What Keeps Supply Chain Pros Up at Night?
Rising fuel prices and potential supplier failures are the top two security issues worrying supply chain managers, according to a recent market survey by AMR Research. Noha Tohamy, research director at AMR, outlines other supply chain risk concerns and discusses strategies that companies are taking to mitigate possible disruptions in supply....
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Embracing the Total Cost of Ownership
High-tech companies are taking a fresh look at all of the factors that affect supply chains when they outsource manufacturing to distant countries. C.J. Wehlage, research director with AMR Research, talks about trends affecting high-tech producers today, including the need for constant innovation,...
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Seko Debuts Software for Managing Global Supplier Purchase Orders
Seko Worldwide is now offering software for managing global vendor purchase orders. According to the company, Seko's Supplier PO Management tool simplifies the management of multiple purchase orders from multiple vendors. It provides end-to-end visibility from vendor to warehouse and all the way through to delivery....
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And the Bad News Continues: Bankruptcies Grow, While Economic Prospects for 2008 Remain Dim
Also in the category of News That Isn't So New: Business bankruptcies continued their "relentless upward pace" in the first quarter of this year, according to Euler Hermes ACI. Reports on the recent performance of the U.S. economy just seem to be getting worse, with an average year-over-year increase of 42 percent in business bankruptcy filings through five consecutive quarters, according to data from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The culprits are familiar:...
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