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How a Shirt Covered in Swastikas Ends Up in a Department Store

How a Shirt Covered in Swastikas Ends Up in a Department Store

Retail supply chains are so complex that sometimes a Nazi symbol can slip through the cracks.[more]


Opinion: The 'Amazon Effect' Creates Supply Chain Pressure

Opinion: The 'Amazon Effect' Creates Supply Chain Pressure

The new purported norm created by Amazon's two-day shipping hits two key groups of stakeholders — consumers and supply chain service and equipment providers — differently. How the latter respond is critically important to business success.[more]


Creating a Life-Saving Industry Through Regenerative Manufacturing

It almost takes a force of nature to move an idea from the lab to the factory.[more]


Best Practices in Oil and Gas Supply Chain and Procurement

Best Practices in Oil and Gas Supply Chain and Procurement

As low oil prices continue to put downward pressure on oil and gas companies, supply chain efficiencies are needed more than ever in the industry, particularly in the non-hydrocarbon area.[more]


Opinion: How Brands Can Create Safer Supply Chains

In 2010 a spate of suicides at factories in southern China owned by Foxconn, a contract manufacturer for some of the world's leading electronics brands, highlighted poor conditions faced by its assembly workers. Foxconn promised to improve working conditions, but reports of further suicides or...[more]


The Future of Manufacturing: A Progress Report

The Future of Manufacturing: A Progress Report

Grant Thornton checks in with a new survey that reveals the chief concerns of U.S. manufacturers today, and how they're coping with change.[more]


Rise in Warehouse Automation Fuels Fire Risk, Too

A robotic material handling unit zips through a global toy manufacturer's six-story distribution center. As the unit retrieves an open-top plastic container filled with freshly molded toy planes from an automatic storage and retrieval system (ASRS), sparks from a frayed electrical cable on the...[more]


Why Surge Pricing and Collaborative Logistics Go Hand in Hand

Why Surge Pricing and Collaborative Logistics Go Hand in Hand

Surge pricing, where the value of a particular item or a service increases according to demand, may soon be coming to logistics - and bringing green benefits in multiple ways.[more]


Blown Away: Reconnecting Broken Supply Chains After Airfreight Disaster

On a Tuesday in Mexico City, employees at DSV Air & Sea, S.A. de C.V. were in the middle of a normal workday in the head office when a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck - killing more than 350 people.[more]


Aera's New Business App Looks to Bring Siri to Your Supply Chain

Aera's New Business App Looks to Bring Siri to Your Supply Chain

In a coffee shop in New York, Frederic Laluyaux leans in to talk into his phone over the background music. The phone finally picks up his query, about future inventory in South America, and a Siri-like voice almost instantly replies.[more]


Hold the Rye: Promos Leave Restaurant Supply Chains Stretched

First, Subway restaurants ran out of rye bread. Then the corned beef started to dwindle.[more]


This Is How Amazon Could Invade the Pharmacy Business

This Is How Amazon Could Invade the Pharmacy Business

The pharmacy market is one of the biggest potential new targets for Amazon.com Inc.[more]


Lean Management, Deep Data Mining Are Essential for Manufacturing's Future, Researchers Say

A lean management structure and forward-looking corporate culture is essential in building a smart manufacturing industry, according to experts at Dassault Systèmes' Manufacturing in the Age of Experience conference - where the move to smart manufacturing was a central theme.[more]


Teaching GE to Think Like a Startup

Entrepreneur Eric Ries rose to prominence by teaching ­startups how to adopt the best practices of big, global ­companies. Today he's also teaching huge companies how to behave more like the upstarts.[more]


China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

Washington officials and major global companies increasingly worry about a new generation of deals that could give China a firmer grip on the technology of tomorrow.[more]


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