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2012 Study

Although organizations must connect suppliers and customers around the globe, managing worldwide supply chains can cause cost increases and operational challenges, according to the Aberdeen Group's latest research sponsored by Syncada from Visa. The research, "2012 Best Practices for Closing the Loop on Multi-national Transportation Procure to Pay", identifies best-in-class behaviors that enable the top 20% of performers to reduce invoice cost, yet process and pay faster than competitors.

"Aberdeen recently surveyed 191 Chief Supply Chain Officers and found that more than 85% of companies have shipments crossing country borders. Transportation procure-to-pay solutions must support multilingual, multicurrency freight, as well as facilitate banking interactions across broad global geographies," shared Bob Heaney, Senior Research Analyst, Supply Chain Management, Aberdeen Group.

Read more: 2012 Study Reveals: Despite Growing Supply Chains, Top Companies Can Still Reduce Cost and Pay Quicker


Published in Trends
Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:46

Supply chain’s role growing in importance

The role of supply chain management will gain more importance as the manufacturing revival spreads across the United States and economy revs up.

That’s the message of Rick Blasgen, president and CEO of the Illinois-based Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, delivered in a keynote speech at the Modex 2012 supply chain trade show here earlier this month.

Published in Industry
Monday, 27 February 2012 08:40

Disasters put focus on supply chains

Nearly a year after Japan's Tohoku-Oki earthquake and tsunami, the catastrophe's effects still are being felt[...] Officials in the United States and Canada, for example, continue to survey the level of radiation that might have traveled from the Fukushima plant across the Pacific to North America.[...] Scientists also are working to determine what might become of all the debris swept into the Pacific by the tsunami.

Published in Industry

The past year has seen some major challenges for supply chain professionals with natural disasters such as tsunamis and floods disrupting operations. Not surprisingly mitigating supply chain risk has moved sharply up the executive agenda. Patrik Jansson, vice president, head of engineering and materials management operations at Sony Ericsson, will be examining the issue at the Extended Supply Chain Conference which takes place in London in April.

Published in Industry
Monday, 27 February 2012 08:51

A Decade's Worth of Inventory Management

How has the practice of inventory management performed over the past decade?

One way to take a look is through the overall inventory-to-sales ratio, a metric tracked both for the overall US economy and for a variety of specific industry sectors by the US Census Bureau. As the name implies, it looks at aggregate level of inventories being held by businesses versus the level of sales.

Published in Industry

Global supply chain optimisation provider, Manhattan Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: MANH), is forecasting that supply chains will continue to be exposed to a growing set of unpredictable influences in 2012. Cost will remain a core issue for most organisations, along with increased supply chain risk, which calls for better contingency planning, greater agility in the supply chain and wider use of technology.[...] Manhattan Associates has identified 8 top trends that are set to influence the supply chain scene in Australia in 2012.

Published in Industry
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:52

Top Consumer Packaged Goods Supply Chains 2011

Annual Kantar Retail List Again Shows Procter & Gamble on Top, but Kraft is Closing, as Heinz makes Further Progress. What companies have the top top supply chains in the food and consumer packaged sector?

Well as usual, the analysts at Kantar Retail once again tried to answer that question at the end of 2011, picking up the work in the annual PoweRankings report that was started many years ago by Cannondale Associates, which Kantar acquired a few years ago.

Published in Industry
Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:17

Dunkin' Donuts Centralizes Supply Chain

Dunkin' Donuts, the international doughnut and coffee franchise company has announced that it has combined four separate regional purchasing organizations into a single nationwide US procurement entity.

Published in Corporate
Thursday, 23 February 2012 11:59

Who Will Pay for Apple Supply Chain Changes?

The changes Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is making to its supply chain management practices will cost millions and may even run into billions as Chinese wages skyrocket, but who will foot the final bill? Will Apple successfully pass the extra costs of the initiatives it has introduced recently to its contract manufacturers and suppliers; will the company itself absorb the cost, or will it successfully pass these onto customers?

Published in Corporate
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:03

Foxconn Scandal Offers Supply Chain Lessons

Foxconn

What do Apple, HP and Dell have in common – apart from making computers? They all source electronics from Foxconn,  the beleaguered Chinese company under fire for working conditions at its factories. There is a clear lesson to be drawn from the ongoing Foxconn furor. Fortune 500 companies’ supply chains are increasingly under the microscope— by consumers, investors, and the media.

Published in Corporate
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