5 articles

Supply Chain Risk Management in Reality

To make real gains in supply chain transparency, it’s important to keep these two perspectives in mind.

Procurement and supply chain management are logical functions. Work through a process, and you can bring spend and transactions into a managed state. Apply a framework, and you can bring structure to seemingly disorderly activity. Implement technology, and tasks will be completed faster and more efficiently than ever before. Centralize and cleanse data, and you […]

Common Misconceptions About the Summer Supply Chain

Today’s supply chains are so complex that even the summer doesn’t offer a break from risk and uncertainty.

As we enter the summer months, professionals all over the globe start to prepare for one of the slowest times of year. Some people take extended, multi-week vacations or sabbaticals while others work shorter days or leave early on Fridays. This personal downshift might make it easy to assume that our supply chains are also […]

The Economics and Supply Chain of Your Christmas Tree

A holiday season primer on everything that goes into your Christmas tree.

Few symbols are as representative of the holiday season as a Christmas tree. Real or fake, traditional or upside down, Christmas trees represent the physical center of each family’s celebration and the focal point of displays in stores and in public squares. But Christmas is also big business – more than $1 Trillion was spent in […]

Mapping the Knowledge Supply Chain

The traditional view of the supply chain is incomplete. What about passing the knowledge baton to others?

When I write about supply chains, I think readers naturally envision product or material supply chains. In a physical supply chain, raw materials are processed or refined and made into other things that have to be moved from here to there. This all naturally involves trucks, air and ocean freight, warehouses, assemblies and inventory – […]

New Supply Chain Sustainability

Here's how a company's financial and sustainability goals can align.

The Sustainable Supply Chain Foundation defines sustainable supply chain management as “integrating environmentally and financially viable practices into the complete supply chain lifecycle, from product design and development to material selection (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal.” Here’s how we often look at supply chain […]