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Ukraine crisis: how supply chains have become a global battleground

Ukraine crisis: how supply chains have become a global battleground | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
With political change comes business risk, and the reality is that some companies previously unaware of their reliance on Ukraine are about to be affected (Ukraine crisis: how supply chains have become a global battleground
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All commerce is now really a battle of supply chain vs. supply chain

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Why should the corporate world look to egolessness in 2014 | Global Supply Chain Group

Why should the corporate world look to egolessness in 2014 | Global Supply Chain Group | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
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FedEx Could Boost Supply Chain Revenues with the new Cardinal Health Alliance - Forbes

FedEx Could Boost Supply Chain Revenues with the new Cardinal Health Alliance - Forbes | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
FedEx Could Boost Supply Chain Revenues with the new Cardinal Health Alliance
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FedEx Corp. is a global leader in logistics and transportation, with a market leadership position in express airfreight services.
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Slaves in the supply chain: 12 ways to clean up business - The Guardian

Slaves in the supply chain: 12 ways to clean up business - The Guardian | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
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Slaves in the supply chain: 12 ways to clean up business
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The pathways of audits are currently built around products—not people—so they tend to miss the areas of the labour supply chain that pose the most risk.
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Supply Chain Integrity is a huge issue and still not fully understood. Integrity encapsulates ethics and security - green, socially and economically responsible secure supply chain. 

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Technology and Collaboration Lead the Future of Global Trade - Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Technology and Collaboration Lead the Future of Global Trade - Supply & Demand Chain Executive | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Technology and Collaboration Lead the Future of Global Trade
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Changes in geography, sectors and the supply chain are shifting the way global trade companies do business.
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MIT Study: “Devil in the Details” of Supply Chain Risk Management..

MIT Study: “Devil in the Details” of Supply Chain Risk Management.. | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Industry analysts agree that it’s important to make risk assessment an ongoing process, allowing for frequent plan updates as political conditions, fuel prices, tariffs, currency exchange rates, labor costs, and other supply chain security threats...

Via Ron DeLong, Constantin Ionel Milos / Milos Constantin
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Most of the strategy gang that focuses too much on the big picture misses the point that the devil is in detail.

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Ron DeLong's curator insight, December 28, 2013 4:49 PM

This is a great visual...  as my good friend used to say: "Do the Math!"

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General Mills Releases its Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy | Transportation & Distribution content from Material Handling & Logistics

General Mills Releases its Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy | Transportation & Distribution content from Material Handling & Logistics | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
General Mills releases its #sustainable #SupplyChain strategy http://t.co/DJZQn3YtOP via @MHLeditor
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Syncing your supply chain to your business strategy - Financial Post

Syncing your supply chain to your business strategy - Financial Post | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Syncing your supply chain to your business strategy
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Syncing your strategy and supply chain is a ticket to superior performance.
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ADIDAS : Group shows leadership in supply chain management, launches sustainability progress report | 4-Traders

ADIDAS : Group shows leadership in supply chain management, launches sustainability progress report | 4-Traders | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
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20 Questions on The 5-STAR Business Networks before you add it to your business strategy mix...

Ask these 20 difficult questions before you add The 5-STAR Business Networks to your strategy
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Barnes and Nobles’ latest public spat with Simon and Schuster – another nail in the Publishing industry?

Barnes and Nobles’ latest public spat with Simon and Schuster – another nail in the Publishing industry? | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
As predicted in my book 5-STAR Business Networks when a product category, its current form, reaches the end of its life-cycle, the supply chain interaction between the supply chain partners becomes rather unpleasant and coercive.
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Sustainable Sourcing: Unilever Challenges Its Own Value Chain

Sustainable Sourcing: Unilever Challenges Its Own Value Chain | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
'This week we announced that more than a third of our agricultural raw materials are now sourced sustainably. This is a significant milestone on our journey towards a target of 100 percent by 2020.

Currently, our sustainable sourcing figure stands at 36 percent - up from 24 percent in 2011.

We are very proud of the rate of acceleration in recent years; given that it took us 10 years to get to 14 percent by 2010, what we have achieved over the past two years is no mean feat. I am convinced that putting the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at the heart of our business has created an evolution with 173,000 employees now striving toward the same goals.

This has been a game changer for us.

Continuing the Pace…

But with good momentum, the next challenge for us is: how do we continue this pace? 

To create real impact and move things forward at scale, partnerships are needed. We cannot move the needle alone. So bringing like-minded businesses, NGOs and governments together to drive this agenda is becoming increasingly important. And it's starting to happen.

With Cross-Sector Partnerships…

In January 2011, a global partnership to accelerate sustainable agricultural growth was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Unilever joined 16 other companies – among them Wal-mart, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé and Kraft Foods – to support the New Vision for Agriculture. Backed by a coalition of businesses, governments and farmers, the partnership seeks to improve food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity around the world.

It's a significant mission and working with others is becoming a critical success factor: by transforming global supply chains together, we can move faster in creating critical mass and also increase awareness among consumers of the benefits of sustainably sourced products.

And Constant Introspection

However, let’s also take a step back and ask ourselves the question - how do we define sustainability? Is it just ‘green’?

With the bar continuously being raised, we see and support a shift from looking predominantly at avoiding the environmental “negatives” to actively enabling positive social impact. And to drive this without doubt or confusion, we have explicitly included this in our company vision, which is to double the size of our business whilst reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.

So when we look at sustainable sourcing, we look beyond our environmental impact.

Like our partnership with Netherlands-based Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) on co-funded farmer field schools. Between 2007 and 2012, 450,000 smallholder tea farmers were trained to the Rainforest Alliance standard [in preparation for certification]. Because of the clear impact and urgent need, in 2012, Unilever, IDH and our partners agreed to invest a further €4 million to take the sustainability initiatives to scale.

Now, this training has the potential to benefit not only farmers working with Unilever but the tea industry as a whole.

Besides, investments like this increase agricultural productivity and create better livelihoods. If smallholders have access to agronomy training, better quality seeds and fertilizer they can significantly increase their yields. This in turn leads to higher farmer income.

The next step: financial literacy training, especially for women, to help direct higher income to be spent on improving livelihoods, through nutrition, health and education.

This lifecycle approach feeds from a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations The State of Food and Agriculture 2012, which explains the benefits of investing and driving sustainability in the agricultural industry. Stepping up in agriculture would not only allow us to feed the world, but also to reduce poverty and hunger and promote environmentally sustainable practices.

A true win-win scenario.

Offering Sustainable Choices to Consumers

Every day, the future of our planet continues to be threatened. Climate change, water scarcity, reducing yields due to unsustainable farming practices, all threaten agricultural supplies and hence food security. All this, while populations continue to exponentially grow and aspire to higher standards of living. Still, one billion people go to bed hungry every day.

It’s clear that is is not viable – and that we have to decouple growth from our environmental footprint and increase our social impact.

While we're committed to use research, resources and our reach to evolve sustainable solutions for our supply chain, it is equally important to never lose sight of the value that embedding sustainability brings to many of our brands.

The trick is to find the sweet spot between the brand delivering something good for the planet or societies, while offering something good for our consumers – be this convenience, quality or price; or a combination of all. Like Lipton Tea and Magnum Ice Cream: Rainforest Alliance certification delivers benefits for the environment and quality benefits for the consumer. Or our first Knorr soup labeled to have been made with ‘sustainably grown tomatoes’.

Small examples but emblematic of the direction we are pursuing.

The challenge is huge, and we fully realize that Unilever can’t solve the issues alone. To create large-scale change we need everyone involved to be part of the solution. Our commitment is relentless, we learn everyday day by working with others, and we believe that many small actions will eventually make a big difference.

Are you in?

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Alibaba’s American Aspirations

Alibaba’s American Aspirations | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
The web giant is backing start-ups in Silicon Valley and introducing an online marketplace, 11 Main, aimed at U.S. shoppers and meant to compete with eBay. (Alibaba enters US at 3.5% rake vs 10%+ for incumbents.
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Now that all the factories have move to China (or some such places as Vietnam, Bangladesh, Taiwan), and all the customers have moved to the PC (or some such places as mobile phones or tablets) what will happen to all the middlemen? The retailers, the wholesalers, the shopping centres, the warehouse parks, the dealers, the brands, the long established cosy relationships, the long martini lunches, the twice weekly afternoon golf games and the executive chefs in the board rooms?

 

http://globalscgroup.com/will-alibaba-and-its-40-million-accomplices-ride-roughshod-over-corporate-america ;

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Why Most CXOs Will Never Make It To CEO And What They Can Do About It? | Global Supply Chain Group

Why Most CXOs Will Never Make It To CEO And What They Can Do About It? | Global Supply Chain Group | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
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Rigidity of global supply chains | vox

Rigidity of global supply chains | vox | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
A major feature of globalisation in the last decades has been the emergence of global supply chains, especially in Asia. This column explains how supply chains may increase the risks of shock contagion across countries.
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Taiwan holding the global supply chain together: US study - Taipei Times

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Taiwan holding the global supply chain together: US study
Taipei Times
A new study by the US Congress on US-China trade provides a rare detailed glimpse into Taiwan's role in the global supply chain.
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Not just Taiwan - every country that exports and imports without hurdles is holding its end of the bargain. 

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5 Quick Questions: Globalization And The Supply Chain - Manufacturing.net

5 Quick Questions: Globalization And The Supply Chain - Manufacturing.net | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
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5 Quick Questions: Globalization And The Supply Chain
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What are some of the primary ways globalization has impacted supply chain management — in terms of planning and execution?
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Year in Review: Business Pension problems worsened, house prices rose and ... - Irish Examiner

Year in Review: Business Pension problems worsened, house prices rose and ... - Irish Examiner | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Irish Examiner
Year in Review: Business Pension problems worsened, house prices rose and ...
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Likely that 2014 is going to be more of the same same?

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✌ Move over Tim Cook: The real face of global supply chains is a Mexican drug kingpin

✌ Move over Tim Cook: The real face of global supply chains is a Mexican drug kingpin | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the head of Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa Federation, has been a busy man in recent years.
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Who is to blame for the PC sales debacle?

Who is to blame for the PC sales debacle? | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
The results are in, and for PC sales they are neither good, nor bad – but ugly! The pundits are out to find a scapegoat – and the most convenient scapegoat at the moment is Microsoft.
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How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain? - Logistics Viewpoints

How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain? - Logistics Viewpoints | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
How Many Slaves Are in Your Supply Chain?
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T-Mobile CEO's strategy explained: Be cheap and do almost anything for attention - BGR

T-Mobile CEO's strategy explained: Be cheap and do almost anything for attention - BGR | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
T-Mobile CEO's strategy explained: Be cheap and do almost anything for attention BGR At T-Mobile, meanwhile, the Journal reports that Legere “still uses an old Global Crossing backpack as his briefcase” and “has swapped out free sodas in T-Mobile's...
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Why Cost Cutting Can Sometimes Become Too Costly?

Why Cost Cutting Can Sometimes Become Too Costly? | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Whenever a company announces a cost-cutting drive, the markets respond with enthusiasm, driving up the share price. There are at least four assumptions underpinning this enthusiasm:
The company had excessive fat, and needed to be trimmed down.
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NIKE Partners with Bluesign Technologies to Scale Sustainable ...

NIKE Partners with Bluesign Technologies to Scale Sustainable ... | Global Supply Chain - News | Scoop.it
Previously, to access these tools and data, a brand needed to take its supply chain through individual factory assessments. For an out-sourced global supply chain of Nike's size, that would require significant investment and a ...
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