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Logistics dissected into 3PL and 4PL

Logistics dissected into 3PL and 4PL | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
eTailing India Thought Corner Logistics management is an integral factor in the success of any manufacturing company’s operations and has a direct
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Quels sont les chiffres de la consommation responsable en 2017 ?

Quels sont les chiffres de la consommation responsable en 2017 ? | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
En 2016, les ventes de produits biologiques ont progressé de 20 % par rapport à 2015 et la filière du commerce équitable en a fait de même puisque son chiffre d’affaire a augmenté de 42,8 %.

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34 trampas en las negociaciones y 14 formas de manejarlas.

34 trampas en las negociaciones y 14 formas de manejarlas. | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
34 trampas en las negociaciones y 14 formas de manejarlas

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Manuel Gross's curator insight, June 26, 1:04 PM
Por Alexis Codina. Si en la otra parte persisten los comportamientos inaceptables, después de identificarlos, revelarlos y habiendo redefinidas las reglas de la negociación, usted tiene que tomar decisiones drásticas.
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Las 12 leyes de negociación – El arte de negociar

Las 12 leyes de negociación – El arte de negociar | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Por Ricard Lloria - Hoy, voy a hablaros de la negociación, de sus “leyes”, partir de la experiencia que he ido adquiriendo y de las diferentes situaciones que
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Singapore unveils new rules to curb packaging waste

Singapore unveils new rules to curb packaging waste | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Companies in Singapore will have to report their packaging data and submit packaging reduction plans by 2021. The new rules are part of a plan to extend the lifespan of the island nation’s only landfill site.

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The digital, sustainable future of supply chains

The digital, sustainable future of supply chains | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
The new mandate for supply chain sustainability is to use this time of transition to embed sustainability firmly into the information, functionality, and end-use of digital technologies as they come into the mainstream.

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Ford looks to bamboo to grow its use of sustainable composites - Plastics News

Ford looks to bamboo to grow its use of sustainable composites - Plastics News | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it

"One of the things we've been trying to do is develop materials that are valuable waste products, side products, in various parts of the globe," said Deborah Mielewski, who leads the sustainable materials team of Ford's research department. "Instead of shipping materials, as we currently do, all over the place ... we're trying to look at what's readily available and plentiful in various parts of the globe and then develop the materials around that."


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A step in the right direction: As a fast-growing and resource-efficient crop, bamboo and bamboo fibers offer Ford a way to be environmentally sustainable, while the fact that they are 15% to 20% lighter than traditional reinforcing materials- such as glass fiber - offers them a way to be economically efficient.

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6 claves para negociar con éxito.

6 claves para negociar con éxito. | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Por José G. Quintero E. - Saber negociar es básico para todo emprendedor. Toma nota de estos puntos para cerrar un trato y obtener lo que quieres. Saber
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Increasing food production without damaging the environment

Increasing food production without damaging the environment | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it

No sector is more sensitive to climate change than agriculture - especially for smallholders and family farmers from developing countries - while at the same time, agriculture and food systems account for around 30 per cent of total greenhouse emissions.


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5 frases que nunca tenés que decir en una negociación

5 frases que nunca tenés que decir en una negociación | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
La negociación es una de las aptitudes claves para insertarse en la vida labora, sea para llevar adelante un negocio propio o para sentar un acuerdo para las
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Finance for tomorrow : une marque pour inciter la finance à miser sur un avenir durable

Finance for tomorrow : une marque pour inciter la finance à miser sur un avenir durable | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
L'objectif est de partir à la conquête d'un marché en plein développement sous une bannière qui valorise les atouts français. A savoir, une expertise complète qui va de l'analyse dite extra-financière à une offre de fonds ISR (Investissement Socialement Responsable) et de plus de 400 fonds thématiques ainsi qu'un cadre règlementaire incitatif. Celui-ci allie réglementation sur le reporting et les labels publics, l’un sur l’ISR, l’autre sur la finance verte.

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LA PSICOLOGÍA DE LAS NEGOCIACIONES

LA PSICOLOGÍA DE LAS NEGOCIACIONES | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Simon Horton en “ The leader´s guide to negotiation. How to use soft skills to get hard results ”, que estamos comentando , plante

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Kaizen - Personal Development - Continuous Improvement

and How to Implement it in 3 Minutes. Why kaizen, personal development, and continuous improvement are awesome. If you enjoyed, please sub like and shar

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Supermarkets put on notice to cut waste or lose customer

Supermarkets put on notice to cut waste or lose customer | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Changing consumer preferences - and heightened awareness about the cost of waste - mean retailers need to adapt quickly if they want to keep current consumers happy and attract new ones, said Liz Goodwin of the US-based World Resources Institute think tank.

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The Unlikely Heroes of Climate Change

The Unlikely Heroes of Climate Change | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
We all know we should recycle, and turn lights off when we aren’t in the room, and not take extra showers just because we’re bored or need a break from our kids. These are all important individual…

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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 27, 11:02 AM

No matter what sector you are in, supply chain is where the leverage is to make impact on climate change (and just about every CSR criteria)

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The evolution of Procurement and how to make it even more strategic by @johnyrodriguesd

The evolution of Procurement and how to make it even more strategic by @johnyrodriguesd | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
The concept of procurement has existed for many years given that businesses have always had to buy products, materials and labour to be able to bring projects to life. However, the procurement function has been evolving over the years. In its initial stage, the function was much more based on tactical procurement which was basically a transactional and sometimes even reactive type of activity. At this stage, some stakeholders were still reluctant to work with Procurement as there was a perception that our function was about saving money while sacrificing quality and service. In order to get to the next step, we had to communicate what was in it for them, thus explaining that our objective, amongst others, was to uncover unforeseen supply obstacles while getting the most out of budgets but without jeopardising quality and service.
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Sweden commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2045 with new law

Sweden commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2045 with new law | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
To achieve carbon-neutral status, the country will focus on reducing emissions from transport by increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles. It plans to cut domestic emissions by at least 85 per cent, and offset remaining emissions by planting trees or investing in projects abroad.


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Achieving a Lean Transformation

Achieving a Lean Transformation | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
A company that is moving from an old way of doing things to applying lean principles is said to be going through a lean transformation.
A lean transformation is more than just eliminating waste. It involves changing a culture. It requires changing your thinking. It means changing your relationships with your customers and suppliers. A lean transformation is a complete transformation of your business, and it is going to be difficult to accomplish.
In the book Becoming Lean: Inside Stories of U.S. Manufacturers, Jeffrey K. Liker writes this about a lean transformation:
"When it works, it is a frighteningly powerful competitive advantage, but to accomplish it and keep it going is very difficult."
In the forward to the same book, James Womack writes:
"Why is lean thinking and lean manufacturing so challenging to implement? It is not — as many early commentators believed — a set of isolated techniques, but a complete business system, a way of designing, selling and manufacturing complex products that requires the cooperation of thousands of people and hundreds of independent organizations. A successful 'lean leap' (lean transformation) requires 'change agent' leadership, a sensei (teacher) to demonstrate the techniques, a long-term commitment to the workforce to inspire their best efforts, proactive development of the supply base, aggressive management of distribution and sales system to smooth demand, and a score-keeping system (accounting methods plus individual compensation) that motivates managers to do the right thing every time."
A lean transformation is really about people, and people changing how they do their jobs. The way to get started is to start small, let employees become comfortable with and confident in the changes a lean transformation brings, and build support for future changes. This usually means starting with the low hanging fruit, the easiest things to do that also bring the largest benefits.
A Lean Transformation Example
Let's say you own a company that makes widgets. These widgets are usually black and come with two buttons. Lately, customers have been ordering widgets in other colors such as red and blue. So once a month, your company does a special production run to produce the red and blue widgets. Of course, you charge more for these special orders.
One day the sales manager comes into your office. One of your largest customers has just switched to buying widgets from your competitor, ABC Widgets. The competitor can supply any color widget, put the customer's logo on it and deliver them in two days. Their price is also 10 percent less than your price.
"That's impossible!" you say. "They'll soon go out of business."
But over the next few months, more and more of your customers switch to buying from your competitor. Not only is ABC Widgets delivering custom widgets at a lower cost, they are guaranteeing better than a 99-percent on-time delivery, have higher quality and have just come out with a new lightweight three-button widget. What happened?
ABC Widgets has undergone a lean transformation.
Elements of a Lean Transformation
What changed? How is ABC Widgets able to produce high-quality custom widgets, sell them at a lower price, deliver them quickly and still be able to innovate and develop new widget designs?
There are a variety of lean principles that combine to produce a lean transformation. They have names such as kanban, kaizen, 5S and total productive maintenance. However, a lean transformation does not start by picking a lean principle and implementing it. It starts with your customers.
What Does the Customer Value?
The first question to ask is, "What is the customer willing to pay for?" If there is a step in your manufacturing process that is not adding value for the customer, that step should be eliminated.
For example, widgets have always been produced with rounded corners. Everyone has forgotten why, but that's the way they've always been made. But ABC Widgets learned that customers don't need widgets with rounded corners. So their widgets have square corners, which eliminated three steps in the production process.
On the other hand, growing numbers of customers wanted widgets of various colors. Custom colors added value to widgets that customers were willing to pay for. As a result, ABC Widgets designed an automated painting machine that had multiple paint nozzles instead of one. The new machine could paint individual widgets in any color with no change-over time required and at no more cost than painting them all black.
Introducing Kanban
As ABC Widgets improved its understanding of its customer's needs, the company implemented a "pull" type of manufacturing system. This lean principle uses customer demand to "pull" products through the manufacturing process. For ABC Widgets, this meant that widgets were not manufactured until they had been ordered. With waste in the production process eliminated, the entire process tightened up to include just those things that added value to the customer. Custom widgets could be produced in less time and with higher quality. Instead of waiting up to a month to get widgets in the colors they wanted, ABC Widget customers could get their custom-colored widgets in just a few days.
The "pull" approach to manufacturing is a lean technique called kanban. A kanban is a signal that a customer order has been received and a product needs to be produced. With Kanban, inventories are reduced (freeing additional space), and products are produced based on customer demand.
Not a Smooth Process
Things did not go smoothly as ABC Widgets moved ahead with its lean transformation. There was confusion, and people tended to go back to their old way of doing things. Problems such as machine breakdowns, long change-over times to reconfigure machines to make different styles of widgets and not having the right tooling available when it was needed were all serious stumbling blocks that looked like they would derail the lean transformation.
Introducing 5S
The 5S lean technique involves getting cleaned up and organized. With 5S, unused tools, equipment and supplies are eliminated or stored in a remote location. Regularly used tools and supplies are stored close to where they are needed in a way that makes it easy to quickly and correctly return them to their proper storage location when they are not in use.
Once ABC Widgets had implemented 5S, some of the problems were cleared up. Clean work areas and machines made it easy to spot oil and fluid leaks. The sources of the leaks could then be fixed long before they became major maintenance problems. Tools and dies could be easily found when they were needed. Employees took more pride in their work and became more supportive of the lean transformation, including contributing their ideas for further improvements.
Kaizen Continues the Improvements
Kaizen is an on-going process of continual improvement. It is based on suggestions from those closest to production, the employees who make the products. However, at times suggestions come from other employees or even from customers. The objective is to continually make small improvements, and it does not matter where the ideas for improvement come from.
Even when everything was going well, ABC Widgets continued to encourage employees to make suggestions, and they acted quickly on those suggestions. Employees could quickly see the positive impact of their suggestions, and when managers thought a suggestion would not work, they quickly followed up with the employee. By talking with those making the suggestions, the ABC Widgets managers learned about the problems and issues that were causing waste or quality problems, and in some cases solutions not envisioned in the original suggestion were developed.
Other Lean Principles
As ABC Widgets continued its lean transformation, other lean principles were applied. Total productive maintenance was used to put preventative maintenance into the hands of the machine operators. Value stream mapping helped identify activities that added value customers wanted and eliminated waste. Poka-yoke was used to reduce the possibility of errors and improve quality.
Visual Communication
Many lean techniques and principles rely on visual communication to keep employees informed about production status and customer needs. ABC Widgets used DuraLabel printers to make custom labels and signs that supported the changes being made. Reminders about the changes were posted where they were most needed. Employees were able to make and sustain the needed changes with minimum disruptions to the on-going production. The signs and labels also provided warnings about new hazards, changes in production configuration and modifications to the facility. With the ability to make custom signs that specifically addressed each situation, ABC Widgets kept its employees informed and safe.
The Lean Transformation Continues
It took ABC Widgets nearly two years to reach the point where it began to take away significant numbers of customers from its competitors. But that was not the end of its lean transformation. As the former industry leader tried to begin its own lean transformation, ABC Widgets continued to apply lean principles and improve further. New widget designs continued to expand the market, and powered by its ever-improving efficiency, quality and innovation, ABC Widgets moved into making related products and serving new markets. It was not easy. The lean transformation never eliminated the need for hard work, but it multiplied those efforts so that the results were much greater than had ever been experienced in the past.

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Will the world’s 9 biggest seafood companies help save the oceans?

Will the world’s 9 biggest seafood companies help save the oceans? | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it

Nine of the world’s biggest seafood companies have pledged to take steps to eliminate illegal products, end modern-day slavery in fishing supply chains and responsibly manage aquaculture farms. Along with signing a pledge, the nine companies also asked for government cooperation in fulfilling their obligations to marine protection, outlined in United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.


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¿Es necesario que las empresas sean sostenibles? - ecointeligencia - cambia a un estilo de vida sostenible!

¿Es necesario que las empresas sean sostenibles? - ecointeligencia - cambia a un estilo de vida sostenible! | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Las empresas sostenibles apuestan por su contribución al triple balance de la sostenibilidad, lo que actualmente exige un cambio de paradigma

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Should we really be aiming for a circular economy?

Should we really be aiming for a circular economy? | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
When considering the circular economy, businesses should not only look at how to endlessly recycle products but also how to cut down the use of resources in the first place and designing for durability, said business leaders at a recent sustainability event in Singapore.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 16, 11:36 AM

“Goods today should be made more robust and more durable, so that there isn’t a need to recycle at all” - JD Kasamoto

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Dirty Fashion: Global retailers vow to respond to 'toxic' supply chain practices

Dirty Fashion: Global retailers vow to respond to 'toxic' supply chain practices | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it

According to the report, the production of viscose - a staple plant-based fibre used widely in the textile industry - at locations in Indonesia, China and India were linked to increased cancer rates and the destruction of waterways and traditional and marine livelihoods."


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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 14, 9:20 AM

How can fashion brands using viscose and other unsustainable and highly-polluting fibers increase supply-chain visibility and thus promote best practices?

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World Fishing & Aquaculture | MSC and Chinese partners announce commitment to sustainability

World Fishing & Aquaculture | MSC and Chinese partners announce commitment to sustainability | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
On World Oceans Day last week, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), together with leading Chinese partners including China’s largest online marketplace Tmall.com, announced their commitment to sustainable seafood procurement.

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Turn Around Your Company by Following a Lean Model

Turn Around Your Company by Following a Lean Model | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
Is anything working? Are you in trouble yet? Is it you, or is it the economy? The fact of the matter is, IT’S YOU! Why? You are the one that has to survive. It is your responsibility. Without change, things will stay the same. So, how do you go about initiating change?
On a recent Business901 podcast, I discussed with Bob Weiner, CEO of PAS Technologies, how his company climbed from near the bottom of industry rankings to the top. What significant change did he make to leapfrog the competition? He invested the first week of his leadership in lean training.
Most professionals today have not been involved in a turnaround. They do not realize that turnarounds require a different set of skills and management techniques. My methods do not work for all and are just one way of doing it. You must decide on your course of action. I have been involved in several ventures, and failed at one of them. The results that I had were all different. I broke companies apart, sold some and worked through some. They were all different, with different goals and different results. And the bottom line is I lived to write about them.
Now, with my experience, what would I do if I was involved with one today? Though PAS did not create the model, they executed it, which is a much greater feat. My model may look a little different than how PAS did it, but it is similar in the respect that I would walk in and create a lean system.

Most people don’t respect the fact that you have to document what you are doing precisely. It really is like starting on a journey without knowing where you are at. If you would try to get directions from Yahoo Maps and typed in Indiana instead of Indianapolis, you may be only one hour or four hours away.
Your metrics play such an important part. How are you going to measure success? What in the short term will allow you to survive and in the long term build a business? Measuring simply by results is just not enough in today’s world. Using lean metrics measured by drivers are at the heart of making your plan effective.
Lean is a system focused on and driven by customers. Optimizing the value stream from their eyes and in an efficient process takes your processes to a level not experienced before. Review your past sales and processes that are performing well. Determine why and what may be different about them. This may help you identify a value stream much more quickly.
Mapping the future state is where we start seeing it all come together. This is the step everyone typically wants to jump to immediately. As a result, it can be easily abused, and a lot of waste can be left in the process. We make plans, and instead of having a sound basis, we use instincts and tools that are not directed and often based on what is called “tribal knowledge”.
Kaizen is the Japanese word for continuous improvement. It is all about idea submission, not acceptance. Kaizen has three steps. First, create a standard. Second, follow it. Third, find a better way. Create kaizen events on a weekly basis to improve on a particular area or metric.
A great learning tool is to start with a task that is working well, has little waste and just walk through the process. After you see how the process works, take one task that has what you perceive as a lot of low-hanging fruit. Walk through that process. The secret I believe to successful implementation is not trying to do too much at once. It is a journey made up of multiple events, or kaizens.

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Réputation : "Les entreprises ne peuvent plus seulement communiquer sur leurs produits ou leurs performances financières"

Réputation : "Les entreprises ne peuvent plus seulement communiquer sur leurs produits ou leurs performances financières" | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it
La France est en ligne avec le reste du monde : l’étude que nous avons publiée début juin montre que la RSE compte pour 43,3% dans la réputation des entreprises, soit 2,5 points de plus qu’en 2016. Par comparaison, le score est de 42,9% pour les États-Unis et 41% pour la Chine. Mais ce qui distingue la France, c’est le poids des indécis, qui déclarent ne pas savoir ce que les entreprises - dont ils sont pourtant familiers (1) - font en matière de RSE. Ils sont plus de 75% !

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Innovation to keep Asia's water flowing

Innovation to keep Asia's water flowing | Supply chain News and trends | Scoop.it

What is Singapore’s secret to achieving the seemingly impossible goal of water independence? The answer lies in two of the country’s other national taps: Desalinated water and high-grade reclaimed water, known locally as NEWater.
Together, the two sources make up about 55 per cent of Singapore’s water supply. By 2060, the government expects that they will meet as much as 85 per cent of demand.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, June 7, 2:56 AM

Making clean water accessible and sustainable will continue to be Singapore's aim for the next five years, and beyond.