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Miners ready to take punt on rare earths

Miners ready to take punt on rare earths | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Rare earth elements, as every commodities nerd knows, are in fact not very rare at all. Some, such as cerium and lanthanum, are among the more abundant elements in the earth's crust.


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As Walmart Makes Safety Vows, It's Seen as Obstacle to Change

As Walmart Makes Safety Vows, It's Seen as Obstacle to Change | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

When Walmart’s chief executive, Michael Duke, appeared at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting in New York this month, a raucous crowd of protesters awaited him. Walmart was confronting reports of bribery in Mexico, a wave of labor demonstrations in the United States and, perhaps most critically, questions about a grisly fire that had killed 112 workers at a Bangladeshi garment factory used by several Walmart suppliers.

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B2B platforms give firms new trade lifeline

B2B platforms give firms new trade lifeline | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Shrinking orders prompt small businesses to find fresh solutions for controlling costs. Getting professional advice on how to attract more buyers from overseas via business-to-business platforms is a new trend among small and medium-sized enterprises in China as the European financial crisis severely weakens the export industry.

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Manufacturing domestically allows control over supply chain

Manufacturing domestically allows control over supply chain | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
U.S. manufacturers who remain on the fence regarding the continuing cost effectiveness of overseas production could take a lesson from the Duchess of Cambridge, according to the BBC.
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Nash Petropoulos's comment, January 21, 2013 7:21 PM
interesting counter-argument to outsourcing
Amanda Scardamaglia's comment, January 21, 2013 8:47 PM
Fascinating take on how manufacturing domestically allows manufacturers to take advantage of the 'Kate Middleton' effect.
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Foreign IT giants pose security threat

The UK Intelligence and Security Committee will soon submit a report to Prime Minister David Cameron about Chinese IT enterprise Huawei, which may state that Huawei poses a threat to network security in UK. Months ago, ZTE and Huawei faced these trumped-up charges in the US.


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Continued challenges for steel players in 2013

Local steel players are expected to continue witnessing low sales volumes and margin squeeze in 2013 as steel dumping continues to plague the domestic industry, said BlueScope Steel president for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Somkiat Pintatham

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How did famous US brands end up in deadly sweat shop?

How did famous US brands end up in deadly sweat shop? | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

In the charred bones of the Tazreen Fashions Ltd. factory, the labels and logos -- sewn and printed in scarlet and royal blue -- beckon from the ashes. Even in ruins, there's no missing that these T-shirts and jeans were intended for U.S. stores and shopping carts, designed as bargains too good to pass up, or stocking stuffers just in time for the holidays and in just the right size.

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Maeve Gray's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:07 PM

Tazreen has been in news before for this same kind of thing.

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5 Supply Chain Predictions For 2013, The Year Of The Network

5 Supply Chain Predictions For 2013, The Year Of The Network | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year when we celebrate the fact that next year is a clean slate and all is possible. It’s also the time when we propose our budgets and very quickly realize that we’d better focus on what’s important, as that’s where the budget will inevitably go. Or, as the beloved Judge Smails of Caddyshack — an amateur CFO (little known fact)— says to his grandson Spalding, “You’ll have nothing—and like it!”
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Top 10 logistics challenges for 2013 (and beyond)

Top 10 logistics challenges for 2013 (and beyond) | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
What's in store for shippers in the coming year? Several trends bear watching—including the resurgence of a 50-year-old method of shipping.
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Looking beyond emerging markets to 'frontier' economies

Looking beyond emerging markets to 'frontier' economies | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
With China, Brazil and India hitting icy patches on their economic growth paths, investing in even younger emerging markets looks promising.
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Apples and Oranges, well, actually Apple and Amazon - The 21st Century Supply Chain

Apples and Oranges, well, actually Apple and Amazon - The 21st Century Supply Chain | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
It should come as no surprise that SCM World recently published findings (from the November 2012 report Apple and Amazon: Lessons for the Rest of Us) that Amazon beat out Apple in a survey of top Supply Chain executives polled on which had the best supply chain. But it is a little like comparing apples and oranges. They are both fruits, and they are both round. That much is true.
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Global clothing industry fails to come up with a long-term solution to fix working conditions

Global clothing industry fails to come up with a long-term solution to fix working conditions | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
About a year and a half before a fire at a clothing factory in Bangladesh killed 112 people in November, executives from Wal-Mart, Gap and other big retailers met nearby to discuss ways to prevent the unsafe working conditions that have made such tragedies common.
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TONELSON: Apple's made-in-USA plan fuels wishful thinking

TONELSON: Apple's made-in-USA plan fuels wishful thinking | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
Sorry to spoil the party, but I am completely unimpressed with Apple’s announcement last week that it will resume manufacturing some computers in the United States next year. I’m even less impressed with the larger narrative continually fed by such news for months — that America is reclaiming from an over-the-hill China the mantle of global industrial leadership.
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2013 will see an adapting supply chain

2013 will see an adapting supply chain | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Managing increasing complexities whilst reducing costs and improving service will dominate supply chain thinking in 2013.

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Divergent fortunes of Hitachi and its home city

Divergent fortunes of Hitachi and its home city | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

The biggest annual loss on record by a Japanese manufacturer jolted executives into action at Hitachi Corp., the century-old electronics and engineering behemoth that takes its name from a wind-swept industrial city on the Pacific Coast.

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Growth window slams shut on open economies

Growth window slams shut on open economies | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

South-East Asia has become an island of hope in a sea of global economic troubles, according to a World Bank report.


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FDI, Wal-Mart & controversies: An eventful year for retail

Moneycontrol.com FDI, Wal-Mart & controversies: An eventful year for retail Moneycontrol.com After battling stiff political opposition, the government allowed 51 per cent FDI in multi-brand retail in September this year, but left it to the states...
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Rise of the warehouse robots

Rise of the warehouse robots | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

When I came to this business in 2003, the day I arrived we had 60 orders that day and the girls in the packing room were in tears - how were they going to get 60 orders out in one day? Now we are getting thousands and thousands out in a day

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Supply chain's missing links

Supply chain's missing links | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

China needs to get a move on when it comes to providing good local delivery, says logistics expert.


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The Commoditization of the Smartphone

The Commoditization of the Smartphone | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it

Smartphones have seen a tremendous growth on their popularity ever since the introduction of Apple’s iPhone in T-Mobile’s network sometime back in 2007. The release of Google’s Android also did influence this growth in a very positive way. Android provided an open source & its associated community and also a readily available platform which paved the way for new entrants to the Smartphone OEM list.
 

Android, being an open source, provided the advantages of a very short development time and a quicker time-to-market advantage and these factors mainly attracted the new entrants into the Smartphone OEM business. Currently, if we look at the market share for the Smartphones held by the local OEMs, in the Chinese and Indian markets, we see these local players gradually increasing their share over the last couple of years.


There are multiple factors leading to this:

  • Indian and Chinese markets are price sensitive markets. The big OEMs due to their constraints of bigger setups and other operational expenditures were not able to provide cheaper Smartphone options
  • The local OEMs used the option of sourcing the white labeled devices from the ODMs in China & Taiwan and selling them in the local market after re-branding. This proved a considerably cheaper option. This approach increasingly led to a stage wherein the local OEMs would dictate not only the design & the form-factors but also the sourcing of each of the components by their ODMs. This led to an outsourced customization model and this model still kept the prices in check while ensuring OEM specific customizations
  • The local OEMs know their market and have a robust distribution networks addressing the grass-root levels
     

Most of these OEMs partnered with Mediatek, a fab-less system-on-chip vendor for their chipset requirements. Mediatek, while providing the obvious location advantage also provided the cost-advantage.
 

The above-mentioned OEM-ODM model has resulted in the entry of quite a lot of local players into the Smartphone OEM business. The focus has not really has been on innovation and quality. The main consideration has been on satisfying the local market hygiene requirements such as a battery long-life for Indian consumers and etc. This lack of innovation has led to a flood of OEMs selling cheap Smartphones with almost similar features & technologies and in quite a few cases — devices of low-quality. This lack of innovation also led to price wars and reduced operating margins to the OEMs. Some of these OEMs started looking at overseas markets especially Africa and Latin America both, of which offered a fertile market for consumption of cheap smartphones from unknown brands.


The trend seems to be that this phenomenon is going to continue over the next few years and will reach other regions as well. This study shows that the market share of the expensive smartphones will shrink from 85% of total smartphones sold in 2011 to 33% in 2017. And, the popularity of the cheaper ones will soar upto to 52%. The study further adds that the average smartphone price will fall from $188 in 2011 to $152 in 2017. There is a clear trend emerging, as this study as well concedes, that the average price of the Smartphone is decreasing and they are becoming cheaper and more affordable.

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Supply chain tech to react to change

Supply chain tech to react to change | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
In recent months, worries over Apple's future have been reflected in the company's share price, which has begun to fall from the dizzying heights of just over $700 (£436) to around $500 today.
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Looking beyond emerging markets to "frontier" economies

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Online shopping boom in Asia

Online shopping boom in Asia | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
One consumer ordered a year's supply of sanitary napkins. Another, who was not happy with a newly purchased notebook computer, returned it after more than a week.
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Five Supply Chain Trends That Shaped 2012

Overall IT trends such as the cloud, big data and mobile are impacting the supply chain sector just as they do other sectors.
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Djakarta, Shanghai, Singapore among Top cities for investment

Djakarta, Shanghai, Singapore among Top cities for investment | Global Supply Chain Management | Scoop.it
Shanghai, Beijing and several second-tier cities rank in the top ten cities for investment and development prospects in the Asia Pacific region, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2013, published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC.
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