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Apple’s Supplier Pegatron Now Using Facial Recognition to Check Potential Workers - I4U News

Apple’s Supplier Pegatron Now Using Facial Recognition to Check Potential Workers - I4U News | Supply chain | Scoop.it
Chinese manufacturer Pegatron, which produces Apple’s iPhone 5C, started using facial recognition software after a minor worker died from pneumonia. Read more at http://www.i4u.com/2013/12/58777/apple-s-supplier-pegatron-now-using-facial-recognition-check-potential-workers#LtTQBhvg8xp029Rv.99
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Minimizing Supply Chain Risk - Inbound Logistics

Minimizing Supply Chain Risk - Inbound Logistics | Supply chain | Scoop.it
Lean concepts such as just-in-time, virtual inventory, supplier rationalization, and fewer distribution facilities reduce total supply chain costs. They also increase supply chain risk. Chris Cameron, solution architect at Exton, Pa.-based supply chain solutions provider Elemica, offers these tips for preventing supply chain disruptions. 1. Identify and assess current risk. Quantify and prioritize risk, then develop a mitigation strategy. Start backward from the customer and gauge the revenue impact of supply chain disruptions. Follow that trail through the manufacturing cycle to the potential sourcing or logistics constraining factors. 2. Identify supply and delivery alternatives. Build collaborative relationships with primary and secondary suppliers, and know which suppliers represent the best alternative sources. 3. Empower your trading partners. Institute a collaboration platform and communications framework designed to facilitate information exchange, while cutting costs and reducing errors. 4. Select vendors in different geographic regions who supply through secondary ports. Maintaining a diverse base of suppliers—even when equivalent materials are available from suppliers in the same region—will help when one country experiences a disruption. 5. Fully engage in supplier relationships. Because you will need to rely on them for help if disruptions arise, monitor suppliers for any potential problems. This includes knowing the suppliers' risk factors: financial strength, compliance with regulations, risk management practices, and the political stability of their countries. 6. Take control of logistics processes. Instead of abdicating to the suppliers' delivery, bring items closer to home where it makes economic sense, and globally source where savings are balanced by assurance of supply. It is crucial to take ownership of both the supply and delivery processes to understand the inherent risk, regardless of who has economic responsibility for delivery according to the terms of the sales contract. 7. Jointly plan and collaborate about potential supply chain disruptions. Include suppliers, logistics service providers, and customers in your collaboration plans. Drive toward mutually available risk plans for each link in your supply chain. 8. Build flexibility into processes so you can promptly adapt to changes with minimum impact. Share forecast and demand information with trading partners so you can be more responsive to customer demand fluctuations. Develop a corporate culture of agility, rather than reactivity. Agile companies can respond rapidly and effectively to manage supply or demand changes. 9. Optimize inventory buffers and safety stock levels. Make sure you have enough supplies to keep producing. 10. Be proactive. Increase visibility into supply chain operations, including event management that enables tracking and monitoring material flow as it happens. Incorporate analytics to identify patterns as they develop for data-driven pre-emptive action.
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Minimizing Supply Chain Risk - Inbound Logistics

Minimizing Supply Chain Risk - Inbound Logistics | Supply chain | Scoop.it
Lean concepts such as just-in-time, virtual inventory, supplier rationalization, and fewer distribution facilities reduce total supply chain costs. They also increase supply chain risk. Chris Cameron, solution architect at Exton, Pa.-based supply chain solutions provider Elemica, offers these tips for preventing supply chain disruptions. 1. Identify and assess current risk. Quantify and prioritize risk, then develop a mitigation strategy. Start backward from the customer and gauge the revenue impact of supply chain disruptions. Follow that trail through the manufacturing cycle to the potential sourcing or logistics constraining factors. 2. Identify supply and delivery alternatives. Build collaborative relationships with primary and secondary suppliers, and know which suppliers represent the best alternative sources. 3. Empower your trading partners. Institute a collaboration platform and communications framework designed to facilitate information exchange, while cutting costs and reducing errors. 4. Select vendors in different geographic regions who supply through secondary ports. Maintaining a diverse base of suppliers—even when equivalent materials are available from suppliers in the same region—will help when one country experiences a disruption. 5. Fully engage in supplier relationships. Because you will need to rely on them for help if disruptions arise, monitor suppliers for any potential problems. This includes knowing the suppliers' risk factors: financial strength, compliance with regulations, risk management practices, and the political stability of their countries. 6. Take control of logistics processes. Instead of abdicating to the suppliers' delivery, bring items closer to home where it makes economic sense, and globally source where savings are balanced by assurance of supply. It is crucial to take ownership of both the supply and delivery processes to understand the inherent risk, regardless of who has economic responsibility for delivery according to the terms of the sales contract. 7. Jointly plan and collaborate about potential supply chain disruptions. Include suppliers, logistics service providers, and customers in your collaboration plans. Drive toward mutually available risk plans for each link in your supply chain. 8. Build flexibility into processes so you can promptly adapt to changes with minimum impact. Share forecast and demand information with trading partners so you can be more responsive to customer demand fluctuations. Develop a corporate culture of agility, rather than reactivity. Agile companies can respond rapidly and effectively to manage supply or demand changes. 9. Optimize inventory buffers and safety stock levels. Make sure you have enough supplies to keep producing. 10. Be proactive. Increase visibility into supply chain operations, including event management that enables tracking and monitoring material flow as it happens. Incorporate analytics to identify patterns as they develop for data-driven pre-emptive action.
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Councils still focus on lowest price, rather than social value, MPs told

Councils still focus on lowest price, rather than social value, MPs told | Supply chain | Scoop.it
MPs on the Commons communities and local government committee have heard from charities and thinktanks about how local government could deliver social value and support for small businesses. The hearing on Tuesday, part of the MPs' inquiry into local procurement,centred on the impact of the Social Value Act, introduced over a year ago, which requires public authorities to consider the wider social and environmental impact of procurement. Key points: Lowest price rather than wider social impact• The Act is a useful tool, but could be better used by local authorities • Local authorities still tend to focus on price and lowest prices, rather than look at wider social and environmental wellbeing indicators • Procurement officers are looking for the "lowest care option", when in the longer term the economic benefits from choosing the right contracts would lead to more efficient services - Oliver Henman, head of partnerships and international,. National Council for Voluntary Organisations Limited takeup of community right to challenge• Community right to challenge, which lets communities take over local services that they think they can run differently and better, has not been as widely used as people expected • Only 22 formal right to challenge cases since the legislation was introduced as part of the Localism Act in 2011 and only two of these have been accepted • "It does indicate that there are some limits to the ability to use that challenge and some councils are not feeling that there is any obligation on them to respond to that challenge." • But people may still be raising needs, to which councils are responding in less formal ways. • Right to challenge could be seen as creating confrontation. If things can be resolved in a different way, they generally are although this can be harder to quantify - Henman, NCVO Local government must take more procurement risks• Councils are "surprisingly good" in dealing with small suppliers and businesses • No-one is doing everything they could, but "there are more examples of good practice than bad" but no one is doing everything they could," he said adding that • The biggest factor preventing good practice is risk aversion. "It's not like councils don't know what to do but in a tense environment in local government there is more fear of job losses and the responsibility for that falls on members." • Members need to tell officers engage with small businesses even though this carries more risk. - Martin McTague, chairman of the Local Government Policy Unit
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‘Procurement needs to remain relevant as the economy returns to growth’ | Supply Management

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Local authorities failing to collaborate on procurement - News - outsourcing - sourcingfocus.com

Local authorities failing to collaborate on procurement - News - outsourcing - sourcingfocus.com | Supply chain | Scoop.it
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Logistics Cost Containment Thru Leadership & Employee Engagement

Logistics Cost Containment Thru Leadership & Employee Engagement | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“ Looking to achieve logistics cost containment? Look beyond hard costs & look at how engaged your workforce isto improve bottom lines.”
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Supply Chain Sustainability: What It Really Means to ‘Go Green’ · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Supply Chain Sustainability: What It Really Means to ‘Go Green’ · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader | Supply chain | Scoop.it
A look at how sustainability can be incorporated into the supply chain through a closer look at one of the company’s latest solutions Sustainability is a hot topic in the food and beverage industry. As manufacturers seek to reduce costs and maintain customer loyalty, implementing sustainable practices can help to achieve these aims while at the same time ensuring that companies are playing a responsible role in their industry and society in general.
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91% Say Companies Should Implement More Sustainability Practices

91% Say Companies Should Implement More Sustainability Practices | Supply chain | Scoop.it
Only 35 percent of Americans believe companies are doing more today than 10 years ago to address climate change, according to research conducted by Research+Data Insights for Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Environmental Defense Fund.
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Retail Resilience - strengthen your supply chain

Retail Resilience - strengthen your supply chain | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“ How to make the most of the 'always on' marketplace”Retailers have gone through a supply chain revolution, greatly reducing inventories and outsourcing to lower-cost regions with tremendous benefits. But it has made supply chains longer, leaner, more complex and, as a result, much more vulnerable. Far from the simple linear links of yesteryear, today’s supply chains more closely resemble a whole series of interconnected webs overlaid upon each other. As organisations continue to build resiliency into their core business model supply chains are a key area for improvement, requiring both greater resilience and transparency. In this interconnected age, when retailers are part of a long chain of dependency, events several continents away can have drastic and often unforeseen effects on businesses across the globe. Retailers must look beyond the boundaries of their own organisation when building resilience. The need for stronger supply chains was demonstrated in March 2011, to devastating effect, when earthquakes and tsunamis crippled Japan and left the global automotive industry in tatters. This was by no means a unique event: the Thai floods, L’Aquila earthquake and Hurricane Sandy all served to further expose the fragility of many of the world’s supply chains.
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Empty shelves due to poor demand planning - SAPICS - your supply chain network

Empty shelves due to poor demand planning - SAPICS - your supply chain network | Supply chain | Scoop.it
Retailers are hard-pressed at this time of year to ensure maximum stock availability as shoppers unable to find an item that they had intended to purchase might switch stores or even decide to not buy the item at all. This potential income loss for retailers filters down to suppliers, as consumers can easily decide to purchase substitute items from a competing brand.
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Ministry of Commerce tackles China's high logistics costs - WantChinaTimes

Ministry of Commerce tackles China's high logistics costs - WantChinaTimes | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“ WantChinaTimes Ministry of Commerce tackles China's high logistics costs WantChinaTimes China's total logistics costs accounted for 18% of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP), which is more than double that of other developed countries,...”
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Procurement ‘too narrow a term’ in globalised world | Supply Management

Procurement ‘too narrow a term’ in globalised world | Supply Management | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“RT @SAP_Procurement: Is #Procurement “too narrow a term” in the globalized world? http://t.co/coeQMt9BnB via @supplymgmt”
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GM Focuses on Freight to Shrink Carbon Footprint

GM Focuses on Freight to Shrink Carbon Footprint | Supply chain | Scoop.it
General Motors is joining the voluntary EPA SmartWaypartnership, which GM says will drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by its freight shippers and carriers with the goal of further shrinking the company’scarbon footprint.
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Procurement outsourcing sector must evolve to change negative perception - Supply Management

“ Procurement outsourcing sector must evolve to change negative perception Supply Management Other obstacles include a “dispersed organisational structure and multiple locations and systems”, which makes outsourcing too complex, and service providers...”
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Procurement outsourcing sector must evolve to change negative perception - Supply Management

“ Procurement outsourcing sector must evolve to change negative perception Supply Management Other obstacles include a “dispersed organisational structure and multiple locations and systems”, which makes outsourcing too complex, and service providers...”
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Procurement in the care sector a 'national disgrace' - Unison

Dave Watson from Unison Scotland told the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee procurement in the care sector was a "national disgrace" on 4 December 2013. Mr Watson said:"Frankly, care is a national disgrace in the way we procure it and we really have to get a grip of that and procurement is the way that we do that." The union organiser said he had spoken to care workers on zero-hours contracts who had told him they would be reluctant to raise incidents of care abuse or health and safety issues as they feared they would not be asked back to work again. He was giving evidence on the Procurement Reform Bill which he said was too "timid". The bill aims to improve the way the public sector buys goods, works and services. Public sector bodies could be allowed to consider issues such as blacklisting and zero-hours contracts when awarding work to firms, according to planned reforms. The move is among changes to public procurement rules being proposed by the Scottish government. Mr Watson said "in broad terms the bill is fine, but our view is its too timid in general terms" and that it was a "risk averse approach to procurement" failing to look at the wider benefits that could be accrued by the process on issues like the living wage and tax avoidance. Stephen Boyd from the Scottish Trade Union Consortium said the bill was "slightly disappointing" when judged against the original aspirations of the government. Pat Rafferty from Unite said: "There's clearly a great opportunity in the Procurement Reform Bill for blacklisting by companies to be addressed". Mr Rafferty is one of the petitioners on behalf of unite behind PE1481 calling for an end to blacklisting. The Scottish government has published guidelines to stop the blacklisting of workers involved in public contracts. The new rules mean companies bidding for work must disclose whether they have been involved in the illegal practice, and if so, they must show that "remedial action" has been taken. In future, companies found to have breached laws against blacklisting could have their contracts terminated. The guidelines are likely to be made statutory as part of the Procurement Reform Bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament. Mike Emmott from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said his organisation would soon be publishing a guide on pre-employment checks which would raise the issue of whether any form of blacklisting was ever acceptable
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‘Procurement needs to remain relevant as the economy returns to growth’ | Supply Management

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Pirate Gangs Still Active but Attacks on Cargo Vessels and Tankers Switch Coasts - Latest industry shipping news from the Handy Shipping Guide

Pirate Gangs Still Active but Attacks on Cargo Vessels and Tankers Switch Coasts - Latest industry shipping news from the Handy Shipping Guide | Supply chain | Scoop.it
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Ethical supply chains: Why retailers need them and who is watching

Ethical supply chains: Why retailers need them and who is watching | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“ The past 20 years has seen consumers take on a new role, ethical watchdogs. Scandal after scandal has played out on the front pages of newspapers as revelations of labour exploitation and environmental destruction have come to light.”
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Delivery Woes Leave Customers Worries About Mailed Christmas Gifts - CBS Local

Delivery Woes Leave Customers Worries About Mailed Christmas Gifts - CBS Local | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“ Delivery Woes Leave Customers Worries About Mailed Christmas Gifts CBS Local NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – While North Texas weather was glorious on Wednesday, the ice storm nearly two weeks ago seems to be wreaking continued havoc on folks trying to...”
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Pirate Gangs Still Active but Attacks on Cargo Vessels and Tankers Switch Coasts - Latest industry shipping news from the Handy Shipping Guide

Pirate Gangs Still Active but Attacks on Cargo Vessels and Tankers Switch Coasts - Latest industry shipping news from the Handy Shipping Guide | Supply chain | Scoop.it
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Lean Manufacturing Practices of the Future

Lean Manufacturing Practices of the Future | Supply chain | Scoop.it
“ You want your company to be a leader in your field. You want to provide the best product to your customers at the best price, and cut needless costs, transact”
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91% Say Companies Should Implement More Sustainability Practices

91% Say Companies Should Implement More Sustainability Practices | Supply chain | Scoop.it
Only 35 percent of Americans believe companies are doing more today than 10 years ago to address climate change, according to research conducted by Research+Data Insights for Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Environmental Defense Fund.
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Tesco planning same-day delivery as it battles ...

Tesco planning same-day delivery as it battles ... | Supply chain | Scoop.it
““ The Guardian Tesco planning same-day delivery as it battles rivals The Guardian Tesco is already trialling same-day deliveries of food in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, under which shoppers can order goods by midday for delivery by 6pm.” (Tesco planning...”
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