PepsiCo's Practical Application of Supply Chain Resilience Strategies

Source: Forbes

PepsiCo, the food and beverage behemoth with $63 billion in annual revenues, is best known for their carbonated soft drinks. But consumers’ preferences have shifted toward more nutritious foods. Organic products, for example, were up 11 percent in 2015 while the overall food market is growing at 3 percent according to a report released by the Organic Trade Association. PepsiCo responded by leveraging its premier health & wellness brands such as Naked Juice and O.N.E. Coconut Water percent in 2015 while the overall food market is growing....

Business and consumer risk

Source: Supply Chain Digital

Consumers and business leaders in America are most concerned about cyber threats, a changing workforce and severe weather, that’s according to the 2016 Travelers Risk Index. Launched in 2013, the Travelers Risk Index is an annual study to assess Americans’ perception about risk. The index surveyed 1,001 consumers between the ages of 18 and 69 as well as 1,202 business owners and decision makers. Not to stop there, of those business owners and decision makers, 493 were small business, 453 midsixed business and 256 large business...

More Supply Chain Management Jobs for Women

Source: Logistics Management

This originally appeared in Supply Chain Management Review, LM's sister publication. In compiling the annual “Salary Survey” for our sister publication – Logistics Management – we discovered some significant new trends in the search for new talent. Tisha Danehl, Vice President of Ajilon Professional Staffing in Chicago, says that a recent survey done by her firm indicates that demand for supply chain professionals in manufacturing and retail have “gone through the roof.” Furthermore, she says, women are finally breaking into the top echelons of what had been a male-dominated industry...

Improve Supply Chain Decisions by Integrating Zyme Channel Data Management

Source: Econotimes

Steelwedge, a leading provider of cloud-based supply chain and integrated business planning solutions, today announced that it has integrated Zyme’s Channel Data Management into its PlanStreaming platform. Zyme’s channel intelligence and management capabilities now combine with direct sales forecasts entered into PlanStreaming through Steelwedge’s SalesSightTM app for Salesforce to feed a comprehensive view of both direct and indirect market dynamics into demand, supply and sales planning solutions...

Why Supply Chain Managers Are Psychopaths

Source: Supply and Demand Exec

Suppliers who've had bruising encounters with big retailers and other large companies may take some solace from research that shows that supply chain executives exhibit the highest levels of psychopathic tendencies in the corporate sector. A study of 261 corporate professionals working in supply chain management found that 21 percent of those individuals had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits, such as insincerity, lack of empathy or remorse, egocentric behavior, and the ability to be both charming and superficial...

Much ado about Amazon, as usual

Source: SCMR

An ongoing question among supply chain stakeholders, when it comes to global e-commerce bellwether Amazon, continues to be just how far it will spread its wings in terms of expanding its logistics and supply chain operations and processes. Regardless of what people say or think, there are very real signs that Amazon is not going to sit on the sidelines and let logistics come to them, as, conversely, in many cases, it is really coming to logistics. Two quick examples of this include its 2012 $775 million acquisition of Kiva Systems, a developer of mobile-robotic solutions that...

going digital can reduce supply chain costs by 50%

Source: Supply Chain Digital

Companies which commit to digitising their supply chains can expect to save up to 50 percent on costs, according to a new report. The Digital Supply Chain initiative (DSCi), a new line of research conducted by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) in partnership with CREATe.org, today announced the publication of their new white paper, Digital Supply Chains: A Frontside Flip, a report designed to provide practical steps that companies can take today to prepare for the digital supply chain of the future. The paper presents evidence from 24 top executives running...

Oracle buys LogFire to boost supply chain management tools

Source: Beta News

In order to boost the features of its supply chain management cloud offering, Oracle will be acquiring the Atlanta-based LogFire that provides cloud-based warehouse management applications. Oracle believes that LogFire's applications will really help complement the logistics functionality of its own Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM), through the addition of the ability to manage warehouses. The financial terms of the company's proposed acquisition have yet to be disclosed, but both LogFire's employees and management will be joining the Oracle SCM Cloud Team...

ISM Report Provides Bullish Update on Manufacturing

Source: SCMR

Coming off of its first decline after a five-month stretch of growth, manufacturing activity in September showed a bounce back of sorts, according to the most recent edition of the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) monthly Manufacturing Report on Business, which was issued today. The PMI, the index used by the ISM to measure growth, was 51.5 (a reading of 50 or higher indicates growth), topping August’s 49.4, which was the first decline going back to February’s 49.5. September’s PMI was 1.2 percent above the 12-month average of 50.3. And the ISM said that the over all...

Why supply chain management is like a competitive sport

Source: Supply Chain Digital

What can we learn from the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio? That moving things, whether they are human beings, balls or boats is extremely hard work. That those who succeed at long-distance running are far less likely to succeed at a sprint. That hurdles can be overcome with the right discipline and support. And that different cultures, languages and traditions need not be barriers to international success. It’s a slightly clunky metaphor, to be sure, but the same lessons can be learned from successful supply chains in today’s commodities business. Highly complex, global....

Valuing the Importance of Efficient Supply Chain Management

Source: Fullrton

In a nation where meat, fruit and nuts are often a transnational commodity, efficiency in supply chain management can have a major impact on whether you see certain products on your store shelves. Min Choi, an assistant professor of management who joined Cal State Fullerton this fall, has studied the issue.
"Operational inefficiency in the food industry is not just an economic problem; it also has direct social and environmental implications,” says the scholar, who completed her doctorate in supply chain management at Arizona State University. “Sustainable supply chain management is crucial...

Who are the Thinkers and Movers in supply chain?

Source: Supply Chain Digital

DSC Logistics has the answer – today it will be recognising three supply chain professionals for their outstanding contribution to the field in thinking and practices that have moved the supply chain field forward in significant ways, in an awards scheme it first set up back in 2009. The three will be honoured at a special event in conjunction with the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Orlando. Ann Drake, Chairman & CEO of DSC Logistics, commented...

How a Small Hospital Developed Lean Supply Chain Management

Source: Rev Cycle Intelligence

When hospitals start to dig into how their organizations can reduce healthcare costs without lowering care quality, many run the risk of overlooking several cost-cutting opportunities in their healthcare supply chain management process. But developing a more strategic supply chain management approach can help providers optimize more than simply their stock room procedures.Using a Lean healthcare supply chain management strategy, a North Carolina-based community hospital eliminated waste and saved healthcare costs...

Transport management and the AI revolution

Source: Logistics MGMT

We’ve heard people talk about reducing the number of freight vehicles on the roads many times before. However, the transport industry has yet to find an effective way of doing so. Collaboration has been touted as the answer by some – but the lack of results so far suggests that this is not the best way forward. I believe there is a much more viable and realistic way working towards the magic target of a 40 percent vehicle reduction – the application of artificial intelligence...

Top tips for dealing with product recalls

Source: SCMR

The recall of a product in any industry sector, whether to protect customers, a brand or to gather intelligence, can have a devastating impact on a company, its finances and its reputation. Managed well, the result can underline a company’s commitment to its customers and their safety. So the process doesn’t just have to be fast, it also has to be precise. Recalls are often in the news with consumer products and food retrievals regularly hitting headlines. But according to the latest Stericycle Recall Index, it is recalls in the automotive sector that have been rising quarter...

Supply Chain Leaders Urged to Embrace Climate Change Solutions

Source: Supply Chain Review

When BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) convened its annual conference in San Francisco in 2015, there was considerable celebration about the landmark agreement at COP21 – also known as the Paris Climate Conference. It meant that for the first time in over 21 years of UN negotiations, standards were finally established to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. As BSR meets again next month in New York, the current cri de Coeur is for “bold climate action,” with analysts observing that...

Women in Supply Chain

Source: SCMR

In recent years, company after company have launched initiatives to close the much discussed supply chain talent gap. After all, the supply chain has become an increasingly critical component of business strategy and business transformation, and the capabilities required for the future are very different from those required in the past. The ability to recruit, develop, retain and advance great leaders will put companies at a competitive advantage in their ability to innovate, create value for customers and improve supply chain performance...

New RAIN RFID Gateway for Inventory Management

Source: Global Trade Mag

Span’s features combine real-time monitoring and transition detection in a simple-to-deploy package. A single xSpan provides continuous item visibility in a coverage area up to 1,000 square feet. Multiple xSpans combined with other Impinj connectivity devices can cover larger areas. Able to track items as they move along a path, xSpan can help companies understand when items are entering or exiting areas or transitioning between zones. xSpan is power-over-Ethernet (PoE), low-profile and lightweight, making it versatile and easy to install on both ceilings and walls. xSpan maintains peak performance with...

Demand Management Honored as a “Great Supply Chain Partner”

Source: Yahoo Finance

Each year, our list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners features a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services,” explains Brad Berger, Publisher, SupplyChainBrain. “Over the course of our six-month online poll, we ask supply chain professionals to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service, and overall supply chain performance. This year we received literally hundreds of nominations for solutions providers in every aspect of supply...

Cold Chain Gains Traction in Emerging Markets

Source: Spend Masters/em="">

The 2016 Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) Global Cold Storage Capacity Report shows that warehouse capacity has experienced steady growth since 2014, the last time the survey was conducted. Emerging markets – including those with undeveloped transport infrastructure – played a key role in this trend. Supply chain managers may assume that leading industrial nations would be driving the growth for controlled atmosphere warehousing, but recent research suggests that this is not the “cold case” it appears to be...

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