Child Labor Revelation Prompts Apple to Make Supplier Policy Change

Source: Fortune, USA

  • Apple has stopped buying cobalt mined by hand in Congo following reports of child labor and dangerous work conditions there. Apple said the new policy would be in effect until it can confirm that companies in its supply chain for the metal, used in iPhone and iPad batteries, have "appropriate protections" safeguarding workers and banning child labor, a company spokesperson told the Washington Post on ....

5 Supply Chain Trends Happening Now

Source: Logistics Management, USA

  • Supply chain professionals who once viewed themselves as cost managers are now managing relationships with key stakeholders, the risks in their supply chains and are increasingly responsible for financial management. What’s more, new trends arise almost daily that affect how supply chains are designed and managed. ....

How to Enhance Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts through Transparency

Source: MH&L News, USA

  • "No longer can supplier issues like child labor utilization, product contamination, sweatshop factory conditions, polluted waterways, or toxic spills be ignored, (to name just a few types of concerns that have been showcased in recent years) be ignored by major manufactures or remain hidden from the broader public," says study ....

France Passes Law Requiring Supply Chain Due Diligence

Source: Supply Chain Drive, USA

  • France's National Assembly last week passed a law requiring France-based companies directly or indirectly employing 5,000 workers in the country, or 10,000 employees worldwide, to establish a "plan of vigilance" for identifying risks of human rights, health and security or environmental violations within their global supply chains ....

Survey: Hospital Supply Chain Practices are Outdated

Source: Supply Chain Drive, USA

  • The survey reveals hospitals' supply chain management is outdated and burdensome: 25% of respondents said they did not know if an inventory management system had ever been installed; frontline clinicians said they spend an average of 17% of their working hours on inventory management; and 59% of administrators expressed wishes to avoid the task ....

Why Supply Chain Talent Management Needs to Be a Top Priority

Source: Supply and Demand Chain Executive, UK

  • The well-known business adage that people are a company’s most important asset is taking on new significance in the supply chain industry. Companies always needed smart, motivated professionals to design, build and manage their supply chains. But in today’s ever-changing, complex global landscape, professional talent is even more important as a competitive differentiator ....

Brexit Means Taxpayers Need to Support Supply Chain, says Nissan

Source: Guardian, UK

  • Nissan has called on the government to provide investment to help rebuild the UK’s car parts business so it can replace components that come from overseas after the country leaves the EU. A Commons select committee was told by a senior Nissan executive that the company was forced to source up to 85% of its components from Japan, China and Europe, as the necessary car parts were no longer produced in the UK ....

BizVibe Announces Top 3 Trends in the Global Textile Supply Chain for 2017

Source: Business Wire, UK

  • One of the largest supply chains in the world is the textile and apparel supply chain, which represents over a 30% share of the world’s total industrial sectors. In such a large, fast-paced, and innovative industry, BizVibe knew that textile and apparel companies are continually seeking better solutions and more sustainable models for their supply chain management ....

China Lobs a Grenade Into the Aluminum Supply Chain

Source: Reuters, UK

  • The world's largest producer of the metal will force aluminum smelters in four provinces surrounding Beijing to cut output by 30 percent over the winter heating season, which runs from the middle of November through the middle of March. The news has lit a fire under the aluminum price. On the London Metal Exchange (LME) benchmark three-month metal has this week hit a near two-year high of $1,957 per tonne ....

Transforming Supply Chains into True Global Trade Networks

Source: SCM Reivew, USA

  • Companies operating a global supply chain are facing increased pressure to deliver product faster than ever before. “The Amazon Effect” has disrupted customer expectations about the speed and visibility of goods in transit. Trying to increase velocity is a challenge when supply chains are fragmented. A more modern approach to supply chain moves away from a traditional logistics model and embraces a global trade network (GTN) model ....

Ensuring Your Supply Chain is Sustainable and Ethical

Source: Raconteur, UK

  • Sustainability has become increasingly important to the business community and companies looking to become more sustainable soon turn their attention to supply chains. Issues companies need to tackle include climate change, resource scarcity, water availability, labour conditions and modern slavery ....

Price Optimization Finally Becomes A Supply Chain Tool

Source: Forbes USA

  • In the year 2000, supply chain optimization software companies were hot. Optimization was the new Messiah that would lead supply chain practitioners out of the desert. Wall Street agreed. They put a high valuation on i2 Technologies, the leader in supply chain planning and optimization. In that year, i2’s leading competitor, Manugistics, acquired Talus, a price optimization solution. Price optimization based on price elasticity models is optimization on steroids ....

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