Securing Supply Chains

Businesses and industry organizations are working together to secure supply chains.

By Janice Meraglia

Counterfeiting represents a tremendous, growing threat to the integrity of global supply chains. Within multiple verticals – from defense to industrial parts to textiles and beyond – counterfeit goods pose serious safety risks and jeopardize consumers. The automobile industry, for instance, considers each car part a safety part – from microprocessors to bearings.

Although each sector is aiming to stem the tide of fake products from entering supply chains, one trend transcends sectors: the realization that cooperation is essential. Manufacturers are banding together with government initiatives to establish traceability, realizing that fake goods pose as much, or more, of a threat to supply chains than actual known competitors. By working together, legitimate manufacturers will reclaim the market from counterfeiters (shadow competitors) and will be rewarded for their diligence in driving out fakes. By taking a proactive approach such as molecular tagging, proving the positive becomes the quality standard – versus finding the fakes, which is reactive and allows counterfeiters to call the shots.

Drones and the Demand Chain

Rapidly developing drone technology promises to change how deliveries are made.

By Roei Ganzarski

Since 1980, the supply chain has rapidly evolved with the introduction of logistics systems via computers to the emergence of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. And 2017 only fueled this progress bringing about a new era of logistics with the introduction and emergence of next-generation technologies like drones and sidewalk bots, driverless delivery vehicles and next-generation intermediaries such as technology-driven brokers.

These technologies are being rapidly developed and introduced due to the changing nature of the economy and resulting shift from supply-driven to demand-driven operations. It’s no longer the manufacturer or distributor deciding what to sell and when, but rather the consumer dictating what to buy and when to have it delivered.

Four Ways to knock out last mile complexities

Four ways to knock out last mile complexities.

By Ashokkumar J. Bafana

The parcel delivery market has matured in the last years. Despite the latest advancements in this field, the cost of last mile logistics is often close to 50 percent of the total logistics cost. 

While some companies are investing in last mile delivery changes, such as drones and self-driving vans as the future of delivery, there are still many that are struggling and should invest in identifying a new set of business models and technologies for successful parcel delivery.

Supply Chain Sustainability

Supply Chain sustainability should be top of mind with peace of mind.

By Joanne Sonenshine

Is a company that takes a bold stance on an issue impacting human health, the environment or a social cause only doing so for reputation building, or is business conscious a real thing? Can't profitability be motivated by social change? 

There are many companies operating successfully without contemplating how their investments impact the planet, the communities in which they source or the populations they serve. Yet there remain pretty significant challenges that companies cannot avoid even if they wanted to. Stories still plague food companies about slave labor in seafood supply chains, and clothing companies still grapple with how to improve the lives of apparel workers confined to sweatshops. Transportation companies deal with volatile gas prices and emissions, and big manufacturing is still evaluating ways to be pollution free.

Five Ways IoT is Changing Supply ChainFive Ways IoT is Changing Supply Chain

By Rob Stevens

In a world where you can monitor everything from your refrigerator to your pets in real time on your phone, it’s no surprise that supply chain is experiencing its own IoT revolution. IoT, or the Internet of Things, refers to a new technology framework in which products are constantly connected and sending real-time data to the cloud. As supply chains grow ever more complex, companies are adopting new digital solutions built on an IoT foundation, and these solutions are enabling a new level of end-to-end visibility into in-transit goods. Below are some of the key ways in which IoT is changing the face of supply chain today.

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