Winning Effort

The 2014 Hermes Retail Week Supply Chain Awards honored a number of companies. The Clipper Online Fulfillment Initiative of the Year went to Shop Direct with ArrowX, Project Delight: Two-man Diary Booking. The Damco Supply Chain Technology of the Year award was presented to Otto with Blue Yonder, Closed Loop.

The iForce Distribution & Warehouse Initiative of the Year went to John Lewis, Omnichannel Fulfillment, while the BiS Henderson Third Party Logistics Provider of the Year was DHL. The Green Supply Chain Initiative of the Year award was presented to Sainsbury’s with Carrier Transicold, NaturaLINE Trial.

Among the companies investing in sustainability is The Procter & Gamble Company. Proctor & Gamble recently expanded its sustainability goals to continue creating value with consumer-preferred brands and products while conserving resources, protecting the environment and improving social conditions for many.

“We continue to improve the environmental sustainability of our products across all aspects of their lifecycle – from manufacturing, packaging and delivery through consumer use,” says Martin Riant, P&G executive sponsor of Sustainability and group president, Global Baby and Feminine and Family Care. “We are reducing the environmental footprint of our products for shoppers, our communities and the company while still delivering the quality and performance people expect from P&G products.”

The pressure this places on healthcare supply chains is immense. Making matters more difficult is the snails pace at which change tends to occur. 

UPS recently released its annual UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey. It examined the risks that are getting in the way of growth and change in the industry’s supply chain, as well as taking a look at some of the ways leading organizations are working to proactively evolve the supply chain.

Through strategic relationships, forward thinking organizations are able to handle difficult issues such as regulatory hurdles, cost management and reaching markets on a global scale. They are investing in technology that is helping with order flexibility and visibility, enhancing protection of products as they move though expanded supply chains. In short, they are working to make their supply chains more agile, efficient and flexible.

Smart Labels 

One recent undertaking came from across the Atlantic at Insignia Technologies, an intelligent packaging company in Scotland. The company announced the launch of the Stock Rotation smart label, which is designed to cut down on food waste and improve food safety at every stage of the food supply chain.

Once the smart label is stuck to a box or pallet of fresh produce, it starts to change color over a pre-calibrated period of time. This means that at any point in the supply chain you can actually see how fresh the fruit, vegetables, meat or dairy goods are inside the box.

The study is billed as a comprehensive assessment of the unconventional energy supply chain. It focuses on direct and indirect contributions related to the specific supply chain industry portion of that economic activity. The study measures across 56 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors the economic activity specific to those industries that directly and indirectly support unconventional oil and gas activities in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the energy value chain.

With manufacturing in the U.S. predicted to grow in 2015, many firms are striving to take their business to the next level through geographic expansion or supply chain improvements. For mid-size manufacturers, growing to the next level without strains on business processes is crucial to their success. To continue to grow and scale their operations successfully, it’s important for mid-size firms to consider how their back office will grow and develop as their business expands. Can your purchasing team manage an expansion into a new market? What about your accounts payable department?

Manufacturers can leverage their supply chain as a strategic advantage, but the reality is that many today still aren’t taking full advantage of technologies that can help increase the value of their supply chain. By applying lean concepts at the supply chain level, manufacturers can become more agile and improve service to their customers while simultaneously lowering costs from production to delivery—and enter the era of the lean supply chain. 

The 12th Annual American Supply Chain and Logistics Summit, produced by WTG Events, will bring together senior executives from across the supply chain and logistics fields to enjoy an unbeatable mix of networking, expert case studies, interactive debates and master classes over three exceptional days. On December 8-10 in Dallas, WTG Events will connect decision-making attendees with thought-leading speakers, senior-level peers and industry-disrupting suppliers to collaborate on the sector’s most pressing issues and challenges.


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