As Interest Rates Rise, So Will Supply Chain’s Financial Stock

As Interest Rates Rise, So Will Supply Chain’s Financial Stock

Guessing how markets will react when the widely expected hike in short-term interest rates occurs later this year is a popular game in the corporate and financial worlds. An implication that supply chain professionals might want to think about is how they will respond as the low-interest rate regime comes to an end, and companiesRead More

Real-World Lessons From the Classroom

Real-World Lessons From the Classroom

How to overcome the shortage of supply talent is a continuing topic of discussion in the industry. Increasing the number of qualified professionals will go some way in solving the problem. But it’s also important to ensure that professionals possess the right skills companies need to meet the challenges of fast-changing markets today and tomorrow.Read More

How to Hedge Against a Greece-Like Crisis

How to Hedge Against a Greece-Like Crisis

No one knows for sure how Greece’s financial crisis will impact the global economy over the long-haul. However, what companies can expect is instability in some form or other, such as volatile prices and fluctuating currency values within the Eurozone and beyond. Companies have developed financial hedging tools such as long-term, fixed-price contracts with suppliersRead More

Big Ships, Big Problems?

Big Ships, Big Problems?

Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) take the idea of economies of scale to new levels in the container shipping business. But these mammoth ships also bring some large-scale challenges. In its Container Forecaster report published this month shipping consultancy Drewry headquartered in London, UK, maintains that a “toxic mixture of overcapacity, weak demand and aggressiveRead More

7 Ways to Improve Your Financial Fluency

7 Ways to Improve Your Financial Fluency

Shareholders expect companies to make smart investments in operational assets, and most of these assets happen to reside in the supply chain. It is incumbent on supply chain professionals, therefore, to help senior executives make smart decisions by explaining how operational investments affect margins, turnover, and, ultimately, cash flow. MIT CTL’s Dr. Jarrod Goentzel andRead More