Developing a Clearer Picture of Supply Chain Transparency

Developing a Clearer Picture of Supply Chain Transparency

Improving supply chain transparency is a high priority for companies, especially in industries such as foodservice where consumers and regulators are pushing for more publicly available information on how products are made and delivered. Increasing product complexity—growing demand for organic and gluten-free foods, for example—as well as food safety and security concerns, continues to driveRead More

Developing a Clearer Picture of Supply Chain Transparency

Developing a Clearer Picture of Supply Chain Transparency

Improving supply chain transparency is a high priority for companies, especially in industries such as foodservice where consumers and regulators are pushing for more publicly available information on how products are made and delivered. Increasing product complexity—growing demand for organic and gluten-free foods, for example—as well as food safety and security concerns, continues to driveRead More

The Potential Promise and Pitfalls of 3D Printing

The Potential Promise and Pitfalls of 3D Printing

There are many innovations and societal changes such as robotics, autonomous vehicles, and the sharing economy that could shape the future of supply chains. But none of these developments is likely to transform the way manufacturing and supply chains are managed more than additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing. While the concept of additiveRead More

Retail’s Phantom Inventory Menace, or the Ghosts of Christmas Present

Retail’s Phantom Inventory Menace, or the Ghosts of Christmas Present

Even with today’s sophisticated inventory management systems, retailers are woefully unaware of just how low on-shelf availability is for many of the products they carry. Our research, carried out in collaboration with a major consumer goods manufacturer, suggests the problem is significantly worse and costlier than many retailers assume. The culprit is “phantom inventory”—goods thatRead More

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Does Your Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy Hold Water?

Companies have come a long way in their ability to manage supply chain risk, but they urgently need to step-up their efforts in one key area: the threats posed by water scarcity. The Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure, published in November 2016, provides a wake-up call. A total ofRead More

Improving Traceability for Better Supply Chain Performance

Improving Traceability for Better Supply Chain Performance

Many companies are striving to improve supply chain traceability in response to increasing demand from customers and government regulators for more information on product flows. The ability to accurately track the movement of products also helps companies to raise the efficiency of supply chains. Researchers at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), ShahRead More