Category Archives: Innovation

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

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

Innovation is a Team Activity

Innovation is a Team Activity

Supply chain management is a team endeavor, and developing an effective operational team is a challenge for any organization. But including innovation in the mix compounds that challenge. A study conducted last January by the MIT Supply Chain Strategy Lab sheds light on the dynamics of supply chain teams, and the factors that impact theirRead More

Internet of Things Can Drive Big Savings in the Post-Sales Supply Chain

Internet of Things Can Drive Big Savings in the Post-Sales Supply Chain

An area where the Internet of Things (IoT) can live up its hype is the post-sales or service supply chain. Sensors and product log files can be used to track and analyze the performance of installed products ranging from computer equipment and storage devices to production machinery. IoT-enabled product monitoring provides much greater precision andRead More