We’ve gathered interesting articles from supply chain sources across the internet. Below are some we thought you might like.

Supply Chain Essentials

Sustainable Supply Chain Best Practices: How to Get Started 
March 5, 2022
The article recommends 5 strategies to create a sustainable supply chain.

Podcast | The Real-World Impact of the Infrastructure Bill
February 25, 2022
A 20+ minute podcast discussion of the real-world impacts of the new U.S. Infrastructure Bill – will it really make an impact this time?

U.S. Factory Output Rises as Firms Navigate Supply Constraints
February 17, 2022
Describes how U.S. factory outputs have risen 0.2% in January indicating that manufacturers are gradually working through shortages in materials and labor.

Lean Supply Chain Management or Agile? Here’s How to Achieve Both
February 2, 2022
Describes a common misperception of choosing between Lean principles or Agile principles to improve supply chains and how driving digital transformations can help you achieve both.

Steps to Lower Logistics Costs in 2022
December 31, 2021
The article recommends 6 steps to lower your logistics costs.

2022: The Year to Build Supply Chain Resiliency
December 28, 2021
The article discusses a few areas where improvement will lead to greater supply chain resilience in 2022.

Five Supply Chain Trends to Expect in 2022
December 8, 2021
Predictions for supply chain trends in 2022.

Six Key Trends Impacting Global Supply Chains in 2022
December 1, 2021
KPMG predicts 6 trends that will impact supply chains in 2022.

Emerging Competencies for Chief Supply Chain Officers
August 17, 2021
Four competencies of Chief Supply Chain Officers are discussed.

Supporting Supply Chain Resiliency by Embracing the Principles of Continuous Design
August 10, 2021
While supply chain leaders have often prioritized factors such as visibility, cost, and speed, growing disruption in the past decade has led many to take a closer look at resiliency.

Education and Training Trends in 2021
August 4, 2021
Companies are using VR to train their technicians safely, focusing on reskilling and upskilling their current employees to retain these employees and training employees on the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

2 Steps to Reduce the Rate of Supply Chain Disruptions
July 7, 2021
According to Gartner research, leading supply chain organizations reduce the rate of disruption they face by strategically shaping which risk events will disrupt them.

Supply Chain Leaders, It’s Time to Play Offense
April 18, 2021
To fully grasp the insights afforded from the events of 2020, we need a playbook that focuses as much on “offensive” moves as “defensive” ones.

Measure, Prioritize and Improve Supply Chain Effectiveness
April 15, 2021
Use this tool to assess your company’s current level maturity and determine what steps to take next.

Obsolete vs. Advanced: The Keys to Building a Better Supply Chain
February 28, 2021
Supply-chain functions may become obsolete within five to seven years, according to the article, and supply chain executives should get rid of their outdated supply-chain components and obsolete practices.

3 Supply Chain Strategies to Accelerate Circular Economy Outcomes
February 16, 2021
Progressive supply chain organizations are working to engage three distinct challenges to managing in circular economies.

Attracting and Retaining the Best Supply Chain Talent for Your Business
January 2021
Actions to attract and retain supply chain talent include knowing your company culture and being specific about the skills and experience you need.

Technology in the Supply Chain

Is Your Supply Chain Software SOC-2 Compliant? Here’s Why It Matters
February 2, 2022
Describes how compliance to SOC-2 software requirements will be critical to ensure your supply chain’s assurance to key stakeholders that you handle customer data safely and securely.

Ten Supply Chain Software Packages Worthy of Investment this Year
January 10, 2022
The article describes 10 categories of software that are expected to thrive in 2022. 

Four Reasons to Embrace Cloud Technology for Real-Time Supply Chain Collaboration
December 6, 2021
The advent of business networks on cloud platforms enables real-time visibility into supply chain conditions, allowing organizations to respond nimbly.

A Three-Step Approach to Adopting AI, and What to Prioritize
November 4, 2021
Companies need to implement artificial intelligence in supply chains to survive the next major disruption.

Digital + Data/AI Transformation: Parallels and Pitfalls
October 1, 2021
Dataiku illustrates how digital transformation and a robust Data/AI strategy help avoid failure and achieve greater ROI.

A 10 Point Guide to Establish Supply Chain Cybersecurity
September 19, 2021
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends steps to properly safeguard IT assets.

The Meaning of Data Fabrics – and How they Benefit Supply Chains
July 5, 2021
As consumer demand reached an all-time high for countless products during the pandemic, data latency from source systems delayed responses that prohibited many manufacturers and suppliers from being able to react to the changing market environment.

Transforming the Procurement Process through Robotics
July 1, 2021
RPA can help businesses achieve touchless collaboration among key applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), transportation management, warehouse management, planning, procurement, and product management.

Has COVID-19 Accelerated Warehouse Automation?
January 16, 2021
Increasing automation will decrease the number of manual laborers required, but the total number of jobs in an area may be better protected as facilities become more economically viable and less dependent upon the cost level of the local workforce.

Five Ways to Leverage AI in Supply Chain Management
May 16, 2021
This article provides guidance on how to better respond to AI alerts and recommendations: 1) focus on alerts that put the most dollars at risk, 2) understand the AI reasoning behind its recommendations, 2) eliminate waste, 4) simplify multiple data streams, 5) use AI in collaboration with human intelligence and decision making.

Turning Big Data Into Actionable Supply Chain Insights
April 1, 2021
Tips for using big data in your organization.

Supply Chain Planning FUTURE THINKING
February 2021
Companies should seek out Best-of-Breed solutions, focus on local supply chains to drive resilience, and stop putting off Digital Supply Chain transformation.

Why Now for AI in Manufacturing?
January 25, 2021
The article discusses 3 ways manufacturers can adopt AI.

Labor and Human Resources

Is There a Solution to the Supply Chain Worker Shortage?
November 8, 2021
Reasons for the labor shortage are discussed along with some solutions.

Ready, Aim, Hire!
August 30, 2021
This article suggests 4 strategies for attracting and retaining employees.

Attracting Workers Post-COVID
August 26, 2021
A number of strategies are provided to attract talent.

What Manufacturing Must Do to Solve the Talent Gap
August 23, 2021
People are shying away from factory work because they don’t realize what a great career opportunity it offers.

Logistics and Transportation

Supply Chain As a Service Turns Empty Shelves to Extra Cash
March 9, 2022
The North American supply-chain-as-a-service (SCaaS) market is expected to grow to $8 billion by 2025.  The article describes how both large and small companies can benefit from these SCaaS strategies.

Soaring Diesel and Gasoline Prices Are Bleeding Into Shipping
February 22, 2022
Describes the effects of surging diesel and gasoline costs on the prices of marine fuel.

Biden Signed the $550 Billion Infrastructure Deal. Here’s Who Gets the Money.
November 16, 2021
An overview of the infrastructure bill is provided.

Three Tips for Improving Freight Procurement in the Supply Chain Logjam
November 2, 2021
Some procurement-related areas for shippers to consider during this period of disruption are discussed, along with a few tips on how best to manage them.

Fleet Industry Intelligence Report: Fall 2021 Edition
November 1, 2021
This report focuses on 2021 long-haul, last-mile, seaport, and safety transportation activity.

In the New Logistics Landscape, there is No Going Back to the Old Ways
September 13, 2021
Multiple crises have accelerated the industry trends Logistics has been slowly adopting for years.

Seven Common Shipping Blunders, and How to Avoid Them
August 4, 2021
This article describes these 7 shipping mistakes companies should avoid.

Logistics Trend Radar, 5th Edition
October 9, 2020
Shows 29 key trends in Logistics and discusses each one in the accompanying 84-page pdf.

Higher Shipping Costs Are Here to Stay, Sparking Price Increases
April 12, 2021
Stubbornly high shipping expenses for businesses are getting sealed into contracts for the next 12 months, forcing companies to pass the extra costs on to consumers.

Global Shipping Turmoil Expected to Calm Down by Mid-Year
February 11, 2021
The world’s largest container carrier said trade disruptions that have sent freight rates soaring and overwhelmed major ports may start to ease after the first quarter.

Packaging

4 Must-Haves in Your Product Packaging Checklist!
December 1, 2021
The article recommends four items that should be included on your product packaging checklist.

Measuring the Costs of Poor Quality Packaging
June 23, 2021
This article includes a useful matrix to capture the impacts of poor packaging across the supply chain.

Four Ways to Improve Your Packaging Process
April 21, 2021
The article provides guidance on packing single customer orders, right-sizing cartons, reusable/recyclable packaging, and adopting packaging automation.

Purchasing

It’s a Tale of Two Markets; The Solution to Sourcing from Asia
March 10, 2022
The article discusses Mexico and Canada as viable alternatives to sourcing from Asia. The average manufacturing wages are provided as well as some stats on the top exports from Mexico and Canada.

Five Fixes for the Semiconductor Chip Shortage
December 6, 2021
5 strategies are recommended for chip makers, buyers, and governments.

Business Procurement And The Urgent Opportunity To Increase Diverse Suppliers
October 19, 2021
Several actions are recommended to increase your supplier diversity.

After Years of ‘Made in China,’ Supply Chains Consider Alternatives
October 14, 2021
The article dives into these options to sourcing from China: 1. Southeast Asia, 2. Reshoring/nearshoring, and 3. Latin America.

How to Review Your Suppliers in China: Key Factors and Case Study
October 6, 2021
The reviews are categorized by Operational Review, Procedural Review and Administrative Review of your suppliers.  

How to Best Resolve Contract Disputes between Suppliers and Buyers
September 23, 2021
Methods to anticipate contract disputes and plan for them are discussed.

Yes, You Can Use Supplier Cost Increases to Improve Your Profitability
August 19, 2021
The article provides an example that shows how to connect your supplier scorecard with customer segmentation to calculate the impact of the price increase.

Three Data-Driven Ways to Avoid Future Supplier Shortages
May 27, 2021
The article describes these 3 data-driven methods: 1) near real-time data visibility, 2) streamline supplier onboarding, and 3) digitize supplier shop floors to capture real-time information.

Why Are Procurement Organizations Lagging in Adopting Automation?
May 5, 2021
A new study finds that procurement is well behind the curve in embracing automation. Only 23% of procurement and supply chain executives said they’re able to gain a clear view of their overall spend automatically and in real time.

Warehousing and Distribution

Five Success Factors for Human-Robot Collaboration in the Distribution Center
February 1, 2022
Provides a link to download a White Paper describing the five key success factors for implementing robots into your Distribution Center(s).

Designing the Sustainable Facility of the Future
January 2022
The article provides examples how some companies have achieved LEED certification for their warehouses and distribution centers.

5 Small Steps that Can Improve Warehouse Efficiency and ROI
August 17, 2021
Simple steps such as keeping the facility clean and cross-docking items can improve warehouse efficiency and ROI.

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