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

Supply Chain Essentials

Supply Chain Disruptions Up 46% Year-over-Year
July 27, 2022
The leading cause for those disruptions was factory fires, with other more notable causes trailing behind.

10 Times Companies Got Innovative With Supply Chain Operations in H1
July 20, 2022
This article pulls together 10 previous articles all focused on brinnging innovation to a company’s supply chain.

Supply Chain Officers Must Face Five Urgent Risks Areas
June 7, 2022
From nature to military operations, the ability to offset weaknesses against predators is a key survival strategy.  Gartner relates this concept to supply chains.

Three Steps to Minimize Supply-Chain Disruptions
May 30, 2022
Building supply chain visibility, modeling  various scenarios, and diversifying your supply sources can minimize your supply chain disruptions.

Battling Inflation: Strategies for Cost Containment
May 4, 2022
This article recommends a number of proactive and reactive strategies to mitigate the impact of inflation.

8 Costly Mistakes You Might Be Making In Your Supply Chain
April 13, 2022
Supply chain mistakes and how to fix them.

Top 10 SCM Trends in 2022
April 1, 2022
Trends that will shape supply chains in 2022.

8 Ways to Strengthen your Supply Chain Foundational Data
April 1, 2022
​Follow these recommendations for getting your supply chain “data house” to enable your organization to navigate supply chain unpredictability more effectively.

MHI: 2022 Annual Industry Report – Evolution to Revolution
March 15, 2022
​The always informative, data-driven report outlines the top challenges to current supply chain management.

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.

Technology in the Supply Chain

The Intelligent Automation (IA) Imperative:  How Should Companies Respond?
September 21, 2022
From a recent research report, 70% of employees reported that the implementation of IA technologies would allow them to dedicate more time to primary responsibilities.

Walmart Touts Faster Inventory Management Thanks to Augmented Reality
August 22, 2022
Walmart credits automation and augmented reality technology with speeding up fulfillment.

Digital Robots can Transform your Supply Chain Management Processes
August 15, 2022
This white paper provides an in-depth look at the many ways RPA can build on what you’ve already achieved with your supply chain.

Stop Using Spreadsheets to Manage your Global Supply Chain
August 10, 2022
There are several supply chain management solutions offering the benefits of cloud access and connectivity today. 

9 Ways Machine Learning Can Transform Supply Chain Management
July 1, 2022
The article describe what Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are, and describe 9 potential Use Cases in supply chains where ML and AI are making impacts.

Intelligent Automation Finally Arriving at a Supply Chain Near You
June 27, 2022
Places where IA can make an immediate impact are discussed.

5 Software Implementation Failures, and How to Steer Clear of Them
May 24, 2022
5 pitfalls of software implementation projects are discussed.

Stitching Together the Physical and Digital Supply Chain
May 20, 2022
How to get the physical goods in a supply chain and the digital systems that make it possible to move them to work together in harmony.

Checklist for Network Design Tooling
May 1, 2022
This simple 10-question checklist may help uncover opportunities to improve your supply chain network design.

New Risk Detection Tool offers Deep-Tier Supply Chain Visibility
April 20, 2022
A SaaS platform that can help users surface, understand and mitigate threats to their supplier networks within hours.

RFID In the Warehouse: Next-level Inventory Automation
March 14, 2022
RFID provides for better inventory control, improved accuracy and reduced labor costs. 

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.

Labor and Human Resources

Four Emerging Supply Chain Jobs of the Future
September 27, 2022
The article idenfies these 4 future supply chain roles: Data-driven planner, Traceability analyst, Supply chain communicator, and Supply network innovator.

5 Employee Retention Strategies for the Contingent Workforce
August 1, 2022
Managing contingent worker retention means going beyond traditional staffing. 

Women in Supply Chain:  2022 Survey Report
June 30, 2022
The number of women in supply chain management roles is on the rise, showing a record number of women in first-line manager, senior manager, and director roles – despite the adverse effects of COVID.

2022 Supply Chain Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report
May 11, 2022
Recommendations are made to improve your company’s diversity, equity and inclusion.

It’s a Generational Thing:  Attracting Workers to Staff the Supply Chain
April 27, 2022
The article discusses hiring and retaining Millennials and Gen Z workers.

4 Concrete Tactics to Combat Employee Turnover and Source Staff
April 20, 2022
Tactics like clearly defining your company’s purpose and supporting a remote workforce can combat employee turnover.

These Bipartisan Solutions Can Help Ease America’s Labor Crisis
March 2, 2022
4 solutions to reduce the labor crisis are discussed.

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

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

Logistics and Transportation

The Big Logistics Challenges: Now and Tomorrow
June 16, 2022
Manufacturers, retailers, and third-party logistics providers are facing two distinct sets of challenges and the solutions lie in digitizing their supply chains.

How Automation is Transforming Delivery and Logistics Behind-the-Scenes
May 25, 2022
Companies are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to enable end-to-end automation of document-centric business processes for PDFs, images and handwritten forms.

Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW) — WH/DOT Announce Freight Supply Chain Data Initiative
March 15, 2022
The initial phase aims to produce a proof-of-concept freight information exchange by the end of the summer 2022.

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.

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

The 2022 Business Spend Management (BSM) Benchmark Report
September 26, 2022
This report benchmarks 20 business spend management KPIs and makes suggestions for how to improve each of the 20 KPIs.

Three Risks for Procurement – And What to Do about Them
September 14, 2022
The article discusses ongoing volatility, ramp-up of ESG regulations, and recession and inflation as the 3 biggest risks for procurement.

Benchmarking in Procurement 101
September 1, 2022
Those that are leading in the procurement space are organizations that run benchmarking activities on a regular basis, instead of treating benchmarking as an isolated, one time exercise.

3 Must-Haves for Procurement Professionals Today
August 25, 2022
Three competencies procurement professionals need: Risk Management, Efficiency and Product Development Partner.

How Technology can Solve Procurement’s Talent Crisis
June 2, 2022
New digital platforms can automate repetitive manual processes, freeing up procurement teams to focus on more strategic tasks.

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.

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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