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November 29, 2014

A Lean and Agile Supply Chain: Not an Option, But a Necessity

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:23 am

COGS.JPGCompanies can benefit from have a hybrid supply chain that is not only Lean, but also agile.

In today’s global, dynamic economy, it is beneficial for companies to operate a supply chain that is both Lean and agile. Using Lean and agile in combination is known as having a hybrid supply chain strategy.

A hybrid supply chain strategy may be appropriate for a company attempting to become a “mass customizer”—producing progressively smaller batch sizes (sometimes as little as one item) specific to customers’ sometimes unique needs.

A Lean supply chain focuses on adding value for customers, while identifying and eliminating waste—anything that doesn’t add that value. Being agile and responsive, on the other hand, implies that your supply chain can handle unpredictability—and a constant stream of new, innovative products—with speed and flexibility.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


November 5, 2014

Indonesia Plans Three New Ports for 2015

Filed under: Asia Supply Chain Insights,Logistics,Maritime,News,Newsletter — admin @ 11:09 am

Hapag-Lloyd-ShipState-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II plans to issue US$1 billion in bonds to finance the construction of three new ports in the country.

Richard Joost Lino, the company’s president director, said the company will build the ports in Tanjung Api-Api, South Sumatra, in Sorong, West Papua, and in West Kalimantan. The construction of the new ports is expected to start in the third quarter of 2015. Lino said that the ports should be operational by the end of 2018.

[Read more… Curated from World Maritime News]


November 4, 2014

A Supply-Chain Made of Paper: Is It Sustainable?

RecyclingDon’t tell anyone, but deep into the Electronic Age, we’re still using paper.

Hundreds of millions of tons of it, in fact. Enough to place continuing pressure on the world’s forests, without paper producers taking dramatic steps to mitigate their impact on the environment.

Fortunately, there are some aggressive programs well underway. One is the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), launched in 1993 after the failure of the Rio Earth Summit the previous year to produce an agreement that would stop rampant deforestation. The independent, non-profit group represented an unprecedented coming together of businesses, environmental groups and community leaders.

Today, the FSC sets global standards for defining “responsible forestry.” It covers more than just cutting down trees – goals include ensuring water quality, prohibiting the use of hazardous chemicals and protecting the rights of local communities.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


November 2, 2014

The Perils and Pitfalls of Lean Inventories

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:17 am

PodcastManufacturing and distribution executives love the idea of slashing inventories. But it’s distribution-center managers who must deal with the consequences.

Lean is the watchword in supply-chain management today, and inventory isn’t immune. All that merchandise sitting around on warehouse racks seems like a prime candidate for cost-cutting. And most of the time, the practice makes sense. Who wants a lot of unneeded product dragging down the bottom line? Unfortunately, D.C.s aren’t always involved in the high-level decision to cut inventories. On this episode, we hear from Jeff Primeau, senior manager in the supply chain practice of management and technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners. He talks about how distribution operations can cope with sharply reduced stocks, and keep product flowing efficiently. Hosted by Bob Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]