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May 30, 2015

When the Walls Come Tumbling Down

Filed under: Jobs,Logistics,News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:13 am

WallSupply management professionals are increasingly accepting cross-functional cooperation in purchasing, supply management, production and inventory control to optimize overall company performance and increase competitiveness. The author met with the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars winners, many of whom say that if their responsibilities are broadened across the entire supply chain, they feel they have a better opportunity to contribute, make a difference, and beneficially impact enterprise operations.

Driving this increase in cross-functional cooperation is a growing recognition that linking supply functions with demand will benefit overall enterprise performance. The industry organizations serving functions such as purchasing, production, and supply, which traditionally had little direct involvement in logistics operations, are recognizing this by starting to bring their members logistics information, research, and, in some cases, certification.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


May 28, 2015

Indonesia’s Logistics Industry to Grow at 15.2% in 2015, Says Expert

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter,Research — admin @ 11:15 am

trends-imageA Frost & Sullivan analyst says over 1.1 billion tons of total freight is expected by 2015 with CAGR of 5.4 per cent between 2010 – 2015.

Gopal R is expecting strong private consumption growth, higher trade growth, lower external financing cost & oil price and infrastructure development to continue drive logistics industry growth in 2015. However, he said that rising labour wages will force businesses, including transportation & logistics to incur lower profit margin. He also said that the limitations to invest optimally in logistics infrastructure such as ports, airports and roads will hamper freight movement.

Gopal said that ASEAN’s transportation and logistics sector is expanding rapidly, which is in line with the region’s economic growth. He added that the projected growth in ASEAN countries will have an average growth of 7.9 per cent where exports play a greater role, while domestic demand is expected to be moderate.

[Read more… Curated from Logistics Insight Asia]


May 23, 2015

How Companies Can Create Ethical Supply Chains

PodcastCreating an ethical supply chain is clearly the right thing to do. But it can also help companies to cut costs and boost profits.

“Beyond Supply Chains” is the name of a new report from the World Economic Forum, produced in collaboration with Accenture. It was intended to address the growing pressure on companies to ensure that their supply chains are having a positive social impact on the environment and local communities. The timing couldn’t be better, given the litany of incidents we’ve read about in recent years: child labor, terrible working conditions in factories, the reliance on conflict minerals, environmental degradation and disasters such as the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh. So it’s essential that companies take steps to correct these deficiencies. As the report points out, however, they can also realize substantial commercial benefits from the effort.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


May 22, 2015

GE Team Builds Mini-Jet Engine with 3D Printing

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management,Technology — admin @ 11:18 am

3D PrintingGE engineers have been getting firsthand insights about additive manufacturing as applied to jet engines. News of their success in 3D-printing a mini-jet engine has gathered some attention.

The team reportedly made a simple 3D-printed engine that roared at 33,000 rotations per minute. The team who built it are at GE Aviation’s Additive Development Center outside Cincinnati. The focus there is on techniques in additive manufacturing for making 3D structures by melting metal powder layer upon layer.

In the bigger picture, Morris, GE Aviation’s General Manager for Additive Technologies, earlier this month said additive manufacturing “will fundamentally change the way we think about how we design our parts, how we manufacture components and ultimately how our products look and function.” He said that “all of us who work with additive technology at GE feel extremely fortunate to be part of an organization that has embraced this technology as fully as GE Aviation has.”
Later this year, GE will begin using additive manufacturing to create complex components of its newest fuel nozzles. This will be done at a new 300,000 square-foot facility in Auburn, AL. “Fuel nozzles are an intricate and highly sophisticated engine component that are key to delivering industry-leading fuel efficiency and lower emissions for next-generation jet engines,” said the company. The nozzles will be on the LEAP jet engine.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain & PHYS.ORG]


May 20, 2015

Ten Suggestions for Maximising Intermodal Efficiency

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:48 am

logistics serviceIntermodal transportation was developed to improve efficiency as U.S. consumer demand and shipment volume grew. When a trucking entrepreneur realized it would be more efficient to use the same conveyance for different shipping modes, without having to handle the cargo, intermodalism was created. The resulting interoperability of the assets themselves—containers, chassis, railcars—is evidence of improved intermodal shipping efficiency.

Shippers do not need to worry how well those pieces fit together; rather, intermodal stakeholders need to align their processes to drive efficiencies today. Blair Peterson, senior vice president of International Asset Systems (IAS), a global transportation solutions provider, offers ten suggestions for maximising intermodal shipping efficiency.

[Read more… Curated from Inbound Logistics]


May 18, 2015

Gartner Announces Rankings of Its 2015 Supply Chain Top 25

Filed under: Logistics,News,Newsletter — admin @ 11:16 am

IMG_2470.JPGAmazon takes the top spot in top 25 rankings; Apple and P&G move into new masters category.

The top five include three from last year — Amazon, McDonald’s and Unilever — one returning leader, Intel, and a newcomer to this elite group, Inditex. Three companies rejoined the list this year after a lengthy hiatus, with L’Oréal at No. 22, Toyota at No. 24 and Home Depot at No. 25. Those familiar with Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 may wonder why perennial leaders Apple and P&G are not included on this year’s list.

“This year we are introducing a brand new category to highlight the accomplishments and capabilities of long-term leaders. We are, therefore, recognizing those companies that have consistently had top five composite scores for at least seven out of the last 10 years and placing them into a ‘masters’ category, separate from the overall Supply Chain Top 25 list,” said Stan Aronow, research Vice President at Gartne. “In this the inaugural year for supply chain masters, we want to recognize two companies demonstrating sustained leadership: Apple and P&G.”

[Read more… Curated from Gartner]


May 16, 2015

Four Crises Plaguing Latin American Logistics

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:14 am

latin-americaWe’re still waiting for many of the emerging markets of Latin America to emerge. What’s holding them back?

Four big obstacles, according to a new report from Transport Intelligence on “Latin American Transport & Logistics 2015.” For all its promise as a thriving center of manufacturing and logistics, supporting both domestic and international markets, the region continues to be held back by corruption, violence, poor infrastructure and government bureaucracy. (That last category includes restrictions on imports maintained by difficult countries such as Brazil.) Cathy Roberson, lead author of the Ti report, guests on this episode to discuss the progress – or lack of it – that Latin America has seen in the development of a logistics infrastructure that can support economic growth and ensure the efficient movement of product region-wide. At the same time, the report finds significant opportunities for business and trade willing to take a chance on Latin America. 

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


May 14, 2015

EU Scrutinizes Internet Giants to See if They Hinder E-commerce

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:19 am

Giant BeanstalkEuropean officials want to make it easier for companies to offer e-commerce across the continent, and are asking whether some firms are putting barriers in the way of that happening. Among the actions they announced is an antitrust inquiry to investigate “possible competition concerns” put in place by some Web companies.

Without focusing on any specific companies, the e-commerce sector inquiry will look at any potential barriers that businesses may be erecting to cross-border trade of goods, services and digital content across the 28 European Union (EU) member states. The EU has taken a number of similar actions against several internet giants over the years, including a case brought against Microsoft in 2007 and an antitrust investigation against Google launched in 2010.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


May 12, 2015

FAA Needs to Stop Droning on About UAVs

Filed under: News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management,Technology — admin @ 11:15 am

o-AMAZON-DRONES-facebookSo the Federal Aviation Administration has given, Inc. permission to begin testing delivery drones in the U.S. But there are still a number of logistical hurdles to be overcome, before the technology becomes feasible for everyday commercial use.

In March, FAA issued an “experimental ruling” which allows Amazon to conduct outdoor testing of delivery drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for the company’s planned Prime Air service. Prior to that decision, Amazon couldn’t even make a demonstration video in the U.S. It got so frustrated with FAA’s stance on the issue that it threatened to move basic research and development of drone technology outside the country.

FAA has been grappling with the drone issue for the last several years, prodded by growing interest in the craft for such purposes as surveying, photography, security, disaster response and, of course, delivery of packages. In February of this year, the agency issued its long-awaited guidelines on the operation of drones, or what it calls “small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).” The move brought a measure of clarity to the issue, which has been clouded by the distinction between drones for commercial use and those operated by hobbyists.

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]


May 10, 2015

A New Approach to Paying Your Suppliers

Filed under: Finance,News,Newsletter,Supply Chain Management — admin @ 11:19 am

PodcastThe way in which buyers pay their suppliers hasn’t kept up with the times. The result: an unacceptable level of global supply-chain risk.

Big companies today are demanding that their customers pay quickly and on time. Yet when it comes to paying their suppliers, it’s a different story. Buying organizations are stretching out terms, to the point where a supplier might not get compensated for services for nearly two months. For smaller entities, that delay can threaten their very survival. So why, in a time of economic recovery, are buyers treating their suppliers in this manner? And what can be done to satisfy both sides? In other words, what constitutes fair financing?

[Read more… Curated from Supply Chain Brain]