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Upcoming- Join Us at 7th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit

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Supply Chain Matters readers residing in the New England region are invited to join me at the 7th Annual Supply Chain Management Summit being held on Thursday, August 21 on the campus of Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island. Over the years, this Summit has grown and matured into a northeast regional event focusing on a new burgeoning supply chain challenges and solutions. I was a featured speaker in the 2013 event which was very well attended and I’m pleased to be invited back to speak at this year’s Summit. I’ll be joining a distinguished compliment of speakers for this year’s event including a dear former colleague, Dr. Larry Lapide who will be delivering the morning keynote, and Dr. Jim Tompkins who will deliver a very timely luncheon keynote. My presentation is titled: New Developments in Supply Chain Technology- What to Consider in Your Supply Chain Investment Plans. This presentation […]


Implementing Innovation and the Importance of Addressing Organizational Culture

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We call Supply Chain Matters reader attention to a very insightful article: Culture Eats Strategy.. and how to deal with it, which was published in the July/August 2014 edition of Supply Chain Management Review. (PLUS subscription required) The authors John D. Hanson, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of San Diego, and Steven A. Melnyk, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University, are both noted scholars in our field. This author has personally invited Dr. Melnyk to be a part of previous supply chain influencer panel discussions that I have chaired and audiences have truly enjoyed his supply chain management focused insights. The article itself is very timely, especially considering the amount of radical change occurring across a number of industry supply chains. There are important reminders that organizational attempts for implementing strategies of radical innovation are often stymied by inherent organizational culture. […]


McDonalds Sticking with Supplier Under Fire

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Over these past days, business and general media has produced high visibility reports of expired meat products being served among global restaurant chains operating within China. The news of the expired meat originated on China’s Dragon TV Network. By now, many of our readers, particularly within consumer products and food service environments have read of these ongoing developments, along with consumer, regulatory and industry reactions. Well-known brands such as McDonald’s, Yum Brands (operators of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut) and Burger King were named by both media and Chinese food regulatory agencies for offering such expired meat products to customers. The expired chicken and beef meat products were traced by restaurant operators to food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Company, which is affiliated with U.S. based OSI Group, a $6 billion producer of food products. OSI itself has garnered what is reported to be a solid reputation as a quality focused […]


Supply Chain Matters Enhanced Research Center

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Last week, we called Supply Chain Matters reader attention to our newly enhanced Research Center where readers can download available complimentary research.  We will in the coming weeks and months, begin to formulate our insights into short research briefs, industry or technology vendor perspectives that will specifically be made available for download.    Supply Chain Matters and the Ferrari Research and Consulting Group will continue to require a minimal amount of registration information to receive downloadable documents, specifically name, title, organization, telephone and email address. It is and has always been our policy to not share or sell the identity of our readers and subscribers to any third party. Instead, reader information helps us to better identify our industry related audience along with the ability to tailor more industry specific insights and research needs. Last week we noted that the Complimentary Research report download page has language instructions related to […]


Supply Chain Matters News Capsule for July 25- Zara, Pratt & Whitney, Hershey, Mars

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It’s the end of the calendar work and this commentary is our running news capsule of developments related to previous Supply Chain Matters posted commentaries or news developments. In this capsule commentary, we include the following topics: Zara Implementing RFID Tagging System; Hershey and Other Candy Providers Raise Prices to Compensate for Higher Commodity and Production Costs; Pratt and Whitney and IBM Embark on Predictive Analytics Initiative; U.S. Government Announces New Rules Pertaining to Rail Shipments of Crude Oil   Zara Implementing RFID Tagging System Reports indicate that Zara, a known icon in world class logistics and supply chain management, is implementing a microprocessor-based RFID tagging system to facilitate item-level tracking from factory to point-of-sale. This initiative was revealed at Zara’s parent company, Inditex SA, annual stockholder meeting earlier this month. The tracking system embeds chips inside of the plastic alarms attached to various garments and supports real-time inventory tracking.  […]


Potential West Coast Port Disruption Raises Questions on Impacts to Upcoming Peak Shipping Period

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A commentary posted on Logistics Management makes the observation that the threat U.S. West Coast port disruptions as a result of current ongoing labor union contract negotiations raises an open question as to “peak shipping season” this year. News Editor Jeff Berman makes note that inbound container shipments destined for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together account for upwards of 40 percent of incoming U.S. container traffic,  increased 16.5 percent and 8.8 percent respectively during June.  The premise presented is that buyers scrambled to move cargoes earlier to avoid the potential of goods being caught-up in a port stoppage. Logistics Management further conducted a reader poll of 103 buyers of freight transportation and logistics services. That survey indicated 68.1 percent of respondents expecting a more active peak shipping season this year. Some respondents are reported to be concerned about potential transportation lane disruptions in the fall. […]


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