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Blue Bell Creameries Resumes Production After Product Recall


Roughly four months after Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled most of its ice cream and frozen yogurt products and suspended operations after listeria outbreak concerns, the Texas based producer has now resumed selling and distributing its products in select locations.  In April, Blue Bell widened a series of voluntary recalls to now involving all of […]

A Logistics Confidence Index Continues to Turn Downward


Last week, Material Handling and Logistics called attention to the Stifel Logistics Confidence Index indicating that the first eight months of 2015 have not been positive indicators to the logistics and transportation universe. The report indicates: “Fierce competition, volatility and overcapacity have all taken their toll and driven the Index to its lowest point since […]

Fortune Global 500 Rankings Provide Weighting of Global Influence


This month’s edition of Fortune includes the latest ranking of the world’s largest Global 500 corporations. We find this ranking much more meaningful, since it factors a global presence, which is the reality of today’s multi-industry supply chains. Fortune indicates that the Global 500 reside in 36 countries and based in 224 global based cities. […]

NLRB Ruling Has Significant Industry Supply Chain Implications


Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the U.S. handed down a ruling that will present significant implications for supply chain logistics, warehousing and customer fulfillment services providers. In a narrow, 3-2 decision, the NLRB revised the “joint employer” standard for determining when one company shares responsibility for employees hired by another.  This ruling […]

The Renaissance of Available-to-Promise Capability to Support Retail and Online Omni-Channel Fulfillment

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Supply Chin Matters has featured prior commentaries exploring the supply chain impacts of Omni-channel and online customer fulfillment for retail supply chains. Such impacts are many, but one of the more important relates to the needs for efficient overall inventory management while exceeding more demanding customer fulfillment and satisfaction needs. In B2C retail, and in […]

Some Quantification of the Potential Impact of the Tianjin Port Warehouse Explosions


There has been much reporting within social and business media regarding the potential industry supply chain disruptive effects of the recent massive warehouse explosions that affected the facilities adjacent to the Port of Tianjin. It is rather important and crucial that industry supply chain and sales and operations team obtain meaningful and insightful information regarding […]

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