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Urgent Needs for Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts in New York City- Can You Help?

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Supply Chain Matters received an urgent email this morning routed from the Council of Supply Chain Management (CSCMP), which we are sharing with our reading audience in hopes that organizations can lend a helping hand. It indicates that there is an urgent request from the New York City Office of Emergency Management seeking warehouse space for sorting, storing, and distributing the donations that have been pouring into the city to help survivors of Superstorm Sandy.  Details of the request are below.  A grant from our industry association partner Food Shippers of America (www.foodshippersofamerica.org) will allow ALAN to provide partial support of logistics volunteer expenses. Warehouse needs: Distribution facility Usage: store items donated for Sandy response (clothing, bedding, cleaning supplies, food – hopefully non-perishable -  and water) 2 – 100,000+ square feet covered and secured space Duration 90+ days Location within 5 boroughs or close proximity 24/7 access Sites must have […]


New Survey Data Reflecting on Causes of Major Supply Chain Disruption

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Supply Chain Matters named sponsor E2open, commissioned a recent research report focused on supply chain disruption, and the study results present important supply chain related insights for many industry supply chains. Between February and September 2012, Gatepoint Research contacted over 200 supply chain executives, the vast majority of which had responsibilities of Director level and above, with 29 percent at Vice President or CxO level. Respondents for the most part residing in firms with revenues in excess of $1 billion. According to study authors, all the respondents participated voluntarily and none were engaged using telemarketing. Thus this study is a good representation of senior level perceptions and priorities concerning the managing of supply chain disruption. Responses to the following questions merit discussion.  One question probed on current sources of supply chain disruption: Question: From what sources have you encountered supply chain disruption?               Notice […]


Teardown Analysis of Tablets Provides Important Supply Chain Strategy Indicators

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The following commentary is the author’s weekly guest commentary appearing on both the Supply Chain Expert Community and Supply Chain Matters web sites. Just over a week since Apple introduced its brand new iPad Mini to the market, we have a first glimpse at the value-chain components that make-up this new device.  On Monday, The Wall Street Journal published highlights of market research firm IHS‘s teardown analysis of the new Mini. (Paid subscription or free metered view).  The analysis includes a comparison to Microsoft’s new Surface tablet as well as Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.  In our Supply Chain Matters view, the side-by-side comparison provides some insights as to how supply chain strategy is aligned to supply chain outcomes, which is best described by Professor Steven Melnyk of Michigan State University. According to the IHS analysis, the iPad Mini equipped with Wi-Fi and 16 gigabytes of memory has total estimated component […]