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A High Stress Period for S&OP and Supply Chain Planning Teams in B2C Supply Chains

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The following posting is this author’s weekly guest commentary on the Supply Chain Expert Community web site. S&OP and supply chain planning teams within B2C and retail focused supply chains are especially challenged this holiday buying season. The period from the Thanksgiving Holiday in the U.S. through the holidays that extend into January of 2013 are a period of seasonal surge, where profitability for the entire year may be at stake. In 2011, seven individual shopping days surpassed $1 billion in online consumer orders, with peak volumes experienced on Black Friday weekend, Cyber Monday, and every Monday leading up to December 15th. The implication was that orders came in huge surges, and supply chains that were not prepared, particularly those without robust inventory allocation or tight inventory visibility across their brick-and-mortar retail and online retail systems paid a price in customer loyalty. Response management proved to be a key capability […]


Bangladesh Apparel Factory Fire Draws Protests and Calls for Action

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The Wall Street Journal and other news media report that this past weekend, yet another fire occurred at a Bangladesh apparel factory, with more than 100 workers reported killed in the blaze. This latest incident caused thousands of Bangladeshi’s to protest for safer working conditions, causing the temporary closing of over 200 exiting factories in the industrial zone just north of Dhaka.  Some of these protests turned violet. The latest incident involved an eight story factory operated by Tazeen Fashions Limited, a subsidiary of Tuba Group.  About 1400 people worked at the factory, the majority of which were women. Survivors indicated that the main exit doors were locked and there were no emergency exits in the building. According to the Canada based Maquila Solidarity Network, past incidents of apparel factory fires have killed over 600 people in the past six years, the latest being a December 2010 incident. Ironically, another […]


Happy Thanksgiving from Supply Chain Matters

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We would like to extend to all of our U.S. readers and throughout the globe, warm Thanksgiving Greetings and best wishes for the holiday.  This is a holiday to reflect on the blessings of family and life, along with all blessings.  We trust that readers will have the opportunity to enjoy the company, good food, and libations of this traditional holiday. Supply Chain Matters will publish limited activity over the next few days as we take some time to enjoy the company of extended family. Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor


Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Four

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On the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S., a holiday to look back and reflect on the blessings of family and life, it is also our time to reflect and scorecard our Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains which we published nearly a year ago. Our annual process is to first scorecard the current year’s predictions before publishing our upcoming 2013 predictions during December. Our scoring process this year will be on a four point scale.  Four will be the highest score, an indicator that we totally nailed the prediction.  One is the lowest score, an indicator of; what were we thinking? In our Part One posting, we reflected on the initial three predictions issued nearly a year ago. Our Part Two posting scored Prediction Four, focused on specific industry supply chain challenges in 2012. Part Three scored Predictions Five through Seven. In this […]


Report Card on Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains- Part Three

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On the eve of the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the U.S., a holiday to look back and reflect on the blessings of family and life, it is also our time to reflect and scorecard our Supply Chain Matters 2012 Predictions for Global Supply Chains which we published nearly a year ago. Our annual process is to first scorecard the current year’s predictions before publishing our upcoming 2013 predictions during December. Our scoring process this year will be on a four point scale.  Four will be the highest score, an indicator that we totally nailed the prediction.  One is the lowest score, an indicator of; what were we thinking? In our Part One posting, we reflected on the initial three predictions issued nearly a year ago. Our Part Two posting scored Prediction Four, focused on specific industry supply chain challenges in 2012. In this commentary we will look back and score […]


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