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2013 Sponsorships are Available

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Supply Chain Matters is able to share and publish the quality content that we provide through the support of our sponsors.  We would therefore like to remind providers of supply chain related technology and services that opportunities for being a named sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters blog in 2013 are currently open for both the Lead and Sustaining Sponsorship levels.  Social media and especially Blogs have come to be very influential sources of opinion, market knowledge and thought leadership, with this site being cited as among the top ten blogs commenting on global supply chain business process and information technology developments. As a sponsor of Supply Chain Matters, your company will be recognized for its products and services and as a supporter of quality thought leadership. Our sponsorships include services in spring boarding your brand recognition, enlisting social media and search engine optimized product marketing strategies, and raising educational […]

Li & Fung Challenged with Creditability Crisis

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Li & Fung, the global apparel services and logistics provider, and a supplier to major retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target late last week suffered a plunge in its stock price because it warned of a missed profit target. This Hong Kong based global supplier, and one of Asia’s most admired companies,  had prided itself on its strategic three-year planning process. Last Friday it issued a public warning indicating that operating profit in 2012 would be 40 percent lower than in 2011 because of restructuring charges related to its U.S. business. That announcement followed previous earnings misses. Supply Chain Matters featured two previous commentaries related to this supplier. Like others, we originally admired the company’s performance in the industry. But, in August of 2012, our commentary, What’s Up with Li &Fung?,  noted the occurrence of a  22 percent drop in profits and a string of analyst downgrades after questions were […]

Wal-Mart Mandates New Supplier Sub-Contracting Policies

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The Wall Street Journal and other business media are reporting that Wal-Mart will adopt a “zero tolerance policy” for suppliers who subcontract Wal-Mart orders to outside factories without that retailer’s knowledge. This new policy change, which is being communicated to suppliers in a 10 page letter, is expected to take effect on March 1. The new policy supersedes the previous “three strikes” approach, which allowed Wal-Mart suppliers the time to address sub-contract sourcing issues discovered, and comes in the wake of the tragic fire within a sub-contracting clothing factory located in Bangladesh, which was working on Wal-Mart branded apparel.  Wal-Mart further indicates that it will require suppliers to pass preapproval audits before suppliers are allowed to do business with the retailer, and specifically that all factories located in Bangladesh must undergo additional safety standard checks in electrical and building safety. Suppliers have been invited to Wal-Mart Bentonville corporate headquarters on […]