Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Four posting provides an assessment of our prediction for global online shopping platform dominance among Alibaba and Amazon, and that business self-interest would fuel continued supply chain sustainability actions and initiatives.
Green and Sustainable Supply Chain
Diversified products manufacturer 3M conducted a survey among supply chain suppliers to hone in on current challenges related to the notions of supplier collaboration. What caught Supply Chain Matters attention was that important supplier collaboration challenges remain for procurement and supply chain teams.
Last week, President Donald Trump announced that the United States intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Supply Chain Matters urges supply chain leaders and their respective teams to re-double ongoing sustainability efforts in all forms. Such efforts are good for business and ever more important, essential for the future of the planet.
In prior Supply Chain Matters blog coverage of the Oracle Modern Supply Chain technology conference we did not have the opportunity to share a compelling keynote describing an exponential organizational and supply chain capability. After additional reading and reflection, we do so now.
In its 2017 Environmental Update Report, Apple declared a goal towards implementing a closed-loop supply chain. This includes a pledge to end the company’s reliance on mined materials from the earth, and to one day, make its products from renewable or recycled materials. We applaud these efforts.