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Changing Perception in the Supply Management Industry

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The following commentary is a Supply Chain Matters guest posting authored by Jim Barnes, Services Managing Director, Institute for Supply Management (ISM). One of the biggest challenges in our industry is gaining recognition of the value procurement and supply chain management brings to the corporate bottom line. We know supply management increases shareholder value by […]


Counterfeit Apparel and Other Unauthorized Products in China Draws Added Actions: Welcome Taylor Swift

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After years of what is described as unproductive conversations, The American Apparel & Footwear Association recently publically called  for major changes to Alibaba Group’s anti-counterfeiting procedures. AAFA represents more than 1,000 clothing, shoe, and lifestyle brands, and over the last four years, has been engaged in on-going conversations with Alibaba representatives on the problem of […]


Apple’s June-Ending Quarterly Performance: Disappointment or Supply Chain Praise?

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Yesterday, after the stock market closed, Apple announced its fiscal third quarter financial performance and Wall Street’s headline was immediately one of disappointment. This was despite reporting that profits had surged 38 percent from the year earlier period along with total revenues that grew 33 percent. Gross margin was reported as a whopping 39.7 percent which […]


Machine Learning Technology Now Available for Automated B2B Integration

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Machine learning technology, which is a form of artificial intelligence, has now made its way into the area of procurement process support. A simplified explanation of this technology is that algorithms actually “learn” from data and information patterns to make subsequent predictions based on such patterns. Supply Chain Matters has previously pointed out how machine-learning […]


Amazon’s Black Friday in July Event- Opinion is Mixed and the Jury is Still Out

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Last Wednesday, in a noteworthy effort to spur widespread additional interest and new subscribers within its Prime buying program, Amazon declared its inaugural Prime Day, offering its online Prime program customers Black Friday like pricing deals in the middle of July. The date was chosen because it represented the 20th anniversary of Amazon. The significance […]


Country of Origin Legislative Actions for Food Has Broader Industry Supply Chain Implications

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In June, The United States House of Representatives voted to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork, and chicken and social media commentary regarding the move continues to dominate as an ongoing trending topic.  The reasons are obvious- consumers demand and expect knowledge as to the specific sourcing origins of food products. Consumers are right […]


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