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Philips Drives Supply Chain Sustainability “Beyond the Audit”

Imagine conducting a job interview and only asking potential candidates to discuss the ways in which they were not qualified for the position. How forthcoming could you reasonably expect these individuals to be? With their livelihoods on the line, even the most honorable job seekers are likely to stretch the truth to make themselves appear…

Soldier On: Initiative Puts Service Vets on Frontline of Manufacturing Skills Revolution

After years of decline, the U.S. manufacturing sector is in the midst of a pivotal transformation. Adoption of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing, and the Internet of Things, are bringing levels of innovation and productivity that are inspiring not only U.S.-based companies to “reshore” manufacturing, but prompting a flurry of foreign direct…

Half Way to the Point of No Return

 As world’s “carbon budget” depletes, corporations turn to science in effort to avert environmental calamity   Scientific research has concluded that once average global temperatures rise 2° C above pre-industrial levels (1870 baseline), the adverse impacts of global warming – extreme weather, rising ocean acidity, floods, droughts, and rampant disease – will be irreversible. Based…

Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Maker Media

One-on-One Profile Education: BA, English Literature, University of Louisville Background: Writer, editor, publisher and community organizer in combining technical and creative interests Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking, Making Hot Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Hard Cider Favorite Book: Bartelby the Scrivener by Herman Melville Advice to 18-year-old Dale: Whatever you learn, you will eventually find a creative way to apply it SCN:…

From the Desk of Wade McDaniel

Welcome to the October 2017 issue of Supply Chain Navigator. Several years ago, I wrote an article in which I shared my doubts about the maker movement in terms of the potential influence and long-term impact on the technology sector. At the time, pundits were heralding the movement as the start of the “third industrial…

From Platitude to Paradigm

Internal crowdsourcing unleashes disruptive capacity of corporate everyman Listen in on just about any corporate earnings call and you are likely, at some point, to hear a top-level executive offer a folksy acknowledgment of the company’s employees: “it’s our people that make our company what it is,” or “our people are our greatest resource.” Why,…

Taking the Pulse of Your Supply Chain

Emerging role of sentiment analysis in demand-driven supply chains By Lincoln Wood, Torsten Reiners and Hari Srivastava Recent trends in supply chain management have been driven by the attempt to understand supply chains and mitigate the remaining “risk [that] comes from not knowing what you’re doing” (W. Buffet). Sensors and smart tags launched a new…

The New Economics of Supply Chain Sustainability

Finance programs reward supplier CSR efforts   In 2010, athletic footwear and apparel manufacturer PUMA set out to monetize the “true costs” of its reliance on nature as a source of critical supplies, such as fresh water, clean air, healthy biodiversity and productive land. The goal, Executive Chairman of PUMA SE Jochen Zeitz reported at…

Nike Takes the Leap

Unique deal gives Nike instant infrastructure in the Americas From the moment Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman hijacked his wife’s waffle maker to create Nike’s first grooved-sole sneakers in 1971, the Nike brand has been synonymous with innovation and high-performance athletics. Just as its product focus has remained steadfast on delivering footwear and sportswear designed to…

The LIVING Supply Chain

What supply chain managers can learn from wolves in Yellowstone By Robert Handfield and Tom Linton The era of the digitized supply chain is bringing about unprecedented levels of change in global trade. The rapid digitization of the communications infrastructure, cloud-based computing, mobile technology and the rise of the digital ecosystem will enable transparent, real-time…