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Circular Economy Approaches to Disposable Food Packaging: Closing the Loop in the Supply Chain

All Things Supply Chain

Critics of cradle-to-grave sustainability efforts have long hoped for simple, and easier alternatives when it comes to food packaging. Fortunately, the circular economy offers the perfect solution.

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The death of category management?

Procurement Leaders

A couple of weeks ago, Procurement Leaders held a CPO Connect Call entitled “the death of category management” It was well attended – as one might expect, given the emotive title – with great discussion and debate about what the future might hold for the process. Many of my conversations with CPOs over recent months have focused on the core procurement process, procurement operating models and how change is required to help manage a new landscape.

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Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Progress or Setback?

Art of Procurement

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, or UFLPA, was passed to protect an ethnically Turkish, predominantly Muslim minority living in. The post Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act: Progress or Setback? appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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The Port of Baltimore is reopened from the bridge collapse. How much cargo will return?

Supply Chain Dive

With wreckage from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse removed, leaders are bullish on the port’s ability to retain customers.

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How a Global CPG Leader Optimized $500M of Direct Materials Spend and Exceeded Savings Goal

A Fortune 500 CPG company partnered with GEP to improve end-to-end category management, optimize direct spend categories, and increase strategic focus on tail spend. GEP’s sourcing expertise and market intelligence enabled the company to centralize sourcing and order management processes, strengthen key supplier relationships, and enhance supply chain resilience and agility.

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3 Tips for Successful Logistics Outsourcing

Supply Chain Brain

The information in this guidebook is based on hands-on project experience in the CPG and retail industry and will equip you with three tips to help you make informative and strategic decisions on outsourcing or improve your organization’s existing outsourcing process.

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Adapting to Automation: Reskilling the Supply Chain Workforce for Tomorrow

All Things Supply Chain

Automation is on the rise in industries around the globe.

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The “New” Coupa: A post-acquisition assessment from Coupa Inspire 2024

Spend Matters

In December 2022, Thoma Bravo acquired Coupa, ending the firm’s publicly funded journey. We predicted at the time that “Thoma Bravo will not change the fact that Coupa delivers top-tier functionality and customer satisfaction for most S2P modular areas, as consistently documented by our SolutionMap benchmark.” This remains true 18 months later, but it is also true that Coupa has since acquired a new CEO, many new executive team members and is changing its messaging around what it offers.

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East and Gulf Coast port labor talks stall over automation concerns

Supply Chain Dive

The International Longshoremen's Association canceled a planned meeting with the United States Maritime Alliance, citing a local dispute on automated truck gates.

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How To Shrink Plastic Use Through Better Supplier Relationships

Supply Chain Brain

Manufacturers are making strides to reduce their plastic footprint. But those seeking to shrink plastic usage can find it difficult to budget, forecast and make nimble decisions.

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What are “moonshine” performance evaluations?

Procurement Insights

EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s post is inspired by a LinkedIn post by Vineet Khanna , the Former Global Head of Supply Chain at Nestlé. After reading my brief post, go directly to Vineet’s and comment. I grew up in an era when changing jobs more than once in your entire career was considered irresponsible. It was the unwritten “cradle to grave” employment rule.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Fast Track Your Logistics Career: Expert Training with SCMDOJO

SCMDOJO

Are you ready to excel in logistics management? The SCMDOJO Logistics Management Track is your ultimate logistics training pathway. It’s designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the logistics industry. Let’s explore why our logistics training is unique, what’s included in our logistics pathway, and how you can get started today.

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Nudge Theory Applications in Procurement

The Good Spending

Nudge Theory Nudge theory , developed by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, subtly guides individuals towards better decisions without restricting their choices. It leverages behavioral science to predict behavior by altering the environment or context in which decisions are made. It logically derives from the Prospect Theory we discussed earlier. Nudges are small interventions or environmental changes that steer people towards desired behaviors without restricting their freedom of choice.

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Advance Auto Parts maps out unified distribution network

Supply Chain Dive

The facilities will function as replenishment nodes for the retailer, which is consolidating two separate networks to boost efficiency.

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Revolutionizing Smart Manufacturing: Hitachi's Success with SOLOCHAIN WMS/MES

Supply Chain Brain

Hitachi, a leader in Smart Manufacturing, is committed to achieving Industry 4.0 goals, including near-zero emissions, superior safety, and stringent quality standards. SOLOCHAIN WMS/MES provided the perfect solution.

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Scaling Logistics for Success: A White Claw Story

Speaker: Scott Campbell and Molly Feller

As the demand for your products skyrockets 🚀, you're likely experiencing logistical challenges that are preventing you from scaling your business. The sudden surge in demand can be exciting, but it can also put a strain on your supply chain and logistics operations. In this webinar, join Scott Campbell, Vice President, Logistics & Demand at Mark Anthony Services and Molly Feller, VP Logistics as a Service Operations at e2open, as they explore the challenges that arise when companies expe

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Finally, A Solution Provider Gets the Big Picture, And It Isn’t AI

Procurement Insights

EDITOR’S NOTE: I sent the following business case overview over the weekend to select solution providers. The first response from Mintec is below. Which of the five priority areas can your organization and solution help Target with? I highlighted the areas where you could provide an immediate benefit. Retail Chain industry prospects (Target): Target, a barometer of the American consumer, said its sales last year fell for the first time since 2016.

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Bill Gates Goes Nuclear

Procurement Bulletin

Do Tariffs Really Work? Small businesses are getting caught in the crossfire in the trade wars between the US and China. Tariffs imposed on products from Chinese manufacturers are borne by the US-based business importing the goods, meaning businesses are seeing their cost of goods increase approximately 25% just from tariffs. The US is not the only country imposing tariffs on China (and contemplating more), the EU is imposes tariffs on Chinese-made auto’s from entering the EU.

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GPOs as Value Drivers within Private Equity Procurement

Art of Procurement

“There is no perfect data today. In the absence of that, we have to take the knowns and extrapolate from. The post GPOs as Value Drivers within Private Equity Procurement appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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Insource or outsource fulfillment? Companies weigh cost vs. control

Supply Chain Dive

Business size, growth trajectory, distribution costs and customer service needs are among the top factors to consider, experts say.

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Supply Chain Orchestration: A New Era in Supply Chain Management

When the only certainty is uncertainty, what does that mean for today’s supply chain management approaches? This eBook delves into how supply chain orchestration can help businesses unlock agility, transparency, intelligence, and trust across their end-to-end supply chain.

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Unlock E-Commerce Excellence with SOLOCHAIN WMS: A Success Story

Supply Chain Brain

Discover how TLS and its subsidiary, Emblem Logistics, transformed their operations with SOLOCHAIN WMS to meet the soaring demands of the e-commerce landscape.

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T-Mobile unlocks marketing efficiency with Adobe Workfront

IBM Supply Chain Blog

With 109 million customers and counting, “uncarrier” T-Mobile is one of the top mobile communications providers in the U.S. The company always puts the customer first, which it achieves by delivering the right experiences and content to the right customers at the right time. But with different sub-brands and business units, T-Mobile’s marketing and content workflows were complex—and often inefficient and disconnected.

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The Best Inventory Management Solutions for Ecom Sellers

Finale Inventory

In the fast-paced world of ecommerce, inventory management plays a crucial role in the success of ecommerce sellers. Efficiently managing your inventory can save you time, money, and the headache of stockouts or overstocks. As an ecommerce seller, you need a reliable inventory management solution to help you stay organized, streamline your operations, and grow your business.

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The Power of Empathy: Building Deeper Connections with Persuasion Training

Negotiations Ninja

Have you ever wondered how some people effortlessly influence others while some struggle to get their points across? The key often lies in a subtle yet powerful skill: empathy.

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How to Create a Blueprint for Fleet Resilience

Speaker: Jeff Dickinson - President and CEO of Railgistixs Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Thought Leader

Despite the ongoing transformation of the supply chain and logistics landscape, the steadfast importance of carrier safety remains a core principle. From prioritizing preventative maintenance to optimizing fleet utilization, the fundamentals persist. If you’re overlooking and neglecting essential safety precautions today, this could result in expensive repairs and potential safety hazards in the future. 🚧 Join Jeff Dickinson for a conversation on how to mitigate risk, enforce compliance,

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ILA ‘more likely’ to strike in October as tensions rise

Supply Chain Dive

The union representing East and Gulf Coast port workers made the threat Wednesday, while noting wage and automation concerns are behind contract disagreements.

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Watch: P2G or G2P Robotics? The Great Debate in Warehouse Automation

Supply Chain Brain

Regardless of the size or age of a warehouse, person-to-goods (P2G) robotics is better for warehouse functionality than goods-to-person (G2P), says Kait Peterson, senior director of product marketing at Locus Robotics.

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What’s up with eSignature apps in 2024

Procurement Insights

Zycus has been a client of mine since 2009. I have worked with them on many projects, including writing eBooks, moderating webinars, and hosting live panels. One of the reasons I like Zycus is that they made a decision to buy back the company from Venture Capitalists to ensure that their focus remained on serving their clients versus cashing out. Over the years, I have seen that deliver customer value on a consistent (and growing) basis.

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Procurement 6 – June 14th, 2024

Art of Procurement

Procurement 6 is a short podcast from Art of Procurement that publishes in the Art of Procurement feed every Friday. The post Procurement 6 – June 14th, 2024 appeared first on Art of Procurement.

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7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024

Procurement and supply chain leaders are presented with their fair share of challenges, with a host of tools and strategies to resolve them. That said, what’s the best path forward to leverage this year’s trends? In this recap of a recent GEP-WBR webinar, 7 Leadership Themes for Procurement & Supply Chain Leaders in 2024, GEP’s Pramod Sethumadhavan explores seven vital leadership trends that will help guide procurement and supply chain decision-makers.

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Procurement Evolution: From Industry to Consultancy with James Ball – Episode 96

Procurement Talk with David Byrne

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Watch on YouTube Summary In this episode, Martin Smith interviews James Ball, Associate Director at Infosys Portland. James discusses the differences between working in industry and working in consultancy in the procurement field. James shares his insights based on his 25 years of experience in procurement, with … Continued The post Procurement Evolution: From Industry to Consultancy with James Ball – Episode 96 appeared first on Talent Driv

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Diversifying country of origin is key for vanilla, suppliers say

Supply Chain Dive

While the flavoring's supply constraints are not expected to last long, growers warn of a potential cost problem.

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Why U.K. Supply Chains Are Nearshoring

Supply Chain Brain

It's not just Brexit that's driving the trend. U.K. companies are increasingly eager to boost risk management, control over products, sustainability credentials and staffing.

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Mastering budget control in the age of AI: Leveraging on-premises and cloud XaaS for success 

IBM Supply Chain Blog

As organizations strive to harness the power of AI while controlling costs, leveraging anything as a service (XaaS) models emerges as a strategic approach. In this blog, we’ll explore how businesses can use both on-premises and cloud XaaS to control budgets in the age of AI, driving financial sustainability without compromising on technological advancement.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr