Category Archives: supply chain

Supply chain secrets: American sweat shops

Horrifying and upsetting, this article about the contract warehouses of online retailers, I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave is a compelling if not grisly read. Mother Jones reporter Mac McClelland goes undercover in a warehouse by applying for and getting

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Supply chain channel checkers

It’s been proven that supply chain risk events can cause a company’s stock to tank and company to lose market value. Now enter the new supply chain risk market makers: the channel checkers. These are the analysts who follow large …

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Supply chain risk management: 10 reasons why companies haven't hopped on the bandwagon

Supply chain risk management (SCRM) is the hot topic at conferences, the blogosphere, and in many supply management circles. Supply risk experts, pundits and wannabes are shouting supply risk warnings from every rooftop, inundating us with webinars, talks, and articles, …

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Supply chain management — a day in the life

A tip of the hat to Benjamin Benulis at Silicon Laboratories in Austin, TX for alerting me to two funny supply chain videos.  Well, they would be even funnier if it weren’t so painfully true. Here are the links:


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A cereal killer is thwarted

On June 17th, 2010 at midnight, someone got by PR Newswire’s vetting process and issued a fake press release about cereal maker General Mills. The press release falsely claimed that President Obama was launching an investigation into General Mill’s supply …

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NUMMI Suppliers Lose Their Customer: Can Lean Help Them Survive the Loss?

Looks like it’s really all over for NUMMI, the Toyota/GM joint auto manufacturing venture in Fremont, CA. Last summer, I wrote a post about the strong possibility of Toyota’s closing the plant (NUMMI: Things Are Looking Gloomy). The …

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If Your Supplier's Work Environment Is Unsafe, What Do You Do?

Die casting is manufacturing at its most basic and dirty level. Companies that use casting suppliers must allow additional lead time for procuring the castings, as they are typically a long lead-time item. And die casters are known for being …

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Vertical Integration: The Pendulum Swings Back

An article in today’s WSJ, “Companies More Prone to Go Vertical,” discussed the current trend for some companies such as Oracle, Pepsi, IBM, General Motors, Boeing and Apple, to cite a few,  to return to the practice of …

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Purging the System of Supply Chain Mistakes

In a takeoff of the U.S. government’s Cash for Clunkers program, Toys R Us began a program to help get recalled and dangerous children’s equipment such as cribs, bassinets, high chairs, etc. out of people’s homes. I touched on the …

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Finding Offshore Suppliers: A Web-Based Community for Supplier Evaluations

Supply managers and buyers have always had the challenge not just of finding suppliers but finding suppliers who are both high-performing and “best value”. Numerous supplier evaluation and supplier performance management software solutions are now available, where ten years ago …

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