The global pandemic has added an extra layer of complexity and disruption to the manufacturing supply chain. In response, manufacturers and shipping companies worldwide are shifting gears, re-evaluating their strategies and risk profiles, and scrambling to keep up production. Despite these efforts, the outbreak has already had a significant impact on production, and it’s likely
Few issues are as important to businesses today than sustainability. Because the modern consumer cares about the environment, companies need to meet higher expectations about eco-friendly practices. Supply chains, in particular, have a lot of room to improve. It’s no secret that logistics chains aren’t exactly eco-friendly. They account for more than 80% of carbon
The trade war between the U.S. and China already had American companies rethinking their relationships with manufacturers in China. Then came two additional nails in the coffin. The first was the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) into law on Jan. 29, and the second was the outbreak of the coronavirus strain COVID-19. U.S.
Apple Inc. kept its business rolling through the coronavirus pandemic this week by launching a new iPad Pro and two new Macs. But that doesn’t mean its supply chain is in the clear. Deliveries of the new products will begin arriving on doorsteps next week. However, production of those devices likely started in early January,
Today’s supply chains are challenged by product-line proliferation, shrinking product lifecycles, increased complexity, and massive amounts of data. To add to that list, customers are becoming more demanding and unpredictable; internet-fueled trends are changing on a dime, and promotions and sales are subject to weather, new-product introductions and the economy. To be ready for what