3D Printing: Evolution Rather than Revolution

Part 1 of 2: The State of Technology

In 2013, a speculation on the topic “Does 3D printing mean the end of the global supply chain?” was initiated in a blog written by Kristina Pelzel (German). Today, almost three years and a lot of 3D printing hype later, it is time for the current technical state-of-the-art to be analyzed and Continue reading

Supply Chain and Logistics Trends in 2017

“The digital transformation is no longer just a buzzword.” This was a well-fitting conclusion from Prof. Dr. Raimund Klinker at last year’s international logistics congress in Berlin. For several years now, we have all been aware of the fact that processes (especially in logistics, but also in many other economic areas) are becoming more and more digitalized. This trend will accompany us for Continue reading

How Compliance Can Help With Supplier Relationship Management

Frustration, insufficient information, and a lack of co-operation can ultimately lead to an unnecessary supply chain crisis – putting your brand reputation at risk.

Procurement and supply chain leaders face common problems on a daily basis when it comes to supplier and contractor relationship management: Continue reading

Supply Chain weekly wrap-up: 12/30/16 – 01/05/17

Alibaba’s shipping teamwork

A partnership between Alibaba and Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line, was officially announced this week. Since December 22, Chinese exporters have been able to reserve space on Maersk’s shipping containers directly through Alibaba’s OneTouch booking website. It allows the website’s existi... read more >>

Wrapping up the Year: Top 10 Supply Chain Articles from 2016

As you have already noticed, based on the title, this is not the typical industry news wrap-up we publish every week. Instead, I would like to wrap-up the year and have a look at some of the top stories published in 2016 here on the Inventory and Supply Chain Optimization blog. With all of the chaos that a year of operations brings, it can be very enlighteni... read more >>

Yes, Virginia, Procurement Needs to Believe in Santa Claus

In 1897, an eight-year old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the Editor of the New York Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper of the time. She asked a simple and straightforward question, “Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?”

In the 120 years since she penned her letter, Continue reading

Supply Chain weekly wrap-up: 12/09/16 – 12/15/16

Samsung reacts – Malaysian migrant worker abuse

As mentioned 3 weeks ago in a previous wrap-up, Samsung was faced with allegations of employee exploitations in their supply chain. Employees in Malaysia had their passports taken away from them and were made to pay large agency fees to secure their jobs. Samsung has now issued a statemen... read more >>