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Coping With The Nightmare Of Consumer Product Recalls

Anthony 8/18/2015 9:39:42 AM

The massive number of product recalls suggests that companies are doing an imperfect job of keeping pace with quality requirements. Most recently, we’ve seen the recall of bicycles, baby coveralls, flashlights and hooded jackets. They are far from atypical in their number and variety. According to an index published by Stericycle, Inc., 21.3 million units of product were recalled in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2013 – an increase of 292 percent over the previous quarter.   The reasons a....
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How new UPS and FedEx pricing formula is affecting users

Anthony 8/14/2015 8:22:28 AM

The two parcel-handling giants implemented dimensional weight pricing at the beginning of this year, for ground packages under three cubic feet in size. (Larger boxes, as well as air shipments, were already being priced on that basis.)   The formula takes into account a package's size as well as its weight. It allows carriers to charge for the actual space that a shipment takes up on the truck. And it generally means higher rates for shippers – between 30 and 50 percent, according to estimat....
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The Supply Chain Talent Gap Is Wider Than You Think

Anthony 8/7/2015 1:32:50 PM

CEOs know there's a widening talent gap in the supply-chain sector. They also know they're not doing enough to close it.   It's an odd kind of stasis: being aware of a serious problem, while admitting that you're not fully committed to a solution. But who can blame companies today? The talent gap is all too real, if more visible in some areas than others.   Take the nationwide driver shortage, which qualifies as old news by now. According to the American Trucking Associations, the indust....
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Managing Freight Payment With No Time to Slack Off

Anthony 8/4/2015 8:56:11 AM

In the end, all outsourcing relationships are founded on trust. You can write a contract that drills down to the smallest details, but at some point you have to rely on the integrity of your partner. And when that trust is violated, the consequences can be severe.   Take the world of freight payment and auditing. Two major players in the business, Trendset Information Systems and TransVantage Solutions, Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Each was accused of embezzling millions ....
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Supply Chain Visibility - Lots of Talk, Little Action

Anthony 7/31/2015 3:42:17 PM

How far do companies have to go, before they become truly "green"? A long, long way, if the results of a new survey are to be believed. According to the study by the Business Performance Management Forum (BPM) and E2open, nearly two-thirds of respondents lack the visibility needed to monitor the environmental impact of their supply chains. This despite the fact that 90 percent say their top management supports the notion of "enhanced trading partner visibility, flexibility and sustainability acr....
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Too Many SKUs? How Clorox Avoids Supply-Chain Chaos

Anthony 7/28/2015 3:31:37 PM

Once upon a time, there was Clorox bleach: one product, one universally recognized brand. Now there's Clorox Germicidal, Concentrated, Splash-less, Stain Remover, Outdoor, not to mention a raft of other products manufactured by The Clorox Co.: Pine-Sol, Tilex, Liquid Plumr, Glad, 409 "¦ you get the idea. We're in that modern-day zone of retailing chaos known as SKU proliferation.   About 98 percent of supply-chain leaders conduct some level of segmentation, although the word can mean many di....
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