Risk/Resilience


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    FMC looks at data sharing, constraints to help global cargo flows

    "We don't have the same transparency in ocean shipping as we do with airlines," Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel said in an interview.

    By Nov. 24, 2021
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    Opinion

    Want to minimize supply chain risk? Become a disruption shaper.

    Businesses have figured out how to reduce the rate of disruption to their supply chains — something most leaders dismiss as even a possibility, Gartner's director of supply chain research writes. 

    By Suzie Petrusic • Nov. 23, 2021
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    Damaged packaging, labor constraints hamper Beyond Meat's ability to fill orders

    The plant-based food producer is planning more redundancy across its supply chain, its CEO said. 

    By Nov. 23, 2021
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    Resin buyers struggle with high prices and short supply

    Businesses have stockpiled product, used fewer materials and bolstered internal manufacturing to cope in a tight market.

    By Meena Thiruvengadam • Nov. 18, 2021
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    Electronics manufacturers expect to hike prices again in 2022 as material, labor costs rise

    Two-thirds of respondents to IPC's survey had raised prices by an average of 14.5% in 2021. Sustained pressures on profit margins have some manufacturers considering additional increases.

    By Nov. 16, 2021
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    Opinion

    Now is the time to shockproof supply chains, with a 3-pronged approach

    Congested ports and empty car lots are a loud wake-up call to the shortcomings of just-in-time, the authors write.

    By Kim Doyle and Tim Weed • Nov. 15, 2021
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    San Pedro Bay ports move to ease congestion

    New guidelines limit the number of ships crowding San Pedro Bay ports

    "No, this is not going to speed things up on shore," said Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California.

    By Nov. 12, 2021
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    Kellogg strike compounds supply chain issues

    The cereal maker also is confronting higher ingredients and packaging costs, CFO Amit Banati said.

    By Chris Casey • Nov. 12, 2021
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    Clorox turns to contract suppliers, manufacturers to bolster inventory

    CFO Kevin Jacobsen said the move is temporary, and the company plans to eventually "step out of these relationships."

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    5 steps to mitigate the risks of sole-source suppliers

    If the pain around pricing, delivery or quality is high enough, a company may need to invest in an alternate sourcing scenario to reduce the risk.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Supply chain constraints, inflation weigh on medtech

    J&J, ResMed and Stryker are among the companies citing one of these factors as constraining growth in the current reporting season.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • Nov. 11, 2021
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    Just-in-time and safety stock require a careful balance

    Over the course of the pandemic, inventory has gone up, but so have sales. Are companies rethinking lean or just trying to keep up with demand?

    By Nov. 10, 2021
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    Resin shortages are drying up paint supply

    The CEOs of Sherwin-Williams and PPG Industries lamented the lasting effects of severe weather during recent earnings calls. "There's just not enough paint out there," said one executive.

    By Nov. 9, 2021
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    Port delays across the US double in-transit inventory times for Columbia Sportswear

    The brand is encountering the bulk of its logistics issues in the U.S., as deliveries in Canada and Europe "have been much more timely," CEO Tim Boyle said.

    By Nov. 8, 2021
  • McDonald's expects commodity inflation up to 4%

    The world's biggest restaurant chain is also facing difficulties procuring kitchen equipment and delays opening some new restaurants.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Court stays OSHA vaccine mandate

    The Department of Justice plans to defend the rule, which would require employers with at least 100 workers to enact a vaccine mandate in the coming months.

    By Ryan Golden , Updated Nov. 8, 2021
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    Mattel nearshores manufacturing to bypass port bottlenecks during peak

    For imported products, the toymaker locked in ocean freight capacity and rates well in advance of the holiday season.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Microsoft rolls out digital twin service after using it for supply chain resilience

    After investing heavily in its supply chain's visibility, Microsoft is introducing a way for other companies to do the same. 

    By Nov. 3, 2021
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    White House delves into supply chain problems

    Biden announces actions to boost US supply chain resiliency at G20

    "​​​​​Now that we have seen how vulnerable these lines of global commerce can be, we cannot go back to business as usual," the president said at the G20 Summit in Rome on Sunday.

    By Nov. 2, 2021
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    Retailers opt to hike prices in face of supply chain issues: study

    Nearly everyone in the industry expects their costs to increase for the season and plans to either raise prices or let it affect margins. 

    By Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 2, 2021
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    US, EU reach agreement to ease steel and aluminum tariffs

    Europe will also lift the 25% retaliatory tariffs that upended global supply chains for companies that make liquor, motorcycles and jeans.

    By Nov. 1, 2021
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    Opinion

    Supply chain visibility is now more important than ever

    Manufacturers that put traceability, sustainability in business are edging out competitors, writes Parsable's Yasmin Zarabi.

    By Yasmin Zarabi • Oct. 27, 2021
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    P&G shifts suppliers, product formulas to avoid supply chain issues

    A global supplier base has allowed the maker of Olay and Crest to optimize costs and "overcome short-term challenges," according to CFO Andre Schulten.

    By Oct. 22, 2021
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    Scale, buying power help big companies navigate supply chain disruptions

    Large companies like Domino's, Levi's and Lowe's say their size has helped secure pricing and stay resilient despite other headwinds.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    4 tips to safeguard against corruption and theft in procurement

    It doesn't take much for an unscrupulous supplier to take advantage of a naive planner, logistician or engineer to put companies in jeopardy.

    By Oct. 21, 2021