Resilient and sustainable supply chains

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Note from the editor

Resilience may be the most important word of the 2020s. 

COVID-19 gave new meaning and gravity to risk management, and supply chains with resiliency strategies in place before the pandemic were able to adjust operations quickly to find alternative supply sources and recalibrate production with demand. 

Risk mitigation efforts that started before the pandemic continue, from combating the effects tariffs and trade wars to reducing the carbon footprint of direct operations and the extended supply chain. 

In the trendline below, we examine the concept of resilient and sustainable supply chains — before, during and beyond COVID-19. 

Shefali Kapadia Lead Editor

5 freight technologies send supply chains on a greener path

A growing level of shipper interest, along with pressure from the public and regulators, is driving carriers to invest in more sustainable delivery options.

• Published April 21, 2021

So you want to reduce your supply chain emissions

Walmart’s journey to a robust scope 3 emissions program reveals a shift in the way sustainability advocates see the supply chain and the urgency with which companies need to address it.

• Published Nov. 5, 2020

How to conduct a freight sustainability analysis

Taking a step-by-step approach to finding the biggest sources of emissions in freight transportation can benefit the business and the bottom line.

• Published July 23, 2019

From Section 301 to COVID-19: How a volatile China changed supply chains

An ongoing trade war, and now a global pandemic, pushed U.S. businesses to diversify and raised the question: Are we too dependent on China?

• Published March 31, 2020

Packaging, PPE and surgical supplies: How COVID-19 is pushing hospitals to reduce waste

Some waste is inevitable, but supply chain leaders are finding ways to reduce the quantity — reusing and recycling when possible and adjusting procurement and packaging.

• Published Jan. 12, 2021

How medical supply chains can diversify beyond COVID-19

Pharma and medical device buyers' heavy reliance on global sourcing lowers costs but has created supply problems during the coronavirus pandemic.

• Published April 15, 2020

Strained supply chains, resource scarcity drive heightened focus on circularity amid pandemic

Supply chain disruptions in healthcare, packaging and other industries are seen as potential opportunities for new reuse and remanufacturing initiatives.

• Published June 10, 2020

Caps and pumps: Johnson & Johnson's packaging changes put it on the path to a circular supply chain

J&J's Healthy Lives Mission includes conversion to 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic, and recycled paper and pulp-based packaging by 2025.

• Published Oct. 13, 2020

Breaking down Mars' maverick move for a more sustainable palm oil supply chain

The company is reducing its palm oil mill count from 1,500 to 50 in three years.

• Published Dec. 10, 2020

Why are fashion supply chains so wasteful?

Consumer textile waste may be the larger problem, but the pre-consumer supply chain has its own wasteful practices built in to the way garments are designed and produced.

• Published July 23, 2019

Sustainable sourcing at scale: H&M's approach

Alternative fibers are challenging to produce and procure at scale. A shift from mass market consumption to a craft model with enhanced visibility may be the solution.

• Published Aug. 1, 2019

Adidas coaches its suppliers in the sustainability marathon

• Published Oct. 5, 2020