How Strategic Is Your Supply Chain?
Here's how CFOs can contribute to ensuring a strategically sound supply chain operation.
A Cure for Supply-Chain Blues
It's fine if you're working with suppliers to improve the chain's effectiveness. But don't overlook getting internal departments to work cross-functionally – and make sure they act with the end customer's interest in mind.
Amazon’s Coming after Your Customers
So are eBay and other big e-distributors. Nothing is stopping them from tracking your customers’ buying habits and urging them to buy from a competitor. You’d better start preparing.
Wal-Mart Saves Money, But Will It Live Better?
For the retail mammoth, relentlessly leveraging its purchasing volume to cost-squeeze suppliers may not prove sustainable for much longer.
How to Shore Up the “People” Part of Supply-Chain Performance
The success formula includes crystal-clear processes, input from the right people to drive engagement in following those processes, and ongoing learning by doing.
How to Reduce Resource Consumption
Rule number one: Build honest, trusting relationships with suppliers.
Offshore Suppliers: Beware of Hidden Costs
Companies that buy goods from overseas sources because they like the price might want to think twice.
Avoid Three Key Supply-Chain Land Mines
Be aware that not all risks are obvious, prepare for the unexpected, and train employees on risk-management actions.
Social Media and the Coming Supply-Chain Revolution
Use of modern communications tools within supply chains is lagging way behind their usage for other operational needs, but change is in the air.
Five Ways to Reduce and Manage Fuel Surcharges
Companies can't entirely escape the realities of fuel surcharges carriers assess for freight shipments, but there are plenty of effective mitigation strategies.
Five Ways to Revitalize Your Supply Chain
A to-do list as you prepare for a new year and new growth.