Category Archives: Supplier development

Audit Safe?

By | Bricks Matter, Demand, Social supply chains, Supplier development | One Comment

It takes many shapes … like the deaths of nine unknowing consumers. In 2008, 762 people became dangerously ill in 48 states from contaminated peanut butter in the United States. The recalls permeated the food industry. Over 3800 products from 361 companies were recalled.  It should not have happened. The PCA factory that manufactured the peanut butter was certified as safe by the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Fatal fires are also a grim…

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Corporate Sustainability: Are Companies Vulnerable?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | One Comment

“Supply chain sustainability” is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the life cycles of goods and services. Supply Chain Sustainability (definition) United Nations Global Compact The first corporate social responsibility statement was published by Dow Chemical in 1996. Since then, how have supply chain leaders and corporate sustainability leaders defined supply chain initiatives? What are the priorities? Where are the…

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Yes, I am a Zealot. I Still Believe. Do You?

By | Big data supply chains, Supplier development, Supply Chain | 6 Comments

I take supply chain seriously. My friends might tell you TOO seriously.  I think that the entire world should. I believe that better supply chain practices can save the world, and I think that it makes a difference in warfare and welfare. I think that it is at the core of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Yes, I am an unabashed zealot. I have been at it for a long time….

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IBM: You Can Do Better

By | Big data supply chains, Demand, Downstream data, Market-Driven, New technologies, Supplier development, Supply Chain | No Comments

An open letter to IBM. Dear IBM: This week, I attended your Smarter Commerce Conference in Orlando (#IBMCSGS). I am sorry that I had to leave early due to personal reasons (life goes on), but I wanted to send you a quick note with some feedback. I love the Smarter Commerce message. It is brilliant. It makes me hopeful that a technology provider can make a difference. However, on the main stage in Orlando, I…

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