Gartner top 25
Many companies are working on building out the foundational components of an end-to-end supply chain across disparate businesses, focusing on improving core supply chain functions, and creating more common processes and systems across them. More-advanced companies describe a wide range of initiatives that build on the foundation, including end-to-end supply chain segmentation, simplification, cost-to-serve analytics, multitier visibility and supply network optimization.
Increased competition for components in the cell phone industry
Increased competition for components could lead to price rises. It could also cause product launches being delayed, which can be a major blow in a field as competitive as the smartphone and tablet market. HTC was forced to delay the full launch of its flagship smartphone the HTC One in March due to a shortage of cameras. Analysts say that this has led to poor financial results for the Taiwanese firm, which is increasingly lagging behind the competition.
After Bangladesh, Seeking New Sources (NYT)
Dozens of impoverished countries make T-shirts and other very basic clothing. But only a few countries — really just China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and to some extent Cambodia and Pakistan — have developed highly complex systems for producing and shipping tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of identical, high-quality shirts, blouses or trousers to a global retailer within several weeks of receiving an order.
Walmart Strains to Keep Aisles Stocked Fresh (NYT)
Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer and grocer, has cut so many employees that it no longer has enough workers to stock its shelves properly, according to some employees and industry analysts.
E-Commerce Companies Bypass the Middlemen (NYT)
Big retailers discovered long ago that controlling the supply chain benefited their bottom lines, which is why companies like Wal-Mart and Whole Foods sell many products under their own brands.
New Balance uses 3D printing technique to customize track shoes
In the early phases, the costs are high. “But in the future, printing will allow us to be incredibly efficient by making products on-demand and eliminating large chunks of a traditional supply chain”
Social Media Are More Interested in Your Supply Chain Than Your Marketing
Have Burger King or any of the other horse meat scandal tainted brands told us why we should trust them? Addressing such issues is certainly a communications challenge, but the real strategic focus needs to be on doing real stuff first.
Monitoring the global food supply chain (FT)
Consumers are increasingly alarmed that failures and abuses of this convoluted supply chain mean they have little idea what they are eating and whether it is safe. Horsemeat has ended up in so-called beef lasagnes in the UK and other parts of Europe.