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Supply Chain Revolution: How a 3-D Supply Chain Could Create Many New Jobs and Revitalize the Economy

Ho-Hyung Lee | Posted 02.11.2013 | Business
Ho-Hyung Lee

The Internet serves as a 3-D hub or platform between multiple information sources and recipients. But why haven't we developed any such 3-D systems in U. S. supply chains, with strong operational feedback modules like Toyota's?

After the Election: The Hidden Flaw Holding Back Full Recovery

Ho-Hyung Lee | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Ho-Hyung Lee

The solution starts with acknowledging domestic manufacturing needs to be the backbone of any sustainable recovery. Experts will say the U.S. doesn't "do" manufacturing anymore. Our economy is all about service, finance, software, and entertainment.

Should Companies Care If Hurricane Sandy Was "Caused" By Climate Change?

Andrew Winston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

The scene around my Connecticut home is not pretty, with downed trees and power lines everywhere. It's a serious time, and a time for some serious questions. Why did this happen?

Corporate Social Responsibility in the Baby Market

Christine Bader | Posted 12.25.2012 | Parents
Christine Bader

We can't give these companies a free pass just because their stuff is cute, or trust that they have our best interests at heart because they're catering to our little bundles of joy.

How Walmart's Green Performance Reviews Could Change Retail for Good

Andrew Winston | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green
Andrew Winston

Incentives matter and cultures shift over time. Hard-won operational changes like modifying performance reviews may not be sexy, but the results can be profound. And when it's the world's largest retailer changing its buying criteria, the ripples will likely be felt around the world.

Federal Contractors and Consumers Target of President's Speech on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

President Obama has underscored that the prevention of slavery is the responsibility of government and the private sector and consumers. As a result, he reframed the issue into one not of us and them but us - period. We, the collective we, are the solution to human trafficking.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Crash Walmart Forum On Food Supply Ethics | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.20.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Representatives from the world's largest private employer and other Fortune 500 companies joined worker advocates, trade groups and gove...

Who Owns Social and Environmental Performance in an Outsourced Economy?

Tim Mohin | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Tim Mohin

How far should a company go to ensure its suppliers are appropriately managing social and environmental conditions?

DynCorp Does Due Diligence

David Isenberg | Posted 07.11.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Dyncorp's new Supply Chain organization, stood up last year, has introduced several tools that are updated regularly to evaluate subcontractors on an ongoing basis.

Stakeholder Relationships: Key to a Sustainable Enterprise

John Friedman | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Each relationship is an intangible asset of the business. As any accountant will tell you, assets can either appreciate or depreciate or hold their value.

Andrea Stone

Janet Napolitano: Homeland Security, Economic Security Go 'Hand-In-Hand' | Andrea Stone | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top administration official on Monday signaled that the focus of homeland security in 2012 would shift in emphasis to business and the...

Krugman: Companies That Contribute To Growth 'Don't Exist In Isolation'

The New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

Mitch Daniels, the former Bush budget director who is now Indiana's governor, made the Republicans' reply to President Obama's State of the Union addr...

Demand Planning: Smarter Commerce Keeps You Ahead of Demand (VIDEO)

Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology

Smarter Commerce from IBM optimizes supply chain efficiency and business process integration, helping to boost revenue, build loyalty, and keep busine...

Paul Needham

At UPS Worldport, The World Comes Together | Paul Needham | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Every night, hundreds of workers get on buses and are dropped off here at the UPS Worldport. They spend a few hours putting package...

Scary Business Plans

Matt Cohen | Posted 12.12.2011 | Comedy
Matt Cohen

Sweeney Todd is a case study in vertical integration. Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett join forces in a common venture. Specifically, he kills some of his customers and then she bakes them into meat pies. After you're done gagging, consider what this does to their supply chain.

Technology's Place in Transforming Agriculture

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
Elizabeth McVay Greene

The distended relationship between farms and individuals is the fundamental problem in the food system we've inherited. Supply chains and the corporate cultures that house them keep information isolated.

From Icebergs to Autos, Effects of the Japan Earthquake Are Long-Lasting

John Bates | Posted 10.09.2011 | Business
John Bates

Over 70 percent of organizations recorded at least one supply chain disruption in 2010. The earthquake and its long-lasting aftershocks to global supply chains have prompted a complete rethink in supply chain management.

Agility in Agriculture: Why Farms Will Succeed and Food Corporations May Not

Elizabeth McVay Greene | Posted 09.11.2011 | Food
Elizabeth McVay Greene

A farmer and a corporate procurement manager probably agree that it will be harder and harder to force a static basket of consistent, timely products out of the land for years to come. But the two have wildly different capacity to deal with this reality.

The Lifecycle of a T-shirt

Mattias Wallander | Posted 08.30.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

Do you ever stop and think about what the impact of a t-shirt is on the planet? You'd probably be surprised to learn what's involved in the lifecycle of just one t-shirt.

OECD: Globalization Has Made Economic Crises More Likely

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.29.2011 | Business

Advances in communication, information, transportation and trading technology have helped web together nations into interconnected and interdependent ...

Markets Drop On News Governments Will Collectively Tap Oil Reserves

Posted 08.23.2011 | Business

NEW YORK - Oil prices crashed more than $8 to a four-month low on Thursday after the world's consumer nations said they would band together to aid...

Economic Confidence Plummets With Few Signs Of Recovery: Gallup

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business

Beset by rising gas prices and a stubbornly-high unemployment rate, American economic confidence has suddenly plummeted, according to a new poll. ...

The 'Surprises' of the Japanese Crisis and the Investment Lessons to Learn

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Surprise consequences to the earthquake in Japan have revealed significant weaknesses in both the worlds of politics and business and from an investment point of view, there are lessons we can learn.

Japan's Government Needs to Move Quickly

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.03.2011 | Business
Daniel Wagner

No one can truly know the economic impact of Japan's earthquake because the world has never experienced such a severe natural disaster in an economy so critical to the global supply chain.

The Best-Drawn Supply Chain You'll Ever See: A Look at How an Industry Evolves

Matt Cohen | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business
Matt Cohen

When drawing supply chains, most people don't bother with more than a fast doodle with boxes. When Scott McCloud draws a supply chain, he takes it to a different level.