Supply Chain

Thinking Outside the Big Box Store

Allie Williams, IOM Executive Director, CRA Retailers appealing to consumers through their corporate responsibility programs face an uphill battle. Certainly, they can do this with their policies and practices as responsible corporate citizens. They can be committed to sustainable growth and development, to local sourcing, environmental causes, fair employee relations, reasonable wagers, governance, and their philanthropic efforts. However, consumers tend to shop based on the quality of the product, its price, and its convenience. While consumers may appreciate the company’s values and even want to reward them, at the end of the day consumers are looking for value. These corporate goals and practices need not be distinct.

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“Supply Chain Security” – I do not think that phrase means what you think it means.

Allie Williams, IOM Executive Director, CRA Executive Director's Report - January 2017 One of the recent buzzwords I heard at a conference I recently attended is the concept of “supply chain” security. That is, the need to secure data, applications, and connections not only within your enterprise, but also throughout the “supply chain,” which is responsible for your goods and services. It comes from the concept that your security is only as good as your weakest link, and your vendors, suppliers, and other third parties are likely to be among your weakest links. So it’s important that you secure your supply chain. No arguments here. But which supply chain? Everybody has their own definition of “supply chain” and they are all mostly accurate, but completely different.

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Retail Horizons: Positioning Your Sustainability Strategy for the Long-Run

Jessica McGlyn
Founder and President, Catalynics

It’s 2030. You are the CSO of a multinational Consumer Packaged Goods Company. In this era, technology has essentially taken out the middle-man and now people get everything from shoes to shampoo to sugar from distributed, self-organized networks. Goods are rapidly made and disposed of, 3-D printing is ubiquitous and consumers seek products that are highly customized to their tastes. In this new age, how will you help your company create a business model that delivers products and services with a net positive societal and environmental impact? The Retail Horizons FuturesKit, a joint project of Forum for the Future, the Continue reading →

Complex Dynamics Moving Supply Chain Concerns Front and Center

Art Stewart
Managing Director, Strategic Impact Partners

A variety of factors are changing how organizations view – and calculate – risk, especially regarding competitiveness and business continuity. The concerns range from high capital requirements and lagging utilization rates, volatile energy costs, and expanding global distribution networks to capacity shortfalls, inadequate responses to product demand, infrastructure limitations, security concerns, and complex supply chain integration requirements.

For most industries, the rules of engagement have been shifting; in some instances, dramatically. Pressures to reduce wasted asset utilization, enhance sales and operations planning, and minimize avoidable risks must now be factored into a holistic view that incorporates end-to-end visibility of the global supply chain.

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