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April 19, 2016

How to Anticipate and Survive a Supply Chain Disaster

Heard of Murphy’s Law? Don’t worry, it’s not likely that everything will go wrong, but you should be prepared for unanticipated or unplanned crises. It may be every SCM's worst nightmare, but all is not lost if you actually have a plan in place! You'd probably be surprised by how few companies have contingency plans drawn up for dealing with...

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March 29, 2016

Can Expedited Shipping be a Strategic Supply Chain Solution?

The highly competitive landscape of global manufacturing has changed the game when it comes to international logistics. Expedited shipping was once reserved for emergencies only – but this isn't the case anymore. Some companies are leveraging their resources and incorporating expedited shipments in their supply chain strategies to stay...

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March 15, 2016

4 Steps to Building Your Circular Supply Chain [Infographic]

We recently addressed the importance of transforming your supply chain from a linear model to one more circular in nature. If you missed that post, you can check it out here: Building a Circular Supply Chain for a Circular Economy. So we've covered the why, but what about the how? We're so glad you asked. Below is an infographic to help you...

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March 08, 2016

Building a Circular Supply Chain for a Circular Economy

In this day and age, it's simply not enough to state a claim of corporate social responsibility. We need to effect change. A company concerned with sustaining its marketplace must take action, and one practical jumping off point is supply chain analysis. Aim to transform your supply chain from a linear (take-make-dispose) model to a circular...

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February 18, 2016

Supply Chain Execution Convergence 101: The Future is Now

As supply chains become increasingly global and more complex, consumers become increasingly demanding, and markets become more and more competitive. All of these developments call for smarter, more efficient supply chains. One turnkey approach is supply chain execution convergence (SCEC), a concept first named by Gartner in 2009 but just...

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February 02, 2016

Setting Up a Green Supply Chain in 2016

Amidst international talks on climate change, growing environmental concerns and 2015's new title of hottest year on record, companies are recognizing the need to jump on the eco-friendly bandwagon. This is being further fueled (no pun intended) by new goals to slow the pace of global warming. I know what you're thinking....recycling at home...

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January 14, 2016

Top 5 Supply Chain Trends 2016

What will 2016 have in store for the global supply chain? From technology to collaboration, expect to see some major shifts happening (or continuing) this year. We've checked out some industry leaders' predictions for 2016 and compiled our top five below. Please note that each trend has been curated directly from these companies'...

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September 29, 2015

Chinese New Year 2016 Order Deadline Calculator

Chinese New Year 2016 is right around the corner. Avoid a stockout situation during CNY 2016 by using our interactive CNY order deadline calculator below to find out when to place your order from China or Vietnam! Speak with your supplier about exact deadlines just to be safe.

If you are an East West customer and have a question about CNY lead...

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September 22, 2015

5 Steps to a Successful Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Program

Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is an inventory replenishment arrangement whereby the supplier either monitors the customer's inventory with its own employees or receives stock information from the customer. The vendor then refills the stock automatically, without the customer initiating purchase orders. (source

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September 10, 2015

3 Ways Wearables are Reshaping the Supply Chain

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have noticed that smart innovations are infiltrating virtually every industry thanks to several factors, including the Internet of Things, the Cloud and advanced developments in robotics. We are more seamlessly connected, both with people and objects, than ever before. Wearable...

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