Planning for peak holiday seasons is an all-consuming task for major e-commerce shippers. While there are expectations for 2022 to be less disruptive than in recent years, e-commerce shippers must still be prepared. Organizations should have airtight plans for the stress that will come from demand on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the days that follow.
When it comes to sustainability in the supply chain, two things matter most: emit less carbon and use less water to make and deliver goods. The consensus of scientists is that these two factors, especially carbon, will help keep the earth’s temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.
After the Thanksgiving holiday in the US, a co-worker in Florida commented that her grocery store was restricting cream cheese purchases, creating a buzz and taking national airtime during the Christmas season. Yet another mentioned the lack of King’s Hawaiian rolls at his store. Supply chain pressures have caused inflationary pricing for everything all around the globe in the last 12 months and food and beverage prices have now increased exponentially.
Outsourced manufacturing is the norm today, often involving thousands of suppliers and sites scattered around the globe.
Many of you reading this recall a time when the close of the year also meant receiving a new calendar.
For decades, supply chains have operated the same way — and it worked just fine. The industry made minor changes to their internal business processes to reflect market and industry shifts. But bringing goods to market has become more complex.
Not too many people are familiar with the Ragnar relay races. In these endurance competitions, teams of 12 individuals run various segments (or legs) of a 200-mile race, some teammates running through the night. Each participant will run a total of between 11 and 24 miles over several legs.
The close of COP26 was a bittersweet moment. There has never been so much awareness and urgency to address climate change, yet there is still so far to go.
A few weeks ago, when the US port crisis boiled up enough to garner the attention of every major media outlet in the world, children everywhere began preparing their Christmas lists well in advance of any holiday-themed TV commercials or mall Santas sharing their jolliness.
Identifying and tracking principal players in the global supply chain is of great importance to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its partnering government agencies.
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