Supply Chain Management Blog
While it is sometimes considered an afterthought – especially within the supply chain – sustainability can play a major role in the criteria that helps a manufacturer determine what solution providers to work with. As customers continue to request information from suppliers, partners and vendors about their environmental, social and compliance-related capabilities, there is no better time than the present for these to become more of a priority.
As many of you know, corporate social responsibility and sustainability have been at the forefront of our agenda here at ModusLink. Over the last few years, we’ve instituted a number of processes like our 4-D methodology for assessing new and existing supply chain operations and our sustainable packaging initiatives.
Packaging has come a long way from its initial purpose of protecting the product through the shipping process. Typically, appearance was of little importance as long as the product arrived safely and intact. However, in today’s consumer-driven society, packaging is a major differentiator and an extension of the marketing strategy.
There was a time, not so long ago, when packaging was simple. Brands created products, stuck them in boxes stuffed with an obscene amount of Styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap, then sent them off along their distribution path. As long as products arrived at their final destination intact, the shipping process was considered a success.
Anything that involves the production and movement of massive quantities of widgets from one place to another (or, as is the case more often than not, from one place to many others), also involves the use of natural resources. Carbon will be emitted, fossil fuels will be burned – there is simply no escaping this fact and it’s one of many reasons that energy efficiency has long been a hot button in the supply chain world.
Summer Assessment of Your Supply Chain Operations – Part Two: 5 More Ways to Improve Supply Chain Operations
We discussed earlier that while some view summer as a time when things at work tend to slow down, those of us in the consumer goods industry begin ramping up in preparation for the back-to-school and holiday buying seasons. The upcoming increase in demand can be a great time to step back and take a look at your supply chain operations to make sure they are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Summer Assessment of Your Supply Chain Operations – Part One: 5 Ways to Improve Supply Chain Operations
While some view summer as a time when things at work tend to slow down, for those in the consumer goods industry it often becomes time to ramp up in preparation for the back-to-school and holiday buying seasons. With the upcoming increased demand, this can be a great time to step back and take a quick look at your supply chain operations to make sure they are running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, before you ramp up operations.
We live in an increasingly real-time world where the idea of instant information directing our actions and decision-making has seeped into nearly every aspect of our lives – transforming the way we live.
In an era of instant gratification, waiting on products we order online has become a thing of the past. Most of us want what we want, when we want it – or sooner. Whether shopping at our favorite retail store or shopping online, we want our transactions to be quick and easy. One of Amazon’s many accomplishments was successfully embedding in every consumer’s mind that a wide variety of goods should be available online at all times; now consumers are being conditioned to want items as soon as possible, giving rise to the idea of same-day delivery.
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