Global supply chains are still a source of strength, not weakness
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Global supply chains are still a source of strength, not weakness

Resilience comes not from autarky but from diverse sources of supply For the best part of a week, the Suez canal was blocked by a 200,000-tonne metaphor. The Ever Given is not just one of the world’s biggest container ships, it is also the emblem of a backlash that accuses globalisation of going too far….

Supercharged Supply Chain; Digitalization
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Supercharged Supply Chain; Digitalization

In this episode, Ron and Joseph discuss supply chains and digitalization. Certainly, recent events and the disruptions that have gone with them have illuminated the need and benefits of digitalization. And it’s no longer just about digital documents required for moving products from one point to another, but to use digitalization – in all of…

How Toyota thrives when the chips are down
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How Toyota thrives when the chips are down

(Reuters) – Toyota may have pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy but when it comes to chips, its decision to stockpile what have become key components in cars goes back a decade to the Fukushima disaster. After the catastrophe severed Toyota’s supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world’s biggest automaker realised the lead-time for semiconductors…

Supercharged Supply Chain; Warehouse Optimization
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Supercharged Supply Chain; Warehouse Optimization

In this episode of “Supercharged Supply Chain”, Ron and Joseph discuss warehousing; its present state, trends, some of the opportunities and challenges that exist, and what the future might hold. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the COVID pandemic has been the warehouse industry. The increase in the volume of ecommerce has been astounding. Look…

What Do You Mean: Just-in-Time?
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What Do You Mean: Just-in-Time?

There was a time when manufacturers talked about just-in-time deliveries of their production inputs (raw materials, components, supplies), then just-in-time-production or lean manufacturing. There is something missing in JIT and lean understanding which intimidates some manufacturers and service providers, and therefore causes them to “give up” without even trying. What do you mean, JIT? Several…

One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S
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One Way to Build More Resilient Medical Supply Chains in the U.S

Summary.   When shortages of PPE and other medical supplies hit in the early months of the pandemic, tens of thousands of domestic producers — from individual to large companies in other industries — sprang into action and made a huge difference. They should not be forgotten after the pandemic is over. Health care organizations should factor them…