October 07, 2015

Plan for El Niño’s Impact to Panama Canal Operations to Continue

Natalia Kosk

While weather conditions for vessels operating in the Panama Canal recently improved, it may still be too soon to predict the final supply chains impacts which companies that depend on the canal face as a result of El Niño.

Based on recent El Niño-related weather developments in the Pacific Ocean, some reports indicate that this El Niño could rank as the strongest on record. Companies with operations in the Panama Canal may consider proactive measures to prevent supply chain disruptions and delays throughout the duration of El Niño, set to last until early Spring 2016.1

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August 21, 2015

5 Reasons to Pay Closer Attention to Big Data for Your Supply Chain

Natalia Kosk

The conversations around Big Data are endless—and for good reason. Essentially, Big Data provides a company with more information on all levels including its clients, industry trends, audience engagement patterns, business challenges, buyer personas, and much more. Add to that its benefits—such as improved supply chain management (SCM), increased multi-tier visibility, greater business efficiency, and relationship management—and one could question how a company can ever go without Big Data.

In fact, a vast majority of business executives (97 percent) understand how Big Data can benefit their supply chains.1 While its usage is also already evident in numerous industries, some companies remain challenged with Big Data investment cost, security and privacy issues, and data needs that require careful consideration of Big Data’s application before complete implementation.

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August 15, 2015

Tianjin Warehouse Explosions Heighten Need for Supply Chain Visibility

Natalia Kosk

Explosions in Tianjin, China, this week called attention to the lack of sufficient chemical storage standards compliance present in the country. If not more strongly regulated, improper chemical storage and transport actions could cause major supply chain risks, sending a potential ripple effect felt across businesses in the Tianjin region and also throughout the global supply chain.

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August 08, 2015

Tech Companies Face Supply Chain Risk as Typhoon Soudelor Strikes Taiwan, Soon China

Natalia Kosk

Typhoon Soudelor hit Taiwan on Saturday at 5 a.m. local time, according to The Weather Channel LLC.1 The storm moved across Taiwan, before moving on to mainland China.2

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July 31, 2015

What Corporate Social Responsibility Factors Affect Your Supply Chain?

Natalia Kosk

What was your immediate reaction the last time you came across a news headline about unsafe working conditions or incidents of forced labor?

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