May 06, 2016

Black Swan Events: A Double-Edge Sword for Supply Chain Resiliency Proponents

Wayne Caccamo

In 2011, the unthinkable occurred in Japan. A massive earthquake triggered a tsunami which, in turn, triggered a nuclear power plant meltdown, all of which combined to create a humanitarian disaster of epic scale. It is during times like these that many companies rethink their supply chain vulnerabilities and threat matrices. The result is an upswing in interest in supply risk management and resiliency strategies and initiatives and associated technology solutions.

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May 04, 2016

6 Books Every Supply Chain Professional Must Read

Neil Shenoi

With any growing business discipline, there will always be the need for publications that are both insightful and engaging. As global supply chains become more interconnected and entangled, there is a growing demand in the supply chain management community for books, case studies, critical success stories, best practices, and publications that provide concise and intriguing intelligence into supply chain risk management and resiliency. Fortunately, there are numerous authors providing companies with fresh and timeless insights to better manage the everyday and unexpected risks and disruptions along the global supply chain.

So many books, so little time.

That said, we’ve whittled down six worthwhile reads we believe best represent the growing discipline of supply chain risk management and resiliency. By no means is this an exhaustive list – just a few poignant works we think should live on your bookshelf. In addition, keep reading to find out how to claim your free hardcover copy of The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected by Dr. Yossi Sheffi!

It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.

– Oscar Wilde

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April 22, 2016

New Lithium-Ion Battery Shipping Regulations Can Impact Electronics Supply Chains (Part 2)

Neil Shenoi

In part 1 of this blog, we examined lithium-ion batteries in the supply chain context and examined the recent ban's stipulations. In Part 2, we discuss why many shippers and advocacy groups disagree with the prohibition, what this ban can mean to supply chain and procurement professionals, and provide next steps for those potentially affected.

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April 21, 2016

New Lithium-Ion Battery Shipping Regulations Can Impact Electronics Supply Chains (Part 1)

Neil Shenoi

This is part 1 of a 2-part blog addressing the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) recently enacted ban on the shipment of lithium-ion batteries as cargo consignments on passenger planes and the associated supply chain risks of such provisions. In part 1, we look at the lithium-ion battery supply chain in context and examine the ban stipulations. In Part 2, we discuss why many shippers and advocacy groups disagree with the prohibition, and what this ban can mean for supply chain and procurement professionals.


 The ICAO – a United Nations agency regulating the transport of dangerous goods on aircraft – has enacted a controversial ban on the shipment of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Due to long-standing concerns from pilots and plane makers that lithium-ion battery (LIB) consignments present a critical fire risk aboard aircraft, the ICAO’s 36-state governing council declared the prohibition along with other LIB battery shipping regulations, effective April 1st, 2016. Shippers and advocacy groups argue the prohibition unnecessarily impacts the battery supply chain without addressing the true safety risks associated with transporting LIBs.

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