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Is Your Supply Chain Sustainable from a Marketing Perspective?

How do you Market to Millennials? “Out of the box” Benefits. A 2014 study by Gartner found that millennials would be willing to pay up to 27% more for products that were produced under “good working conditions,” and that’s just the beginning. When marketing to Millennials, your Supply Chain can make or break you; just look at Nike who was forced to create the first every Supplier Code of Conduct after outsourcing and not fully investigating their new suppliers. How ethical is your supply chain? We can help.

Study finds Hospitals are still in the Supply Chain Stone Age

Can you believe that just 17% of 400 surveyed hospitals used an automated inventory management system?! Inventory management systems are essential to staying competitive in business nowadays, it allows you to accurately track your inventory, predicting future needs and eliminating unnecessary stock. The same survey found these hospitals could save a half a million by making the switch. If you haven’t implemented an IMS, what is stopping you?

Biking the Last Mile

UPS is using Portland more eco-conscious population as a testing group for its eBikes! While this seems interesting and new, they have actually done it before in Hamburg, Germany, and Amazon had a separate program which they ended last summer. Bikes are an attractive last mile delivery option since they aren’t as affected by traffic, and they don’t have all the regulatory issues that drones are facing.

INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION NAMES SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS AN IATA AGENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan –Supply Chain Solutions, a global supply chain and transportation management solutions company, has been named an agent of the International Air Transport Association. The IATA is the major trade association of world’s airlines, consisting of 268 mostly major carriers representing 117 countries.

A Boon for the Great Lakes Region:

Muskegon/Milwaukee Cross-Lake Shipping Rises Once Again You don’t have to look far for evidence that the Great Lakes region needs to go a little easier on its transportation infrastructure. Anyone who drives knows that. And once you’ve dealt with the bottleneck in Chicago, you know we need to have other options for getting goods in and out of our region, and off to other parts of the nation and the world. All this argues for greater use of the Great Lakes – and other Great Lakes ports – to make it easier, cheaper and more efficient to move goods. But this resource has been…

Ohio Seeks to Streamline Traffic

Ohio has been making strides to challenge the norm. Their Smart Road plan is slated to cover a 35 mile stretch of U.S. 33 which will be designated as a place to test driverless truck technology aided by the installation of fiber optic cables and sensors along the route. Since its introduction in December, Ohio has decided to go a step further with a “Flexible Rules” system in which a roads speed limit and number of lanes are determined by the time of day and traffic. When’s the last time you took a hard look at your business process norms?

Carrier’s Case for a Cold Chain

The benefits of an unbroken cold chain are actually quite significant according to research done by Carrier. After studying the Supply Chain of the Kinnow (a mandarin orange grown in India) they found that just by investing in refrigerated trucks and storing food cold, profit margins per metric ton increased by 20.7%! 

The World Logistics Center

Warehouse space in the right location is a hot commodity right now. Have you heard of the World Logistics Center? Developer and CEO Iddo Benzeevi has plans to create a 40.6 million square foot logistics hub in Moreno Valley, CA. The project is estimated to create 13,000 construction jobs, 20,000 permanent jobs, and bring $2.5 billion to the city annually, and is located just an hour away from all of Southern California’s major markets. Where is your inventory stocked?

The race for South East Asia

While Alibaba and Amazon have different business models, both companies have considerable overlap. The new target region contains 600 million consumers, 260 million of whom are online, and is quoted as being the largest market of Internet users in the world, yet it contains a tremendous amount of supply chain barriers. Both companies have been spending years positioning themselves for a successful entry into the market,  but only time will tell who did their homework.