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More than one way to procurement best practice

There will be many different viewpoints when it comes to discussing issues of best practice, but while experts from disparate fields may differ, there are still some fundamentals on which they converge

Impact of 3d printing in supply chain and logistics arenas, by Cerasis

Bloggers from Cerasis logistics services providers, specialising in freight, offer us their insight into 3d printing in the supply chain and manufacturing world and the reality of it going forward

Public sector procurement reform: breaking down barriers for SMEs, by Gatewit

Pedro Paulo, CEO of Gatewit, a leading company in the development of electronic procurement platforms, discusses the issues surrounding SMEs in public procurement competitions, the red tape that may hinder them and the new directives that could cut that tape

Nine crucial questions to ask prospective suppliers, by ediTRACK

In the following piece, regular contributor Andy Sammars from supply chain software solution provider ediTRACK, offers us some helpful tips on what to ask prospective suppliers to avoid becoming one of those supply chain horror stories

COA report reveals increased use of bamboo for container floors

The latest Survey published by the Container Owners Association on "Alternative Flooring Systems for Shipping Containers" shows a rise in the use of bamboo for container floors, as an alternative material to tropical hardwood plywood

No one-size-fits-all for anti-counterfeiting in the supply chain, by Ingenia Technology

Counterfeiting is fast becoming a hot topic in the Supply Chain world and you should expect to see more about it on this website before the year is done. To kick us off we have an industry insider who warns that no one-size-fits-all for anti-counterfeiting in the supply chain

Intel pledge to cut conflict minerals praised by GXS

Number one computer chip maker Intel has pledged to cut all conflict minerals from its supplychain following international pressure and concern over violence in the Democratic republic of Congo

Picture gallery: two 15 ton silos to Saratov, with Van der Vlist

Our pals Van der Vlist have reported in again, this time all the way from a wintery Russia where the abnormal load specialists were faced with a typically mammoth task of transporting 30 tonnes of silo

Case study: Beaumont Organic, organic supply chain management

The following is a case study of organic clothing company Beaumont Organic. Here the firm offers us some insight on its priorities and considerations when pursuing the ideal of an organic supply chain

Infographic: reinventing direct procurement, by E2open

The following is a tasy infographic from E2open, a provider of cloud-based, on-demand software. It is based on information gathered from the results of a quantitative research study conducted by Spend Matters and the Institute of Supply Management. The report provides insight on how senior supply executives from top-performing organizations are pushing the boundaries of excellence and forging ahead to manage supply strategically

AIOE & Ecodesk unite over transparency & sustainability

Brands such as PepsiCi, Del Monte, ConAgra, Cadbury, Coca Cola, Kelloggs and Kraft Foods will be encouraged by their member organisation, the Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence, to get their suppliers openly reporting sustainability data to Ecodesk.The drive to improve supply chain transparency and achieve sustainability targets has seen the group partner with the cloud-based platform for enhancing global supply chain sustainability

Part 2: Epicor Software on what you can do to get SEPA ready

SEPA is an initiative of the European banking industry that will make all electronic payments across the euro area - e.g. by credit card, debit card, bank transfer or direct debit - as easy as domestic payments within one country are now. In the second instalment of a two-parter on the issue, Robert Sinfield of Epicor tells us what we can do to get SEPA ready. See the website for part one

Part 1: Epicor Software on preparing for SEPA

SEPA is an initiative of the European banking industry that will make all electronic payments across the euro area - e.g. by credit card, debit card, bank transfer or direct debit - as easy as domestic payments within one country are now. In the first of a two-parter on the issue, Robert Sinfield of Epicor introduces us to what we need to be thinking about with regard to this change. Check back tomorrow for part two when the expert tells us what we need to be doing to get SEPA ready

Photo gallery: Spanish windmills for Greece, by Delta Maritime

We sometimes like to feature unusually heavy load transports on Supply Chain Digital, if not only for the pictures of massive, impressive structures for the engineering fans then for the technical details to give the logistics experts among you the chance to compare and contrast

A day in the life of abnormal load specialist Van der Vlist

The following is a day in the life of Van der Vlist, an expert solution provider in abnormal loads, out of gauge cargo, oversized transport and international heavy haulage throughout Europe that hauls huge cargo - that would daunt most logistics providers - from A to B, often via C, D and sometimes Z...

Impact of conflict mineral regulations on the supply chain

Supply chain consultant Godfrey Huguley asks, are you ready for the impact of conflict mineral regulations on your supply chain?

Amazon's unmanned drones plan: claims and criticism (with videos)

Amazon are planning to use unmanned drones, similar to those used by the military, in delivering packages to customers.

Is this the world's quietest forklift? Hiab Moffett & Bosch Rexroth

Cargotec's brand Hiab Moffett collaborated with German engineers Bosch Rexroth to achieve near-silent hydraulics operation for the world's quietest truck mounted forklift, in response to a trend towards lower noise emissions in the deliveries industry

CIPS event unites medical and supply chain purchasers

This event in Nottingham, UK, deserves a look. A Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply affiliated seminar, hosted by Medilink and supply chain consultancy Lime Associates, its aim was to bring medical purchasing and supply chain professionals together to take a look at unique issues associated with purchasing in the medical sector

Forklift Truck Association Awards for Excellence 2014

Online voiting is now open for the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2014, which will see industry insiders fly in from all over the world to reward excellence in forklift trucks and beyond

Guangzhou Sunshine: 200 tons from Shanghai to Jakarta

Continuing our spotlight on heavy load carriers, we take a look at Guangzhou Sunshine, a Chinese company that recently transported 200 tons of crane over the South China Sea to Indonesia

Van der Vlist piping through Scotland with two 40 tonners

The following is a short report on one of Van der Vlist's operations, a company we have wanted to feature for some time now. Day in, day out, this expert solution provider in abnormal loads, out of gauge cargo, oversized transport and international heavy haulage throughout Europe hauls huge cargo - that would daunt most logistics providers - from A to B, often via C, D and sometimes Z... Expect to hear more from them soon on Supply Chain Digital...

Asia Pacific's leading YCH Group opens Indonesia facility

Asia-Pacific's leading supply chain management company YCH Group expands Indonesian logistics network with new facility in Surabaya

GS1-Making sense of the Supply Chain, by Stibo Systems

GS1 is an international not-for-profit association with member organisations in more than 100 countries, dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors, here, Simon Walker of Stibo Systems tells us all about it...

Frieghtliner's forklift savings with Hyster reach truck and Brigg's Equipment

Complete with accompanying video showing the magnificent machinery in action, the following piece details UK freight company Freightliner's cost savings from the latest forklift engine technology

MD warns of Euro cops pallet crackdown

The Managing Director of a specialist supplier of hand and machine pallet wrap is warning that European police are being more robust in the application of the law regarding cargo security, meaning loads may fail to meet standards and cause difficulties to arise when transporting overseas if they are not secured with sufficiently sturdy pallet wrap

Top five tips on supply chain mapping

In the following piece, industry expert Luis Olivie provides us with five top tips on mapping out your supply chain to avoid pitfalls

The European Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum

Distributors and wholesalers to discuss e-commerce at the European Game Plan B2B E-Commerce Forum, hosted by enterprise software and on-demand solutions provider Hybris, a subsidiary of SAP AG, which has just announced the full schedule and seaker line-up for the event attended by representatives from leading B2B businesses

Xchanging survey reveals European procurement trends

The following survey from Supply Chain solution providers Xchanging is based on the views of over 200 sourcing and procurement decision makers from across the European Manufacturing Service. Interestingly, nearly half of those who outsource their sourcing and procurement function are planning to increase spend, with an additional 39 percent keeping it at the same level, however a large number of companies are staying away from outsourcing largely due to preconceptions of the industry

Cadbury owner Mondelez $3 billion supply chain saving

Owner of Cadbury Chocolate and Kraft Foods Mondelez International plans to restructure its supply chain, using up-to-date methods including Oreo manufacturing lines that reduce operating costs by $10 million per line

CEVA opens new healthcare hub in Miami

New CEVA Logistics healthcare distribution hub to help speed delivery of vaccines and increase cold chain capabilities as it looks to expand its presence in the healthcare distribution sector

AkzoNobel appoints new head of supply chain

Dutch multinational appoints former China National Bluestar Group CEO as Head of Integrated Supply Chain as the company looks to make supply chain savings

Integrating Quality Management into the value chain

Consumers around the globe today demand the highest quality in all aspects of a product. It is no longer enough to focus on assuring that products and services meet their specified requirements. Quality Management must provide more value to the customer, and that means it needs to become an integral part of a company's value chain. In this article the authors show how this new approach to Quality Management can work, turning it into a strategic asset with huge benefits for the company.

Logistics Link North event an important link in the chain

Top industry event brings together top names in the supply chain and logistics world and showcases the most innovative products and services

Hope Construction Materials UK's 1st World Forum member

Britain's newest and biggest independent supplier of concrete, cement, aggregates and asphalt, Hope Construction Materials, has become the UK's first construction company member of the World Economic Forum

Applications open for 2014 Mid America Trucking Show

Huge American-style trade show attended by all the big names and thousand of professionals and enthusiasts is now open for applicants wishing to exhibit

Kuehne + Nagel appoints new CEO

Former Schenker AG and Siemens AG man Dr Detlef Trefzger to take the helm at one the giants of the logistics world, with immediate effect

Penske acquires Western Star Trucks Australia

Penske Automotive Group expands Australia and South East Asian operations with acquisition of Western Star Trucks Australia

Coca Cola work with WWF to colour supply chain green

Coca Cola work with World Wide Fund for Nature in meeting targets to improve sustainability, water efficiency and reduce environmental impact of global operations

Rio Tinto and BHP could see Asian grip loosened

Think-tanks say mining companies' Asian oligopoly under pressure as freight costs stabilise

NHS invests in supplier packaging to increase trailer fill

NHS Supply Chain has invested in the redesign of its supplier packaging to decrease vehicle miles, cut costs and increase sustainability

ITW Warehouse Automation upgrades VTP Palletisers

New services include real-time pallet pattern changes and allow robots to operate up to 40% faster

Fork Lift Truck Association names new Chairman

After three years as Vice Chairman, Geoff Martin has been appointed the new Chairman of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), succeeding Martyn Fletcher who is moving into the role of Association President

Detailing The Future of Materials Handling Technology

A&B Industrial Services checks out a number of emerding trends in the materials handling sector

Toyota introduces new check for improved safety and efficiency

Toyota Materials Handling has added a new pre-operational check facility to its I_Site fleet management solution

Unilever exceeds sustainable sourcing milestone

Following the implementation of its Sustainable Living Plan in 2010, Unilever has achieved over 30 percent sustainable sourcing in its supply chain

Toyota increases safety with new electric forklift

Toyota Material Handling UK gave a sneak preview of the brand new Toyota Traigo 80-volt electric-powered forklift at the IMHX last week

FTLA announces winners of Awards for Excellence 2013

THE FLTA has announced ten 2013 Awards for Excellence winnerss, following its event last week which brought together industry expects from across the UK

Summit calls for greater Supply Chain efficiencies

With sustainable food delivery and consumption high on many organisation's agendas, the third Sustainable Food Summit has deemed supply chain efficiency as one of the major steps to be taken

Maersk urges for tougher EU climate action

Maersk Container Industry is urging the EU to enforce its environmental legislation regarding reefer insulation containing dangerous gases


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