With the Dodd-Frank Act’s conflict minerals legislation coming into effect, many companies are working hard to create ethical frameworks in their supply chains. Supply Chain Brain recently highlighted the work of HP in this regard. HP is an example of a company who has been diligently working on sustainability and ethics for at least a decade. Clearly ethical practices and transparency across the chain are needed. Companies and individuals can make the difference in how safe and fair our supply chains can be. This report looks at why this has become so important and how to proceed.
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Retails’ Climate Change Responsibility – Part Two: Diverse Strategies for Rapidly Reducing Transportation Emissions
We examine strategies and techniques for making near-term reductions to carbon emissions from transportation, such as improving driving behavior and vehicle performance, minimizing and optimizing returns, increasing first-attempt delivery rates, consolidation and mix-mode strategies, integrating private fleet with purchased transportation, and forecast accuracy and inventory optimization for hyperlocal distribution.
It’s Late. Do You Know Where Your Supply Chain Is?
The Russo-Ukrainian war has put into focus the question of the proper role for responsible enterprises in response to abuses by authoritarian regimes. Here we look at some of the challenges and solutions to managing an ethical supply chain.
AI/Machine Learning Use Cases for Supply Chain – Part One: Pricing and Promotion
We explore the use of AI and machine learning in optimizing pricing and promotions to reduce markdowns, increase sales and profit margins, and maximize various other objectives.
Agile Demand-Supply Alignment – Part 3G: Solution Assessments
Here we assess Mercado’s supply chain network/platform for connecting retailers with suppliers, forwarders and brokers, carriers, and other service providers in the order-to-delivery process for imports. We also cover Zencargo’s solution for mid-sized retailers who are doing significant importing and seek control tower capabilities combined with freight forwarding services.
AI for Supply Chain: Use Cases – Part One
This series explores the many supply chain-related use cases of AI, starting with pricing and promotion
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The Data Scientists, Software Engineers and Data Managers – Let’s Get These Roles Right!
The job of Data Scientist is supposed to apply to those who program with AI and Machine Learning technology. Instead, they spend most of their day on the data, which begs the question, don’t we already have legions of data people?
The Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner – Part Two: Labor and Ethical Business Practices
A look at how to ensure that suppliers are treating their workers fairly, paying living wages, not using forced labor, providing a safe working environment, allowing collective bargaining, have non-discriminatory hiring practices, and ethical business practices. These are required not only to minimize reputational risk, but to underpin a company’s purpose and identity as a force for good in the world.
Growing the Network Effect Beyond T&E
SAP Concur recently launched SAP Business Exchange. The vision is bold: to provide an SMB community—across all of SAP and beyond to non-SAP customers—that aggregates purchasing power, provides peer benchmarking, facilitates collaboration, and promotes corporate responsibility. Also at Fusion, we heard about SAP Concur’s continuing progress towards the expense report that writes itself, their use of AI/ML, and other innovations enabling SAP Concur’s clients to simultaneously achieve compliance and employee satisfaction in T&E processes.