The Brief – April 20 2010


Total Cost Sourcing part 2, Market Driven Optimization, Risk Management, and more.

Best practices, technology, and new takes on critical business topics from ChainLink Research

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 – Published weekly.

Total Cost Sourcing, making sourcing decisions based on the total impact across the whole company, takes many different forms. We explore various applications, starting with simpler things like total landed cost, and moving to more sophisticated applications like the cost of manufacturability, acquisition costs, etc. [ Read: Applications of Total Cost Sourcing – Part 2 ]

Market-Driven Optimization

Running a supply chain network optimization may save you money on inventory or transportation costs, but does it help you make money and reduce risk? Companies need to think in terms of Market-Driven Optimization if they want to grow. [ Read: Market-Driven Optimization ]

Top Down Risk Management

A meaningful evaluation doesn’t have to be laborious–or all-inclusive. Read why traditional risk assessment methods fail, and answer some simple questions that can help you develop a risk factor model. [ Read: Top Down Risk Management ]


technology | supply chain, enterprise, RFID & sensors, and more

Terra on a Tear

The holy grail of consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies (or any manufacturer, for that matter) is to become more responsive to customer demand while reducing inventory. Learn how new solutions such as Demand Sensing, or what we call near-term planning, now make that possible.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

supply chain news | markets, supply, demand, risk, industry news

The Effect of Supply Chain Disruptions on Long-term Shareholder Value, Profitability, and Share Price Volatility.

We continue to provide perspective on supply chain risks and their impact on shareholder value in this third report by Professors Singhal and Hendricks, who are the leaders in this aspect of supply chain. Read why this area is most critical for executives whose supply chains drive the value of their firms.

[ Read: Commentary by Hendricks and Singhal ]

government and global trade | policy, politics, finance, and trade

Foodborne Illness Costs $152B/year. Who Will Pay for Prevention?

A recent study estimates the cost from sicknesses due to contaminated food in the U.S. to be $152B/year. Meanwhile, food safety legislation is making its way through congress. But even if that passes, it is not likely to contain a strong prescriptive mandate for any specific traceability technology. So what will make the traceability market succeed?

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

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