The Brief – June 2023


Realizing Africa’s Potential, Market-Driven Environmental Policies, Intelligent Distribution of Produce Enabled by Pallet-level Temperature Monitoring

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 – Published once each month.

Realizing Africa’s Potential – Part Two

Reducing Russia’s Insidious Influence on Africa

By Bill McBeath

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Africa’s abundant natural and human resources embody tremendous untapped potential that is sadly being decimated by autocratic regimes, endemic corruption, and civil wars. Russia and their proxy, the Wagner Group, enrich themselves by propping up these pernicious regimes and aiding them in extracting, selling, and seizing the profits from natural resources, rather than reinvesting in the countries’ infrastructure, education, and healthcare. A clear defeat of Russia and Wagner in their war in Ukraine could help weaken their grip in Africa, thereby diminishing this vicious cycle of corruption and instability. [ Read: Realizing Africa’s Potential – Part Two ]

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Environmental Markets – Part Two

How are market-driven environmental policies relevant to industry?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

What are the costs and benefits of market-based environmental policies and how are they relevant to supply chain leaders? Public policy outcomes addressing ‘tragedy of the commons’ issues affect supply chain operations, and the decisions supply chain practitioners make. Here, we explore the pros and cons of market-based policies compared to other approaches to environmental policy. [ Read: Environmental Markets – Part Two ]

Pallet-level Monitoring for the Fresh Food Supply Chain – Part Two

Intelligent Distribution

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Intelligent distribution optimizes distribution decisions, at each step of the cold chain, based on the remaining shelf life of each pallet. It creates uniform shelf-life pallets and shipments and is key to maximizing the shelf life of produce at each process step in the end-to-end supply chain. Implementing these approaches can cut losses in half for retailers and growers. [ Read: Pallet-level Monitoring for the Fresh Food Supply Chain – Part Two ]

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