Risk, Compliance, Sustainability

Risk and compliance-related topics, including supply chain risk, supply chain security, regulatory and company policy compliance, ESG/sustainability

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.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Three

We explore various strategies for obtaining supply chain resilience, including mapping and monitoring the multi-tier supply chain, the use of supply chain finance, and building adaptability into physical infrastructure, systems, processes, and people.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part Two

We explain specific advanced tools and practices for dealing with demand-supply uncertainty, including probable forecasting, capacity and consumption commitment contracts, real options as risk mitigation strategies, and hedging strategies.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty – Part One

The past two years have brought nearly uninterrupted volatility, disruption, and uncertainty, which we expect to continue for the foreseeable future. How individuals and companies deal with this ongoing unpredictability will determine their mental, physical, and financial health in 2022 and beyond. Here we provide a framework for companies to thrive in this new age of uncertainty.

The Fed’s Forecasting Fix

The Fed’s balancing act (growth/full employment vs. inflation) requires them to forecast where the economy is headed. The state of national and global supply chains is an increasingly important piece of that puzzle.

Agile Demand-Supply Alignment (3-Part Series)

Findings from our research on Agile Demand-Supply Alignment (ADSA), the capability to effectively realign supply and demand, during execution, in the face of demand volatility and supply disruptions.

2021, The Year of Opportunity – Rebuilding Anew

Though the challenges that emerged in 2020 are far from over, 2021 is nevertheless a year of tremendous opportunities—for companies, whole industries, individuals, supply chains, and governments. Here we lay out some of these historic opportunities of the current moment—chances to seize the moment and make some dramatic changes that would not be possible in normal times.

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