Tag Archives: Supply Chain Management

To infinity and beyond. Why the desert, and not outer space could be the next great frontier for a company looking to push it’s supply chain into HYPERDRIVE!

Okay a show of hands… who doesn’t like chocolate? Anybody??? Didn’t think so. Perhaps one of the most loved foods in the world, chocolate comes in so many forms it’s virtually impossible to find someone that doesn’t like chocolate in at least one form. I don’t actually have any data to back that up, just my own theory that you’d have an easier time finding a unicorn or a Sasquatch. Perhaps I’m letting my own love of chocolate cloud my judgment but I can’t be that far off considering that the average Canadian consumes 5.5 kilograms or roughly 12 pounds of chocolate each year. Ferrero SpA is the fourth largest manufacturer of chocolate and confectionery products in the world, behind only Mars, Mondelēz International (makers of Cadbury, Oreo and many other brands) and Nestlé. The Italian manufacturer is probably most recognized as the makers of the famous Ferrero Rocher chocolates but are also responsible for bringing us Tic Tac, Kinder and Nutella. Ferrero is responsible for using about one quarter of the world’s hazelnut supply and have almost single-highhandedly caused the hazelnut industry to soar.

Being a mom, juggling work, and writing blogs for my Social Media for Business Performance course, keeps me very busy.  My biggest challenge these days is finding time to go to a grocery store… or two… or three, just to pick up things I need for this week’s meals. Thank goodness for price matching! Time, is one of our most precious commodities yet every day we struggle with having less of it and craving more. So much so that we often succumb to paying a hefty price for it. It has revolutionized the way people buy groceries, giving busy professionals, parents, elderly, student’s and even businesses back valuable time they don’t have to spend shopping. The increased demand for this type of service has resulted in a large number of companies entering this online space.  With competition being so fierce three factors will influence which business will rise to the top:  Innovation, Speed of Delivery and Efficiency in their Supply Chain. The application of social media in the supply chain process is no longer an option but rather a requisite in order for a company to accelerate and propel ahead of the pack. “Using modern technologies, such as social media, can improve an organization’s supply chain management. It can create more visibility, improve communication, increase control, and reduce operational and labor costs. When you have a more efficient and stable supply chain, you can enhance your customer satisfaction. The ripple effect of using social media to improve your supply chain management can expand outwardly across virtually your entire organization, which is great for business.”[1]

Social Media enhances the complex, beautiful dance of Christie’s Global Supply Chain Management

ASeymour   October 28, 2015

Organization:  Christie Industry:  Audio visual, manufacturing Contact(s): Ihor Stech, Executive Vice President, Operations (audio), Warren VanDrine – Commodity Manager, Global Supply Chain Management (written)  Web references:  Christie, ooVoo, Trello, Ushio, Inc., Adelante SCM, SupplyChain247, YouTube   About Christie ​Christie is a global visual, audio and collaboration solutions company offering diverse solutions for business, entertainment and industry. Christie employs over 1,500 people globally… Read more »

How Social Collaboration and “Spontaneous Association” Drove Drastic Service Level Improvements at TEVA Canada

jvaishnav   October 28, 2015
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Organization name: TEVA Canada Industry: Pharmaceuticals Name of contact: Antonio (Tony) Martins, formerly Vice President, Supply Chain at TEVA Canada and Ratiopharm  Web references: Supplychain247.com – The Social Side of Supply Chain Management  The WallStreet Journal – Teva to Acquire Generics Firm Computerworld.com – Drug maker goes social to end supply chain crisis Article: Want a Fast-Response Supply Chain? Facilitate People-to-People Communication… Read more »

Zara’s Unique Supply Chain Management

Tania   October 27, 2015

Organisation Name : Zara Industry: Fashion  Web References: Supply Chain Social Media and Supply Chain Impact of Social Media on Supply Chain Zara and Supply Chain 7 Rules of Supply Chain ZARA Social media comments about products, services, or companies offer very valuable information for the supply chain and associated processes. The challenge for any company is figuring out how to… Read more »

Mc Donald’s Supply Chain and E-Procurement Management

bmfwong   October 27, 2015
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  Organization Name: Mc Donald’s Industry: Restaurant Web Reference: McDonalds, Forbes, Wikipedia  In this week’s blog I write about Mc Donald’s, the most recognizable and successful fast food chain in the world. McDonald’s has over 36,000 locations serving approximately 69 million customers in over 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local franchisees while the rest are… Read more »

Whirlpool Chooses Penske to Manage Supply Chain

SCapling   October 27, 2015

Organization – Whirlpool Industry – Home appliances Contact – Brian Hancock, VP Supply Chain Whirlpool Corp. web references – Google, YouTube, Penske, Wikipedia  Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer (American) and marketer of home appliances, with annual sales of over $20 billion, employing more than 100,000 people. Whirlpool brands include Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Inglis, Amana, Brastemp, and other major brands. Today, social media… Read more »

Ikea: Swedish Supply Chain Management Machine

stephanie   October 26, 2015
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Company: Ikea Industry: Consumer Furniture Web References: Ikea, Supply Chain 24/7, Sweden.se, Wikipedia , Trade Gecko Blog, YouTube Ikea is the largest furniture retailer in the world. They are well known for their unique self assemble furniture, and low price points. Founder Ingvar Kamprad’s philosophy that “that anyone should be able to afford stylish, modernist furniture” was executed by selling flat packed furniture at modest… Read more »

Stonyfield Shows Ultimate Transparency in Their Supply Chain

Meg Walsh   October 26, 2015

Organization Name: Stonyfield Industry: Dairy Farming / Yogurt     Today’s market place has become more competitive than ever. It is vital for companies to think of innovative new ways to streamline their operations, increase efficiencies, and optimize productivity in order to stay ahead of the competition. One important aspect of business that many organizations do not apply social media… Read more »

Increase in transparency for C&S Wholesale Grocers

Ken Lupton   October 26, 2015
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Organization Name: C&S Wholesale Grocers Industry: Food and Beverage CEO: Richard B Cohen Web references: C&S, FaceBook, Twitter, Wikipedia About C&S Wholesale Grocers C&S was founded in 1918 by Israel Cohen and Abraham Siegel and began as a small grocery distribution center stocking 1,200 products.  They now have more than 95,000 products from 50 warehouses to distribute to supermarkets and… Read more »

Zara – Master of “Fast Fashion”

Lynn Jeffries   October 26, 2015

Title: Zara – Master of “Fast Fashion” Industry: Fashion Retailer Resources: Wikipedia-Zara,  Bloomberg, Forbes, Supply Chain Forum In 1963, Amancio Ortega Gaona, the son of a railroad worker and housemaid, started to manufacture women’s pajamas and lingerie products for garment wholesalers. However, in 1975 after a German customer cancelled a sizable order, the firm opened its first Zara retail shop in La Coruña… Read more »

BMW Accelerates its Supply Chain Management Approach

kcress   October 25, 2015
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Organization Name:   BMW Industry:   Luxury Automotive Contact:  CEO Web References: BMW Corporate, Kinaxis, SCM World, Logistics and Supply Chain, SCM303 Blog, Sound Cloud About BMW Once you’ve owned a BMW, you truly appreciate the long-standing BMW slogan:  “The ultimate driving machine”. In use since the 1970’s, the statement is more than an advertising slogan, it is a promise.  It is a… Read more »

Loot Crate Delivers Mystery Boxes Of Joy

David_Pearson   October 25, 2015
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Company: Loot Crate Industry: Online Retail Web References: Loot Crate, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitch Loot Crate is an online retailer with an interesting product. Each month Loot Crate subscribers receive a mystery box that contains curated items, chosen to be products that their subscribers would likely enjoy. According to their company description on their website: “Loot Crate™ was… Read more »

Making a World of Difference Half a World Away

Dianne McBride   October 23, 2015
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                                           Making a World of Difference Half a World Away      A Supply Chain Process to Improve the Lives of  the Impoverished  Eggs are one of those classic staples in the fridge. We don’t even think about them – just… Read more »

Social media’s impact on direct sales’ supply chain

ekastner   October 22, 2015

Title of post: Social media’s impact on Direct Sales’ supply chain Organization: Steeped Tea Industry: Direct Sales CEO: Tonia Jahshan Web references: Logistics Viewpoint, Supply Chain 24/7, The Canadian Business Journal, Direct Selling Association, Fast Company, Supply Chain Opz, Facebook, Social media has been widely used in general business for marketing, but we are starting to see an increase in… Read more »

Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding together leading a path to Success

Lisa Taylor   October 21, 2015

  Company Name: Outdoor Edutainment, LLC Industry: Educational Gaming Contacts: Kristin Peppel, Management, Design, Advocacy, Sales Web References: Official Appalacian Trail Game Site, New Appalachian Trail Game Receives Full Funding Through Kickstarter in 48 Hours!, Hike the Appalachian Trail in your living room with new game, Kickstarter Campaign, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Mark Hanf is a middle school teacher, an avid hiker… Read more »

Prize4Life

cdiesbourg   October 19, 2015

Organization Name: Prize4Life, a non-profit organization Industry: NPO Web references: http://techxb.com/prize4life-an-example-of-the-power-of-crowd-smarts, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fund-the-prize-solve-als-together#/, http://www.prize4life.org/ Prize4life – An Example of The Power Of Crowd Smarts Prize4Life is a non-profit organization that focuses on accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for ALS – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Prize4Life used the enticement prize model, as… Read more »

Apple: A Global Leader in Supply Chain Management

kblack12   June 25, 2015
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Company: Apple Inc Industry: Technology/Computer Hardware & Software CEO: Tim Cook Web References: Apple Inc Overview of Apple Inc. Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc. was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976. By the summer of 1976 Ronald Wayne had left the company but the two Steve’s persevered and launched the Apple 1 Computer.  This was the first of many trend setting products to… Read more »

Lush’s Gush-worthy Sustainable Supply Chain

mwindover   June 24, 2015

Organization name: Lush Cosmetics Web references: Facebook, Fronetics, Infotrellis, Instagram, Lush, Procurious, Soundcloud, Sourcemap, Supply Chain Digital, Twitter, Vancouver Sun, YouTube Industry: cosmetics, personal care Name of contact, if available: Mark Wolverton, CEO Description of how social media is used for business performance When considering the level of speculation, blogs and availability of specialty business networks such as Procurious, it’s… Read more »

La Tienda: Ham and the Supply Chain

psegura   June 24, 2015

Organisation Name:  La Tienda Web References:  latienda.com Industry:  Retail Name of Contact:  Jonathan Harris, President and Creative Director Web References:  latienda.com, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Pinterest, Wikipedia   Description of how social media is used for business performance  Ibérico ham from Spain is one of the most expensive hams in the world.  The ham, made from celebrated pigs lovingly cared… Read more »

Trucking Along The Social Media Highway

tlittle   June 24, 2015
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Organization Name: Liberty Linehaul Inc. Industry: Trucking Name of Contact: Ron Cameron, Safety & Compliance Web References: Liberty Linehaul Website, Liberty Twitter, Liberty Facebook, Wikipedia, SM and SCM, Effective SCM through Social Networking, Trucking SM, Waze, Business Wire, Truck News, Trucking HR Canada, fun facts, RoadsideAmerica, Arnold Schwarzenegger, RealtyToday Description: Using social media within your supply chain got your truck stalled? Okay, so the… Read more »

Supply Chain Perfection: The Motorola Story

MGardiner   June 24, 2015

Organisation Name: Motorola Solutions Industry: Technology Name of contact if available: Greg Brown- Chairman and CEO Web References: twitter.com/motosolutions, motorolasolutions.com, facebook.com/motosolutions, linkedin.com/motosolutions, youtube.com/motosolutions, instagram.com/motosolutions Company Overview: Motorola was started in 1928 by two brothers, Paul and Joseph Galvin. Their first product was a battery eliminator which was a converter that allowed battery powered radios to be charged on household electricity…. Read more »