Top 5 Supply Chain Reads to Start Your Week - May 21st, 2018

Posted by Eunice Marigliano on May 21, 2018 12:55:09 PM

Each week we look for the best blog posts, articles, and commentary on supply chain orchestration, logistics innovation, and industry news to share.

This week we're reading about the "Amazonification' of the health care supply chain, organizational factors that affect reverse supply chain operations, the growing deluge of international e-commerce in the U.S. and the regulatory confusion around it, key thoughts from the recent eft D3 Retail Supply Chain Summit, and Georgia-Pacific's new planned supply chain center of excellence.

It's also worth noting that today is the first ever Supply Chain Professionals Day, an annual event conceived by CSCMP as a way to appreciate the accomplishments of supply chain professionals.

Take a moment to celebrate the supply chain professionals at your organization and show your appreciation for this growing and evolving discipline.

Let's get started..

The "Amazonification" of the Health Care Supply Chain - By Susan Lacefield, CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly - Commenting from last week's Gartner Supply Chain Conference, Chris Holt, who leads global healthcare for Amazon, said that when the company was looking to roll out Amazon Business, it noticed that a disproportionate amount of organizations that were already making purchases on Amazon.com were large hospitals. The industry, indeed, seems to desperately need a more customer-centric approach and more efficient processes for the purchase of basic supplies and other items considered "tail spend".

The Impact of Organizational Factors on Reverse Logistics - By Supply Chain Management Review (@SCMR) - @AQPC shares their infographic on the organizational factors affecting reverse logistics operations for electronics, industrial and pharmaceutical companies. 3PLs play a big role in returns management for consumer electronics but much less so for industrial companies and slightly less so than pharmaceutical companies.

Can Customs Handle the E-Commerce Flood? - By Robert J. Bowman, SupplyChainBrain (@SCBrain) - A few years ago the 'de minimis value' for US-bound international shipments was raised from $200 to $800, exempting shipments below that value amount from duties and taxes, as well as certain reporting requirements. Confusion still exists amongst regulators on the enforcement of it, though, even while some shippers have found ways of gaming the system to take advantage. Listen to the embedded podcast to hear the whole story.

To Survive the Apocalypse, Retailers Must Think of Retail as a Service - By SupplyChainDive, (@SupplyChainDive), Kate Patrick (@katepatrick_) - It's no secret that customer expectations are a big driver for today's logistical and supply chain's innovations. This story highlights interesting ideas and anecdotes from the speakers at Eye for Transport's D3 Retail Supply Chain Summit in New York City earlier this month, like Target and their new fulfillment "flow center" concept capable of meeting consumer demand for both homes and stores better and the algorithm Verizon implemented to examine the relationship between forecasting and actual phone sales.

Georgia-Pacific to Open Supply Chain Innovation Center - By MDM Staff, Modern Distribution Management (@mdmnews) - Georgia-Pacific is spending between $5-7 million dollars to open the Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation this June. The center "will provide a collaborative space where multinational companies, start-ups and academic institutions can develop new supply chain solutions" Companies such as Chick-fil-A and W.W. Grainger, have already signed on.

And that's our five favorites for this week. Did we miss any? Let us know by tweeting us @MPObjects.

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