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Marijuana Goes Mainstream: The Dynamic Supply Chain(s) of a Budding Industry

By Janie Ryan | April 20, 2018

California’s Prop 64 marked a sea change in the effort to bring an entire industry out of the shadows. As the sixth largest economy in the world and the country’s cannabis capital, many say that California is poised to lead the development of the burgeoning legal industry, with expected sales of over $5B by 2019.

Fast Fashion's Inventory Woes: 3 Ways Retailers Can Stay in Business

By Paula Lucero | April 12, 2018

Since the 1990’s, when little-known clothing retailer Zara announced it could take a garment from concept to rack in just 15 days, “fast fashion” has captured the minds of consumers. Brands like Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 peddle cheap clothing—and they win huge market shares by getting it to market in time for buyers to keep up with volatile trends. However, this dynamic industry is now facing the same challenges as some traditional retailers—unsold inventory and profit losses. How can fast fashion take its supply chain into the future to stay in business?

Supply Chain Technology Roundup: 3 Ways Augmented Reality Can Transform SCM

By Elementum News Desk | April 10, 2018

Supply chain is finally finding its way into the 21st century, with help  from a constantly evolving landscape of technologies and digital opportunities. Companies are now looking to the cloud, big data, blockchain, and other solutions to manage their end-to-end supply chains. By providing an added layer of real-time data and enhanced recognition capabilities to managers and workers, augmented reality could be one of the most valuable supply chain tools of all.  

Supply Chain Best Practices: Last Mile Logistics

By Janie Ryan | April 6, 2018

While traditional retail isn’t dead, e-commerce sales are here to stay. Last mile service use has increased 50% since 2016, and even established brick-and-mortar chains are adopting their own immediate fulfillment services to have more control over delivery. Businesses are recognizing that being able to get their products to doorsteps at the customer’s convenience is what will make or break them.

America First: How a New Slew of Trade Policies Will Impact Supply Chain

By Kristine Jade Tinio | April 4, 2018

US manufacturing activity dropped slightly in March. According to a report by the Institute for Supply Management, factory owners are increasingly concerned about how new trade restrictions levied by the Trump Administration will affect them. Specifically, these new set of tariffs could mean raised operating costs, as well as retaliatory measures from other countries, which could shrink the markets for many goods. We’re taking a look at what the new tariffs mean for supply chain, and how businesses can protect their interests.  

How the groundwork was laid for heightened trade tensions

Supply Chain Technology Roundup: Drones and Droids

By Charlotte Lee | March 29, 2018


Big Tech and Auto Battle for the World’s Cobalt Resources

By Stephen Fortes | March 27, 2018

In 2006, lithium-ion batteries consumed only 20% of the global cobalt supply. Ten years later, that number has more than doubled. It’s expected that market demand for the metal will increase to more than 120,000 tonnes per year by 2020 — 60% of which will account for battery production alone. As a finite but clearly valuable resource locked mostly in countries with difficult-to-track labor standards, cobalt’s supply chain has fallen under intense scrutiny in recent months, and companies are rushing to get their share.

Shipping Prospects Heat Up in the Arctic

By Charlotte Lee | March 23, 2018

Warmer temperatures brought on by climate change are transforming topographies around the world, giving rise to profound consequences. In an ironic twist, melting ice caps and rising sea levels may translate to new business opportunities and reduced greenhouse gas emissions for the shipping industry.

Supply Chain Technology Roundup: IoT and 3D Printing

By Elementum News Desk | March 20, 2018

Digital transformation involves the strategic overhaul of business activities, processes, competencies, and models to fully leverage the opportunities made available by new technologies. Two cutting-edge technologies being implemented today are the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D printing. Now beyond the point of being mere buzzwords, these technologies are actively transforming the landscape of logistics and manufacturing networks across the globe.

Why is a Data Center Like a Supply Chain?

By Elementum News Desk | March 16, 2018

They don’t seem too similar, but data centers could benefit from supply chain management.

Last week Facebook revealed that it will be building a new data center — its ninth in the US — in Atlanta, Georgia. The $750 million investment will run completely on renewable energy (most likely solar). It’s not hard to imagine how much power the information of 2.2 billion users might require, and renewable options cut costs in the long-term.