Hindsight May Be 20/20, but Let’s Hope Supply Chain Isn’t (Like 2020, That Is)

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the adage “hindsight is 20/20” has taken a whole new meaning for supply chain management. Major breakdowns on a global level spurred an industry-wide awakening that was decades in the making. Although companies...

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Supply Chains are Okay…But for How Long?

When COVID-19 arrived in the U.S. in March, people experienced first-hand the fallout of poorly designed supply chains. The stockpiling engaged in by both homes and shopping outlets made headlines, while shortages of critical items—like PPE and...

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Move Over, Resilience: a Dynamic Approach Is Here to Save Supply Chain

Ever since COVID-19’s onset, academics have been weighing in on the best ways to address supply chain weaknesses and rebuild the industry. Take, for example, this whitepaper by Michigan State University’s Department of Supply Chain. Many of their...

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Make CAPA Work for Your Supply Chain: See How Covid-19 Inspired Blue Diamond’s CAPA Transformation

Supply chain is one heck of a challenging place to make a career: order too much, the business is in trouble; deliver too little, the business is in trouble. Yet, everyday, there are supply chain heroes, who are stepping up to take on new...

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“Resilience” isn’t the Answer to Supply Chain Problems (McKinsey: It’s time to re-think the strategy on Supply Chain Management)

The impact of COVID-19 has caused the world to realize what many operators have known for a while: supply chains are running at a distinct disadvantage. Globalization and the ever-increasing need for profitability have caused companies to live by...

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How Elementum Helps Minimize Damaged Shipments

I’m frequently hearing from supply chain leaders who want to make a bigger financial impact on their businesses, but they’re constrained by limited resources. If you find yourself in this position, I recommend you take a look at your damaged...

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The Supply Chain Can’t Stop: Best Practices for Triaging Shortages

Buzzzz… it’s your supply chain calling and it wants OFF this crazy roller coaster caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It wishes for the good-old-days when the crisis to be managed was a natural disaster like a flood, fire, or port closure. Because...

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The Supply Chain Can’t Stop: Wrangling Production Delays at Sites Impacted by COVID-19

These are indeed strange times. Soap is our #1 superhero. We’ve grown weary of the word, unprecedented. Toilet paper has become the most famous supply chain shortage in our lifetime. And suddenly, ‘surge capacity’ and ‘localized supply chain’ are...

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The Supply Chain Can’t Stop: Mitigating Customer Stockouts (and Not Just of Toilet Paper)

Restaurants are giving away toilet paper with to-go orders — even the coveted two-ply. Handsanitizer has become a black market item. Empty shelves are a familiar sight and it’s tempting to go to the grocery store as a way to gauge if we’re...

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