Burger King has committed to sourcing all its chicken from farms that follow the humane standards established by the Global Animal Partnership within seven years. Other chains that follow the policy include Chipotle, Starbucks and Panera Bread.
A study by Deloitte found the manufacturing supply chain "woefully unprepared" for cyberthreats, with a third of manufacturers not having performed any risk assessment. The study presents key challenges manufacturers must address in a connected-production environment.
Associated Wholesale Grocers posted a record $9.18 billion in consolidated net sales for the year. The company also reported on member distribution and member investment and equity for the year.
Customers are more knowledgeable about products when they shop online, which is just one reason business-to-business websites need to act more like consumer-focused sites, said Mike Gartner of Construction Fasteners & Tools. "For transitions like these to be successful, the entire team needs to be on board," he said.
To stay competitive, companies must invest in new technologies that enhance supply chain visibility. This article explains why cloud computing, the internet of things and big data are the drivers of end-to-end visibility.
Reverse logistics is becoming more important to supply chain management and requires companies to properly assess returned goods and better understand resale or reuse value, Kirti Acharya writes. The internet of things is key to managing this area of the supply chain, Acharya argues.
Classical value chains and dividing lines between industries are being disrupted by new technologies, affecting labor, supply chains and business relationships in ways hard to predict, write Norbert Schwieters and Bob Moritz. "There is one certainty, however: Trustworthiness and a clear articulation of purpose, will become more important to business," they write.
United Technologies is opening a $300 million workspace in Brooklyn, N.Y., to help all of its companies work together to create analytical solutions and improve efficiency. "Speed to market is probably one of the biggest measures of success," said Vince Campisi, chief information officer.
Intel has released its first 3D XPoint product, called Optane, that is intended as a replacement for hard drives and flash solid-state drives. The technology could eventually change how data centers store information, though questions remain as to its speed and availability.
The definition of supply chain visibility varies, but its importance to customers is only growing, writes Bryan Nella of GT Nexus. "[S]upply chain will be increasingly viewed as a network -- a value network where each node is equipped with deep capabilities to deliver and execute based on data and visibility that optimize performance of the whole ecosystem," he writes.
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