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Attracting Talent To Your Supply Chain

By Gesuina Puangco | August 15, 2018

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In a market where consumers are demanding instant gratification from brands, the importance of supply chain to a business’s success has never been greater. However, a shortage of certified supply chain professionals remains a problem for the industry. With the “first generation” of supply chain professionals preparing to retire, businesses will need to invest in new talent to fill roles across logistics, operations, planning, procurement, and more. Today’s supply chain industry is not only relatively young — it’s also changing rapidly, leading to a lack of professionals willing, or even capable enough, to carry the torch. What should the supply chain industry be doing to encourage the best talent?

The Experiential Supply Chain

By Janie Ryan | August 13, 2018

First it was the industrial economy. Then, creeping into the 21st century we saw the rise of the service economy. Now, supply chains are being disrupted by the experience economy. Led by Millennials who demand both more customized experiences and more granular visibility into the lifecycle of their purchases, the experience economy is forcing huge changes in the way business is done.

The Blurring Line Between Retail and Logistics

By Mary De Asis | August 8, 2018

Our notion of convenience is evolving. Being able to offer options, from product variety to flexible delivery schemes, is essential for every business. That’s probably why some of the biggest companies in the world are moving beyond retail to establish their own logistics task forces. From Amazon to FedEx, the line between e-commerce retailer and logistics provider is blurring. We explore what’s behind this new trend, and what it means for supply chain.  

Separation Pangs: What Does The Post-Brexit Supply Chain Really Look Like?

By Aila Abellanosa | August 6, 2018

With England’s legal separation from the EU going into effect next March, companies with supply chains spanning the two regions have had their eyes and ears glued to ongoing trade talks. Their focus? Keeping their manufacturing and supply lines in step with whatever trade policies the European powers decide on. Decisions that occur at the bureaucratic level in the next seven months will drastically affect supply chain dynamics not only in Europe, but across the globe. Let’s take a look at the new, post-Brexit global supply chain, and what it really means for business.

Is Your Supply Chain Customizable?

By Elementum News Desk | August 1, 2018

Customized products require a customized supply chain. We explain the benefits to mass customization and share some tips to ease up the process.

Elementum Reports: The Most Transformative Supply Chain Technologies of the Year (So Far)

By Angelo Alix | July 30, 2018

At the start of 2018, we predicted the trends and technologies that would have the greatest impact on the global supply chain. And as the year speeds into its second half and supply chains hurry to catch up with it, companies are continuously reshaping their business models to meet the digital revolution head-on. How did our list measure up to current trends?

US Against the World: Everything You Need to Know About Trump's Controversial Trade Policies

By Andrew Beso | July 25, 2018

The Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs, pegged at 25 and 10 percent respectively, have earned the ire of foreign and domestic businesses alike. Yet the administration argues that the move is protected by the constitution: national security is at stake as foreign imports flood the American economy,  putting domestic business at a disadvantage. With new limits on foreign trade, the government promises higher rates of return for domestic steel and aluminum players. More jobs will be generated and the U.S. will be “great again.” Now that the tariffs have gone into effect, has this promise come close to fulfillment?

Leveling the Playing Field for Small Businesses

By Elementum News Desk | July 23, 2018

All businesses are bound to experience some bumps in the road in the course of their corporate existence. From the logistical challenges in smaller companies to the complexities in supply chains as they grow and mature into a full-blown enterprises, one’s fate in the business world is determined by how one responds to these challenges.

Infographic: The Need to Digitize

By Elementum News Desk | July 18, 2018

It’s the 21st century. If technology isn’t doing the bulk of the heavy lifting for your supply chain, then you’re doing something wrong. 

Cutting Down Deforestation in Supply Chains

By Janie Ryan | June 18, 2018

Palm oil, cocoa, beef. They are all weekly, if not daily, parts of the average American’s diet. Yet when not sourced carefully, they’re also some of the biggest threats to the world’s forests.