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Supply Chain Best Practices: Cybersecurity

By Gesuina Puangco | March 13, 2018

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Today's world runs on complex networks of intelligent technologies that enable quick innovation and the efficient movement of goods. But with increasing interconnectedness, companies need to fortify their cybersecurity plans. And given the highly diffuse nature of modern supply chains, the risk of falling victim to a security breach has never been higher.

Supply Chain Best Practices: The Customer-Obsessed Supply Chain

By Janie Ryan | March 8, 2018

Until recently consumers were willing to wait as long as they had to, to get their hands on hyped-up products offered by the hottest brands. They had no choice. But the business landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade. Amazon Prime exploded on the scene in 2005. Since then, free and fast shipping has ceased to be a privilege and is now an expectation. More companies are investing in their own immediate fulfilment services to get products to customers faster because they know that brand reputation alone is no longer enough to drive sales.    

But it’s not just a matter of up-levelling last-mile logistics. Creating real value for the customer — making products available at the right place and time — depends on being able to view and react to disruptions and variables all across the supply chain, in real time. That’s how today’s brands beat out the competition. But with the current mindset the vast majority of companies are operating their supply chains on, the needs of the customer are sometimes forgotten. We’ve pulled together a few reminders to help businesses keep their customers at the center of their supply chain operations.

Xiaomi & The Supply Chain Behind the World's Highest Valued Smartphone Startup

By Elementum News Desk | March 6, 2018

Xiaomi Is (Still) The Tech Startup to Watch

On April 6, 2015, the Guinness World Record for the most smartphones sold in 24 hours was broken. Setting the record at 2.1 million units was Xiaomi—the world’s third highest valued startup (following Uber and Didi Chuxiang, Uber’s Chinese equivalent).

Bringing Augmented Reality to Supply Chain

By Paula Lucero | March 1, 2018

 

Augmented reality, also known simply as AR, is the usage of technology to superimpose computer-generated sensory input like sound, videos, and images, over a person's real-world view. AR applications can help enhance skills, provide real-time data, and offer additional features to help us with everyday activities — all through simple touch or voice commands.

The Myth of the Retail Apocalypse

By Charlotte Lee | February 27, 2018

These days we hear constant talk of the retail apocalypse—but contrary to what the headlines may suggest, brick-and-mortar isn't going away any time soon.

Supply Chain Best Practices: Strategic Partnerships

By Charlotte Lee | February 25, 2018

Even in the age of digitization, technology is not a silver bullet; modern supply chains remain highly dependent on human relationships in order to stay moving.

China’s Historic Silk Road is Resurrected from the Rubble

By Kristal Arianne Calagui | February 21, 2018

China is leading an initiative to revive one of the largest feats of trade infrastructure the world has ever known.

Is Your Supply Chain Customizable?

By Elementum News Desk | February 16, 2018

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

The New Solar Tariff Promises Big Changes in Clean Energy Manufacturing

By Kyle Pennell | February 12, 2018

Last month, Donald Trump followed up on his campaign promise of protecting American businesses by imposing a 30 percent tariff on foreign solar panels and cells, beginning next year. The so-called “safeguard tariffs” will decline each year by 5 percent before expiring in 2023.The move comes in response to a petition last year from solar panel manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld. Together, they argued in favor of high tariffs against foreign panel makers who, they argued, were undercutting their bottom line.

Further Updates - What You Need to Know About the Quakes in Taiwan

By Elementum News Desk | February 7, 2018

Taiwan was hit by another 5.7 magnitude earthquake Wednesday night at 11pm local time, nearly 24 hours after a 6.4 magnitude quake killed at least seven and left dozens more trapped in the eastern city of Hualien. Hualien’s population of 350,000 felt the strongest impact of the quake, with five surrounding cities feeling light shaking.