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Logistics of Hurricane Harvey's Humanitarian Aid

By Joseph Tanador | August 30, 2017

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Hurricane Harvey has been wreaking havoc in the state of Texas since Friday, August 25th, crippling most of the state, and specifically devastating Houston. It made its second landfall on Wednesday morning, August 30th, inundating another Texas city, Port Arthur, and hit the coastal areas of Louisiana. 33 counties in Texas are under federal disaster declaration.

Hurricane Harvey - Effects, Forecasts, and Operational Best Practices

By Tal Porat | August 29, 2017

As a center of petro-chemical industry and a conduit of trucking and rail out of Mexico, the key supply chain hub is currently devastated by Hurricane Harvey. With a growing death toll, many more injured, and a cumulative 50 inches of expected rain, the hurricane is unprecedented in the region in terms of rainfall and flooding. The response to the hurricane — both in terms of rescue efforts and reorganizing the operations of effected businesses — will be Herculean. 

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Reducing Food Waste

By Tin Tinio | August 28, 2017

One-third of edible food worldwide goes to waste, amounting to about 1.3 billion tons every year. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases next to China and the U.S. It would also have the second largest land mass behind Russia, with about 5.4 million square miles or nearly 30% of agricultural land used for producing food that never gets eaten. Its full costs, including environmental and societal impacts, amount to USD 2.6 trillion per year, about the same as the 2016 GDP of the United Kingdom.

Costly Supply Chain Delays in iPhone 8

By Jenina Borromeo | August 22, 2017

To mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year, Apple is set to launch its flagship iPhone 8 along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The highly anticipated iPhone 8 is rumored to feature a bezel-less design, stainless steel, glass chassis, a 5.8-inch OLED display, dual rear cameras, and a new 3D facial scanner, among others.

However, one month shy of its expected launch in September, reports claim that Apple is facing production issues regarding the iPhone 8 and its release could be delayed by three to four weeks.

Steel Tariff Proposition: Will It Work?

By Tal Porat | August 17, 2017

After unsuccessful dialogue with China in April, the U.S. government began working on a proposition in June to impose tariffs and fines on foreign-sourced steel, suggesting that all pipelines operating on American soil use only American-sourced steel.

China's Growing Role in the Automotive Industry

By Aila Abellanosa | August 15, 2017

China is emerging as a superpower in more ways than one. As its role in the automotive supply chain has expanded, China has impacted key players; from domestic component manufacturers to the world’s biggest automakers. This feat can be attributed to the country’s investment in research and development, unwavering support from the government, strong domestic sales, and changes in global economic trends

Church's Chicken is Reinventing the Supply Chain

By Frances Zyra Mella | August 10, 2017

Maximizing customer value and achieving a sustainable competitive advantage are two things a company must strive for. Excellent supply chain management is the key to both.

Last Mile Logistics: You Say Your Products Are Great, But Can You Deliver?

By Andrew Beso | August 7, 2017

Logistics services are developing in such a way that it now closely resembles the fast food industry — on steroids. Placing an order and having it delivered are still at the core of the business model, but in between these simple steps is high-technology efficiency complementing an evolved consumer preference.

The Upswing of Chinese Logistics Companies

By Marc John Villestar | August 2, 2017

Forecast to grow by a CAGR of 7.5% by 2020 globally, the logistics industry is booming. Logistics, the complex operation involving the movements of people, facilities, and supplies, is applied in every industry from manufacturing to retail to trade. The global logistics market is expected to grow from US $8.1T in 2015 to US $15.5T by 2023 between its different segments including roadways, waterways, railways, and airways.

Butter Prices Jolt Supply Chain

By Larah Regis | July 28, 2017

We apologize to be the bearer of bad news to all butter-lovers out there, but there seems to be a shortage of your favorite dairy, which will effect not just Europe, but the rest of the world.