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Why Supply Chain Visibility and Transparency Need to be Top Priorities in Your Business in 2018 

Why Supply Chain Visibility and Transparency Need to be Top Priorities in Your Business in 2018  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
More and more supply chains are utilizing cutting edge strategies and technology to increase their supply chain transparency. Furthermore, other external factors such as pressure from consumers, continue to mount. You cannot afford to lose visibility and be left behind. It will cost in more ways than one.
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Here's the reason why supply chain transparency and visibility should be on the top of your priority list for 2018.  

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New Principles Aim to Drive Investment in Sustainable Fisheries

New Principles Aim to Drive Investment in Sustainable Fisheries | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
At the World Ocean Summit held last month in Mexico, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and three impact funds – Meloy Fund, Encourage Capital and Althelia Ecosphere – announced the first-ever set of Principles for Investment in Sustainable Fisheries, aimed at bringing more money into an increasingly critical sector and growing global challenge.
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Great initiative by the Environmental Defense Fund, Meloy Fund, Encourage Capital and Althelia Ecosphere with regards to sustainability.

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Asia’s food supply chain could be on the verge of reinvention

Asia’s food supply chain could be on the verge of reinvention | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
A new breed of entrepreneurs is emerging in Asia. Far from chasing the latest technological fads like blockchains and ICOs, these founders have set their sights on the food supply chain – a sector that remains relatively untouched by the ever-expanding appetite of the software industry.
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Levi’s Cleans Up Denim Supply Chain with Digital Finishing Process 

Levi’s Cleans Up Denim Supply Chain with Digital Finishing Process  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Traditionally, denim finishing — which creates worn, faded design elements on jeans — has been a highly manual, labor- and chemical-intensive process. Digitization enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale.
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Great job Levi Strauss & Co. !

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Plastic Scan Ushers in New Era for Supply Chain Transparency 

Plastic Scan Ushers in New Era for Supply Chain Transparency  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
When it comes to reducing impacts, most companies don’t know where to begin. Using the Plastic Scan tool, manufacturers, brand owners, packaging and logistics companies across industries can identify hotspots in their supply chain by measuring how much plastic waste is generated along their value chain. Based on the results, businesses receive recommendations on potential improvements to their workflow, enabling them to save money while reducing plastic pollution.
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Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains: What and How to Measure

Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains: What and How to Measure | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies are increasingly being held responsible for the actions of their suppliers, even those very deep in their supply chain. Working condition indicators won’t prevent all problems but can help proactively identify key risks and opportunities. Physical safety is a clear priority, but truly improving working conditions requires far more.
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EY and JDA collaborate to transform supply chains across industries 

EY and JDA collaborate to transform supply chains across industries  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Under the alliance, EY and JDA will collaborate to drive supply chain efficiencies, assess current and future supply chain needs and determine an approach to reinventing the supply chain for clients.
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Two Key Supply Chain Capabilities for Companies Affected by Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

Two Key Supply Chain Capabilities for Companies Affected by Steel, Aluminum Tariffs | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Blind spots in the supply chain can signal an area where cost optimization is not a factor, or even where increasing costs at a sourcing level aren’t accounted for. There’s a very good chance, then, that organizations importing steel and aluminum from overseas will face higher supply costs without knowing about it until much further down the road.
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How Technologies are Cutting Food Waste Across the Supply Chain

How Technologies are Cutting Food Waste Across the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Technology is playing a key role in reducing and preventing food waste across the supply chain and from one business type to another. It’s facilitating data sharing and insight gleaned from that data at unprecedented speeds.
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How Can Tech Bring The Supply Chain Of Tomorrow To The Food Industry Of Today?

How Can Tech Bring The Supply Chain Of Tomorrow To The Food Industry Of Today? | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The global food supply chain is plagued by billions of tons of food waste due to inefficient sorting and grading systems. And the wealth of data available from millions of devices throughout the supply chain isn’t being integrated and connected to optimize production. But the future is bright. As technology becomes more advanced across these areas, the global food industry will become far more efficient and effective.
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Good Corporate Social Practices: A Look at Unilever’s Supply Chain Transparency

Good Corporate Social Practices: A Look at Unilever’s Supply Chain Transparency | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Establishing robust and comprehensive supply chain policies, however, is just the first step in providing compliance assurances.  Supply chain contracts can include the right to audit suppliers to ensure proper oversight and adherence to ethical and sustainable practices.  Companies can also encourage compliance with supplier codes of conduct by measuring successes via quantifiable metrics.  Not only can these successes be used to manage suppliers, but they can also be published for customers to look over – better visibility and corporate accountability can lead to a public relations improvement.
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CKE Renews its Partnership with ArrowStream To Power its Supply Chain

CKE Renews its Partnership with ArrowStream To Power its Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
OnDemand empowers companies like CKE to uncover significant savings opportunities quickly while addressing crucial supply chain requirements including centralizing inventory, contracts and critical product information. When utilizing the OnDemand software, supply chain teams become more responsive and adaptable in keeping up with the changing nature of their business.
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Broadcast Coffee Pledges to Promote Gender Equity Through the Supply Chain

Broadcast Coffee Pledges to Promote Gender Equity Through the Supply Chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Broadcast Coffee, a wholesale roaster with three retail locations in Seattle, has made a radical pledge to support gender equity and prevent sexual violence in whatever way they can in a plan they call Safe for All. Barry Faught, Broadcast’s founder and roaster, says he was inspired by the wave of news that has come to light over the last few months regarding sexual assault and discrimination in the workplace, particularly in the coffee industry. “Issues of sexual harassment have always been around,” he says. “Once the Four Barrel thing hit, I just never thought those types of activities would come to our community … so I thought, if this is happening at Four Barrel, it could be happening in Seattle and anywhere. I had to open my eyes and realize that this is a thing that happens.”
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Bravo Broadcast Coffee! What actions have you taken with regards to the promotion of  gender equity in your supply chain ?

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The Partnership for Supply Chain Management Implements One Network's Control Tower Solution to Strengthen Health Supply Chains for Developing Countries

The Partnership for Supply Chain Management Implements One Network's Control Tower Solution to Strengthen Health Supply Chains for Developing Countries | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
 One Network Enterprises, the global provider of multi-party digital network platform and services, today announced that The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM)—a nonprofit organization providing global procurement and distribution services for low- and middle-income countries—has implemented One Network's Supply Chain Control Tower solution to advance its end-to-end supply chain visibility.
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Manufacturers' Digital Supply Chain Expectations Outpace Reality

Manufacturers' Digital Supply Chain Expectations Outpace Reality | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
"Blockchain can increase trust and transparency among ecosystem partners while helping reduce both the cost and risk of moving information across a supply network," continued Laaper. "As organizations develop a greater understanding of this relatively nascent technology and the value it represents, adoption rates should increase."
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This Strategy Solves Restaurants’ Biggest Supply Chain Challenges

This Strategy Solves Restaurants’ Biggest Supply Chain Challenges | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Avery Dennison’s radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is positioned to solve many of these supply chain dilemmas. With RFID, hen products, such as meat or produce, are packed at the supplier, a label is attached to the carton. As product moves throughout the distribution process, mounted electronic readers use electromagnetic fields to track labels, and that information is sent to the cloud so that anyone in the supply chain can see where that product is.
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That's an excellent step forward by Avery Dennison to tackle restaurants' biggest supply chain challenges.

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Ceres, WWF Expand AgWater Challenge to Drive Water Stewardship in Ag Supply Chains 

Ceres, WWF Expand AgWater Challenge to Drive Water Stewardship in Ag Supply Chains  | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Companies that join the challenge receive technical support from Ceres and WWF (and other NGO partners) in analyzing water issues within their supply chains, and in refining or making new sourcing commitments that enable them to better address their risk. Participating companies benefit from the opportunities for peer-to-peer learning on best practices for managing water risks, setting time-bound goals and engaging with growers.
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Great initiatives by Ceres and WWF ! What measures have you taken to alleviate your water risks in your supply chain ?

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Garment Factories, Palm Oil Suppliers Mapped for End-to-End Traceability

Garment Factories, Palm Oil Suppliers Mapped for End-to-End Traceability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
The basic ‘Supply Map’ offering is designed to help buyers show their consumers and stakeholders from where and whom they source palm oil. The more advanced service, ‘Trace & Track,’ gives buyers highly detailed information on the origin, route and handling of every specific Palm Oil shipment received, including every smallholder and every mill involved in each specific delivery. According to the developers, users of their software can “prove with precision that their palm oil supply chain is deforestation-free and socially responsible.”
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Three ways plastic pallets can improve your supply chain

Three ways plastic pallets can improve your supply chain | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Plastic or wood? With supply chains around the world adapting to evolving technology, new expectations and regulation changes, this pallet question may be more important than ever. Plastic pallets have gained momentum in the industry, particularly in automated storage applications where precision is essential.
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Here are three ways to improve your materials handling in your supply chain.

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Blockchain Cloud is Empowering the Grocery Industry from Farm to Store

Blockchain Cloud is Empowering the Grocery Industry from Farm to Store | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Oracle is helping the grocery industry with the Supply Chain Network, an initiative focused at empowering the digitization and common protocols across the entire market. This requires attention on what each layer of the supply chain needs to increase, improve and protect trading relationships.
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SMEs ‘turned off’ investing in crucial supply chain technology tools 

Small-scale manufacturers are in “critical danger” of losing out to their larger competitors if they fail to take advantage of crucial supply chain technology tools, with many put off investing because they believe the technology is only suited to larger enterprises, a supply chain expert has warned.
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Supply chain management survey indicates greater pressure on companies to demonstrate sustainability

Supply chain management survey indicates greater pressure on companies to demonstrate sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
“Managing risks across the entire supply chain can be challenging and requires the collection of supplier performance data to efficiently create visibility further down the value chain,” Crisciotti said. “However, companies can leverage advancements in big data analytics, data sharing platforms and blockchain technology to help collect and measure supplier performance in a structured and reliable way.”
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Supply chain management survey indicates greater pressure on companies to demonstrate sustainability
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New Honeywell wearable device helps supply chain workers improve speed and accuracy

New Honeywell wearable device helps supply chain workers improve speed and accuracy | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Honeywell announced its new smart wearable, which helps supply chain workers complete their high-volume tasks ergonomically and more efficiently.
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Big Businesses Take on Supply Chain Slavery

Big Businesses Take on Supply Chain Slavery | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it
Humanity United, a US foundation; large corporations from Disney to Walmart; and the British government have partnered to create ‘Working Capital.’ Working Capital is a unique fund created to invest in innovations that ensure there are no forms of slavery in major companies’ supply chain.
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Data and analytics solutions support growth and efficiency for the supply chain | Retail Technology Review

Data and analytics solutions support growth and efficiency for the supply chain | Retail Technology Review | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Information Builders' WebFOCUS BI and analytics platform brings transparency to the supply chain by providing access to real-time, comprehensive insights across the network. This allows organisations to quickly and efficiently assess plant, warehouse, and distribution centre activity, measure performance against key metrics, and anticipate factors that impact performance.

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