14 Supply Chain Trends for 2023

14 Supply Chain Trends for 2023

Supply chains are the lifeblood of most, if not all, businesses today. Keeping all supply chain components running as smoothly as possible ensures that your business can provide on-time delivery of products and services, especially with changing consumer demands and supply chain disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from reading up on the…

Supply Chain ‘Normal’ Appears on Horizon, With Sights Set on March

Supply Chain ‘Normal’ Appears on Horizon, With Sights Set on March

Several gauges show ship congestion continues to clear up even as shortages persist Few observers have had a better perch to watch the pandemic slowly clog — and now free up — one of the biggest arteries of global trade than Captain J. Kipling “Kip” Louttit. Two years ago this week, as fully loaded container ships…

News analysis: Chaos is the new normal for supply chain

News analysis: Chaos is the new normal for supply chain

Supply chains are global, and the world is shrinking, meaning a shock to one part is a shock to the whole. And the shocks to supply just keep coming … Just as scientists and public health officials are daring to suggest the Covid pandemic might be entering its end-game, so China announces strict new lockdown measures,…

Manufacturing’s Big Rethink: A Shift in Approaches, Attitudes, Investments

Manufacturing’s Big Rethink: A Shift in Approaches, Attitudes, Investments

Amid supply chain woes and inflation, five priorities for companies. Manufacturing companies are going through a fundamental rethink of their supply chain structures and long-term talent development plans as they look toward a post-COVID future. There is also a structural shift in priorities, attitudes and investments related to environmental consciousness. While ongoing inflation pains will…

Inflation is invading the entire supply chain

Inflation is invading the entire supply chain

The war in Ukraine is exacerbating the rise in energy prices and disruptions to supply chains that have emerged during the pandemic. These two factors will weigh on the evolution of transport prices and logistics costs in general. Two years after the outbreak of the pandemic, which generated an awareness in Europe of issues concerning strategic…

Full-potential procurement: Lessons amid inflation and volatility

Full-potential procurement: Lessons amid inflation and volatility

Procurement organizations are uniquely positioned to catalyze cross-functional actions that promote efficiency and resilience in rapidly evolving market conditions. Procurement leaders are facing one of the toughest market environments of their careers. A combination of macroeconomic factors—including COVID-19 shocks, trade policy shifts, workforce scarcity, energy transition, and even extreme weather events—have upended long-running trends that…