Manufacturing

How Supply Chains Should Adapt to the Trade War “Truce”

Posted: 01/16/2019 - 04:04
On December 1, leaders from China and the U.S. broke bread with their enemies and reached consensus to halt the mutual increase of further tariffs until March 1, 2019. As of now, the total U.S. tariffs applied exclusively to China is at $250 billion, and China answered back with $110 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. goods. The “truce” has prevented the January 1 deadline for most tariffs to increase from the current 10 percent to the established 25 percent. 
 

The Impact of AI and Automation on the Global Supply Chain Part 1

Posted: 12/21/2018 - 03:34
Recently, at the United Nations Forum for Business and Human Rights at the Palais De Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, my colleague David Herman, Chief Data Scientist at SAP Ariba, and I had the honor of reflecting on the role of artificial intelligence and technology automation and their impact on human rights – especially as they relate to workforce displacement in the supply chain.

Addressing Ethical Supply Chains One Step at a Time – From Intent to Action

Posted: 12/12/2018 - 01:18
This month, the U.K. government alongside the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, raised the bar for companies “to conduct appropriate due diligence in their supply chains to identify, prevent and mitigate human trafficking” to remediate modern slavery. It is no longer enough to just be aware and acknowledge that companies expect every supplier to sign a code of conduct – companies also need to demonstrate the action and the impact. 
 
This is where the rubber meets the road. 
 

Partners or pawns? (Part 2)

Posted: 07/25/2016 - 23:38

(To read the first part of this article, click here.)

Almost a week had passed since my meeting with Jeanette and her team, and I was still reeling from the conversation. It was just so hard to comprehend how a large company can afford to alienate its supplier community. Just as I was about to hit replay on the entire situation, the phone rang.

“Good morning,” I said.

“Hey there, Dean. It’s Tino. How have you been?”

EMEA As-a-Service boom contrasts sluggish traditional outsourcing activity

Posted: 07/23/2016 - 02:52

We’ve just published the latest ISG Index, which includes – for the first time – a view on the growing As-a-Service market. Whilst combined second-quarter ACV in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market fell by 18% year-on-year to €2.2 billion, the new data reveals record growth of the As-A-Service segment, contrasting the sluggish activity in traditional sourcing.

Why it’s time to lift the “paper weight” from your business

Posted: 07/21/2016 - 20:05

It’s 2016 and we have digital technology at our fingertips, yet few bank accounts can be opened without printing and signing a paper form. A student can’t get their exam results until an examiner manually crosses and marks their paper. Our reliance on paper runs deep and many business workflows continue to bear the “paper weight” burden.

Live Wires #7: Giant shoulders

Posted: 07/15/2016 - 19:53

A lot of the talk of RPA today is about bright new names challenging the established order: plucky newcomers forcing their way past the giants of outsourcing and technology. But what do the giants themselves have to say about this? Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is one such business, and it turns out they are not sitting around waiting for their business models to be hollowed out. Live Wires met Vijay Damle, VP and Head of Business Process Services, to get the TCS perspective.

Partners or pawns? (Part 1)

Posted: 07/13/2016 - 20:05

“We are nothing more than a bunch of pawns on this outsourcing checker board,” Jeanette said.

“I think you mean ‘chessboard’,” I said smiling at her.

“You know damn well what I mean, Dean. Hey, that rhymes,” Jeanette said, returning the smile.

“Sadly I do understand, and, from what you’ve described, I have to agree with you.”

Change your story to change your culture...

Posted: 02/02/2016 - 00:40

Pulling into the snowy parking lot and contemplating today’s meeting, my mind wandered to a line from Michael Margolis, the CEO of Get Storied, “If you want to understand the culture, listen to the stories; if you want to change the culture, change the stories.” Carl, the site manager of Excel, the inside-outsourcing service provider at this motorcycle plant, had called a few weeks back and enticed me to visit by stating, “I have a great story for you.”

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