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Logistics and Distribution Innovation in China: Part I

East meets West: These logistics solutions in China could have ripple effects up and down supply chains around the world.
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Patricia Daugherty | Iowa State University

Editor’s Note: This is Part One in a two-part series. You can read Part Two here.

This Is What a Smart City Should Do for Its People

Citizens, businesses and governments must work together to develop the tools to help cities become truly smart and sustainable.
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Zeynep Bodur Okyay | Kale Group

We are living in interesting times. As Charles Dickens might put it, it is perhaps the best of times for tech companies. The digital revolution is mind-blowing. But for some people, it could be the worst of times, given the global crises and challenges for humanity.

Supply Chain Risk Management in Reality

To make real gains in supply chain transparency, it’s important to keep these two perspectives in mind.
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Kelly Barner | Buyers Meeting Point

Procurement and supply chain management are logical functions. Work through a process, and you can bring spend and transactions into a managed state.

Apply a framework, and you can bring structure to seemingly disorderly activity. Implement technology, and tasks will be completed faster and more efficiently than ever before. Centralize and cleanse data, and you can answer any query.

Why Climate Resilience and Supply Chains Go Hand in Hand

We must fully recognize and understand how climate risk affects the people in our value chains.
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Top Priorities in 2018? Supply Chain Visibility and Transparency

You can't drive blindly when running a business.
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Paul Trudgian | Paul Trudgian Supply Chain & Logistics Consultancy

A common problem with supply chains is they become unwieldy beasts. Each individual element and component within the network knows what they are doing, but the big picture often becomes obscure.

This leaves success in the supply chain down to luck and inevitable inefficiencies.

You simply can’t operate a successful supply chain blindly.

Female Workforces Can Revolutionize Latin American Business

To bring change to SMEs, public policies are not enough. Entrepreneurs and managers must also embrace the cause of gender equality.
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Oscar Artiga | TechnoServe

Daniel Velasquez owns a small snack manufacturing firm in Honduras, which produces plantain chips sold in bodegas across the country. A few years ago, Daniel was struggling to consistently find enough plantains that met the company’s quality standards.

Supply issues are a typical headache for business owners, but the solution to Daniel’s problem came from an atypical place: a gender equality policy.

To Go Circular, First Go Vertical

The vertical integration of your supply chain provides both economic and environmental benefits.
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Alan Barton | Lehigh Technologies

Early last year, the waste management world was abuzz with news of furniture manufacturing giant Ikea’s minority stake in the Dutch plastics recycling company, Morssinkhof Rymoplast Group.

Managing Supply Chain Water Risk

The challenges of water scarcity will require businesses to expand their supply chain sustainability efforts.
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In 2016, the information and communications technology (ICT) industry came under fire when environmental inspections found that 18 centralized water treatment plants in Shanghai had issues with heavy metals exceeding legal limits. As a result, the two large-scale electronics plants responsible for releasing these pollutants are now in the process of being forced to stop operations.

Podcast | UPS Longitudes Radio: You Want to Return That Bad Gift … What’s Next?

Returning that ugly Christmas sweater isn’t as easy as you think.
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Today’s online shopper wants what they want when they want it. But they also want to return whatever they want whenever they want.

The problem?

Too many companies focus on that first reality while ignoring the latter challenge, Toby Moore, co-founder and CEO of Optoro, argues. In this episode, the leader of the reverse logistics company explains how an innovative returns approach creates return customers.

Protecting Our Food Supply

Let's dispel three myths about the food supply chain
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Karl Deily | Sealed Air 

Today approximately 54 percent of the global population lives in an urban area, and the United Nations expects that by 2050, urban dwellers will make up two-thirds of the population.

With the global rise of urbanization, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from our food sources.

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