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Shipping Companies as Supply Chain Facilitators?

by Gray Rinehart

The thought occurred to me when reading a June news item from the UK — Collaboration in supply chain can cut fuel bills — that shipping companies could, if they wanted to, re-brand themselves as facilitators of entire supply chains.

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The Advantages of a Short, Sustainable Supply Chain

Advantages of short supply chain, corrugated cardboard

By Gray Rinehart

Long before I ever heard the terms “supply chain” or “sustainability” — when I was fresh out of college, and before I went on active duty in the Air Force — I worked for a factory that had and still has one of the shortest an… Read More

When it Pays to be a Rule Breaker

When to be a supply chain rule breaker, nun with ruler

By Mark Schmit

Most of us spend the majority of our lives learning “the rules” in one form or another, learning how things work and why, and why we should keep doing them the way they’ve always been done. It’s useful information, I think we could all agree but, in the im… Read More

Welcome to The Smarter Supply Chain Blog

Welcome to the Smarter Supply Chain Blog

Hello and welcome to The Smarter Supply Chain blog! Our hope is that you’ll explore our site and participate in the conversation around the critical nature of supply chain optimization. Our program, sponsored by the NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership, was d… Read More

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