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August 2010’s loser of the month: Apple

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August 2010’s loser of the month: Apple

Apple may be at the top of AMR Research’s annual Supply Chain Top 25, but its supply chain is not (see the online discussion by trade journal Logistiek on LinkedIn). This summer, one of Apple’s …

August 2010’s winner of the month: Philips

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August 2010’s winner of the month: Philips

Philips’ results for the second quarter were better than expected. Turnover rose by 12 per cent to more than 6 billion euro, whilst its net profits went from 45 to 262 million euro. Meanwhile, the …

June 2010’s winner of the month: SCA

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June 2010’s winner of the month: SCA

As of 1st August 2010, SCA Consumer Benelux will be the first supplier to have achieved carbon neutral distribution. The producer of Dreft, Libresse, Libero, Tena, Edet, Tempo and Plenty has entered into a partnership …

Procter & Gamble reduces safety stock by 50%

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Procter & Gamble reduces safety stock by 50%

How can supply networks respond to the increasing fluctuations in consumer demand? This is the question Alistair Hill, Director of Western Europe Supply Network Solutions at Procter & Gamble, answered with conviction during his presentation …

May 2010’s loser of the month: Alcatel-Lucent

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May 2010’s loser of the month: Alcatel-Lucent

Out of stock and unable to generate turnover. Try explaining that to your shareholders. Ben Verwaayen tried, and failed. The Dutch CEO of Alcatel-Lucent had the job of announcing a loss of 515 million Euros …

Procter & Gamble launch supplier sustainability scorecard

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Procter & Gamble launch supplier sustainability scorecard

Following on from Wal-Mart and IBM, Procter & Gamble (P&G) has adopted a sustainability scorecard for its supply chain. On 12th May 2010, P&G, well known for brands such as Pringles, Duracell and Gillette, announced …

Audit at Apple uncovers violations in the supply chain

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Audit at Apple uncovers violations in the supply chain

Apple carried out audits at 102 of its suppliers’ production facilities in 2009 and identified 17 serious violations. In almost 50 per cent of cases at 60 locations, employees were found to be working too …

March 2010’s winner of the month: Heinz

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March 2010’s winner of the month: Heinz

Ketchup manufacturer, Heinz, has reported strong growth in the first quarter. This American giant saw three percent growth and profits of 14 percent. One of the most important sources of this growth: supply chain optimisation. …

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