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Category Archives for "Supply Chain"

2007 Award of Green Supply Chains Celebration

Green Supply Chains Award 2007 – and the winner is …. Eastman Kodak!

Mainstream corporations are really “Going Green”. And if you need more proof, it has just been announced that Kodak Eastman has won the highly coveted Green Supply Chains award 2007. There were 5 finalists in the newest and most interesting category – The Green Supply Chain Awards this year: BAYER, CIBA, Eastman Chemicals, Pfizer & Shell. The nominations and judging process was rigorous and lengthy.

The awards ceremony was a glittering dinner of the industry’s who’s who at the Hong Kong Convention Centre. On the night of November 22nd in Hong Kong at the gala dinner Dr. Wolfgang Partsch of Global Supply Chain Group announced the winner with his customary flourish – Eastman Kodak.

Eastman spokesperson submitted “We have been experiencing a changing competitive landscape with globalization and the advancing technologies. These have created a more demanding set of market requirements such as a more reliable supply management and “customized” product. We envisage the growth of Eastman will lead to a broader and more complex supply chain and this increase in complexity, combined with higher customer expectations, will put a lot of pressure on the supply chain. We continually promote the principles and practices of Responsible Care by sharing experiences and offering assistance to others who produce, handle, use, transport or dispose of our chemicals.”

The judges certainly agreed – they awarded the coveted prize to the company. While presenting the award on behalf of the sponsors, Global Supply Chain Group, Dr. Wolfgang Partsch the senior partner from Munich and the man widely credited with co-creating the terminology and methodology of Supply Chain Management over 25 years ago said “Going Green is about more than just reducing packaging or your carbon footprint. It involves making environmentally-wise choices in supply chain design and execution, including managing the reverse supply chain to efficiently manage and remove waste. This can be accomplished by a few key initiatives within extended supply chains including: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Total Supply Chain Visibility
  • True Collaboration amongst Channel Partners
  • Timely Planning and Communication

However, “Going Green” starts in your brain and moves through actions into endurable and profitable results. We at Global Supply Chain Group work with motivated and innovative clients on “Green Strategies” which enable more profitable growth”. Aside from the sponsors such as Global Supply Chain Group, Agility, Emirates Shipping Line, LRQA, TT Club and Virgin Atlantic, other attendees at the event included: DP World, Dubai Logistics City , Emirates Sky Cargo, DHL, UPS, Fedex, Schenker, KN, Li & Fung, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Maersk, Evergreen.

Mr. Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group the sponsors of the award stated “we are excited to sponsor the inaugural Green Supply Chain Award. Our current research delves deeply into extending the supply chain disciplines into Green Supply Chain arena. We are looking forward to sponsoring this award for many years to come, and work with corporations to make their Supply Chains more green.”

About Global Supply Chain Group: Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses.

Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel

Contact Details: Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: www.GlobalSupplyChainGroup.com

Sponsor the Inaugural “Green Supply Chain Award”

Global Supply Chain Group to sponsor the inaugural ‘Green Supply Chain Award’ at the upcoming Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards 2007.

Global Supply Chain Group, a supply chain strategy consulting organization headquartered in Sydney is sponsoring the coveted ‘Green Supply Chain Award’ at the upcoming Supply Chain Asia Logistics Awards 2007. On behalf of the Global Supply Chain Group, the award will be presented by Dr. Wolfgang Partsch, the man credited with co-creating the terminology and methodology of Supply Chain Management over 25 years ago, and a senior partner with Global Supply Chain Group.

“Supply Chains have come a long way in the last 25 years when we did our first projects in Supply Chain Management, and now occupy centre-stage of business life. It is time Supply Chain disciplines were combined with green principles to create and extend Green Supply Chains that benefit the society around the world” – Dr. Parstch said.

The Green Supply Chain Award is based on the following principles: Governments and industry organizations around the globe have started to issue directives on how to minimize the environmental impact of supply chain and logistics processes; and consumers in many countries are becoming more conscious of purchasing products that have been produced and delivered under certain environmental standards.

The Green Supply Chain Award is aimed at rewarding organisations that have foreseen this trend and are making genuine efforts to minimize the environmental impact of their supply chain processes. The criteria for the award are as follows:

  • Nominated companies should be recognized as leaders in the field of building environmental sustainability into industry and should have a track record of excellence in environmental standards in creation and deliverance of products and services.
  • Companies should be proven to regularly take measures to improve their environmental performance, such as through application of environmental criteria to assess and choose suppliers, and study and action to control emissions from transportation requirements.
  • Companies should adhere to and/or outperform all official national, regional and global environmental guidelines set for their industry.
  • Companies should be profitable in the past year and show a strong recent track record of profitability.

Aside from the sponsors such as Global Supply Chain Group, Agility, Emirates Shipping Line, LRQA, TT Club and Virgin Atlantic, other attendees at the event will include: DP World, Dubai Logistics City , Emirates Sky Cargo, DHL, UPS, Fedex, Schenker, KN, Li & Fung, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Maersk, Evergreen.

Mr. Vivek Sood, the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group has stated “We are excited to sponsor the inaugural Green Supply Chain Award. Our current research delves deeply into extending the supply chain disciplines into Green Supply Chain arena. We are looking forward to sponsoring this award for many years to come, and work with corporations to make their Supply Chains more green.”

There are 5 finalists in the category: BAYER, CIBA, Eastman Chemicals, Pfizer & Shell. The judges are deciding the winner soon, and the winner will be revealed on the night of the awards on November 22 nd in Hong Kong at a gala industry dinner at Hong Kong Convention Centre.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through:

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel
Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: www.GlobalSupplyChainGroup.com

Green Supply Chain

Nowadays, Supply Chains have become more visible and more global, and the question about their impact on the environment and global sustainability is increasing. Authors created this practical road map to include this green dimension in supply chains. You want to manage a Supply Chain and you care about the environment? Start by asking five fundamental questions about your supply chains and what you expect from it. This book, Green Supply Chain – An Action Manifesto, could help you in your choices, your reasoning, and your project thanks to a deep analysis. “What are the tangible and intangible benefits of moving towards a green supply chain? Green-Supply-Chains-195x300

  • What are the costs, both direct and indirect?
  • What influence do we have over our suppliers, their suppliers and our customers that would allow us to jointly work together and move the supply chain towards a green supply chain?
  • How will we communicate and measure our progress towards the green supply chain to the key stakeholders? How will we engage them?
  • What barriers to green supply chains can be expected and how can these be overcome?”

However authors’ analysis has revealed four key additional points to go further in your understanding of this new problematic:

  1. “Companies are still primarily focused on environmentally conscious internal production. Any company can become totally carbon neutral by outsourcing all its production. Shifting the carbon producing activity up or down the supply chains does nothing more than hide the dirt under someone else’s carpet. A holistic approach to carbon management is required, and this is provided by adoption of Green Supply Chain methodology.
  2. Environmental pro-activism is generally assumed to come at an additional cost to the corporations. It is widely thought that going green is expensive. On the contrary, our modelling indicates that adoption of Green supply Chain methodology should result in overall cost reduction providing this is done in a thorough and logical manner.
  3. Most business models are focused on growing the volume of their current offerings of goods or services to increase profits. A change in this focus towards providing customer end outcomes will not only reduce the impact on the environment, but also secure and/or increase market share whilst improving profitability.
  4. Well beyond mainstream business thinking on environmental impact of technology, our discussions with Professor Ernst von Weizsacker (co-author of the book “Factor Four; Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use” 1998, with Amory & Hunter Lovins) highlight a radical concept aimed at doubling wealth, whilst concurrently halving resource consumption through innovative technological push. The implications for Green Supply Chains and for business performance more generally, are staggering. However, in the rest of this book, our conclusions are based on current technological limitations whilst noting that the “Factor 4” thinking and its associated technological push would actually multiply the benefits significantly; if brought into practice.”

If you want to launch this project, you will see that a move to Green Supply Chains is not only necessary for sound environmental management, but it is also profitable and provides sound financial management. If you feel ready to make the move, this book will provide you with a clear strategic overview and actionable plan for the implementation of Green Supply Chains.

Foreign Trade Minister of Costa Rica Thanks Global Supply Chain Group

Foreign Trade Minister of Costa Rica thanks Global Supply Chain Group’s Vivek Sood for representing Asia Pacific perspective at the Suppliers Exchange Forum in San Jose, Costa Rica

The SEF 2 or Suppliers Exchange Forum was a premier event in Central American calendar attended by more than 800 participants, exhibitors and speakers. The event was opened by the Foreign Trade Minister of Costa Rica , Mr. Marco Vinicio Ruiz, who stressed importance of international trade for peace and prosperity. The event was televised and broadcast live to more than 2,000 participants in 10 universities and other locations in Central, North and South America . 16 speakers representing perspectives from different corners of the globe were invited to share their experiences and knowledge in the arena of global supply chains. Currently, this is an area of immense importance in the global trade and skills shortages abound.

About Suppliers Exchange Forum 2

SEF2 is intended to multiply supply chain and outsourcing resources, practices and efforts by global companies. The core concept of the event was “Outsourcing and Supply Chain: Innovation and added value through suppliers.” The agenda was presented by world class speakers with experience in the development of supply chain programs for first tier corporations, strategies and policies applied by companies and countries that have become today’s role model for development. Participants were in close contact with world companies and have the opportunity to become part of the growing foreign direct investment in Costa Rica ‘s clusters as partners, suppliers, or clients. Also they can be confident of the benefits to invest in a country with a highly skilled labor force, long history of democracy and peace, strategic location in the world, and a strong supply chain network. Some of the topics of interest were

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Supply Chain trends and challenges in High Tech Industries

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Investing and outsourcing in developing countries

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Global Strategic Sourcing

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Using suppliers network to learn faster

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Suppliers development for global approach

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Creating strong and flexible Supply Chain: “ Thinking globally, acting locally”

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Success for 3PL (Third-party logistics)

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Lean Supply Chain: Best practices”

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Collaborative Supply Chain

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Supply Chain Technology

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Global Transportation Challenges

The forum was held on November 5, 6 and 7, 2007 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

About Mr. Vivek Sood

Vivek is the Managing Director of Global Supply Chain Group based in Sydney , Australia . He has over 23 years of operational and strategic experience in logistics and supply chains. As a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton he has provided supply chain and strategy advice to boards and senior management of clients in a range of industries including manufacturing, chemicals, mining, agribusiness, construction materials, explosives, airlines and electricity utilities. His project work in supply chain management has added cumulative value in excess of $500M incorporating projects in major supply chain infrastructure investment decisions, profitable growth driven by global supply chain realignment, Business Process Reengineering, supply chain systems, negotiations and all other aspects of global supply chains. Vivek has spoken at several supply chain conference, forums and workshops in various parts of the world. He has also conducted several strategic workshops on various aspects of supply chain management. Vivek’s areas of expertise include Supply Chain and Logistics strategies and systems, Network and Footprint optimisation, and operations management. He received his Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Australian Graduate School of Management in 1996 and prior to these studies spent 11 years in the Merchant Navy, rising from a Cadet to Master Mariner.

About Global Supply Chain Group:

Global Supply Chain Group is pro-active in creating, configuring, and formulating effective, secure and sustainable supply chains around the world. With a collective supply chain experience of more than 120 years, the senior team in Global Supply Chain Group has worked on more than 100 blue chip projects on all continents adding in excess of $1.5 Billion in value to their clients’ businesses. Large corporations rely on Global Supply Chain Group to deliver outstanding results in their supply chain strategy, supply chain sustainability, supply chain security and supply chain performance. Global Supply Chain Group works very closely, and sometimes anonymously, with the senior executive teams of large corporations to help them win outstanding Global Supply Chain Advantage through: [list icon=”icon: chevron-right” icon_color=”#37c6f5″]

  • Supply Chain Transformations and Design,
  • Supply Chain Strategies and Execution,
  • Supply Chain Infrastructure and Efficiency,
  • Supply Chain Information technology and Integration
  • Supply Chain Processes and Personnel

Contact Details:

Global Supply Chain Group 102/621 Pacific Hwy St Leonards NSW 2065 Australia Telephone +61 2 8920 0694 Fax +61 2 8920 0689 Email: info@globalscgroup.com Web: www.GlobalSupplyChainGroup.com

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