#ISM2017: Bitter-tweet Ending

As the ISM2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, wrapped up with a half-day of activity on Wednesday, some hearts and minds likely were already at one of Walt Disney World's theme parks. (Some attendees heeded Institute for Supply Management®'s recommendation and added a family vacation to their Conference experience.) However, bodies were still on-site, and participants showed a desire to … [Read more...]

#ISM2017: Twitter’s All Ears

The #ISM2017 hashtag got colorful use on Twitter during the second full day at the Annual Conference at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Attendees on Tuesday posted their thoughts on a compelling keynote address, saluted the recipient of the supply management profession's highest honor and took advantage of the extracurricular activities offered by the Conference site. David Cameron, … [Read more...]

The Intersection of Freight and Compliance

By Cindy Yamamoto In 2010, two bombs hidden in printer cartridges were shipped from Yemen to Chicago. In a matter of days, they moved by truck and air through four countries before one was intercepted in Great Britain, the other in Dubai. The incident triggered a global response and called attention to vulnerabilities in the international freight transportation network. Security and the … [Read more...]

How to Navigate Thorny Ethical Paths

By Chris Martus In science, the Anna Karenina principle is based on the opening sentence of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Meaning that in any situation with multiple dynamics, an optimal outcome can only be achieved if every factor is positive. In other words, if any factor is missing or inadequate, the entire system … [Read more...]

Compliance Strategy Goes Beyond Following the Rules

By Peter Liston The difference between basic trade compliance and a comprehensive compliance strategy can be measured in millions of dollars. Basic competency in completing import/export paperwork is just the baseline for entering the international marketplace. Success depends on understanding the markets, legal requirements, and tax implications. Only then can you develop market-specific … [Read more...]

Seminar provides purchasing playbook

ISM Seminar spoiler alert: One of the first things instructor Edward F. Cocca does in “Fundamentals of Purchasing: The Building Blocks of World-Class Professionalism” is hold up a blank sheet of paper. “I’ll hold it up and point out that it has boundaries, horizontally and vertically, with a flat plane. It’s defined. That’s theory,” says Cocca, a Scottsdale, Arizona, based consultant and … [Read more...]

Is Your Supply Chain Resilient?

Is resilience just the latest business buzzword or term du jour that business and supply chain professionals are talking about -- but doing very little about? What does a resilient organization look like? These and other questions about building resilient companies and supply chains were tackled in an ISM2015 presentation “Resilience … Taking Continuity to the Next Level.” And Betty A. Kildow … [Read more...]

Assess Human Rights Risks Before the Next Tragedy Strikes

It was just a year ago that the world’s attention focused on the horrible conditions at the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in the aftermath of the tragic factory collapse. The disaster also revealed the ongoing challenges supply management practitioners face in assessing social compliance in global supply chains. A major challenge lies in the fact that the weak links in a company’s … [Read more...]