10 million iPhones

Just three days after the launch the entire initial stock planned for the release of the Apple iPhone 6 was committed – someone had to forecast what the demand would be.

Vertical Integration (and the Extended Supply Chain)

When a manufacturer owns or controls its suppliers—often with the aim of managing availability, quality, and cost—that’s called vertical integration. While common practice a century ago, vertical integration has fallen out of favor …

Made in the USA

The push to increase manufacturing in the US is continuing to garner headlines, with Wal-Mart taking positive steps to increase the number of US-made products in its stores and new government programs to bolster manufacturing and train people to fill the jobs being created.

Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing

China has become the world’s factory because of the availability of lots of labor at very low rates, but many of these outsourcing decisions were made a decade ago and conditions have been changing . . .

Improving Your Work Ethics

Sustainability is an important part of corporate social responsibility but procurement professionals determine how the actions of supply chain partners can negatively affect corporate reputation and the social responsibility policy.

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