A variety of problems, including faulty parts, raised by employees at Boeing's 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston, S.C., were reportedly brushed aside at times due to production delays. As a result, quality has suffered and safety may be compromised.
Modern control systems in the oil and gas industry have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, such as denial-of-service. Other challenges the industry faces include dealing with multiple technologies, poor maintenance of cybersecurity standards and inadequate cybertraining among vendors and contractors.
Different departments in a supply chain may think their operations are running smoothly, but may be marred by a lack of communication. That was the case at PPG Aerospace until the company adopted integrated business planning, a process developed by management consulting firm Oliver Wight that extends the principles of sales and operations planning to the entire supply chain.
Distribution centers tend to follow quality processes that fall into two categories -- inspections and audits. Smart Gladiator's Puga Sankara explores those categories, as well as other types of checks, and how they identify and address points of failure.
A device developed to help surgeons tasked with leaning over their patients for hours at a time caught the notice of a BMW executive. Levitate Technologies' exoskeleton is now becoming standard equipment on BMW and Toyota assembly lines.
Companies in an uncomfortable spotlight contributing to the glut of plastic entering the environment may be able to reduce their plastic output while maintaining or even boosting profits, Alexis Bateman writes. The detergent industry, for example, has shifted to concentrated liquid products that require much less plastic packaging and save on shipping costs as well.
Standard general liability coverage can provide coverage for environmental damage for which a company may be held accountable. However, for past problems, the policy must have been in place at the time the damage was inflicted, David L. Elkind explains.
At a recent trade conference hosted by the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade, speakers discussed the disruptions created by US tariffs on Chinese imports and warned there could be additional challenges coming. Among the topics addressed were how they've dealt with higher duties on Chinese goods and handled the shipping bottleneck created when importers tried to beat the Jan. 1 tariff-increase deadline.
Digital marketplaces create an ideal opportunity for procurement leaders because they make price and stock comparison across suppliers easy to do, writes Ian Nethercot. There are challenges, however, such as differences in regulations and standards along with security and data dangers, but they can be avoided by managing marketplace selection.
The International Trade Commission forecasts that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement would have a moderately positive impact on the US economy, but it holds potential disruptions for supply chains, writes Rajesh Kalidindi. Supply chain professionals "must prepare to face additional pressures to ensure supply lines and negotiate new savings in the supply chain," he writes.