Category Archives: Supply Chain

Examples from the field

Dabawallas keep supply chains simple

On Monday near Church Street, Mumbai I met one of my supply chain heroes. He is a member of a team that has been invited to Prince Charles wedding; lauded by Bill Clinton; followed by Sir Richard Branson and accorded … Continue reading

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Transforming the Indian leather industry

Years ago I worked in a company called Irish Leathers in a place called Carrick-on-Suir in Ireland. I followed the process through from the livestock in the surrounding fields; the slaughter house; raw skin collection and then, the production of … Continue reading

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Transforming waste in the supply chain

Last week, Wiseman Dairies, who control one third of the milk market in the UK announced a serious profits warning; their bottom line will be reduced by £7 million less this year and £16 million next. The shareprice fell to … Continue reading

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A closer look at ethics and the diamond supply chain …

In an earlier post, From mine to mall or mayhem, we looked at the issue of supply chains that work with valuable commodities and minerals. Paul Collier is one commentator who has covered the issue of blood diamonds. See the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Ethics and the Supply Chain

Writing on the abolition of the British slave trade in 1807, G.M. Trevelyan, the historian, called it “one of the turning circumstances in the history of the world”. As we look to Logistics to make a more transformative impact on … Continue reading

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Transformational logistics means building inclusive value chains …

Fields, Factories and Workshops (1899) was written by the Anarchist Prince, Peter Kropotkin but it was not written for an exclusively anarchist audience. Made up of a series of articles, he explores alternatives to the crowded cities; the sweatshops and … Continue reading

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Transforming brands and the ethical supply chain

All too often, people use the term CSR as if it is a fresh perspective. Worse, it is used as a branding initiative that creates an image of commitment to the wider public good but has no real impact upon … Continue reading

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Music transforms the scope of change

In David Lean’s classic film, the Bridge over the River Kwai, an inspired Alec Guinness plays the stubborn Captain Nicholson in his battle of wills with the Japanese World War 2 Prisoner Of War camp commander Saito. The story unfolds … Continue reading

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Flower power transforming economies

Mayhews London Labour and the London Poor (1861) describes street folk of the fast expanding capital city with flower sellers as the “aristocracy” of the street; their elevated status due to a combination of wealthy clients and the need to own … Continue reading

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From street markets to digital bazaars

Back in soviet times when the economy was fixated on heavy industrial goods consumer items reached their market by word of mouth and demand aggregated to prioritise supply below the radar of the State. Cuba with its vast underground of unlicensed products … Continue reading

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