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Optimizing Value With a Win-Win Supply Chain

Originally posted on Supply Chain Management Review

Today’s supply chain practitioners are under constant pressure to bring value to their organizations. Two of the biggest supply chain challenges are exponential growth in complexity of the supply chain and cost savings fatigue driven by a relentless and unsustainable pursuit of achieving bottom-line growth by constantly cutting costs.

Companies are responding to these challenges with a renewed approach to their supply chains. A University of Tennessee white paper, “End-to-end Supply Chain Collaboration Best Practices,” shows a highly collaborative end-to-end focus on supply chain, which enables organizations to achieve greater levels of optimization as supply chain partners collaborate to drive continuous improvement and innovations.

Topics: packaging

The Packager's Dilemma and the Value of Differentiation

Originally posted on Packaging Strategies

How much differentiation and innovation can you really add to a cardboard box and a few ounces of Styrofoam peanuts? This existential question makes up the foundation of the packager's dilemma. Their product is often seen by customers as an easily replaceable commodity. When cost of raw materials increases, the packager must either absorb those costs and decrease margins, or lose the CPG customer to a competitor.

Topics: packaging