Category Archives: Supply Chain

Slowbalization : rethinking global supply-chain

The global economy is becoming increasingly decentralized as part of a trend dubbed “slowbalization.” A look at what that means for supply chains and which countries and sectors may benefit from the shift toward a multipolar world economy. As anyone who has shopped for basic consumer goods or tried to source materials for manufacturing knows, today’s supply chains are broken.

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How to find packaging materials in a ‘perfect storm’ of supply chain issues

Packaging constraints are the latest supply chain wrinkle for companies as the pandemic, weather events and increased demand for sustainable materials stress supply.  “It’s almost like the perfect storm,” said John Blake, senior director analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice, with the latest round of thunder coming from the recent COVID-19 lockdowns in Shanghai.  Packaging supply is expected to remain tight through

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How bottling closer to home can help the drinks industry adapt to rising costs

By Francois Sonneville, senior beverages analyst at Rabobank If necessity is the mother of innovation, what will be the result of a four-pronged set of challenges? Observers of the drinks industry might be about to find out. Rising logistics costs driven by energy price spikes, structural changes to the global freight industry, geopolitical wrangling and trade flows disrupted by war and

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