Supply Chain

Toyota’s Lessons in Disaster Management: ‘How Quickly Can We Recover?’

Toyota relies on its Just-in-Time inventory system to reduce storage costs and maintain quality control of its parts. It’s an efficient system that, in normal times, works well. But we are not in normal times. Sadly, the most recent series of earthquakes in Japan again has highlighted its drawbacks. Back-to-back quakes of magnitudes 6.5 and 7.3 (among others) shook the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, one of the country’s major automotive manufacturing areas. Dozens of people died and thousands of buildings were destroyed.

Blockchains — Improving Trust and Visibility Along the Supply Chain

Blockchain startups have been gaining traction over the past few years. Earlier this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) entered into a strategic partnership with a blockchain startup named Blockstream. Under this alliance, Blockstream will offer its expertise in the Bitcoin protocol and sidechain solutions to PwC’s clients in different industries.

Apple's Procurement Strategy

GEP is proud to announce it's newest guest post on Spend Matters, titled "Apple's Procurement Strategy". In 2012 alone, Apple sold more than 120 million iPhones, 60 million iPads, 35 million iPods, 15 million Macs – staggering numbers, to say the least. The success of the world’s biggest technology company has come on the back of a robust supply chain network.

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