OIA Global Opens Its 20th European Office in Barcelona, Spain

OIA GLOBAL | April 01, 2016

OIA Global Opens Its 20th European Office in Barcelona, Spain
OIA Global, a leading logistics, packaging and materials sourcing provider, announced additional European expansion with the launch of its new office in Barcelona, Spain. OIA’s decision to open the new office was driven by demand from several existing multi-national customers.

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Over the years we have been asked to support a variety of projects aimed at evaluating and restructuring supply chains. Virtually all of these requests are triggered by either an acquisition or a corporate cost reduction initiative focused on identifying and rooting out redundant costs spread across multiple divisions. The core trade offs are typically associated with the degree to which a company should consolidate supply chains that serve multiple business units or territories and the processes for eliminating variability and waste for each level of consolidation. While it is intuitive that the overall cost of operating consolidated supply chains is less, it does not necessarily follow that the best strategy for a multi-division company is a single supply chain that supports all divisions. Customer service requirements, competitive practices, sales policies, geography, freight profiles, technology requirements and many other considerations must be weighed to determine the most appropriate supply chain strategy.


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Schneider Electric ranked 4th in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2020

Schneider Electric | June 15, 2020

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced it has been ranked 4th in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2020. Schneider Electric supply chain went from the eleventh position in 2019 to fourth in 2020. This Gartner recognition scores demonstrate that Schneider-Electric continue to deliver digital transformation and the speed to reach its strategic priorities and its ability to set and execute its strategy. Beyond profit, leading companies focus on people and protecting the planet. According to Gartner, “major methodology changes were introduced in 2020, including a conversion to return on physical assets (ROPA) from return on assets (ROA), a reduction in the weighting of the inventory measure and an increase in weighting to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) measure. The three key factors that differentiated leading supply chains this year were being purpose-driven organizations, business model transformers and digital orchestrators.”

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Gartner Announces Rankings of the 2020 Supply Chain Top 25

Schneider Electric | May 20, 2020

Gartner, Inc. has released the results from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. "In our 16th edition of the Supply Chain Top 25 we have an impressive group of leaders with new lessons to share, including a diverse set of six new entrants," said Mike Griswold, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. "With substantial amounts of the economy closed due the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders need an agile strategy that allows the supply chain organization to sense and respond to changes in the business context as they happen. Our ranking highlights companies that possess these strategies and other differentiating capabilities.” Cisco Systems scored the top spot in the ranking, followed by Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Schneider Electric and Nestlé (see Table 1). Six new companies joined this year’s list: Lenovo, AbbVie, British American Tobacco, Reckitt Benckiser, Biogen and Kimberly Clark.

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Schneider Electric Global Supply Chain recognized with 2020 Power of the Profession Award

Schneider Electric | July 07, 2020

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced it has been awarded the Business Win of the Year Award and best in show Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year in Gartner’s 2020 Power of the Profession awards which “identify and recognize the top Supply Chain and Talent initiatives from the past twelve months that help to elevate the Supply Chain profession.” Gartner announced these awards during a live webinar June 17, 2020. "We are thrilled to have received this recognition of Business Win of the Year and Supply Chain Breakthrough of the Year from Gartner’s 2020 Power of the Profession Awards honoring our Smart Logistics initiative. We believe our transformation efforts in the supply chain are progressing well and that this really gives our team the inspiration to push forward on our Tailored, Sustainable and Connected 4.0 Supply Chain program, together with our partners for our customers. We see the “Business Win of the Year” award as a recognition of our digital transformation and our commitment to our customers", said Mourad Tamoud, Executive Vice President, Schneider Electric Global Supply Chain.

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Adoption of the Internet of Robotics Things Accelerates

6 River Systems | September 29, 2020

Adoption of smart robotics has accelerated this year, driving sophisticated automation in various environments. Introducing Internet of Things (IoT) functionality to robots isn’t new, however. In 2014, ABI Research introduced the concept of the Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT). The term described intelligent devices that can monitor events going on around them, integrate various sensor data types, use local and distributed intelligence to determine the best courses of action before manipulating or controlling physical objects. In September 2016, MarketsandMarkets released a report estimating that the IoRT market will be valued at approximately $21.44 billion by 2022, driven by adoption in the e-commerce industry. Connected robots can integrate with various technologies and offer a short payback period and ROI, the report noted.

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Spotlight

Over the years we have been asked to support a variety of projects aimed at evaluating and restructuring supply chains. Virtually all of these requests are triggered by either an acquisition or a corporate cost reduction initiative focused on identifying and rooting out redundant costs spread across multiple divisions. The core trade offs are typically associated with the degree to which a company should consolidate supply chains that serve multiple business units or territories and the processes for eliminating variability and waste for each level of consolidation. While it is intuitive that the overall cost of operating consolidated supply chains is less, it does not necessarily follow that the best strategy for a multi-division company is a single supply chain that supports all divisions. Customer service requirements, competitive practices, sales policies, geography, freight profiles, technology requirements and many other considerations must be weighed to determine the most appropriate supply chain strategy.

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