Instead of workers walking through Amazon's massive fulfillment centers to select products to fill an order, stout, square robots prowl the aisles at centers in five states and bring products to workers. The robots have cut about an hour from the time it takes to fill a typical order.
Moving manufacturing from overseas is becoming more attractive as labor costs rise in China, prompting companies to consider nearshoring with Canada and Mexico well positioned as new locations. The move, however, requires careful study.
Walmart's keys to successful supply chain management were concentrated on developing a highly structured inventory management system and advanced supply chain strategy.
Apple's supply chain became highly efficient as it developed supplier relationships, managed expectations, developed processes, and exchanged exclusivity for volume guarantees.
Establishing good relations with suppliers, properly staffing supply chain operations and optimizing inventory levels are among the steps companies can take to improve procurement.
One of the world's largest coffee sellers, Starbucks combines a complex global supply chain with green and sustainable corporate practices. The company will even stop buying from suppliers that can't meet its standards.
McDonald's owns no factories or distribution centers and relies on a supply chain that provides nearly 15,000 locations in North America alone with everything from beef to paper towels and ensures a restaurant never runs out of any menu item.
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The chief green officer is responsible for corporate environmental sustainability initiatives which benefit the environment and are cost efficient for the company.