Exploring Digital Distribution & Additive Manufacturing, Industrial Sustainability, and the Future of Decentralized Supply Chains w/ Espen Sivertsen of Ivaldi (SAP.iO)

The purpose of a supply chain is to move goods and services around the world to meet user demand. And over decades, we’ve built coupled-networks based on principles of regionalization or centralization of function, location, and cost efficiency. COVID is an example of the uncertainty supply chains face on a day-to-day basis derived from old-school … Read more

Exploring Circularity For Supply Chain Resilience in Navigating COVID and Beyond & The Wicked Debate of Sustainability Versus Circular Economy with The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

 Is optimizing for “less bad” the right pivot to navigate COVID and beyond? Supply chain resilience has a new meaning for many of us that is wrapped in the emotion unprecedented social, economic, and environmental crises. We’ve lost many lives to COVID and as unemployment reaches new highs, businesses and supply chains must choose to … Read more

Exploring Disruptive Design: How Lego and IKEA Use Creativity, Technology, and the Human Experience to Build a Circular Economy w/ James George (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)

As competition intensifies, the need for creative thinking increases, else we’d be repeating the same patterns forever. The concept of a circular economy is a hot topic in the midst of COVID, not only because of its positive social and environmental impacts, but also due to the clear benefits of circular product design. As circular … Read more

Podcast with SAP Futurist Tom Raftery: SupplyChainQueen Highlighted in the Women in Digital Supply Chain Series

“When you think about sustainability through the lens of supply chain and even digital, 50 to 80 percent of the revenue spend happens in supply chain. And so, do, up to 85 percent of the environmental impacts, social impacts of supply chain. so, who better then than us as supply chain practitioners who have that … Read more

Expert Webinar with Supply Chain Brief and the Supply Chain Queen Exploring Core Themes Sparking the Supply Chain Revolution

Listen to the Webinar discussion via podcasts! Links below… Episode 8 – Exploring 5 Paradigms in the Supply Chain Revolution including Old-School vs. New School, Digital Workplace, Price vs. Value, and the Importance of Sustainable Development in the Digital Divide ~> https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-8-exploring-5-paradigms-in-supply-chain-revolution/id1496899179?i=1000467424572 Episode 9 – Exploring Technology in the Circular Economy including Industry 4.0, Smart Supply Chains, … Read more

Optimizing Human Consciousness to Consume Responsibly

As stated by Adam Smith, economist and moral philosopher in his book Wealth of Nations (1776, p. 329), “consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production and the welfare of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.” There are … Read more

Is Circular Progress in Fashion Moving Forward or Further Away?

The fashion industry fuels a linear economy with waste greater than $460B of value each year through unsustainable disposal of clothing (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017). Characterized as one of the most polluting and wasteful industries, it consumes 98 million tonnes in non-renewable resources, 93 billion cubic metres of water, and 53 metric tons of fibre … Read more

The Social Dilemma of Human Behavior and Sustainable Choices in the Fashion Supply Chain

Although the premise of clothing characterizes a rudimentary need (Yawson, Armah, & Pappoe, 2009), the intricacies and system dynamics specific to the fashion industry’s supply chain are far from basic (Amed, Berg, Brantberg, & Hedrich, 2016). The current state of the fashion industry is challenging because factors contributing to its complexities are uncertain and constantly … Read more

Unearthing Opportunity in the Linear Approach Toward Clothing

This analysis examines the interconnectivity between human behavior, industrial elements, and natural elements across the linear processes in the textile and clothing system. Using a systems-level perspective, it shows how biological and technical resources are wasted in material extraction and harvesting, the production of goods, and consumption or use by humans. The analysis of waste … Read more

Cradle-to-Cradle System Design: reflections by Dr. Michael Braungart

I wanted to share insights from Dr. Michael Braungart on circular economy. My focus this Spring in post-graduate work is centered on application of circular economy theory in supply chain optimization. In this passage, he describes the transition from linear processes to circular thinking wherein the total costs of product ownership and product’s lifecycle are critical … Read more

Moving Towards a Circular Economy

When you think about accelerating impacts and long-term solutions to current supply chain challenges that impact the triple bottom line (people, planet and profit), we need to adopt and develop sustainable frameworks with a holistic life-cycle perspective. There is a ton of innovation happening in the CPG space, for example Levi’s, Unilever, and PepsiCo.  Shifting from … Read more

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