Supply Chain Traceability – What’s in Your T-Shirt?

Does it concern you that cotton from a t-shirt originated in Uzbekistan? You might care if reports are true that cotton harvested from this country came from forced or child labor. In fact, consumers are increasingly asking manufacturers and retailers to ensure goods and services are produced with sustainable and ethical business practices. With goods…

Is Inventory Really Evil?

“Inventory is bad, inventory is evil,” finance and operations professors intone across business schools worldwide. And every B-school graduate knows companies should balance enough inventory to meet customer needs while accommodating shifting preferences. That said, companies face a paradox; holding too much inventory ties up valuable cash, but too little inventory is risky since some…