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ISM: Extreme Weather Impacts Supply Chain

March 6, 2014 10:24 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

“The impact of extreme weather shows up this month mostly in production, which is down 6.6 and that looks very unusual in view of solid new orders, and a backlog of orders which is growing ... Backups in ports, hampered logistics and things of that sort is reflected in February’s production numbers." 

Redwood Software Celebrates 20 Years Of Automation With A Look To The Future

November 11, 2013 5:23 pm | News | Comments

Redwood Software Inc., the global leader of Enterprise Process AutomationTM,...

Staying On Track When Trains Derail

June 3, 2013 10:26 am | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Records show that rail safety is steadily improving, but the month of May unfortunately...

Continuity Q&A: Walt Thomasson On Balanced Testing Exercises

May 24, 2013 12:31 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Articles | Comments

Continuity Insights sat down with Walt Thomasson, Managing Director at Rentsys...

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Southern Wine & Spirits Of America Appoints New Director Of Business Continuity

February 26, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

John Liuzzi has accepted the newly-created position of Director of Business Continuity at Southern, where he will ensure the company’s ongoing, successful operations in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster at or near any of the company’s facilities.

Continuity Insights Chicago 2013

February 7, 2013 2:29 pm | by Jonna Mayberry, Editor | Events | Comments

June 18-19, 2013 at the AMA Executive Conference Center, Chicago, Il.Continuity Insights Chicago will address the critical issues most important to business continuity professionals in the Midwest, and facilitate the sharing of meaningful and valuable information between regional colleagues.

Wal-Mart Warns Suppliers On Stricter Supply Chain Measures

January 22, 2013 1:50 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has alerted its global suppliers that it will immediately drop them if they subcontract their work to factories that haven't been authorized by the discounter. Wal-Mart's stricter measure, along with other changes to its policy, comes amid increasing calls for better safety oversight after a deadly fire at a Bangladesh factory that supplied clothing to Wal-Mart and other retailers.

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4 Trends That Will Impact The Role Of BC/DR Practitioners In 2013 & Beyond

January 2, 2013 4:54 pm | by John Jackson, Executive VP, Fusion Risk Management | Blogs | Comments

In 2013 we will continue to see a shift in the way business continuity and disaster recovery professionals view and approach their roles. As our industry moves forward we will eventually see two types of practitioners emerge: risk managers and outage planners.

Factory Fire Reveals Complex & Ever-Morphing Supply Chain

December 3, 2012 11:55 pm | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | News | Comments

There is no single answer to how and why so many branded garments from Tazreen found their way to U.S. consumers, because that is precisely the advantage of the global supply chain: It never has to be one size fits all. Critics say that companies are hiding behind links in the supply chain to duck their responsibility for working conditions in the plants that produce their goods.

Wal-Mart's Risk Assesments Highlight Safety Issues At Bangladesh Factories

November 27, 2012 10:19 am | by FARID HOSSAIN & JULHAS ALAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The garment factory where up to 124 people were killed in a fire Saturday was given an orange or "high risk" assessment after a May 2011 inspection and a yellow or "medium risk" report after an inspection in August 2011. In its 2012 Global Responsibility report, Wal-Mart said it ceased working with 49 factories in Bangladesh in 2011 because of fire safety issues.

2013 CIMC Plenary Sessions: Cybersecurity, Active Shooter Events & An EF3 Tornado

November 19, 2012 11:25 am | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Videos | Comments

The 2013 Continuity Insights Management Conference, running April 22-24 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, comprises three days of comprehensive educational programming, numerous networking opportunities, a review of the latest technologies, products and services--plus a special evening reception at the world famous San Diego Zoo. It is truly the industry's leading gathering of subject-matter experts.

xMatters & Fusion Risk Management Announce Integration Of Risk Management & Crisis Response For The Enterprise & Supply Chain

September 6, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Enterprise organizations can now manage their people records as "Teams" and "Rosters" within the context of contingency plans in the Fusion Framework System, and synchronize these with the xMatters notification system. While reducing costs and work effort, this capability speeds response times and removes the potential for errors and delays resulting from out of date or incorrect contact information.

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Behind The Bureaucracy: How PS-Prep Can Shore Up Supply Chains

August 6, 2012 5:27 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

At its heart, PS-Prep certification is a very straightforward process: Simply certify to one of the three standards chosen by DHS and you’re pretty much good to go. Unfortunately, PS-Prep is plagued by several technicalities that cause potential adopter’s eyes to glaze over faster than you can say “ANAB-accredited certifying body.” To shed some light on the program, Continuity Insights speaks with Tim Mathews, Director of Enterprise Resiliency at Educational Testing Service, about how PS-Prep can shore up supply chains, the Wal-Mart effect, accreditation roadblocks, and the special consideration for small businesses.

Honda's Profit Quadruples On Disaster Recovery

July 31, 2012 11:47 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan and the flooding in Thailand last year disrupted parts supplies and production for all Japanese automakers. But the Japanese automakers are making a comeback.

New ProducTrak For Automated Data Collection & Task Management Processes

July 31, 2012 10:21 am | News | Comments

Acsis ProducTrak applications run on an independent full-time server, Acsis VisiTrak®, that can provide continuity for mission critical applications in the event of an ERP or wide area network outage.

Companies Release Step-By-Step Guide To Build Resilience Against Climate Change

July 17, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

Companies from the food and beverage, insurance, investment, technology, and energy industries today released a step-by-step tool, Business ADAPT, for businesses to assess and prepare for the risks and opportunities posed by climate change.

Disasters, Competition Result In Record Annual Loss For Sony

May 10, 2012 9:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony's recent troubles were worsened by factory and supplier damage in northeastern Japan, ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami last year. Sony also suffered production disruptions from the flooding in Thailand.

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Crises Make Automakers Rethink Lean Parts Supplies

April 24, 2012 10:48 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN & TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

So-called just-in-time deliveries have helped automakers save billions and run their factories more efficiently. But the approach also relies on an almost perfect supply chain. And twice in the last year, weak links have been exposed.

Chemical Plant Shutdown Could Cut Auto Production

April 17, 2012 2:38 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

The potential shortage of a key component used to make fuel lines and brake lines could force automakers in the U.S. and around the world to close car and truck plants as they run short of parts.

Tornado Damage Stalls Wichita Aircraft Industry

April 17, 2012 2:18 pm | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tornado damage in Kansas' aircraft manufacturing hub could have a ripple effect on the industry, analysts warned Monday, even as airplane makers Boeing and Hawker Beechcraft and nearby parts maker Spirit AeroSystems were still tallying losses.

The Inner-Workings Of A Radiological Response Plan

February 27, 2012 1:18 pm | by Luke Simpson, Editor | Articles | Comments

Last year’s earthquake, tsunami and subsequent partial meltdown of two reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant presented numerous challenges for U.S. organizations with employees, facilities or critical suppliers in Japan. An effective incident response and recovery on foreign soil requires substantial pre-planning with local authorities and an understanding of international standards and best practices — not just those laid-out by FEMA.

Supply Chain Resilience Through Freight Providers

February 20, 2012 3:49 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

If nothing else, the tragedy in Japan has taught us a valuable lesson on how badly things can go wrong. Manufacturers around the globe have been awash with new thinking on how to manage a global supply chain that is, despite better technology, still remarkably delicate.

Thai Flooding Lowers Forecasts, Increases Costs

February 13, 2012 7:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Throughout October and November last year, companies with facilities and suppliers in Thailand warned of shortages resulting from the severe flooding that affected large parts of the country. Among the affected companies were Apple, Cisco, Dell and Hewlett-Packard. 

Semiconductor Sales Reflect Industry's Resilience

February 6, 2012 7:08 pm | News | Comments

Worldwide sales of semiconductors grew 0.4 percent in 2011, despite a tough time for the sector due to natural disasters and the weak economy.

Europeans Struggle Under Record Cold Snap

February 6, 2012 5:17 pm | by JOVANA GEC, Associated Press | News | Comments

The big freeze has caused traffic chaos throughout Europe, blocking roads, shutting down airports, and trapping thousands in remote mountain villages in the Balkans.

Honda's Profit Drops 41 Percent On Thai Floods

January 31, 2012 5:44 am | News | Comments

Honda Motor Co. says its net profit in the October-December quarter tumbled 41 percent to 47.6 billion yen ($625 million) due to the strong yen and supply chain disruptions from flooding in Thailand.

Going 'All In' With Your Supply Chain

January 20, 2012 11:44 am | by George F. Brown, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Blue Canyon Partners | Blogs | Comments

Best practice approaches to strategic supplier relationships offer tremendous potential. One of the most effective such practices involves taking a broader view of the supplier’s impacts on the customer organization. As part of various consulting projects, we’ve systematically mapped the way a supplier’s product connects to the customer’s operations and processes, trying to identify and quantify the “adjacency costs” that are connected to the supplier’s product.

Apple Discloses Suppliers For The First Time

January 16, 2012 10:53 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The 2012 "Supplier Responsibility Progress Report" documents 229 audits throughout its supply chain last year by Apple Inc. That's up 80 percent from 127 audits in 2010.

Protesters Halt Operations At West Coast Ports

December 12, 2011 1:01 pm | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Occupy movement is focusing on the ports as the "economic engines for the elite."

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