It’s not just the resiliency of the citizens of New Orleans that has earned the right to be celebrated this hurricane season. Businesses should also be celebrated for their resiliency. I recently spoke with executives from Cooperative Processing Resources (CPR) and LifeShare Blood Centers about the ways they avoided severe downtime during Hurricane Katrina, and bounced back as even more resilient organizations.
Spring is here. And it could not have come soon enough, after a particularly difficult winter for most of the U.S. Record-setting snow falls, flooding, and extreme cold temperatures plagued businesses, homeowners and travelers from November through March. Businesses shut down, flights were grounded, and many people were forced to hunker down and stay home.
Speaking of a supply chain security challenge, one of United Iron and Metal’s warehouses is outdoors in a hard-scrabble urban neighborhood of Baltimore, and it sprawls over more than 20 acres with one boundary chockablock against railroad tracks. Unwanted visitors were a relentless headache... until John Creighton, the director of security at United Iron and Metal, did something about it.
In August, Ryder System Inc. received recognition as a “2014 Great Supply Chain Partner” for the 12th consecutive year. The 12th Annual List was the result of a six-month online poll in which supply chain professionals were asked to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance.
Regardless of your products, your company most likely sources raw materials, parts, finished goods or packaging from foreign business partners. Leveraging business partners, as opposed to building their own foreign production capabilities, allows companies to shift suppliers to low-cost regions without worrying about their foreign investments. Every year the global supply chain and the flow of international goods continues to increase.
Thousands of workers in South African platinum mines have joined illegal strikes recently, causing Anglo American Platinum to tell the mere 20 percent of workers who still clock in to stay home Tuesday.
An organized gang is suspected in a theft of a trailer full of a couple of million dollars worth of consumer oriented electronics which are easy to resell and hard to trace. There are vulnerabilities all along the supply chain, including truck rest stops.
Our special feature this month highlights the Department of Homeland Security's newest agency: the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Also, this month we highlight the Leander Independent School District's data practices that protect student privacy. Security experts discuss video monitoring, cybersecurity for public-private partnerships, privacy and more.