May 17, 2020

Minimal supply chain impact from Steve Jobs resignation

Supply Chain Digital
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs Resignation
Freddie Pierce
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Yielding to the worldwide trend of added supply chain visibility, new CEO Tim Cook greenlights the Supplier Responsibilty report, which named 97 percent of Apple’s mysterious supply chain
The news of Steve Jobs stepping down from Apples coveted CEO post rocked media outlets around the world on Wednesday afternoon, but what kind of supply...

The news of Steve Jobs stepping down from Apple’s coveted CEO post rocked media outlets around the world on Wednesday afternoon, but what kind of supply chain impact can we expect from Jobs’ departure.

The answer: not much. Jobs was voted as a chairman for Apple, and his replacement, Tim Cook, has held the CEO title on separate occasions while Jobs was recovering from pancreatic cancer surgery in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009.

It’s certainly possible Jobs could return to his post in the near or distant future, but the company is in excellent hands from a supply chain point of view. Cook is a world-renowned supply chain expert who is credited with streamlining Apple’s supply chain, helping create the most powerful supply chain in the world.  


Adding to Cook’s legacy, Kevin Langdon, CEO of Crywolf, an Apple Specialist reseller firm, said that Apple’s inventory on hand time went from weeks to as little as 16 hours once Cook arrived.


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According to a profile on one popular supply chain blog, “Cook helped perfect inventory management to the point that Apple, which regularly launches big new products, has few of the older ones left at the end of each cycle. It helps the company avoid the trap of having to significantly discount older products.”

Cook’s supply chain strategies have revolved around reducing inventory levels to dramatically increase margins. He’s been able to accomplish this by pulling Apple out of the manufacturing business, with the company instead choosing to invest its seemingly endless capital on manufacturing partners, who in turn give Apple exclusive deals for the best electronic components.

This could be construed as a heartless strategy, one that’s helping drive others out of business. You can’t argue with the results, however, as Cook has shown the ability time and time again to be one step ahead of Apple’s competitors in the supply chain world.

That ability should keep Apple’s supply chain at the top, ahead of its growing list of technology competitors.

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

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Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel

The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. 

KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management. 

"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive. 

After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total. 

"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme 

Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners. 

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”. 

As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030. 

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