Daily Archives: August 19, 2012

The Seven Deadly Supply Chain Sins (Repost)

Originally posted on April 20, 2008, something tells me it’s time for a repost …

Over on the World Future Society, there’s a great piece in the President’s Web Log where he recounts a creative interpretation of the sins of the future. What really got my attention is how each of them have their supply chain equivalents, and how the first five in particular require very little modification. So, without further ado, here are the seven deadly supply chain sins.

  • Earthism
    Holding humans superior over all other life-forms, and putting our needs over the needs of the other species we share the planet with. This can take the form of plotting a sea-lane through areas wales like to call home or of a new highway through areas of woodland where animals on the precipice of the endangered species list live.
  • Harmful Technology Replication
    The reproduction of environmentally dangerous means of production, power, and transport when greener, friendlier methods have been identified.
  • Innovation Theft
    Stealing your competitors innovation and calling it your own.
  • Online Misbehavior
    Misrepresenting yourself and your capabilities on your website, in electronic negotiations, in electronic marketplaces, and anywhere else in the virtual world created by the internet.
  • Transportation Recklessness
    Use of highly expensive, environmentally damaging, and resource-intensive fuels to ship functionless trinkets and knick-knacks halfway around the globe or to travel halfway around the world to play golf with your counterpart at a supplier.
  • FTZ and STZ exploitation
    Regularly shifting your base of operations to take advantage of Free Trade Zones and Secure Trade Zones to avoid paying taxes and your debt to society.
  • Bribery
    Bribing public officials to change the laws to your corporate advantage … be it a reduction in environmental regulations, a reduction in safety regulations, or a reduction in social welfare and employment regulations to increase corporate profits at society’s expense.