IKEA innovation

The first article of the series is found here. IKEA’s packaging innovation is a process one, the SC and product-design were adapted to the invention. There are three essential elements to innovation: concept, package and process (Zhang, 2017).  Zhang et al (2016) defines a capability as made of Resource + coordination + learning. The example […]


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While at university I studied Ikea’s supply chain. This series may be a denser read but very interesting. IKEA’s network is composed of more than 1,800 suppliers located in 50 countries (Lu, 2017). The IKEA’s code of conduct, between the company and its manufacturers, prevents unethical practices as child labour, or discrimination (IKEA, Planet and […]


7 Green Manager skills

There are many skills that managers are recommended to learn, hone and master. Many recommendations are online here or here. These are often linked to organisation, coordination of a team and interpersonal skills to promote an idea and build the most efficient teams. I will tell you the skills NEEDED to manage a green project, […]

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what is sustainability?

The basics can seem obvious, however, after writing a few articles on possible sustainable progress or the outcomes of unsustainable practices in specific sectors, I wanted to bring it down to the roots of sustainability. What does sustainability mean? The definition of sustainability seems to be a complex topic, but to a certain extent it […]

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Fast Fashion

The recent scandals of Pretty little things and Nasty gal’s parent company Boohoo.com , accused of slavery, shed some light on the fast fashion industry. A deeper understanding is necessary to make wiser consumer choices and pay for what your values support. For many the first exposure to fast fashion was the Rana plaza scandal, […]

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Improving Gender Diversity by Committing to Corporate Social Responsibility

When the world is uncertain you will be left with two assets to reinvent yourself: the resilience of your processes and your people, an irreproducible source of competitive advantage. Diversity of thinking is the new competitive advantage as the Deloitte surveys finds and this is heavily reliant on the diversity of experience, skills and knowledge. […]

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If you have followed the series on why we need to create green supply chains you will have found actionable steps to value the waste created in your logistics. You will also know that recycling is the last step towards a waste-free operation. Indeed, it is not a great solution because the processes require a […]

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Minimizing food waste

Every time a product goes through a quality control, gets transported to a consumer not all the production will be accepted. For instance, you produce bolts and nuts for a manufacturing company. You have some waste yourself due to imperfect shapes, inventory mistakes and such then sell your “good” products. During the transport and the […]

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