Supply Chain Insights

Below is a selection of supply chain insights written by AI’s subject matter experts on a variety of industry topics. These papers offer insights into quality control issues globally based on our research and analysis. AI continually produces new content, so be sure to check back regularly.
Show Insights:  
 by Service Type  
  OR  
 by Industry  

CSR & Audits


China’s Changing Social Insurance Regulations: What You Need to Know
Stay up to date on China’s new social insurance regulations.
Trade Wars, Brexit, and Global Supply Chains in 2018
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes following a survey to AI’s database to undercover how the escalating US-China trade stand-off is affecting global supply chains and sourcing strategies halfway into 2018.
2018 AI Sustainability Conference - the Full Report
Annual conference bringing together hundreds of supply chain and CSR professionals to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in sustainable sourcing and supply chain ethics.
Sustainability and Ethics in Supply Chains: Current State and Progress
Sustainability Conference - Michael Bland presented an overview of the current state of sustainability and ethics in global supply chains, highlighting issues specific to individual countries and industries.
Lessons for Brands Looking to Eliminate Forced Labor from Their Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - As the leader of the Modern Slavery Outreach Program implemented by the major sporting brand Adidas, Aditi Wanchoo shared the brand’s experience mitigating modern slavery risks at multiple tiers of a supply chain.
The Importance of Worker Voice in Managing Migrant Labor Modern Slavery Risks
Sustainability Conference - Pentland Brands, together with the NGO Issara Institute, emphasize the importance of making worker voice heard cross complex supply chains and shared practical examples of fostering worker empowerment and ethical recruitment practices.
Leveraging Technology to Fight Modern Slavery in Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - The Mekong Club aims to harness the skills of the private sector to combat human trafficking. Dr. Zoe Fortune outlines the main advantages and opportunities offered by modern digital technologies in the ongoing fight against modern slavery.
Working Towards Gender Equality in Global Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - Marat Yu shares key insights on gender equality and women’s rights from his work with HERProject, a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains.
Best Practices for Establishing Your Brand as a Recognized Sustainability Leader
Sustainability Conference - Building on 20+ years of data collected by the strategy and insights consultancy Globescan shares practical insights to help brands better communicate their sustainability efforts to the consumer and become recognized sustainability leaders.
How Will China’s New Environmental Protection Tax Affect Your Sourcing?
Sustainability Conference - China’s changing environmental regulations continue presenting challenges to business. Brian Ho of EY, provides valuable insights for businesses on navigating the latest Environmental Protection Tax Law.
The Power of Information Disclosure in Greening China’s Supply Chain
Sustainability Conference - The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China, gives an overview of the groundbreaking work the NGO has carried out since 2006 to increase transparency around environmental issues in China.
Sustainability and Chemical Management – Practical insights from Fristads Kansas
Sustainability Conference - Speaking as the sustainability and CSR officer for Fristads Kansas, a major workwear and servicewear manufacturer, Caroline Bouisset shares practical experience of implementing a sustainability and chemical management program.
Key Compliance Considerations for Brands Sourcing from Small Factories in China
Sustainability Conference - Based on 15 years of experience of directly working with over 1,000 Chinese factories, Charles Coletta provides an overview of the key challenges a brand or buyer may face when sourcing from small factories in China and strategies to overcome them.
Invisible Links of Global Supply Chains: Dealing with Unauthorized Subcontracting
Understand the cause and risk of unauthorized subcontracting and how to mitigate the problem.
2018 AI Global Sourcing Survey
A survey of 250+ companies focusing on popular sourcing, QC and compliance practices, top sourcing challenges and major 2018 trends.
China’s Environmental Crackdown: is Your Supply Chain Ready?
Stay up to date on China’s anti-pollution campaign.
Modern Slavery: The Facts
On any given day in 2016, over 40 million people were victims of modern slavery.
Are Supply Chains Truly Ready to Go "Beyond" Audits?
Modern CSR strategies involve a variety of tools, but can any of them fully replace supplier audits?
AI Ethical Compliance Conference
Watch our presentation and learn more about ethical compliance in global supply chains and procurement.
Structural Safety: the Life and Death Question of Your Supply Chain
In-depth analysis of the state of structural safety around the globe
Omnichannel Retail and the Quality Risk
How quality control at the source can help prevent costly product returns for retailers.
5 Reasons Why Millennial-Focused Brands Cannot Afford to Ignore Social Responsibility
Read about the growing importance of Gen Y and social responsibility for your brand.
Will Consumer Awareness Put an End to Modern Slavery?
With an estimated 21 to 36 million people in forced labor worldwide, slavery is not a thing of the past.
Ethical Supply Chains an Investment, Not a Cost
Read about why it makes economic sense to build an ethical supply chain.
The Five Golden Rules to a Successful QC Outsourcing Program
Quality Control best practices from the world's largest brands and retailers
AI Ethical Audits: Compliance, Trends, Procedures and Outcomes
Read about the processes and criteria involved in a successful ethical audit program.

Testing & Product Safety


Trade Wars, Brexit, and Global Supply Chains in 2018
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes following a survey to AI’s database to undercover how the escalating US-China trade stand-off is affecting global supply chains and sourcing strategies halfway into 2018.
2018 AI Global Sourcing Survey
A survey of 250+ companies focusing on popular sourcing, QC and compliance practices, top sourcing challenges and major 2018 trends.
In the Fast Lane: What Does Speed to Market Mean for Consumer Safety?
Learn more on how hasty business decisions during product development can impact consumer safety and your brand.
Quick Guide: Azo Dyes and the Risk to Retailers and Consumers
Learn about the impact of azo dyes on your supply chain and how to best ensure product compliance.
Quick Guide: How to Prevent Foodborne Viruses
Learn about types and sources of foodborne viruses, and how to prevent them in your food supply chain.
Eyewear Testing to European Directives
Watch our presentation and learn more about the safety and compliance of eyewear and PPE.

Inspections & Product Quality


Trade Wars, Brexit, and Global Supply Chains in 2018
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes following a survey to AI’s database to undercover how the escalating US-China trade stand-off is affecting global supply chains and sourcing strategies halfway into 2018.
2018 AI Global Sourcing Survey
A survey of 250+ companies focusing on popular sourcing, QC and compliance practices, top sourcing challenges and major 2018 trends.
Top Quality Control Challenges for Blueberry Importers, Exporters and Retailers
Learn about some of the issues blueberry importers and exporters face.
AI Technical Update: How to Avoid Mold in Your Garments
A best practice approach for preventing product loss in garments and apparel.
How a Spanish Seafood Importer Reduced Its Supply Chain Risk in Asia
A Madrid-based importer implemented a detailed quality control program to protect their brand against poor-quality seafood.
5 Reasons Why Millennial-Focused Brands Cannot Afford to Ignore Social Responsibility
Read about the growing importance of Gen Y and social responsibility for your brand.
The Five Golden Rules to a Successful QC Outsourcing Program
Quality Control best practices from the world's largest brands and retailers
Textile & Garment Brands: Tips for Avoiding Bug Infestations in Your Products
Learn how to prevent bug infestations and protect yourself against product loss.
How an Innovative Toy Company Ensured the Safety of its Products
Read the case study about a comprehensive QC program implemented by AI for a European toy company to secure its diverse and innovative toy supply chain.
Eyewear Testing to European Directives
Watch our presentation and learn more about the safety and compliance of eyewear and PPE.
China’s Changing Social Insurance Regulations: What You Need to Know
Stay up to date on China’s new social insurance regulations.
Trade Wars, Brexit, and Global Supply Chains in 2018
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes following a survey to AI’s database to undercover how the escalating US-China trade stand-off is affecting global supply chains and sourcing strategies halfway into 2018.
2018 AI Sustainability Conference - the Full Report
Annual conference bringing together hundreds of supply chain and CSR professionals to discuss the latest challenges and opportunities in sustainable sourcing and supply chain ethics.
Sustainability and Ethics in Supply Chains: Current State and Progress
Sustainability Conference - Michael Bland presented an overview of the current state of sustainability and ethics in global supply chains, highlighting issues specific to individual countries and industries.
Lessons for Brands Looking to Eliminate Forced Labor from Their Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - As the leader of the Modern Slavery Outreach Program implemented by the major sporting brand Adidas, Aditi Wanchoo shared the brand’s experience mitigating modern slavery risks at multiple tiers of a supply chain.
The Importance of Worker Voice in Managing Migrant Labor Modern Slavery Risks
Sustainability Conference - Pentland Brands, together with the NGO Issara Institute, emphasize the importance of making worker voice heard cross complex supply chains and shared practical examples of fostering worker empowerment and ethical recruitment practices.
Leveraging Technology to Fight Modern Slavery in Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - The Mekong Club aims to harness the skills of the private sector to combat human trafficking. Dr. Zoe Fortune outlines the main advantages and opportunities offered by modern digital technologies in the ongoing fight against modern slavery.
Working Towards Gender Equality in Global Supply Chains
Sustainability Conference - Marat Yu shares key insights on gender equality and women’s rights from his work with HERProject, a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains.
Best Practices for Establishing Your Brand as a Recognized Sustainability Leader
Sustainability Conference - Building on 20+ years of data collected by the strategy and insights consultancy Globescan shares practical insights to help brands better communicate their sustainability efforts to the consumer and become recognized sustainability leaders.
How Will China’s New Environmental Protection Tax Affect Your Sourcing?
Sustainability Conference - China’s changing environmental regulations continue presenting challenges to business. Brian Ho of EY, provides valuable insights for businesses on navigating the latest Environmental Protection Tax Law.
The Power of Information Disclosure in Greening China’s Supply Chain
Sustainability Conference - The Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, China, gives an overview of the groundbreaking work the NGO has carried out since 2006 to increase transparency around environmental issues in China.
Sustainability and Chemical Management – Practical insights from Fristads Kansas
Sustainability Conference - Speaking as the sustainability and CSR officer for Fristads Kansas, a major workwear and servicewear manufacturer, Caroline Bouisset shares practical experience of implementing a sustainability and chemical management program.
Key Compliance Considerations for Brands Sourcing from Small Factories in China
Sustainability Conference - Based on 15 years of experience of directly working with over 1,000 Chinese factories, Charles Coletta provides an overview of the key challenges a brand or buyer may face when sourcing from small factories in China and strategies to overcome them.
Invisible Links of Global Supply Chains: Dealing with Unauthorized Subcontracting
Understand the cause and risk of unauthorized subcontracting and how to mitigate the problem.
2018 AI Global Sourcing Survey
A survey of 250+ companies focusing on popular sourcing, QC and compliance practices, top sourcing challenges and major 2018 trends.
China’s Environmental Crackdown: is Your Supply Chain Ready?
Stay up to date on China’s anti-pollution campaign.
Modern Slavery: The Facts
On any given day in 2016, over 40 million people were victims of modern slavery.
In the Fast Lane: What Does Speed to Market Mean for Consumer Safety?
Learn more on how hasty business decisions during product development can impact consumer safety and your brand.
Top Quality Control Challenges for Blueberry Importers, Exporters and Retailers
Learn about some of the issues blueberry importers and exporters face.
Are Supply Chains Truly Ready to Go "Beyond" Audits?
Modern CSR strategies involve a variety of tools, but can any of them fully replace supplier audits?
AI Ethical Compliance Conference
Watch our presentation and learn more about ethical compliance in global supply chains and procurement.
Structural Safety: the Life and Death Question of Your Supply Chain
In-depth analysis of the state of structural safety around the globe
Omnichannel Retail and the Quality Risk
How quality control at the source can help prevent costly product returns for retailers.
Quick Guide: Azo Dyes and the Risk to Retailers and Consumers
Learn about the impact of azo dyes on your supply chain and how to best ensure product compliance.
AI Technical Update: How to Avoid Mold in Your Garments
A best practice approach for preventing product loss in garments and apparel.
How a Spanish Seafood Importer Reduced Its Supply Chain Risk in Asia
A Madrid-based importer implemented a detailed quality control program to protect their brand against poor-quality seafood.
5 Reasons Why Millennial-Focused Brands Cannot Afford to Ignore Social Responsibility
Read about the growing importance of Gen Y and social responsibility for your brand.
Will Consumer Awareness Put an End to Modern Slavery?
With an estimated 21 to 36 million people in forced labor worldwide, slavery is not a thing of the past.
Ethical Supply Chains an Investment, Not a Cost
Read about why it makes economic sense to build an ethical supply chain.
The Five Golden Rules to a Successful QC Outsourcing Program
Quality Control best practices from the world's largest brands and retailers
AI Ethical Audits: Compliance, Trends, Procedures and Outcomes
Read about the processes and criteria involved in a successful ethical audit program.
Quick Guide: How to Prevent Foodborne Viruses
Learn about types and sources of foodborne viruses, and how to prevent them in your food supply chain.
Textile & Garment Brands: Tips for Avoiding Bug Infestations in Your Products
Learn how to prevent bug infestations and protect yourself against product loss.
How an Innovative Toy Company Ensured the Safety of its Products
Read the case study about a comprehensive QC program implemented by AI for a European toy company to secure its diverse and innovative toy supply chain.
Eyewear Testing to European Directives
Watch our presentation and learn more about the safety and compliance of eyewear and PPE.
Supply Chain Audit & Inspections – Industry Whitepapers | AsiaInspection