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Print production: my old stompin' grounds.

The State of the Printed Magazine Supply Chain in a "Digital World" -- The prediction of the demise of the printed magazine is extremely premature. Why? Because the printed magazine supply chain has evolved through innovations and collaboration throughout the supply chain. However, there remains a couple of huge issues that can make all of the progress achieved a moot point.

Where do you overspend?

NPI Identifies Top Areas of Supply Chain Overspending in 2010 -- NPI, a spend management services firm focused on delivering supply chain savings, has identified the top areas of overspending for today's supply chain organizations in three categories: transportation, technology and telecom, and energy. Based on a mid-year review of spending trends and supplier pricing, NPI estimates that today's manufacturers, distributors and retailers will overspend more than $415 billion in 2010.

An illegal supply chain.

Africa's Stolen-Drug Problem -- Back in 2005 Willis Akhwale of the Kenyan Ministry of Health told me he was worried about the burgeoning black market in anti-malarial drugs. Five years later the situation is no better: Dr. Stephen Malinga, the Ugandan health minister, recently described those stealing anti-malarial drugs as "murderers, causing the deaths of hundreds of children." Unlike his senior colleagues in Kenya and Tanzania, Dr. Malinga has been bold enough to point the finger at local government officials. Drug shortages have become a serious problem across East Africa. Occasionally the result of poor logistics or epidemic outbreaks, empty shelves are also sometimes due to looting at government stores. Dr. Malinga knows Ugandan public-sector drugs often end up in the hands of private vendors in other countries, such as Southern Sudan.

Nasa goes to Chile.

Nasa experts head to Chile mine to help miners -- Experts from the US space agency Nasa are travelling to a copper mine in Chile where 33 miners have been trapped underground for almost a month. The specialists will advise the Chilean government on how to keep the miners in good spirits under extreme conditions. Nasa's deputy chief medical officer Michael Duncan has already told Chilean officials to be frank with the miners about how long their rescue will take.

Sheena Moore

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