Apr 30, 2021
Circular Supply Chains with Deborah Dull
Dull and Joe Lynch discuss
circular supply chains. Deborah is the founder of The Circular Supply
Chain Network where supply chain practitioners and thought
leaders connect to explore how supply chain can accelerate the
transition to a circular economy
About Deborah Dull
Dull is Founder of The Circular Supply
Chain Network and a Principal of Manufacturing Product
Management for GE Digital where she is responsible for circular
economy, lean management, and customer success. Prior to that she
was a Program Officer for Health Supply Chains at the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation and spent six years at Microsoft where she
oversaw launch management, inventory management, and innovation.
She is a sought after author and speaker having been published in
various books, articles, and white papers and spoken at dozens of
industry events. Deborah holds Supply Chain & Operations
Management degrees from Western Washington University (BA) and the
University of Liverpool (MSc), with a thesis focused on the digital
About the Circular Supply Chain Network
Supply Chain Network connects supply chain practitioners and
thought leaders to explore how supply chain can accelerate the
transition to a circular economy, and the capabilities and
technologies we need to transform every supply chain into a
circular supply chain. Circular supply chains are interconnected
systems that use secondary and regenerative inputs to generate
value by reducing and extending resource use. Join the Circular
Supply Chain Network to be among the first to know when we have
live discussions, webinars, new courses, and more!
Key Takeaways: Circular Supply Chains
- Circular Supply Chain
- A circular supply chain is where the raw materials used are
recycled back into the manufacturing operation. The materials that
normally would end up in a garbage dump are repurposed into the
production of another product.
- The goal is to monetize waste - the output of one supply
becomes an input for another supply chain.
- Overall, the point of a lean or circular supply chain is to
simply eliminate waste and reduce the carbon footprint.
- Opportunities to make better
use of the materials we are using today.
- Finding ways to
operationalize the circular supply chain.
- Everything that's not used
anymore can be used again.
- Circular supply chains find
and monetize waste.
- Sustainable brands
- Finding ways to be more profitable,
environmentally friendly, and good for the consumers and
customers we serve.
- Brands are already selling the idea they are sustainable, so it
is important that logistics and supply chain companies become more
- The entire supply chain needs to be sustainable - good for
people, planet, and profit.
- To become more sustainable, add one KPIs that relates to
- New Generation of Consumers
- New generations (Gen Z) defend their values fiercely and are
looking for sustainable brands and jobs that align to their
- Maybe consumers are willing to pay extra for products from
- Is circular economy more expensive?
- If companies are are using post-consumer materials as inputs to
the supply chains, the costs are lower and there is an opportunity
to earn profit the same or even higher than with a traditional
(linear) supply chain.
- Making the supply chain shorter
- Finding ways to eliminate processes - rethink the input and
outputs to the supply chain.
- Cutting out the thousands of miles from shipping across the
- It's sometimes difficult to open up a facility in the states,
and that's why it's opened up somewhere else.
- Factories do not have to be huge and polluting.
- Small factory trend or in-door farming.
- Finding ways to be profitable without having the move away from
- Circular economy allows cheaper jobs.
- Decentralized lands.
- Analyzing data
- Chasing empty miles is not just to be more profitable it's also
to avoid a larger impact on the planet.
- Creativity over capital.
Learn More about Circular Supply Chains
Supply Chain Network
Circular Supply Chain LinkedIn Profile
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