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  1. Here’s a new insight by Tim Barnes in a guest blog this week, after Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership for the United States. I’ve been traveling the country this week meeting with both American business leaders and government and trade representatives from several Asian countries. During these discussions, I was asked […]

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  2. The recent bankruptcy announcement of Hanjin, a major shipping line, on the Friday before the last Labor Day long weekend, was a shock to everyone working in the global logistics shipping industry.   However, the announcement should not have come as a surprise, as the ocean cargo market has been suffering for some time by […]

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  3. I had the opportunity to accompany a group of executives from Anheuser Busch Inbev on a tour of Nike’s global distribution facility in Leuven Belgium this week.  Shipments arrive from Nike’s network of global manufacturers in Asia, including footwear, apparel and equipment.  Containers arrive at the port of Antwerp, and are transported by truck to a […]

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  4. Globalization and supply chains have been tied at the hip over the course of history. Supply chains naturally take advantage of efficiency and cost advantages and over the centuries, as transportation methods, technology and global knowledge improved, there has been a drive to take advantage of each and every step. Trade between countries and continents […]

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  5.   I had the opportunity to speak with a Nike executive about how the company has moved into the world of mass-customization.  Many people have heard about their partnership with Flex to build mass-customized shoes in Mexico, which is a big shift for the company from it’s largely Asia Pacific supplier network.  Although it is […]

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  6. Today’s guest blog is posted by Timothy Barnes, who I met through the SCRC.  Tim is a global supply chain executive originally from Australia, who has been studying the evolution of the Trans Pacific Partnership closely, and is writing a book on the subject.  He has put together some great advice here about how the […]

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  7. In the new book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, author Parag Khanna discusses the concept of the “new supply chain wars”. In this book the author discusses how multinationals have become deeply connected and exposed to the emerging markets that have become their main competitors.   But as countries like China become wealthier and […]

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  8. I spent the day at Biogen’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA today, with a group of executives sharing ideas on how to drive innovation.  Biogen is already a highly innovative company, as they have continued to drive new treatments in MS, and in 2014, the first major treatment advances in nearly two decades for people living with […]

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  9. I presented at Supply Chain Outlook 2015, an event hosted by the Supply Chain Management Review in Chicago on Monday morning.  This was an excellent venue for discussion of emerging trends and what we can look forward to in 2016.  A kickoff meeting by a renowned economist discussed some of the issues around global growth, […]

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  10. I was recently interviewed by Jon Hansen on Blog Talk Radio, discussing my new book “The Procurement Value Proposition” co-authored with Gerard Chick.  In the interview, I discuss some of the major changes going on in the procurement area, and how we are at a crossroads for driving change. Gerard added a great blog post […]

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  11. More and more global luxury brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and others are promoting themselves as Lifestyle brands, spanning many products including fragrance, home collections, apparel, paint, wallpaper, foods, and many other products.  In this environment, the supply chain and logistics task becomes even more complex, as it involves delivering and fulfilling product and service […]

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  12. Supply management research has established the axiom that firms are no longer operating independently, but indeed are part of an extended global network that is subject to high degrees of volatility, increasing customer expectations, and is subject to major forms of disruption risk. However, what is not well understood is whether supply manager behaviors have […]

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  13. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!   I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year.  I also worked with a team of leading thinkers in developing the Future of Procurement Report […]

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  14. Jason Schenker from Prestige Economics provided some insights into where we are headed in the global economy at the SCRC meeting today. In his words, “the US economy is getting rich slowly.”    Prestige Economics measure for global growth is 3.4%, and the US is getting richer at 1.7 and 2.4% growth next year.  China […]

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  15. Ken Torok came to my class on Monday evening, and provided a delightful discussion on total cost of ownership.  The class was focused on building and developing cost models, both for should-cost modeling, as well as total cost modeling.  After providing an introduction to the concept of TCO, I introduced Ken to the class.  This […]

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  16. In the September issue of the Supply Chain Management Review, Andreas Wieland from Berlin Technical University and I have published a thoughtpiece on the application of social responsible criteria to the supply chain. As we discussed this concept, it became clear that three key elements lay at the foundation of creation of social responsibility when […]

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  17. Last week I had the opportunity to travel first to New York and then Monterrey, Mexico, and speak with a number of people to explore perspectives on the current economic situation we find ourselves in. Early in the week I sat in on a lecture given by Clay Christenson (from Harvard Business School) to a […]

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  18. The recent press in the Wall Street Journal and other papers on Walmart’s fire in Bangladesh is raising the ire of corporate responsibility groups and human rights groups alike.   How can retailers like Walmart support buying clothing in factories that are treating workers with such disregard, not to mention exposing them to working conditions […]

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  19. Today’s Wall Street Journal printed a great story on the challenges that Walmart faces as it grows its logistics network in India.  The article notes how India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, but that one-third of the produce rots because of its horrendous logistics infrastructure. The story highlights some […]

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  20. A recent post in the UCLA blog features an interview with the former COO of Walmart-China, who makes some very interesting observations on the state of manufacturing in China. Edwin Keh notes that “Net export from the Pearl River Delta has declined over the last few years. The number of foreign-owned factories, the pool of […]

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  21. Jason Schenker spoke at the SCRC conference today and spoke about his forecasts for the global economy. The global economy is expanding, albeit at a modest pace. US GDP and the US labor markets are showing modest improvements. Chinese GDP will grow, but central bank monetary policy at home and abroad is likely to remain […]

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  22. At the BVL conference, I had the opportunity to speak to the group, and provide them with an overview of the insights and trends from the global logistics study that is currently underway. I also had the opportunity to introduce Dr. Michael Seuss, CEO of the Energy Sector for Siemens AG, and Member of their […]

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  23. Jeff Holcomb, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations and US Transportation at Ralph Lauren’s offices in Greensboro, NC spoke in my MBA supply chain class last week.  He told the story of when Ralph Lauren came to visit the Greensboro offices, and shared his previous experiences.  Apparently, Lauren once had an idea about creating a […]

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  24. I recently interviewed a senior logistics executive at one of the top three largest logistics service provider firms in Brazil.  This gentleman provided a very cogent and insightful set  of ideas about what is happening in the logistics environment in Brazil.  Brazil is one of the four largest growth market in the world, and with […]

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  25. Organizations in multiple sectors are continuing to pursue global growth strategies that focus on expansion into new regions.  In particular, the focal BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) represent major targets for expansion, but with them come a host of new problem which enterprises have little to now experience in dealing with in terms of […]

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