SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Commodities forecasting

  1. Over the road (OTR) trucking involves the use of hauling 53’ trailers behind a truck. The American Transportation Research Institute estimates that of the total cost per mile of driving a rig that drives between 80,000 and 125,000 miles per year, the average cost (including drivers wages and benefits) is $1.593 per mile, or which […]

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  2. On election night last week, I was stationed in Calgary Alberta, watching the results unfold in Mountain Time, and wondering what was going on in the country I’ve adopted as home.  You see, I’m a native Calgarian, and was visiting my home town to share insights with a group of supply chain executives at the […]

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  3. The vote by the British population to leave the European Union (“Brexit”) was greeted with massive volatility by financial markets worldwide. It also raised a number of concerns regarding the stability of the overall disposition of populations to the growth of globalization and linked economics between countries all over the world. According to a USA […]

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  4. Today’s guest post is from Graham Givens.  Graham is a Research Fellow at the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, where he works closely on local food systems through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.  He reports on his recent visit to the National Restaurant Association  Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group meeting in Chicago. “The NRA’s […]

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  5. Unlocking growth in the biobased products sector is tied to the ability to unlock access to inexpensive sugar, derived from corn farming. The second element has to do with production credits. This has begun to emerge at the state level, particularly in the state of Minnesota which is leading the way. Early credits offset the […]

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  6. Today I travelled to Baltimore to attend the ISM/Spend matters Global Procurement Tech Summit.  I will be speaking on procurement analytics tomorrow, but got to attend a set of great sessions over the first half of the day. The first speaker was Anne Rung, Administrator from the Office of Federal Procurement Policy. In this session, she […]

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  7. 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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  8. I spent some time this week with a group of procurement executives from Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, a company that conducts all of the procurement and supply chain activity for YUM! brands (including Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, as well as A&W). This organization was created a number of years ago, in response to a […]

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  9. I have been working with Jay Golden at Duke University on the biobased forecasting project for the USDA, seeking to understand the current scope of the biobased product market ( focused on non-fuel, non-food products).  I had the opportunity to speak today with an educated economist who works  for the OmniTech International.  He has been working […]

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  10. The USDA released a new study that I worked on with Jay Golden from Duke University this past summer.  We spent a good deal of time collecting research from a variety of different sources, to put together a picture of what the biobased economy looks like. Agrilculture Secretary notes that “This new report presents the opportunities […]

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  11. NC State kicked off classes last week, and as usual our incoming group of MBA students were lined up with projects as part of their entry class into supply chain management, MBA 541.  I have been teaching this class, called Supply Chain Relationships, for the last 15 years at NC State. This class develops major […]

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  12. I visited a Canadian oil and gas company this week, and participated in their first annual Supplier Day.  The forum was an opportunity to share insights on the oil and gas business in North America, communicate issues and challenges that exist, and create an opportunity to exchange ideas on how to address them. The meeting […]

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  13. I was fortunately enough to have a fascinating discussion with Steve Zimmer, who currently leads a team at US Car.  For those who may have been around for a few years, Steve was the architect of the Extended Enterprise concept pioneered by Chrysler during the years of 1989-1998.  The origins of the Extended Enterprise went […]

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  14. My MBA 541 students presented results from their projects this semester. One team on a project for Bayer Crop Science focused on supplier segementation methodologies – reviewing current Bayer methodologies, and how they looked at “base”, “key”, and “strategic partners” for their Crop Science business.  The team looked at industry best practices and what the […]

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  15. As we go into our 2013 fall semester, the SCRC team is pulling together the list of project summaries from our 15 corporate partners.  This is indeed a busy time for everyone as we go into full project planning mode… Prior to the beginning of each semester, we work with a SCRC project liaison from […]

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  16. In the past two or three weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of organizations seeking to drive insights into their supply markets, as they attempt to navigate the choppy waters of global economic change.  One of the tools that we’ve used in these engagements is a trusted standby, the Porter Five […]

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  17. We recently worked on a study examining the market for pipeline construction services.  Across North America, projects like Keystone are only the beginning of growth for pipelines in oil and gas.  The market for pipeline construction is growing, and there will continue to be competition for capable suppliers in the marketplace.  In areas such as […]

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  18. I attended a conference today in Washington DC hosted by Duke University and Yale University on Biobased Feedstocks. The discussion led to some interesting observations about the tradeoffs and opportunities between biobased and fossil based feedstocks. The bioeconomy is a large and rapidly growing segment that allows everyone to live longer, healthier lives, reduce dependence […]

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  19. 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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  20. An MBA student team in my supply market intelligence class  this week presented their supply market intelligence study on phosphate production.  One of the key points was the volatility of Morocco as the major supplier of phosphate.  Based on current reserves and production trends, Morocco will play a very important role in the world of […]

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  21. An article in the WSJ provides an interesting set of perspectives on what increasing or shrinking inventory numbers might mean in terms of an organization’s supply chain performance.  As I noted in an earlier blog, inventory is often an indicator used to measure how efficient supply chains are, as is considered a key component in […]

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  22. There appears to be more unrest in the world this week, which of course brings with it the increased nervousness of analysts and speculators.  One of the real questions arising is whether India will abide by the US call for sanctions to buying Iranian oil.  According to a Bloomberg report, Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy, […]

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  23. Environmentalists have been up in arms about the Keystone pipeline over the last few months. As a result, the Obama Administration first delayed the decision, and then rendered a decision to NOT approve the pipeline. The greens crowed in delight – this would show those Canadians that the US will not buy their dirty, filthy […]

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  24. Many people are quick to point to the AMR Top 25 supply chains as the benchmark for supply chain excellence. In my mind, the real test of how “world-class” a supply chain is, is how they react under duress and severe supply chain disruptions. There is no doubt that as we go into 2012, there […]

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  25. As I look back on 2011, I’m reminded of the success stories and disruptions that occurred, but am also thinking about who is going to win in the year ahead. On the economic front, 2011 was really about another year of uncertainty. A global economic recovery remains underway, although it is alarmingly long and slower […]

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