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  1. The relationship between sales and procurement has always been a contentious one, and the idea of a friendship evolving between the two functions is laughable in the minds of many managers I’ve met with. The issue at the core of this tension is the concept of value recognition. Sales account managers accuse procurement of being […]

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  2. I recently interviewed a large semiconductor company that developed a cross-enterprise initiative to drive analytical learning across its entire supply chain. The company established a supply chain IT organization that reports up to the CIO. It focuses on leveraging the corporate infrastructure and its SAP and SAP Hana implementation, in order to span all activities from […]

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  3. 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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  4. As we look back on the chaos that erupted during the pre-Christmas rush, discussions with executives suggest that there is still a long way to go.  Most logistics companies are still far from being able to fully integrate data and analytics to better manage.  Not many people are doing much with big data and we all […]

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  5. Given our latest discussions on the impact of the Trump presidency on the supply chain, Tim Barnes’ excellent article shown below is exceptionally timely!  Tim has deep experience in navigating the import/export regulatory climate, and has written a great book on the impact of the TPP on global trade.  In this article, he describes a very […]

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  6. OK, so Trump won, Clinton lost.  Get over it, it’s a done deal.  Time to move on, and figure out what this means in terms of how the global economy will be impacted, and in particular, how the supply chain will be impacted.  In general, it’s fair to say that things won’t be as bad […]

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  7. This week’s blog is a guest blog from a PhD Student, MD Rejaul Hasan.  Rejaul is from Bangladesh, and is working on his PhD in the College of Textiles at NC State University, and is passionate on the subject of sustainable apparel from his home country.  This week he provided a great set of summaries from the […]

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10.   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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. As retailers prepare for “Black Friday”, what used to be the “biggest shopping day of the year” (the day after Thanksgiving), expectations are actually rather low.  A reporter on CNN noted that it was a “non-event”, and that even “Cyber Monday” (the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend) is no longer a big deal.  The fact is, […]

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  15. A senior executive from a large global manufacturer came to speak in my MBA class this week, and discussed the major shifts in global business that was occurring due to the emergence of omni-channel capabilities in the supply chain.  His insights and presence were most appreciated by everyone, especially given the snowfall we were experiencing […]

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  16. Speakers are the SCRC meeting yesterday and today continued to speak more on the topic of transportation strategy given increasing challenges in the transportation sector, and the need for an effective transportation management strategy. George List, a professor of mechanical and construction engineering, emphasized the need for governments to consider the broader impacts of global […]

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  17. The 30th SCRC meeting kicked off today with a theme on “Transportation Strategy in an Infrastructure Constrained Environment”.  This is a theme that was discussed a year ago at a conference in DC on Transportation Infrastructure, over coffee with William Lucas from Caterpillar.  We talked about focusing on transportation as an issue that needs to […]

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  18. Arun Gupta recently went to a conference of the TPP in Washington, and was invited to share some insights on his visit and what he learned in a guest blog. In its current form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the US and 11 Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries (Canada, Mexico, […]

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  19. We have just posted a new set of videos of interviews with executives on establishing and building an integrated supply chain.  For example, one of the videos focused on an interview with John Camp at Lenovo: http://scm.ncsu.edu/scm-articles/article/global-logistics-qa-with-john-camp-lenovo John talks about getting closer to our customers, and enhancing the customer experience and then extending that all […]

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. I had the opportunity to participate in the BVL International Logistics Congress in Berlin Germany this week.  There was a great deal of discussion regarding expectations for the global economy, as well as the outlook for logistics management.  In general, the expectation is above average with an upward trend and an expansive sector predicting more […]

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  23. Historically, businesses have used one of two extremes for inventory management: push-based or pull-based. Push-based inventory management uses demand forecast to manage inventory and replenish from the supply base.  Pull-based inventory management, on the other hand, uses consumption to replenish from the supply base and manage inventory.  The push-based method relies heavily on forecast accuracy and […]

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  24. Logistics complexity – in the form of fragmented channels, increased product variations, and consumer demand for customized solutions – has been increasing, according to a global study published recently by BVL International, a worldwide supply chain and logistics membership organization. “Several trends identified in the study demonstrate that a number of major challenges lie ahead as […]

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  25. When Jon Stegner walked in to his first week at the University of Chicago Medical Center, one of the first places he visited was the Emergency Room, and the nearby supply room. What he saw there, was in his words, “chaos”. Medical supplies were in boxes strewn in random piles. Many of the boxes contained […]

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