SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Logistics

  1. Our prior post discussed the benefits and challenges of visibility in logistics.  But WAIT!  There’s more to it than just benefits. Carriers and shippers should also proceed carefully as they move into the era of visibility, and start asking the following questions: What are the legal implications of tracking and visibility, and how will it […]

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  2. At a recent CSCMP meeting, I attended a session of transportation providers called “Supply Chain Visibility and the Possible Legal Implications” – and the participants shared some insights into their serious concerns about the implications of visibility in the transport world. In transportation, people want to be able to see the loads on trucks, but […]

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  3. I had the opportunity to listen to Missy Cummings, a Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University.  Missy shared some insights on automation in the logistics sector, at a conference that was awash with discussions on block chain, digitization, and new technology in logistics. Missy noted that “I was one of the […]

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  4. Xeneta just posted their list of the “Top 24 Best Supply Chain Blogs“, which provides some great resources available to readers.  These blogs span a wide variety of topics, and when combined, give you an idea of just how many different topics are comprised in the area of what professionals call “Supply Chain Management”.  Oddly […]

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  5. 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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  6. It is no secret that future generations of managers are being asked to learn all about the different processes in the end-to-end supply chain, and be able to come together with others in a fast action plan when a disruption strikes. This capability in turn requires older generations of managers, often labeled “subject matter experts” […]

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  7. Recent articles in the New York Times and in the International Business Times highlight the emerging role of blockchain as a key enabler of improved integration between parties in the extended global supply chain.  For instance, IBM and WalMart are partnering to begin tracking The blockchain — the buzzy, bewildering technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — […]

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  8. In a recent discussion, a large supplier of services shred that they fail to respond to almost 50% of every RFP that comes their way!  This insight was very surprising to procurement executives we spoke with….few could believe that sales would actually not try to pursue every opportunity that came their way! There are four primary […]

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  9. A dominant theme that my co-author (Tom Linton) and I emphasize in our forthcoming book, “The LIVING Supply Chain” in the need to establish balance in the supply chain ecosystem. These rules apply within the Serengeti Desert, and we adopt several of the “Serengeti Rules” that naturalist Sean Carroll talks about in his book of the same […]

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. The concept of “Collaboration” has been getting a lot of grief lately. For instance, recent articles in the Harvard Business Review and the Economist emphasize that collaboration has reached the point of “godliness” in modern business, and that managers are overwhelmed with collaborative tools.  They complain that multi-tasking through collaboration is reducing the quality of […]

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  13. I spent the last two days meeting with members of the Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing team at Nike, in Beaverton, Oregon.  Nike has developed a partnership with NC State’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, and we are working together to explore new approaches to creating a sustainable supply chain. The visit comes on the heels […]

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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. I had the opportunity to visit EMC’s manufacturing facility in Apex, NC this afternoon.  Brent Taylor, who I met the week before at Procurement Leader’s, took me on a tour of the plant. One of the first interesting things about EMC is that like many other manufacturers in the industry, EMC’s demand is highly cyclical, […]

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  16. We are in the last stages of planning for our upcoming 31st Semi-Annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) Meeting  on Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, 2015 at North Carolina State University. The theme of the general meeting will focus on a topic of great interest to supply chain professionals at every level of the organization: “Creating a Supply […]

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. As more data becomes available in the grocery and retail environment, organizations are re-thinking their supply chain processes to drive increased automation, improved performance, and increased inventory turns.  They are also re-thinking the design of their supply chains, thinking about how much of their product goes through distribution centers, distributed to stores, or shipped directly […]

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  21. 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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  22. In the second half of my class on Tuesday, Rebecca Dunning, one of the lead researchers on the NC Growing Together grant, explained some of the channels and opportunities the team has already explored to date. As we noted in my prior blog, one of the biggest challenges for local food producers is the ability […]

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  23. 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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  24. In 2008, Jim Owens, the Chairman and CEO of Caterpillar,  gave the Poole College of Management a $2.2M gift to support the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.  Part of the mandate Mr. Owens wanted was  to establish a joint program with industrial engineering in the supply chain area.  CAT recognized that they, like other companies, needed […]

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  25. I was recently interviewed at the BVL International Congress in Berlin, and shared some of the key results from the recent Global Logistics Trends and Strategies study.  (View the interview at the following YouTube link.) What was unique about this study is that it truly was a global study, that spanned many regions including America, […]

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