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Category Archives: Sustainability

  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. I’m writing to share an exciting new report released today entitled “An Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry: 2016 Update.” This new report shows how the U.S. biobased industry continues to grow and generate substantial economic activity and American jobs. A full copy of the report can be downloaded here. Key takeaways […]

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  3. A new post discussed the development of a sustainable procurement standard developed by the International Standards Organization.  ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, has just reached a second draft international standard stage, meaning interested parties can submit feedback via their ISO member on the draft before final publication in 2017. It’s about time that the concept […]

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  4. When Coca Cola set about thinking about how to drive sustainability into their supply chain, they recognized from the outset that the entire end to end life cycle of a bottle of Coke needed to be considered. Most people don’t think about this relationships – but the fact is that recycling and renewable feedstock go […]

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  5. I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of academic presentations today, as part of the Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chain Management Workshop for Early-Career Faculty.  During the morning, we heard from a number of individuals in a session on “Inspections, disclosures and social responsibility”.  In this session, researchers from UVA and MIT explored […]

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  6. I am excited to announce an academic conference being hosted by Professor Eda Kemahlioglu Ziya and myself on sustainable supply chain management strategies in February.  This is a follow-on session to the first conference of this sort held at Georgia Tech last year.   The goal of the workshop is to host academics who are exploring […]

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  7. I was recently involved in a survey of best practices in establishing a diverse supply base.  The most important and common method for driving diversity objectives in the survey (in 73% of firms)  involves explicitly building in diversity as an objective into sourcing processes. It is not uncommon to find that sourcing managers do not […]

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  8. Globalization has created the emergence of sophisticated supplier networks, creating management challenges as exposure to volatility and complexity of global sourcing has emerged.  While Western organizations have met short-term cost reduction and flexibility goals through outsourcing, it has been at the expense of lower transparency into suppliers’ operational processes within these far-flung areas of the […]

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  9. In the recent issue of Industrial Biotechnology, Jay Golden and I published a set of insights related to the challenges that exist as part of the industrial biobased economy. As part of the reauthorization of the 2014 Farm Bill, we were tasked to undertake an analysis to address these gaps and report our findings to […]

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  10. Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s CEO, spoke at NC State this week, and shared her many thoughts on leadership and transformation.  Her vision for what is otherwise often considered a stable and boring industry, energy utilities, provided a great deal for students and faculty to think about. Duke Energy’s roots lied in seeking to harness the […]

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  11. 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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  12. “Luxury is a necessity that begins when necessity ends.”   – Coco Chanel In this blog, I review the new book “Sustainable Luxury” by Gardetti and Torres. Most people who buy a luxury product, whether it is a Gucci purse, an Armani suit, a Dolce & Gabana dress, or a pair of Ferragamo loafers, rarely stop […]

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  13. 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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  14. I was interviewed by Forrest Burnson from Software Advice — a company providing SCM software research and reviews — earlier this month on insights related to sustainable supply chains. This is an area that is proving to be a challenge for marketers and supply chain types alike.  Forrest captured my thoughts and a number of other […]

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  15. Jay Golden from Duke University and I have been working on a study of the biobased economy…. Throughout human history agriculture been used for non-food purposes including energy, clothing, shelter, medicines and every day human needs. With the industrial revolution, man was able to achieve great scientific and technological advances were available through the utilization […]

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  16. Professor Gary Bullen and SCRC Research Scholar Jessica Newsome spoke in my Local Seafood class this afternoon.  Both pointed out some critical points that are indeed challenges for the seafood supply chain in North Carolina, as well as some avenues to explore that may drive solutions. First, Gary pointed out that 91% of the seafood […]

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  17. Ben Filippo is Food System Coordinator for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, a farmer driven membership based 501c3 non profit organization to help people in the Carolinas grow and eat locally.  He also spoke in my class this week.  Ben notes that “a big chunk of what we do are work with artisans and our […]

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  18. I had the privilege of leading a session at the Winter Symposium of the International Institute of Analytics, with a host of great companies discussing how companies are embedding hardware into products and trying to drive improved supply chain performance in their products.  The topics ranged on a variety of areas, but focused on several […]

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  19. We kicked off our first class on “Local Food Systems” today, with a strong cadre of students from the MBA program, from agroecology, agriculture, and other areas.  This is an exciting new class that I was tasked to assemble, as part of a grant from the US Department of Agriculture awarded to NC State University. […]

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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. Today’s story in the Wall Street Journal discusses how more operators of the largest truck fleets in the US are in the process of converting their fleets over to natural gas powered trucks. These big companies, including Procter & Gamble, United Parcel Service, FedEx, and North Carolina based Lowes are all recognizing that the cost […]

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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. Riva Krut spoke at NC State today, and shared the exciting story of sustainable productivity at Praxair.  The company focuses on industrial gases, and serves  multiple sectors, including gases that might be in your beer or soda.  The company covers a lot of different segments, and with a mission of making the planet more productive, […]

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  24. A recent story posted by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems highlights the role of our two research fellows, Jessica Newsome and Sebastian Naskaris.  The fellows will provide supply chain research and expertise to develop successful, economically viable connections between local food producers and mainstream retail and institutional food buyers. Fellows will analyze the sourcing […]

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  25. 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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