Logistics

Oct 15, 2021  |  Articles

Pandemic Not Entirely to Blame for Supply Chain Issues, Rob Handfield Explains

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says that the COVID-19 pandemic is not solely to blame for the current supply chain issues. “The warehouse, distribution and truck driver shortages were bad before COVID,” said Handfield. Read more […]

Sep 23, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield on Amazon’s Struggle with Bad Business Practices in China

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains why quality control has become Amazon’s logistical downside with its suppliers in China. “Amazon’s whole business model is about distribution, not sourcing, so they never developed capabilities like auditing or […]

May 11, 2021  |  Articles

Colonial Pipeline Emergency Leads to Safety Regulation Exemptions

The Colonial Pipeline shutdown occurring last Friday resulted in federal regulators issuing an exemption from Parts 390 through 399 of federal motor carrier safety regulations — specifically those that affect hours-of-service rules. The effect will remain until June 8th, or […]

May 10, 2021  |  Articles

TIA Petitions FMCSA to Crack Down on Illegal Dispatching

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) filed a petition in November at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) aiming to eliminate illegal dispatching. The TIA is exploring the idea of getting lawmakers to include the changes proposed to the FMCSA […]

May 3, 2021  |  Articles

SCRC Plays Pivotal Role in Initiative to Improve Global Supply Chain Resiliency

A team of NC State students and faculty played an integral role in a newly-launched global campaign to build integrity and resilience for businesses that participate in value chains.

Apr 29, 2021  |  Articles

Guardian Freight Bankrupt: Unsecured Creditors Owed Hundreds of Thousands

Household goods brokerage Guardian Freight has filed for bankruptcy, owing hundreds of thousands of dollars to trucking companies and brokers alike. After reporting a 92% drop in revenue in 2020, the company has listed its assets as $50,000 – $100,000, […]

Apr 22, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains the Ocean Container Shortage

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says the increased volume of product the U.S. buys from China is a major reason behind the worldwide ocean container shortage. “Ships are getting larger and larger, and slower and slower,” […]

Apr 7, 2021  |  Articles

Wi-Fi HaLow Opens New Opportunities for Tracking and Monitoring Goods

A growing trend in supply chain and logistics is the utilization of the Internet of Things (IoT). Kevin Daly of Morse Micro states that such innovations must be “standards-based [and] cost-effective,” including the ability to operate on “low power to […]

Apr 1, 2021  |  Articles

MSC Begins to Roll Out $100 Million Security Revamp After 2019 Drug Bust

After a colossal drug bust aboard the MSC Gayane in 2019, MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) is implementing extensive security measures projected to cost $100 million from 2019 to 2024. MSC is the world’s largest ocean carrier, surpassing Maersk in 2020. […]

Feb 20, 2021  |  Articles

Preparing for the E-Commerce Boom: The Need for Efficiency is Crucial

Since the global pandemic, online shopping has increased, thus resulting in a torrent of customer returns. Because of this, supply chain planning is more crucial than ever when thinking about reverse logistics. Obstacles include: customer dissatisfaction returns shipping costs customer […]