Logistics

Mar 4, 2019  |  Articles

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

A group of executive joined SCRC faculty and staff for a one-day workshop held on February 28, 2019.  Companies represented included Advanced Auto Parts, John Deere, Hanes Brands, UPS, FHI, Lenovo, GSK, Altria, and UNC Healthcare.  The topics of discussion […]

Jan 24, 2019  |  Articles

The emergence of supply chain localization strategies

As more and more organizations struggle to deal with the deployment of digital technologies, many are overlooking some of the fundamentals associated with managing supply chains.  Digital technologies are just that – technologies.  As I’ve said in previous blogs, there […]

Dec 19, 2018  |  Articles

Using DRG Analytics to Drive TCO: The Holy Grail in Healthcare Analytics

Hospitals are bleeding money.  After a period in the 1980’s where the AMA was dictating prices they could charge, Medicare regulation, Part B, and introduction of bundled payments has now severely restricted the payments coming in to cover operations.  The […]

Dec 17, 2018  |  Articles

UPS Supply Chain Innovation Keynote Presentation at SCRC Meeting this Fall

One of the highlights of our SCRC meeting was the presentation by David Quintilio, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at United Parcel Service.  David is a College of Management alum, originally from Asheville, and began working loading trucks […]

Sep 26, 2018  |  Articles

Changing Executive Mindsets on Global Product Integrity: The Fight Against Counterfeiting Is Here to Stay

I recently interviewed the Director of Brand Protection at a large pharmaceutical company, who shared with me the timeline around how his company gradually shifted and changed its views on brand security, and built a business case around the need […]

Jul 16, 2018  |  Articles

Pharmaceutical offshoring makes recalls more costly with more quality headaches

I spent some time working on a study of how offshoring impacts quality issues, specifically product recalls, with a number of researchers at the University of Palermo, led by Manfredi Bruccoleri.  Our research led to some very interesting findings on […]

May 29, 2018  |  Articles

The Lowly Wooden Pallet is a Critical Conveyance in the Supply Chain

In a recent interview, discussions with Patrick Atagi, VP for Advocacy & External Affairs at the National Wooden Pallet and Contain Association (NWPCA)  helped to educate me on just how prolific wooden pallets are in the global supply chain.  Patrick […]

Dec 22, 2017  |  Articles

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people.  Here are a few […]

Dec 2, 2017  |  Articles

SCRC Meeting Part 2: DHL’s Advanced Analytical Team Models Logistics Challenges

In our second SCRC presentation, a team from DHL Supply Chain spoke about how digital issues are changing their business. DHL is a global business that manages 3.6M tons of airfreight, but also operates as Deutsche Post in Germany.  It […]

Nov 21, 2017  |  Articles

The Legal Implications of Transport Visibility is NOT Good News for Truckers

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 […]