BRIC Supply Chain

Sep 29, 2019  |  Articles

What does the global trade chess board look like lately ?

Global trade is becoming more and more confusing, given the vast array of different tariffs, trade wars, 301’s, customs duties, and other shifts in global trade. I had the opportunity to speak with a few different industry experts this week, […]

Apr 22, 2018  |  Articles

Relational Contracting Part II: Four Numbers to Be Concerned About in Global Economics

Jason Schenker, a worldwide leader in global economic forecasting, brought a spirit of levity and predictive insights to a subject that is often mired in gloom:  economics!  Jason, who founded the Futurist Institute, commented on some of the major changes […]

Jan 25, 2017  |  Director's Blog

What Trump's Announcement of Withdrawal from the TPP Means for US Supply Chain Executives

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 […]

Sep 9, 2016  |  Articles

Hanjin Bankruptcy Demonstrates Fragility of Ocean Freight Market Prior to "Black November"

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 […]

Aug 25, 2016  |  Articles

Nike's Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium

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 […]

Jul 8, 2016  |  Director's Blog

The Growing Fragmentation of Global Trade: Guest Post by Tim Barnes

Globalization and supply chains have been tied at the hip over the course of history. Supply chains naturally take advantage of efficiency and cost advantages and over the centuries, as transportation methods, technology and global knowledge improved, there has been […]

Jun 17, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Nike Learns to Mass Customize Shoes While Near-Shoring

  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 […]

Jun 16, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Why Global Trade Agreements must be part of your supply chain planning: Guest Post by Tim Barnes

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 […]

Jun 6, 2016  |  Director's Blog

The Emerging Supply Chain Wars

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 […]

May 3, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Innovation Leadership in the Middle of Organization Change at Biogen

I spent the day at Biogen’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA today, with a group of executives sharing ideas on how to drive innovation.  Biogen is already a highly innovative company, as they have continued to drive new treatments in MS, […]