Logistics

Dec 28, 2021  |  Articles

Are Procurement and Logistics Executives Aligned When Faced with Current Supply Chain Challenges?

Procurement and supply chain executives are on the “same team” – and in general, a recent study conducted by the SCRC and GEP suggests that there is strong alignment between the two functions when it comes to prioritizing lower risks […]

Dec 16, 2021

Rob Handfield Provides Strategies to Ease Port Congestion

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, offers risk mitigation strategies for supply chain leaders to ease current port congestion that include rerouting options, backup transportation options and alternative supplies. “However, even with more lead time, route alternatives […]

Nov 6, 2021  |  Articles

Human-machine Tradeoffs in Supply Chain Decisions (and the LA Port)

The current set of supply chain disruptions is bringing increased focus on the need for digital transformation of our supply chains.  Nowhere is digital transformation needed more than the Los Angeles port, where major operational disconnects are occurring between ships, […]

Sep 29, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Counterfeiting is on the rise, and projected to exceed $3 trillion in 2022

In a recent article published by The Wire China, I was interviewed on the challenges of e-commerce giant Amazon to contain counterfeit products on its website.  Counterfeit products are commonly thought to be a problem in niche industries, including luxury […]

Jul 9, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Making Sense of the Post-Pandemic Economy… Will We Ever Return to “Normal”?

The first half of 2021 brought with it a wave of massive changes, as well as new disruptions that augmented the chaos surrounding the mass vaccinations in the United States.  What is becoming increasingly clear is that the US economy […]

May 18, 2021  |  Articles

Major I-40 Bridge in Southeast Closed Indefinitely

The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) has shut down the Hernando de Soto Bridge on 1-40 indefinitely. The bridge connects Arkansas with Memphis, Tennessee. While conducting a routine inspection on May 11, an ARDOT engineer noticed a fractured beam, and immediately […]

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 7, 2021  |  Articles

Transportation and Warehousing Jobs on Decline

In April, trucking transportation jobs fell by one metric, while rising by another. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released their monthly employment report, revealing that seasonally adjusted trucking transportations jobs fell by 1,500. April’s report shows 1,480,300 jobs, compared […]

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 […]

Mar 29, 2021  |  Articles

‘Ever Given’ is Free, but the Cargo Industry Still Faces Congestion

Though Ever Given has officially been dislodged, the expectation of resumed passage through the Suez Canal has the maritime cargo industry bracing for the next phase of the plight: over 300 cargo ships racing to ports around the world competing […]