• Revenue for SCM Software at $10 Billion This Year
    [August 1, 2014] Supply chain management software is on pace to hit $10 billion in revenue this year, according to a report from Gartner. That would be an increase of 12.2% over last year, and would be the biggest growth the industry has seen since 2011.
  • Apple Leads Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 List
    [June 6, 2014] Gartner has released its 10th annual Supply Chain Top 25, and Apple is at the top of the list for the seventh year in a row. McDonald’s came in second for the second consecutive year. A couple of new companies entered the list this time: Seagate and Kimberly-Clark. The composite score is calculated using the […]
  • Supply Chains Becoming More At-Risk as “Internet of Things” Grows
    [April 4, 2014] Gartner is predicting a 30-fold increase in Internet-connected physical devices within the next six years, and says this will “significantly” alter how the supply chain operates, and create more “cyber-risk exposure”. So how much is a 30-fold increase exactly? We’re talking about 26 billion devices on the “Internet of Things”. For comparison, it was more […]
  • Supply Chain for the 2014 Olympiad
    [February 21, 2014] From a logistical standpoint, the Winter Olympics is one of the largest freight and shipping nightmares to happen on a global scale. There will be packages, parcels, and pallets of goods shipped from other countries to one central location — en masse — for the athletes, spectators, media representatives, and workers. These goods will be […]
  • The Supply Chain of My Underwear
    [January 17, 2014] It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired this much about a pair of underwear. I recently purchased a pair of Icebreaker GT Spring Boxer Briefs. It’s ski season here in Europe and I wanted a little extra warmth and you can’t go wrong with merino wool. It’s a perfect, natural material for insulating the […]
  • Santa Claus: Master of Supply Chain Management
    [December 13, 2013] You may be facing stiff competition in your industry, but on your most stressful days take a moment to feel grateful that you aren’t competing against the ultimate all-time master of supply chain management. No question, the Santa Claus operation would easily crush the efforts of any small or large company — with nary more […]
  • Finding the Supply Chain Sweet Spot
    [November 13, 2013] In any supply chain, manufacturing operation, or field deployment of equipment, ‘time is money’ when it comes to detecting quality problems. Even small delays in detecting these issues can result in large costs, such as rework, scrap, product recall, product defect and associated brand damage, legal liability, and the list goes on.
  • Notebook Shipments To Be Affected By Chinese Holiday
    [October 11, 2013] Though notebook shipments languished over the summer, manufacturers still have the holiday buying season to look forward to. Now, it appears that a labor shortage in China could restrict notebook shipments even further. DigiTimes is reporting that China is currently experiencing a labor shortage, and that this shortage could lower predicted shipments for the month. […]
  • Supply Shock by Brian Czech – Book Review
    [September 12, 2013] “Could it be that something is wrong with the sheer immensity of our national and global economies? Of course it could, and the sooner we recognize it the better”, writes founding President of CASSE and a Visiting Professor at Virginia Tech University, Brian Czech in his landmark and thought provoking book Supply Shock: Economic Growth […]
  • The Number One Historic Logistician is….
    [July 26, 2013] Logisticians are dazzling masterminds who use ingenuity to transport cumbersome supplies across vast distances and over some of the world’s most challenging terrain. These transportation experts used manpower and pure mechanical force to get things where they needed to be.
  • Real-Time Big Data is the Next Big Thing for Supply Chains
    [July 2, 2013] The vast majority of supply chain managers are itching to adopt Big Data solutions. These managers believe that getting a handle on Big Data will make the supply chain more efficient, that it will reduce costs, and perhaps most importantly – that it will enable real-time analytics for better business decision-making, as opposed to relying […]
  • MRO Goes Mobile and Robotic
    [May 31, 2013] Scientists from IBM revealed a mobile maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) prototype which is designed to help organisations maintain high-value machinery in sectors such as aerospace, oil and gas and shipping. Using a combination of augmented reality and robotics, the mobile system will help field engineers accurately locate equipment, provide them with critical information and […]
  • The Role of Technology Within Supply Chains
    [February 28, 2013] The vegetables on a typical grocery store shelf in 2013 most likely did not come straight from a family-owned farm. In the olden days this was much more common, but with growing population and product demand, business around the world has changed. The items in grocery stores nowadays have usually taken a very long, interesting […]
  • Google Set To Get Better For B2B Sales
    [February 5, 2013] Google may soon become a better tool for businesses who sell products for other businesses. Google has a new product in beta called Google Shopping For Suppliers, which is essentially a B2B version of Google Shopping.
  • Common Sense Supply Management By Tom DePaoli – Book Review
    [January 4, 2013] “This book is a summary of many of the lessons that I learned in my supply management and management career”, writes Management Program Director at Marian University, and Principal and CEO of Apollo Solutions, Tom DePaoli, in his engaging and practical lesson filled book Common Sense Supply Management: Tales From The Supply Chain Trenches. The […]
  • Logistics as a Generator of Jobs
    [October 26, 2012] A few years ago I met Prof. Sheffi at an event with my colleague Theo Fletcher. ?He was nice enough to recently reach out to me for a contributed blog post as part of a publicity campaign for his new book.
  • Next iPhone Could Be Made By Robots
    [October 5, 2012] Human workers are awful. All they do is write scathing undercover reports on working conditions and instigate riots at the factory. What's a company like Foxconn to do?
  • Candlewest Releases Supply Chain Management White Paper
    [June 20, 2012] Candlewest recently put out a supply chain management whitepaper geared toward small and midsized companies, that are driven primarily by distribution operations or manufacturing. In the report they look at companies that need to improve visibility, integration, and the efficiency of their supply chains.
  • Global Supply Chains Remain Vulnerable To The Next Disaster
    [May 11, 2012] After last year's devastating events in Japan and Thailand, an earthquake, tsunami, flooding, and a nuclear event, many businesses faced prolonged losses as production was slowed or in some cases, even stopped. As these areas are hubs for electronics, semiconductors, automotive materials, among other productions.
  • The Lost Art of Managing the Supply Chain
    [April 13, 2012] Oliver Wight Americas, Inc. just released a new white paper: Integrated Planning and Control: The Lost Art of Managing the Supply Chain. The paper shares insights into improving customer service, operational performance, and applying Integrated Planning and Control to your bottom line.
  • Is Your Supply Chain Prone to a Hack Attack?
    [March 14, 2012] We've all heard of hackers and most of us have experienced at least one or two hits-the trojan that ultimately disables a laptop or those annoying people who steal your email address and send advertisements to your contacts. Although these threats are more annoying than seriously detrimental, these simple scams do show how widespread hacking has become. A supply chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Therefore, supply chain managers need to recognize the reality of hackers and the costly risks they present.
  • Supply Chain Execs Aren’t Pleased With Disaster Planning
    [February 17, 2012] All sorts of bad things can happen when dealing with supply management issues. It's vital to have contingency plans in place for supply chains; so why are so many managers displeased with their companies' planning?
  • Fundamentals of Supply Chain Theory
    [January 9, 2012] "We wrote this book to help codify the foundations of this emerging supply chain theory and to demonstrate how recent developments build upon the classical models. Our focus is primarily on the seminal models and algorithms of supply chain theory - the building blocks that underlie much of the supply chain literature", write Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Lehigh University, Lawrence V. Snyder, Ph.D.; and Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley, Zuo-Jun Max Shen, Ph.D., in their comprehensive and authoritative book Fundamentals of Supply Chain Theory. The authors describe the strategic and tactical foundations of supply chain management, and provide the key mathematical models that combine the classical models and leading edge algorithms and modeling concepts.
  • Supply Chain Distinction Awards On The Way
    [December 2, 2011] On Dec 6, the Supply Chain Distinction Awards will take place in Dallas, TX to celebrate "excellence across the most important disciplines in Supply Chain management."
  • Thai Floods Seriously Disrupting Global Supply Chain
    [October 18, 2011] Over the last few weeks, reports of the damage done by the monstrous floods in Thailand have flooded news feeds across the web.Many people have been swept away by the flood waters and the property damage bill has already risen well above a billion dollars. One of the largest impacts, however, is on the global supply chain, seeing as thailand is Southeast Asia's second largest economy. Thousands of global companies have been forced to shut down production of products made in the country until the flood waters recede and the damage can be repaired. Some of these companies include: