USDA Funds NC State Study: Integrating North Carolina’s small farmers and producers in the global food supply chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) in North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management is one of several partners in a five- year, $3.9 million grant-funded project to build and evaluate supply chains for local farmers and fishers to supply large-scale markets in North Carolina. This project was also motivated by some of our earlier work with shrimpers on North Carolina’s Carteret County coast.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

Talking Logistics

Con-way Truckload and Con-way Multimodal Join Forces to Launch New Intermodal Service for North America. CombineNet and Transplace Extend Partnership in Delivering Advanced Transportation Procurement Solution to North America.

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What Are the Best Business Schools?

SCM Research

As part of their 2013 Best Undergraduate Business Schools ranking, they have now published the top 10 business schools in the area of operations management , an area that focuses on “the processes involved in production and everyday business operations, whether on an assembly line, a supply chain, or even something as common as a movie theater queue” And these are the top 10 undergraduate business schools for operations management in the U.S.: (1)

The 5 Largest LTL Carriers

The Logistics of Logistics

Old Dominion is based in Thomasville, North Carolina. The 5 largest LTL carriers together have $16.2 billion in annual revenues and 46.4% market share. Each of the top five companies has a national footprint with tons of resources and top notch teams. There is a brief profile of each of the carriers below. The 5 Largest LTL Carriers. Largest LTL Carrier: FedEx Freight. FedEx Freight is the largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $5.3B in sales (estimated 2012).

NC State’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative

SCM Research

I spent the last couple of days at North Carolina State University to work on a joint research project with my good friend Robert Handfield.

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

2013 has certainly been an interesting year! I also worked with a team of leading thinkers in developing the Future of Procurement Report (published by KPMG) , as well as publish the BVL International Global Logistics Trends and Strategies report with a team of leading academics and executives in Europe, China, North and South America, Russia, and India. As 2013 comes to a close, here are some of my thoughts regarding the supply chain trends we are likely to see emerge in 2014.

Natural Gas is Cheaper and More Sustainable for Transportation….Just Ask Truckers!

Supply Chain View from the Field

These big companies, including Procter & Gamble, United Parcel Service, FedEx, and North Carolina based Lowes are all recognizing that the cost of natural gas has dropped to record lows, and is likely to stay there for some time to come. Today’s story in the Wall Street Journal discusses how more operators of the largest truck fleets in the US are in the process of converting their fleets over to natural gas powered trucks.

Hey Mr. President, Why Can’t We Be More Like Germany?

Supply Chain View from the Field

One small step we will be talking about more on this blog will be the introduction of a new BVL chapter for logistics in the North Carolina region. For those of you who follow international sports, you know that the king of sports is soccer, and the Superbowl of soccer tournaments is the European’s Champion League. And what teams are playing in this year’s title game? Germany vs. Germany.

SCRC Partner Profile: A Textbook Transformation at Biogen-Idec

Supply Chain View from the Field

It has a large-scale manufacturing plant in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina—one of the world’s largest cell culture facilities—and a new 90,000-liter facility for producing biologics in Hillerod, Denmark. Although strategic sourcing capabilities are well established in industries ranging from automotive to electronics, they are still in the formative stages in the biotechnology sector. It isn’t easy to drive change in biotech companies for a number of reasons.

Winning $75K Marketing Case Competition Prize Really Was About.

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

December 2013. November 2013. October 2013. The Wake Forest Marketing Summit, a marketing case competition which took place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the end of February, is going to be one of my most cherished MBA memories.

LTL Carrier Profile: Old Dominion

The Logistics of Logistics

Old Dominion is based in Thomasville, North Carolina. In 1957, Old Dominion extended its operations to most major markets in North Carolina and southern Virginia. Five years later, the company relocated its headquarters to High Point, North Carolina, in 1962 and merged with Bottoms-Fiske trucking company. Old Dominion operates as a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier primarily in the United States and North America.

LTL Carrier Profile: YRC Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

Holland is a regional LTL carrier that provides service to the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin. LTL Carrier Profile: YRC Freight. YRC Freight is the third largest less than truckload (LTL) carrier with approximately $3.2B in sales (estimated 2012). YRC Freight has 9.2% of the less than truckload (LTL) market.

Report Indicates Amazon Has Deployed New Sortation Centers in Preparation for Upcoming Holiday Surge

Supply Chain Matters

In that posting we observed that retailers and parcel carriers had carried over important learning from the 2013 season. A North Carolina retail advisory firm is cited as indicating that over the past 18 months, the online retailer has deployed 38 new fulfillment centers across […]. Earlier this month, Supply Chain Matters posted its initial commentary to prelude what to expect in the upcoming holiday buying surge period.

USDA Announced Release of BioBased Economy Study Completed by NC State and Duke University

Supply Chain View from the Field

Now, we know that in 2013 alone, America’s biobased industry contributed four million jobs and $369 billion to our economy,” Vilsack said. In 2013, 1.5 I am delighted to share with readers of my blog, the announcement of a new report completed by Jay Golden from Duke University and myself, that was released today at 11 AM and announced by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

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[INFOGRAPHIC, REPORT, & INTERACTIVE MAP] The US Manufacturing Workforce & Making it In America

Cerasis

The US manufacturing sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8 percent more than similar workers in the rest of the economy in 2012–2013. million workers in 2013, 8.8 gross domestic product) in 2013. trillion in 2013, more than one-third (35.4

Claire’s Becomes Latest Retailer to Go Bankrupt

Supply Chain Nation

As soon as the first robot arrived at a FedEx shipping hub in the heart of North Carolina tobacco country early last year, talk of pink slips was in the air. Grubhub and rival Seamless merged in 2013. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date. This week: Claire’s Stores Inc.,

Supply Chain Disruption and Digitization

Enterra Insights

And truck platooning is being experimented with in North Carolina. 2] Ryan Bradley, “ Time to retire the word ‘disrupt’ ,” Fortune , 12 July 2013. [3] Disruption is generally anathema in supply chain circles. Yet, more and more articles address the topic of digital disruption and see it as an opportunity. The dictionary defines a disruption as “a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event, activity, or process.”