Highlights of the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, this author had the distinct opportunity to both attend and participate in the 2014 Supply Chain World North America conference sponsored by the Supply Chain Council. The conference was a combined global member meeting of Supply Chain Council and of the 2014 Annual Conference. This year’s overall theme was The Tuned Supply Chain, From Strategy to Resources.

The Worst Supply Chain in North America

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve been doing some research on the unconventional oil supply chain. Unconventional oil includes crude oil from shale and oil sands. I’ve talked to over 20 oil executives and experts about the inbound supply chain that supports oil well production.

Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters featured commentaries related to the North America railroad industry, specifically capacity, safety and specialty car backhaul operational challenges that impacted multiple industry supply chains. To no surprise, The Association of American Railroads (AAR), an industry policy, research and technology organization, reported increased freight rate traffic for 2014. railroads in 2014 increased 4.5

In Automotive Industry, Mexico is Indeed Becoming A North America and Export Production Center

Supply Chain Matters

In a previous Supply Chain Matters commentary in early July, we noted a rising tide of production sourcing investments in Mexico among global based automotive OEM’s. Automotive OEM’s BMW, Honda, Mazda,Volkswagen’s Audi Group, and a partnership among Nissan and Daimler had each announced Mexican production sourcing decisions that amounted to billions of dollars of investment.

Supply Chain Power 50: Best Supply Chain Blogs of 2014

Supply Chain Opz

Please drop us a line to bloggeradmin [at] supplychainopz [dot] com with the subject " Blog Nomination " by the end of March 2014.

The 11 Most Popular Blog Posts on Business in 2014

Cerasis

On this last day in 2014, from everyone at Cerasis, we wish you a Happy New Year and great success in 2015 for all those in business. Top 11 Most Popular Blog Posts on Business in 2014 by Page View.

The U.S. West Coast Port Crisis and Increased Supply Chain Risk

Supply Chain Matters

According to this report: “The world opened up for procurement managers in Q4 2014 with an abundance of cheap oil and gas making suppliers in far flung corners of the world instantly more competitive. Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Risk Management Transportation and Logistics 2014 U.S.

Takeaways from Roadnet perform 2014 User Conference

Talking Logistics

I’ve been using the word convergence to describe many of the trends occurring in the supply chain and logistics field today, and convergence was certainly evident at Roadnet’s perform 2014 User Conference a few weeks ago.

This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014)

Talking Logistics

North American Freight Numbers July 2014. The post This Week in Logistics News (September 29 – October 3, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. We had friends over for dinner last Friday, and the kids ran off to play hide-and-seek after eating.

This Week in Logistics News (December 8-12, 2014)

Talking Logistics

October 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). The post This Week in Logistics News (December 8-12, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Lots of news to get to this week, so let’s get started… Descartes Acquires e-customs.

This Week in Logistics News (July 7-11, 2014)

Talking Logistics

May 2014 Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI). Cass Freight Index June 2014. The bottom line: For the 11th time in 5 years, Congress is kicking the can yet again on coming up with a long-term funding solution until after the November 2014 elections.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Kuehne + Nagel inaugurates North America’s regional Integrated Logistics Control Centre in Raleigh, NC, USA. The post This Week in Logistics News (September 15-19, 2014) appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

The Next Generation of TMS Helping More Carriers Become Comprehensive Logistics Service Providers

Logistics Viewpoints

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

As the bricks and mortar retailer is attacked by eCommerce pure plays—Amazon in North America, Alibaba in China, and Flipcart in India—assortment and excitement in the store become paramount to lure customers. Definition: Brass tacks are a type of pin or nail.

Celadon Trucking Implements Load Analyzer and Improves Service and Profitability

Logistics Viewpoints

Celadon Trucking is one of the 20 largest truckload carriers in North America. Lauren Howard, Vice President of Customer Service at Celadon Trucking Services, spoke at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum conference in May.

Which Metrics Matter? Interview with Philippe Lambotte

Supply Chain Shaman

The early results from the ASU study will be featured in the book Metrics that Matter and it will be the core of the upcoming Supply Chain Global Summit on September 10-11, 2014 in Scottsdale AZ at the Phoenician. (We

Digital Path to Purchase: An Outside-in Opportunity

Supply Chain Shaman

At least this is the story for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in North America. dig·it·al ?dijitl/ dijitl/ adjective.

Big Data and Analytics for Oil and Gas Transportation

Talking Logistics

Live Epsiode: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 12:00 ET. Based on the current trends, North America could rival OPEC in oil and production. There has been a significant resurgence of the U.S. oil and gas industry in recent years, and U.S. is now second leading producer of oil (behind Saudi Arabia). This growth along with the complexities found in the oil and gas industry can create significant transportation and logistics challenges.

My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

Supply Chain Insights

The analyst role is better known in North America than in Europe, but thanks for asking! Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously.

Writing: Working on My Book

Supply Chain Shaman

The manuscript is due to Wiley on March 1st for an August 2014 publish date. I need it for my conference on September 10th-11th, 2014. Prior to joining Starbucks, he worked at the executive leadership level in Europe, Latin America and North America at ICI, a global chemical company.

How America's Clean Coal Dream Unravelled

Supply Chain Brain

I’m impressed,” said Jukka Uosukainen, the United Nations director for the Climate Technology Centre and Network, after a 2014 tour, citing Kemper as an example of how “maybe using coal in the future is possible.” Kemper, its managers claimed, would harness dirt-cheap lignite coal — the world’s least efficient and most abundant form of coal — to power homes and businesses in America’s lowest-income state while causing the least climate-changing pollution of any fossil fuel.

U.S. Auto Exports Expand in 2014 and So Does Supply Chain Capabilities

Supply Chain Matters

In late December of 2011, Supply Chain Matters raised awareness to Japan based automotive OEM’s, specifically Honda, with plans to shift a major portion of export production capability from North America instead of from Japan. Last week, The Wall Street Journal featured a report on 2014 U.S. auto exports, one that confirms rather active evidence that North America auto production continues to be viewed for both domestic as well as global consumption.

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

Supply Chain Opz

Companies of all sizes have been capturing the value from Global Supply Chain to increase the economies of scale and scope for years. Due to the rapid change in global business environment, managers find it difficult to gain the edge over competitors.

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The Top 7 Most Popular 3PL Blog Posts of 2014

Cerasis

We continue our series on the most popular blog posts of 2014 in each of our main categories with our very first post of 2014 by featuring another area important to Cerasis and the industry: third party logistics. The Most Popular Blog Posts in the 3PL Category By Pageviews for 2014.

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A Supply Chain Matters Rant Regarding Headline Hype- Offshoring vs. Reshoring

Supply Chain Matters

Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters has been tracking and highlighting the significantly increased momentum of U.S. and North America based manufacturing. manufacturing momentum was included in our predictions for 2014 along with some specific caveats. Increased U.S. Throughout the year we have pointed out the obvious needs across certain industry supply chains for rebuilding world class supply and services ecosystems.

Reflections on Hard Hats and Safety Shoes…

Supply Chain Shaman

When the added costs of transportation and inventory working capital impacts are added, there is a solid logic to bringing manufacturing back to North America. Mexico has become more attractive, and many companies are looking at alternative sourcing in Latin and South America. Manufacturing teams used to manage the supply chain group. Today, in most organizations, the supply chain team manages manufacturing.

3 fun games to teach your families about 3PLs

Quintiq

Along with Monopoly, Risk is one of most well-known board games in North America, and for good reason. For those of us in the 3PL industry, there is nothing more fulfilling than managing a successful business relationship.

The Freight Industry is Uberized in North America!

Freightera

Launched in May 2014 by Zhenya Beck and Eric Beckwitt in Vancouver, Freightera has already raised $ 2.3M, with 70 investors from Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach. The post The Freight Industry is Uberized in North America!

Academic Positions in Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

If you are looking for a position in North America, then the following webpages might be helpful: Decision Sciences Institute Placement Services and INFORMS Career Center (both pages contain some positions outside North America, too). Are you considering an academic career in supply chain management? A premium resource, dedicated to academic positions in logistics, is the Academic Hiring Survey (pdf), provided by The Ohio State University.

Winter Shipping Guide for Refrigerated Goods

Supply Chain Link

Winter came early this year for many parts of North America. With record snow falls. Read more. 12/30/2014. Intermodal. Supply Chain. Intermodal, Supply Chain, Cold Chain. Cold Chain Intermodal Intermodal Supply Chain Supply Chain

Supply Chain Matters Friday News Roundup

Supply Chain Matters

According to published reports, the new venture is expected to begin operations sometime in the third quarter consisting of 38 service repair shops across North America. […]. It’s the end of the work week and we continue with our news update series related to previous Supply Chain Matters posted commentaries or news developments. Greenbrier and Watco U.S.

Two FedEx Acquisitions Point to Changing Needs and Market Dynamics for Third Party Logistics Services

Supply Chain Matters

GENCO is a premier North America 3PL based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with revenues of $1.6B. FedEx recently announced two acquisitions related to third-party logistics (3PL) and information technology services, an indication of the impact of today’s Omni-channel commerce implications on customer and consumer fulfillment requirements.

Mexico Becoming More Attractive for Auto Production

Supply Chain Matters

Informed sources are being cited as indicating that the proposed new facility, BMW’s second in North America, will be designed to produce upwards of 150,000 vehicles per year. According to media reports, BMW is expected to announce sometime today that the German luxury automotive producer will invest upwards of $1 billion to build its first auto assembly plant in Mexico.

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More Railcar Shortages Loom for U.S. Midwest- Grain Shipments Remain Impacted

Supply Chain Matters

Earlier this year, severe winter conditions across North America coupled with the continued boom of bulk crude oil shipments originating from the Bakken region of North Dakota led to significant railcar bottlenecks and shortages. Business media was quick to note that the rail car shortage problems stemmed from pileups at the BNSF Railway, which was one of other railroads heavily burdened by surging demand for crude oil transport.

Alternatives to UPS and FedEx

The Logistics of Logistics

Firstly, Pitt Ohio’ s services span across North America. Pitt Ohio’s LTL offers direct LTL delivery through 21 terminals in the mid-atlantic and midwest regions but has coverage through all of North America with the Reliance network. Introduction.

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