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Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

In particular, the focal BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) represent major targets for expansion, but with them come a host of new problem that enterprises have little to no experience in dealing with in terms of logistics capabilities. Such providers understand domestic transportation issues, and can plan to develop long-term solutions to complex local distribution challenges. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!

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


Containers arrive at the port of Antwerp, and are transported by truck to a nearby inland terminal (BCTN) which is next door. In turn, these containers sit for about 5 days before being transported to the Nike distribution center next door and stocked inside the DC.

Is Walmart Really Ready to Take on Logistics In India?

Supply Chain View from the Field

The story highlights some of the findings of our recent global logistics study,which found that logistics infrastructure is one of the most challenging issues, particularly for retailers who are expanding into BRIC countries such as India. This is certainly the case illustrated by Walmart’s exploits in India, as a world-class supply chain confronts the realities of roads and transport conditions in India.

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Three Reasons Why I Love Hadoop, and You Should Too!

Supply Chain Shaman

Inventories are high, and we have excessive ocean capacity. Is this a sign of a looming recession or a transportation opportunity? The growth expectations of the BRIC countries is worrisome. The elephants are coming! They will soon change your supply chain.