Challenges Facing Local Foods in North Carolina

Supply Chain View from the Field

Large chains typically buy from wholesalers, which include companies like US Foods (which was recently acquired by Sysco, making it ever more of a behemoth in the industry). In the second half of my class on Tuesday, Rebecca Dunning, one of the lead researchers on the NC Growing Together grant, explained some of the channels and opportunities the team has already explored to date.

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.

4 Things We Learned this Hurricane Season About How Companies Use Tech to Help Communities

Supply Chain Nation

Here are four ways companies prepare for impact to support their local communities in the eye of the storm: They keep eyes on the cone. In the face of a storm, companies must act quickly. Companies set a clear path forward and pivot when the storm changes direction – moving inventory from areas outside of the storm as the weather moves, and automatically redirecting other shipments to restock those stores. Hurricane season has rolled through and there’s just a few weeks left.

Hurricane Florence Update: Impacts, Forecasts, and Operational Best Practices


Several states in the east coast, especially the Carolinas, have been on high alert as they await landfall. Supply Chain Impact and Potential Disruptions: As early as Wednesday, September 12, as a safety precaution, operations at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina and Port of Wilmington in North Carolina were halted until further notice. DowDupont sites in North Carolina’s Charlotte, Greenboro, and Fayetteville will have work suspensions.

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

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

Times Money and Company. 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. UCLA Anderson School of Management Blog. Archives. July 2014.

Hurricane Florence Update: Impacts, Forecasts, and Operational Best Practices


SEPT 19 UPDATES: Over 200 roads in South Carolina, and 1000 roads (including major highways) in North Carolina have been closed. Storm surge remains one of the biggest risks, and residents in the Carolinas are being warned of flood threats well into the rest of the week. North Carolina's Cape Fear river is rising and is expected to crest at 62 feet today, threatening 12,000 residents as it floods the surrounding area. In North Carolina, Gov.

Is Powerloop Good for the Freight Business with Andrew Kelley

The Logistics of Logistics

Andrew has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSME from MIT, and a BSME from North Carolina State University. [1:15] I’ve also driven for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. [2:17] Having a third party oversee the process is favorable for both companies.

Trending Transportation News: February 2016

PLS Logistics

In January, PLS opened its 12 th branch office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Both offices opened to better support the company’s shipping and carrier partners. Non-Manufacturing Grows for 72 nd Straight Month. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that non-manufacturing activity continues to point towards growth.

Don’t Wait for Standards Before Moving Closer to Smarter Manufacturing


companies reportedly did not use Smart Manufacturing despite reports in increased efficiency, lower product defects, and customer satisfaction gains by those using Smart Manufacturing. Author information Rana Tarakji Contributor at PDF Electric & Supply Rana Tarakji is a contributor at PDF Electric & Supply, an automation supplier with corporate office located in Cary, North Carolina.

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. As shown in Figure 1, most companies know the geographical location for their first tier suppliers, but only 37% know the location of second and third tier providers.

Strategically Managing Your Spend: An Infographic

Talking Logistics

The combination of inclement weather, capacity shortages, and stiff marketplace competition had many companies spending more than budgeted. He joined the company in 1993 and became senior vice president in May 2012. The first two quarters of 2014 impacted a lot of supply chain budgets.

The Reshoring Initiative: 3 Reasons Why American Retailers Are Reshoring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs


Together reshoring and related foreign direct investment by companies returning to the U.S. The trajectory toward reshoring continues to accelerate under the Trump administration, with an all-time high of reported reshoring jobs per month in January 2017, followed up by companies such as Softbank, GM, Spring, Infosys, and Apple announcing reshoring initiatives. Why are so many companies making the decision to bring jobs back to American shores?

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. Essentially, it integrates “field-based student course projects with real problems that companies are facing” The projects are identified by the company, but NCSU narrows the scope and assigns the projects to students.

On-Demand Webcast – Supply Chain Transformation: Avaya’s Journey

The 21st Century Supply Chain

With an outlined five-phase approach, Green discusses how Avaya was able to shift focus within the company, combining people, process and technology to achieve far-reaching success. Benji Green has 14 years of supply chain and operations experience in high tech, multi-national companies.

Live Webcast – Supply Chain Transformation: Avaya’s Journey

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Benji Green has 14 years of supply chain and operations experience in high tech, multi-national companies. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. by Alexa Cheater We’re delighted to be bringing you a great live discussion on successful supply chain transformation based on Avaya’s first-hand experience.

Supply Chain Risk Management: Could You Face a Category 4 Supply Chain Disaster?

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Heading further north along the coast is Savannah, GA, home to the largest single container terminal in the United States. Trucking companies already warned customers trying to get shipments into the region that they should expect at least a two-day delay.

Site Selection: A Power Production

Inbound Logistics

ElectriCities of North Carolina works with companies closely to make sure they weigh electrical service and costs when planning to expand a site or relocate to a new one. Utilities such as ElectriCities must explore the unique circumstances of each company to help them meet their electrical needs in the most effective and cost-efficient way possible

Plant-location decisions and potential supply chain risk

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Specifically, the companies agreed to establish a joint-venture plant which produces vehicles in the U.S., Mazda aims to build a production structure to further grow in North America, allowing the company to more quickly respond to its customers’ needs depending on the region and model.

Lionel Racing: An Omni-Channel Case Study

Talking Logistics

That’s how Rick Gemereth, CIO at Lionel Racing , set the stage for describing his company’s omni-channel strategy and journey in a video interview I conducted with him a few weeks ago at the Descartes’ Evolution 2016 conference (Descartes is a Talking Logistics sponsor).

Climate Change and the Supply Chain


In consideration of this new reality, there are some mitigative measures companies can take to make disasters less costly. Several companies and ports have pledged to address the phenomenon through the use of more environment-friendly materials, reducing emissions and investing in clean-air technologies, among others. This would encourage companies to reduce their carbon footprint, as more emissions mean higher expenses.

Is The Creative Class Coming To A City Near You?

Supply Chain Insights

In short, their job is to move their product, company and/or the economy forward by creating something new. There’s an old song lyric “ wherever I lay my hat that’s my home” (…attribution to Marvin Gaye). Aside from a short stint living in Europe, I’ve always lived in Boston, MA.

The 5 Largest LTL Carriers

The Logistics of Logistics

Each of the top five companies has a national footprint with tons of resources and top notch teams. YRC Worldwide is a Fortune 500 company based in Overland Park, KS. In 2012, the company had revenues of $4.9B. lower than 2011, however, it was the first time in 6 years that the company earned a profit. 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.

LTL Carrier Profile: Old Dominion

The Logistics of Logistics

Old Dominion is based in Thomasville, North Carolina. The company has five primary product groups: OD-Domestic, OD-Expedited, OD-People, OD-Global and OD-Technology. The company traces its origins to 1934 when Earl and Lillian Congdon founded the company with a single truck running between Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia. In 1957, Old Dominion extended its operations to most major markets in North Carolina and southern Virginia.

I (Don't) Drive Your Truck: West Coast Truckers Strike Again


On July 21, truckers working for the Pacific 9 Transportation company went on indefinite strike, causing further congestion problems and delays at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Both Congress and trucking companies are scrambling for innovative solutions to a growing issue. Some companies, like Cargo Transporters from North Carolina, have installed satellite TV systems with more than 100 channels to serve as entertainment for when the truck drivers are away from home.

Bomb Cyclone Hits East Coast


With freezing temperatures hitting as low as negative 18 degrees Fahrenheit and snowfall projected to reach up to 12 inches , Georgia , North Carolina , and Virginia have preemptively declared states of emergency. The inclement weather system has resulted in the closure of the Port of Virginia as well as most of the terminals in South Carolina’s Port of Charleston. American and Southwest Airlines were among the first air companies to announce flight suspension.

Why Can’t The Supply Chain Get Rid of Abuse?

Material Handling & Logistics

In 2010, 18 workers threw themselves from the top of the Chinese company’s building, resulting in 14 deaths. Horrific working conditions endured by children farming tobacco in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia were reported in January of this year by Human Rights Watch.

Amazon Acquiring Whole Foods: A Wakeup Call for the Grocery Industry?

Talking Logistics

in 1994 helped upend that country’s grocery sector, says it will open 20 stores in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina by summer, with some arriving in the next few weeks.

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Supply Chain Transformation is a Journey not a Destination

Enterra Insights

Cognitive computing is the key that unlocks data democratization for companies. Experiments with truck platoons (three vehicles, one manned and two autonomous) are currently being conducted in North Carolina. Supply chains have been around since people realized they had things worth trading. As new technologies emerged, supply chains transformed to take advantage of these technologies.

Supplier-Led Innovation Workshop

Supply Chain View from the Field

Very few companies succeed at driving new ideas from suppliers into the business because they are simply unprepared to engage suppliers. Companies that have succeeded in integrating suppliers into product development have implemented a well-defined process and identified the right team of individuals to lead supplier integration efforts. In 2003, Nokia was in a lawsuit and could not use Qualcomm chips in their phones.

Supply Chain Disruption and Digitization

Enterra Insights

The IoT, however, will dramatically increase the amount of data with which companies must deal. Even more important, the information will be available in real time, enabling companies to make decisions on product design, manufacturing, distribution and even prices.” And truck platooning is being experimented with in North Carolina. ”[6] To best leverage these technologies companies need to do two things.

Rhode Island Named Bottom State for Infrastructure and Transportation as US Underinvestment Takes Toll


North Dakota. #13. North Dakota. North Carolina. North Carolina. #25. South Carolina. South Carolina. #35.

Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

Although the research focused on the process industry, the content and recommendations we make apply to companies across all industries that want to make their supply chains more flexible and responsive. So, how can companies get that “swing” in supply chain management?

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

This means small businesses and global companies alike can continue to harness the power of America’s farms and forests to create new and innovative biobased products that are used all around the world.” Seven case studies are presented from stakeholders such as The Coca-Cola Company and PlantBottle packaging, Patagonia, and Ford.

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When it Comes to Direct-to-Consumer Shipping, Warehouse Size Matters

Supply Chain Nation

Also, Fast Company names Amazon and Home Depot as two of the Most Innovative Companies of 2017. According to Hayley Peterson’s Business Insider article, A Trader Joe’s competitor is opening 100 stores in the US — see if it’s coming to your hometown, Lidl will open its first 20 stores this summer in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, with plans to open 100 stores over the next year.

More Challenges for the Transportation Network: Day 2 of the SCRC Meeting

Supply Chain View from the Field

For example, the widening of the Panama Canal will change the conditions here in North Carolina, as enormous container ships will be circumnavigating the globe. Steamship companies will dedicate vessels that permanently go eastbound and westbound. And in Panama a huge transshipment area will grow where they will will do break bulk, put cargo onto smaller ships and send to North America.