NC State and North Carolina industries step in to provide massive production of new N95 mask and materials


This is documented in the following video. Professor Behnam Pourdayhimi is sharing everything he does with the nonwovens companies in North America and around the world, many of which are members of the Institute and work together closely even in normal times.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented a new process to allow shippers to submit original vehicle export documentation electronically in lieu of delivering physical copies to their local CBP trade office. Content Summary: Trucks Platoon Across North Carolina Turnpike.

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As Baby Boomers Retire, Don’t Let Tribal Knowledge Retire with Them

Enterra Insights

… When experts leave, they take their deep tacit knowledge with them — the knowledge that’s in their heads but not documented in manuals or other documentation.” The youngest members of the generation known as Baby Boomers are approaching retirement age. If companies allow Baby Boomers’ years of expertise to walk out the door without capturing it, they are losing a valuable asset.

Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

The answer is well documented and proven: you need a strategic planning and management system, such as the balanced scorecard , that aligns “business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improves internal and external communications, and monitors organization performance against strategic goals.”.

New Reality in Supply Chain Strategy – Where are the Weakest Links?

EC Sourcing Group

How many documented issues related to quality, delivery, on-time performance or billing exist? As the late Jim Valvano, who was the former North Carolina State basketball coach, was fond of saying about the NCAA tournament “survive and advance.”. A crisis will shine a light on the weakest links in your supply chain. Wouldn’t we all like to have a supply chain built to withstand a ramming like the cruise ship RCGS Resolute?

Duke Energy CEO Talks About Leadership

Supply Chain View from the Field

For the average customer in North Carolina, he or she pays about $3 a day for electricity. The utility has retired coal plants in the Carolinas and nuclear plants have an extraordinary role and environmental stewardship is key and committed to. Her comments echoed much of what I heard in Germany by Dr. Michael Seuss, head of Siemens at a conference in Germany, and documented in a blog I wrote last year.

New Student Projects Suggest Greater Focus on Analytics

Supply Chain View from the Field

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (1) – Dairy Farming Project – Helping to create a transition plan to Austin Family Dairy Farm, a 75-Jersey cow conventional dairy farm located in Yancey County, North Carolina. John Deere (2) – Life Cycle Cost Benchmarking – The team will benchmark industry leaders to document and define best practices for measuring direct material cost over the lifecycle of a product.

Off to another exciting year of student-industry engagement at NC State on cutting-edge supply chain projects


Following a project we did last fall, Lenovo’s Data Centre Group (DCG) at Morrisville, North Carolina is seeking to identify and explore its opportunities for process improvement and supply chain efficiency by leveraging Blockchain. The students will review and document the current geography allocation process for Surplus/excess, Overage and Unconsumed Purchase parts inventory (SOUP).

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. In addition, users are able to view events of a shipment, imaged documents, and can email their account representative with questions on a particular move.

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Bayer, Deere, and ARC Provide Feedback on Student Capabilities that Drive Innovation


On April 19th and 20th the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Board Advisory meeting and Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University. Mike shared how this has helped Bayer with the challenges around forecasting in light of the different temperature cycles across North America. We have to be able to design, develop, and implement tools for collecting, documenting, publishing and analyzing marketplace information.

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

Supply Chain View from the Field

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. I helped create the first North American chapter of BVL International in the Carolinas, and we hosted two meetings at Volvo in North Carolina and Thyssen-Krupp in South Carolina.

3PL Warehousing 101

Kanban Logistics

For most companies, it is important that their 3PL partner has a documented continuous improvement program (CIP) in place. While documented policies, processes and procedures can go a long way in establishing a comfort level between you and your 3PL partner, they don’t mean much if they are not actionable. Kanban Logistics is an Eastern North Carolina 3PL provider that offers warehousing and other logistics services in the mid-Atlantic.

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Bio-based Products Future is Promising, but Hurdles Exist

Supply Chain View from the Field

Unfortunately, The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard-bearer for classifying businesses and sectors. We were surprised to find that many states with the highest Location Quotients were not states that are typically associated with the biofuels economy, including Oregon, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Maine, and others.

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion


It is not so much the application of a tariff, or even leaving NAFTA, but more like “North Carolina leaving the United States!” We bring a lot of equipment into the US, and we need to start digitizing our commercial invoices and trade documentation.