Origins of the Local Food Systems Movement in North Carolina

Supply Chain View from the Field

North Carolina has one of the largest number of hogs and poultry in the US, and a lot of discussion came about around the things that can go wrong with our system. Human ecosystems need to begin to develop local food systems (as opposed to global systems) as a way to have a buffer against the failure of these global systems to provide nutritious, flavorful food.

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.

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

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog. BIT Global Research Network. 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.

Is Powerloop Good for the Freight Business with Andrew Kelley

The Logistics of Logistics

Andrew Kelley is a global technology executive focused on logistics and supply chain software. Andrew has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSME from MIT, and a BSME from North Carolina State University. [1:15] download the audio file. [0:43]

Upcoming SCRC Meeting to Focus on “Transparency in the Global Supply Chain”


As individual performers in the supply chain are provided with the right information enabling them to act and make decisions in an agile fashion to react to global events and the ripple effects they have on global supply chain. An Economic Impact Analysis of North Carolina’s Supply Chain.”

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

George List, a professor of mechanical and construction engineering, emphasized the need for governments to consider the broader impacts of global change. 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. 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.

Climate Change and the Supply Chain


As climate change risks grow — rising sea levels, change in precipitation patterns, extreme droughts and heat waves, and intensification of hurricane events — global supply chains are vulnerable to major disruptions. They already had three solar farms in North Carolina and Nevada before they partnered with First Solar in 2015 to build another solar farm in California.

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


Director, Global Operations, Sales, Supply and Inventory Planning. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Is The Creative Class Coming To A City Near You?

Supply Chain Insights

According to Dr. Richard Florida, one of our keynote speakers at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit, my description fits about 30% of us in the workforce. This trend is a major driver of economic growth, both local and global.

The 5 Largest LTL Carriers

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 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.

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


Heading further north along the coast is Savannah, GA, home to the largest single container terminal in the United States. Lowe’s also had distribution centers in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina with extra supplies ready and waiting. Global, regional or local asset tracking.

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. Here is what I expect to see next year: Global supply chain footprints will continue to expand. Increased Globalization Brings Increased Risks of Supply Disruption.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

To do this the company is hoping to enroll all of its export and domestic suppliers in China, starting with 100 of its top suppliers, into an emissions reduction program called Project Gigaton, which is part of Walmart’s global approach to sustainability.

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


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. According to industry experts, this model is most beneficial for independent truckers, who pick-up and deliver items for manufacturers and wholesalers , as the mobile apps allow them to have better positioning in the global market and compete with large corporations.

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

The article goes on to note that Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is viewed not only with resentment but with a mixture of apprehension, envy and admiration, informed by a belief that the Germans have cracked the code of how to compete in the globalized world, coupled with an uncertainty about whether their efficient, export-driven economic model can be replicated. German supply chain Global Distribution Logistics Supply Chain Talent

In Times of Trade War, Companies Get Creative to Avoid Tariffs

Material Handling & Logistics

Katz manages a plant at United Chemi-Con in Lansing, North Carolina, a village of about 150 people with no traffic signal. In the case of United Chemi-Con, altering the activated area of the trade zone in North Carolina cost the firm about $20,000, Katz said.

SCRC Innovation and Social Responsibility Supply Index: A Critical Input to “Drucker Management Top 250 List”


Research by NC State Poole College Professor Robert Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative based Poole College, and Yung-Yun Huang, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in operations research, supplied two of the 37 data inputs used in the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural “Management Top 250” ranking of companies, published recently.

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. The company’s global operations (supply chain) unit reports into its pharmaceutical operations and technology (PO&T) business area.

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.” 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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Customer Advisory – Hurricane Michael

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle yesterday as a Category 4 storm and continues to move across Georgia and into the Carolina’s. The storm has directly impacted Florida, Georgia and both North and South Carolina. The disruption to the supply chain will be felt across North America. Global Forwarding – Ocean and Air Shipping. The North Carolina State Ports Authority is monitoring Hurricane Michael.

Claire’s Becomes Latest Retailer to Go Bankrupt

Supply Chain Nation

The company filed for bankruptcy Monday and said it reached an agreement with creditors including its private-equity backer, Apollo Global Management LLC, to restructure around $1.9 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. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

Supply Chain View from the Field

Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through the ranks at Biogen Idec – the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company and the largest biotech employer in North Carolina. Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Ide c spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.

Supply Chain Transformation is a Journey not a Destination

Enterra Insights

Experiments with truck platoons (three vehicles, one manned and two autonomous) are currently being conducted in North Carolina. The system has the potential to cut billions of dollars in annual spending on behalf of the global shipping industry. 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.

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. 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.

SCRC Meeting April 27-28 on Supply Chain Risk: Building a Risk Management Capability

Supply Chain View from the Field

We are in the last stages of planning for our upcoming 31st Semi-Annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) Meeting on Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, 2015 at North Carolina State University. Planning and forecasting in an increasingly complex and volatile global environment presents many management challenges, as supply chains are exposed to an many sources of disruptions and resulting financial impacts.

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. Every fall, Betty Minton and Bill Collins (my trusted and capable student project advisors) and I play a game of musical chairs.

Patrick Hopkins at Coupa: Coca Cola’s four truths of procurement to pay in action

Supply Chain View from the Field

This led to the development of Coca Cola Consolidated, located in Greensboro North Carolina, which later moved its headquarters to Charlotte, NC. The invention of the Contour bottle also came out in 1916, and in 1919, investors took Coke global.

What’s Ahead in the Logistics Arena?

Enterra Insights

The global economy was built on the shoulders of trade and the legs of supply chains. 1] Kaushal Dave ( @KDplan ), vice president of cognitive solutions at Aera Technology, adds, “The modern global supply chain is defined by scale — billions of transactions and terabytes of data across multiple systems, with businesses generating more every moment. Deans, “ How IoT and blockchain is set to transform the global cargo industry ,” Telecoms , 29 May 2018. [5]

An Economic Primer and Forecast from Professor Mike Walden


And finally, the internationalization of finance has driven the flow of global money everywhere, which some argue is why there was more money coming in that fueled housing prices and easy money. But what about North Carolina? I really enjoyed hearing Professor Mike Walden from NC State speak at the NC Museum of Art this morning.

High-Tech Nation: How Technological Innovation Shapes America’s 435 Congressional Districts


iconic places, such as the Route 128 tech corridor around Boston, Massachusetts; Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; and, of course, California’s white-hot Silicon Valley.

Industry 4.0: Will Your Business Survive?

Murano Corporation

factories will be embedded within the global networks of supply and demand through Cloud Computing. Cloud means convenient but secure global access to your company’s critical information in real-time is now possible.

Manufacturers Having Trouble Finding Cheap, Clean Renewable Energy

Material Handling & Logistics

and Global Manufacturers, ” by David Gardiner and Associates finds that 83% of the 160 manufacturers have established greenhouse gas reduction targets and 25% have established renewable energy targets.

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Bio-based Products Future is Promising, but Hurdles Exist

Supply Chain View from the Field

Effectively, there is no database that permits reliable reporting on the volume of biobased products sold in the US or exported for global consumers. Unfortunately, The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard-bearer for classifying businesses and sectors. The global apparel sector’s effort resulted in the development of the Higg Index, a universally accepted LCA tool and life cycle inventory database.

Becoming the Next Auto Hub


Global car makers are facing massive costs to quickly develop new technologies by delving into the production of lower-emission cars and self-driving cars. states under consideration are: Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The competition to be on top of the automotive industry means creating unusual partnerships.

Can Targeted Marketing be Separated from Targeted Manipulation?

Enterra Insights

Jason Spero ( @Speroman ), Vice President of Global Performance Solutions at Google, explains, “As a marketer, chances are you’ve used consumer intent signals to understand what your customers want and then delivered relevant experiences to them. Zeynep Tufekci ( @zeynep ), a techno-sociologist professor at the University of North Carolina, believes consumers have made a Faustian bargain with social media outlets.

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