The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

The conference was a great opportunity to interact with logistics and procurement executives in an environment of open dialogue and discussion. All of a sudden, everyone is “knocking on the door” of procurement and logistics, asking for cost improvements. These are the types of asset productivity savings that are often left untouched, as procurement goes relentlessly after pricing cuts.

Emerging Issues for Procurement in Oil and Gas

Supply Chain View from the Field

This past week, I hosted a meeting with a small group of oil and gas procurement executives in Houston to share thoughts on some of the major trends occurring in oil and gas, changes to the global oil and gas organization structure, as well as the impacts on procurement capability in the emerging ecosystem. As companies become more decentralized, procurement executives need to be able to employ the influence model , described in other of my posts.

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Changing SRM Behaviors in a Period of $70/bbl Oil

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was in Houston yesterday evening, speaking to a large group of procurement executives at a roundtable held by KPMG’s Procurement Advisory Group, at the fabulous Brennan’s restaurant on Smith Street. The event was sponsored by Coupa, one of the leading providers of software, and several of the Coupa executives from the Houston area and from California were present.

Pacific Drilling Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Sourcing Best Practices Globally


New York, NY April 2, 2019 – Consus Global , a leading Procurement services provider and Ivalua, the leading global Spend Management Cloud provider, today announced that Pacific Drilling , a deep water drilling company based in Houston, has selected Consus’ services in conjunction with Ivalua’s Sourcing platform to achieve cost savings and drive transparency across their sourcing operations. We look forward to contributing to their Procurement cost optimization initiative”.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning


and HOUSTON, Tex. Our services help clients develop the right supply chain strategy for their business challenges and implement the process and technology solutions to improve Demand/Supply Planning, Procurement and Sourcing, Logistics and Warehousing, and Reverse Logistics business performance. Founded in 2002, Spinnaker has offices in Boston, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh, London, and Singapore. PRESS RELEASE.

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Managing Logistics for The World’s Largest Company with Gary Sostack

The Logistics of Logistics

Then, after a short spell in New Orleans, I moved to Houston to work with supply chain in oil and gas. If you live in Houston, you know who it is. I was involved with the procurement of equipment and materials. For the last four years, I’ve been teaching at the University of Houston. [00:38] Please introduce yourself and your company. I’m Gary Sostack, President and Founder of ElementaLogistics LLC.

Pacific Drilling Selects Consus & Ivalua to Drive Sourcing Best Practices Globally


New York, NY April 2, 2019 – Consus Global , a leading Procurement services provider and Ivalua, the leading global Spend Management Cloud provider, today announced that Pacific Drilling , a deep water drilling company based in Houston, has selected Consus’ services in conjunction with Ivalua’s Sourcing platform to achieve cost savings and drive transparency across their sourcing operations. We look forward to contributing to their Procurement cost optimization initiative”.

Guest Post: An MBA student’s perspective on the ISM Meeting 2019


This week’s guest post is from my MBA student, Nikhil Singh, who accompanied me to the recent Institute for Supply Management conference in Houston. The first was the CSCMP Edge Conference in Nashville last year, and more recently the ISM Conference in Houston. The procurement function has experienced much growth over the past 15 years and is viewed as an enabler of driving innovation and change.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

to the region of Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey, and 300 of them are in the Houston vicinity. First, Hurricane Harvey, which formed on August 24 as a Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico, soon strengthened into a massive Category 4 Hurricane and stalled over a commercially vital region of Texas, dumping record levels of rain, as much as 52 inches in some regions, causing widespread and extensive flooding in the Houston and surrounding low-lying areas.

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Managing Legal Aspects of the Implications of a Hurricane on the Supply Chain

Material Handling & Logistics

Early data shows that most supply managers believe that Hurricane Harvey, which caused widespread destruction in south Texas and the closure of the Port of Houston, will impact supply chains in coming months. Often, supply chain and procurement executives and managers will be able to work collaboratively with other supply chain partners that have been similarly impacted by the storms to reach amicable resolution of delays and disruptions that follow a hurricane.

Expert Research, What Happened with IMO 2020 Fuel Prices?

Aborn and Co.

As of today, the highest VLSFO costs I see are in Houston, TX at $526/MT. IF380 in Houston, TX is at $375/MT. . Chris was director of supply chain at SharkNinja where he was responsible for procurement, inventory management, and new product development. An update on how things are developing with IMO 2020/VLSFO. . As you know, the IMO (International Maritime Organization) implemented new regulations for a 0.50% global Sulphur cap for marine fuels.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

MercuryGate Launches Global, Omni-modal Freight Procurement Solution. The orders are being fulfilled from about 160 Best Buy stores in markets that include Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle and Washington. Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

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2019 Logistics & Supply Chain Events to Attend in the US


Houston, Texas. At this event, you will get the opportunity to be part of a huge network of more than 2,500 global supply chain and procurement professionals. The American Supply Chain Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around improving supply chain and procurement strategy across the globe. Are you interested in expanding your knowledge on the latest trends and technologies within the supply chain industry?

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The American Red Cross: A New SCRC Partner Company Engages the Influence Model!

Supply Chain View from the Field

This was at the request of my good friend, Tom Nash, who I have known since 2000, when he was an IT Sourcing executive at Shell Oil in Houston. The team spent about two weeks preparing and explaining the market situation to key stakeholders, who together (led by procurement) developed the sourcing and negotiation strategy for engaging the supplier. The head of IT was brought in, and her role in supporting procurement’s contracting strategy was explained.

InSight, InControl: Real-time position and quality monitoring for production material transports


This significantly optimizes the procurement process. “Houston, we have a problem” But before everyone gets too excited about this new transparency, there’s one important thing to remember: most people are virtually drowning in information. By combining real-time asset tracking and condition monitoring of production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures to keep your production running long before goods receipt.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


The major lanes between Houston/LA (I-10 Corridor), Chicago/Ohio, NJ/Eastern PA, and Atlanta remains the same with ample capacity however lead times have shortened. Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages. Also, provide weekly data and reports to operations and procurement teams. Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update. By: Frank McGuigan, Chief Executive Officer, Transplace.

SCRC Meeting Insights Part II: Management Principles for Executing Visibility Strategies


A problem in procurement can impact manufacturing and logistics and planning, but often these dots are never connected, so there never emerges a cross-functional approach to working on them. This mechanism must be driven not simply by external impacts, such as floods in Houston or explosions in Tianjin.

20 warehouse professionals and business leaders reveal the single most important first step when designing a warehouse layout

6 River Systems

It’s very important for any business to bring, ship, sell and account for items small and large coming in and out of the business, so think procurement and shipping first and everything else second.

Get Your Supply Chain Back on Track in the Wake of the Hurricanes

Material Handling & Logistics

While the eye of the storms have passed (we hope; the latest news is that Tropical Storm Nate could develop into a hurricane this weekend), their effects will be felt for months to come, particularly as they caused closures at major ports including the Port of San Juan, the Port of Houston, the Port of Miami, Port Everglades and the Port of Savannah. Companies have an even smaller margin of error than usual entering peak season, due to the ripple effect of the recent hurricanes.

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Petrochemical supply chain in flux


Chad Burke, president for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, said that demand on plastics that go into pipes are an example of those seeing a decline. Most of PVC goes into construction,” said Pedro van Langendonck, finance and procurement official at the Sao Paulo-based Braskem, during a conference call on April 8, according to a Motley Fool transcript. “On

Enabling Innovation Groups To Sell More Effectively to Operations Leaders


Whether it is access to data, maneuvering around competing innovation objectives, tracking down actual factory-floor operators, or involving oft-neglected procurement groups, there are internal bottlenecks everywhere. This blog is co-authored by Ali Raza, Founder and CEO of ThroughPut Inc and Seth Page, COO of ThroughPut Inc. At ThroughPut, our mission is to bypass bottlenecks of every kind in the enterprise continuously.

Answering the Call in Times of Disaster

Material Handling & Logistics

On the line was a procurement person for a big-box home products retailer, wondering if the manufacturer, which produces doors, windows and other home construction materials, could, on extremely short notice, fill an order to meet what the retailer was projecting to be a 400-percent spike in demand for a particular product in the wake of the impending storm. Recent estimates suggest that Hurricane Harvey destroyed a minimum of 100,000 homes in the Houston-Beaumont, Texas, area.

5 Tips To Maximize Your Conference Experience at ISM 2019


We’re gearing up for the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Annual Conference, ISM 2019, in Houston, Texas, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, one of the largest events in the procurement world with over 2,500 attendees. Plus, JAGGAER is happy to be sponsoring ISM’s diversity breakfast panel, featuring even more accomplished women in procurement.

This Week in Logistics News (August 28 – September 1, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Port Houston Container Terminals to Resume Operations Friday (WSJ – sub. LevaData to Transform Strategic Sourcing for Global Procurement and Supply Chain Leaders. The rains and winds of Tropical Storm Harvey are over, but the impact of the storm on the residents of Houston and the surrounding areas will continue for some time. August is usually a quiet month for supply chain and logistics news, but not this year, especially the past couple of weeks.