The View from Houston: DHL Global Energy Conference 2015

Supply Chain View from the Field

Some companies are even sending out “blanket” letters to their entire supply base, demanding 10-15% price reductions on all current products and services. Other presentations at the conference included a discussion of compliance in the global supply chain. The topic of the “internet of things” was introduced, and the opportunities for tracking and managing assets in the supply chain was discussed.

Customer-Centric Supply Chains: Adding Clarity to the Muddle

Supply Chain Shaman

The topic was customer-centric supply chains. We started the morning by asking attendees to share their definition of a customer-centric supply chain. I cleared my throat and told as story of two clients in Houston. Customer-Centric Supply Chain Definition.

Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

Supply Chain Shaman

In my work as a supply chain analyst, and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, I attend many supply chain conferences. Customer segmentation, and building a customer-centric supply chain, is a popular topic at conferences.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2019

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Many of the leading ERP and supply chain software vendors have customer events in various countries around the world.; Supply chain professionals often cite peer-to-peer learning and networking as the most valuable investment of time and money. Takeaways from the IBM Watson Supply Chain Summit.

AGL CEO Jon Slangerup to Deliver Keynote Address at JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston

American Global Logistics

Atlanta, GA: American Global Logistics (AGL) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Slangerup will deliver the Day 2 keynote address for the Journal of Commerce Gulf Shipping Conference next week in Houston, Tex.,

How supply chain planners should spend their time, with cues from Chris Hadfield


During the presentation, especially on hearing about having to act despite incomplete information, I thought more about the role of supply chain planners. What I see is planners spending all their time chasing the latest shortage rather than efficiently planning their supply chain.

The Battle for Supply Chain Talent


Over the last few years I have heard a reoccurring theme from many supply chain professionals, “there is a war for talent being waged.” ” Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of demand and supply chain planning.

De-segregating the supply chain: Lessons learned in the air


It started to connect with me that travel in today’s day and age relates to many people’s approach to supply chain—both involve many moving parts. There’s supply of airplane seats, planes, and routes. There’s a supply and demand of hotel rooms. And so has the supply chain.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The Texas manufacturing facility will be managed by Motorola’s Singapore-based global manufacturing partner and is located less than four hours by road from the Port of Houston, which is a key US freight forwarding hub, ranking first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled.

Supply Chain Talk: Do Numbers Tell the Full Story?


At first glance, supply chain metrics may seem to tell you a lot about your current supply chain operations. percent in Houston. Read Previous: Supply Chain Talk: Are Best Practices Always Best? ]. How does this relate to my supply chain?

Big Data: A Garage Full of Old Newspapers

Supply Chain Movement

Whitney Houston. Last year, ‘Whitney Houston’ was the most searched-for term in Google. Martijn Lofvers, Publishing Director & Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Movement. ek Whitney Houston

Harvey’s Impact on the Global Supply Chain: The Role of Analytics


Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast and Houston with driving rains that left many businesses struggling with flooding, with little advance warning. What do we do after Harvey to ensure our continuity of supply? Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Responds to Hurricane Harvey


weather news and supply chain news have been focused on Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall in southeast Texas last Friday night. The storm parked itself over the Houston area for five straight days and dumped more than 50 inches of rain before heading east to Louisiana on Wednesday, TheFor the past week, U.S.

Downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry: An Opportunity for Supply Chain Improvements

Talking Logistics

And according to an article in the Houston Chronicle , “During the past eight months, energy companies have slashed more than 176,000 jobs worldwide, although the number is likely greater because many aren’t made public. I asked Kent what challenges and opportunities he’s hearing from supply chain and logistics executives in the industry, and here’s an excerpt of what he said: I hear consistent things from Oil and Gas companies, which are among the largest companies in the world.

2019 Logistics & Supply Chain Events to Attend in the US


Are you interested in expanding your knowledge on the latest trends and technologies within the supply chain industry? EazyStock has complied a new list of the top 2019 Supply Chain events that you can’t afford to miss. Houston, Texas.

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Which Season is Best For Supply Chains?


The same is true for supply chains, which experience highs and lows all year long thanks to the seasons themselves. The Supply Chains and the Seasons: What You Need to Know. The Seasonal Challenges of Supply Chain Planning.

Harvey and Irma Delivered Some Harsh Planning Lessons

Supply Chain @ MIT

Our hearts go out to the citizens of Houston and Florida as they continue to dig out from […]. Devastating hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey and Irma are forces of nature that can’t be stopped by us mere mortals.

Renegade Riposte

Supply Chain Shaman

In the supply chain, the questions do not change; but the answers do. Quote from a Supply Chain Leader at a Conference in Europe. We developed the Supply Chain Index in 2014 as a way to measure supply chain improvement at a balance sheet level.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of Aug. 31, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Houston Chemical Factory Set to Explode after Flooding, New Drone and RFID Inventory System from MIT,Things Looking Up for Container Carriers for a Change, New Amazon FC from Ruins of Huge Cleveland Mall

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. I got twice lucky as an MBA student at NC State, getting to attend two supply chain events. The first was the CSCMP Edge Conference in Nashville last year, and more recently the ISM Conference in Houston. The second reason was motivated by my mentor and supply chain professor Dr. Robert Handfield to attend.

This Week in Logistics News (April 22-26, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Swipe, click, this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Google Spinoff’s Drone Delivery Business First to Get FAA Approval (Bloomberg) Amazon to invest $800 million to make one-day free shipping the standard for Prime members (WSJ – sub.

How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

ISM special report found that 67% of supply managers believe input materials pricing will be at least somewhat negatively impacted over the next three months with 27% expecting prices to be negatively or very negatively impacted. Derry, CEO of Institute for Supply Management.

Supply Chain Impact of Hurricane Harvey Could Be Worse than Expected

Material Handling & Logistics

Interconnected global supply chains, heavy dependence on chemical products and the lack of sub-tier visibility are key factors affecting recovery timelines. Let’s not kid ourselves—this is going to be a big supply chain disruption,” says Vakil.

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The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

Others say February… Where they all agree is that the labor union discord was the icing on the top of a broken link in the supply chain. As a country, I think that we need to rethink supply chain flows for chassis, drayage and the unloading of larger ships.

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

Material Handling & Logistics

Communicating early and often to supply chain partners can alleviate the impact of storms on the supply chain. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) recently released the results of a special survey to assess how Hurricane Harvey impacted six key metrics.

Customer Advisory – Hurricane Harvey

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Hurricane Harvey is causing catastrophic flooding in Southeast Texas, leaving the Houston metro area in a severe crisis situation. Houston area schools as well as a significant number of businesses are closed for the week and many areas are only accessible by boat or helicopter.

This Week in Logistics News (October 28 – November 3)

Logistics Viewpoints

For the first time in franchise history, the Houston Astros are world series champions. This Week in News logistics supply chainThe Astros outlasted the LA Dodgers in a thrilling seven game series to bring home the crown. As soon as that final out was made, the real planning began. And no, I’m not talking about how the Astros can build off of this year’s team in free agency to defend the title next year. I’m talking about the victory parade. There […].

Missing Information. What are the Repercussions?

BluJay Solutions

My colleague not only missed his flight back, but also had to stay back a few more days in Houston as his connecting flights got cancelled due to bad weather in New York. This problem not only happens in traveling scenarios, but also in the cargo supply chain.

Customer Advisory on Hurricane Harvey


As the unprecedented flooding and impact from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Houston, SE Texas, and into Louisiana, the extent of the damage and cleanup efforts needed is becoming more clear. The reach of the flooding has expanded beyond Houston.

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.

The Many Types of Inventory Management Technology


As explained by Kenneth Hamlett of the Houston Chronicle , the two dominant types of inventory management technologies include manual and automated systems. Since the relative volume of inventory and supplies stays low, these systems are well-suited for small, new businesses. Supply Chain WarehouseThere are diverse types of inventory management technology and systems, designed to properly sort, control and act upon information with a company’s inventory.

Sweet smell of enterprise labeling success


So how does a $4B leader in fragrances and flavors comply with OSHA GHS standards and optimize supply chain operations? Get the full story by attending a special session at the Best Practices for Chemicals conference next week in Houston, TX.

Global Vendor Management: What It Is & Why It’s Essential for Your Shipping Strategy

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Imagine you are at your desk in Houston and you need to determine whether a completed order left the warehouse in China. Reroute freight to account for increased demand or last minute outages within the supply chain.

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

Material Handling & Logistics

The ripple effect of these delays will be felt up and down the supply chain, from these port closures delaying shipments in and out of the country, floods leading to lost inventory and general destruction keeping companies closed for days or weeks at a time.

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2019 Conferences for Consumer Goods Professionals


Many of these are geared toward a specific audience, such as sales or supply chain. 24–27, LINK2019: RILA’s Retail Supply Chain Conference (Orlando, FL) Mar. 7–10, ISM2019 (Houston, TX) Apr. 16–17, NextGen Supply Chain Conference (Chicago, IL) Apr.