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. As I work with clients to help them refine supply chain strategies, I often find that many companies will use words like customer-centric, but will fail to define the term to make it actionable. Customer-Centric Supply Chain Definition.

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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. However, when I am well-rested and in a better state of mind, I remind myself that supply chain conferences are a great way to connect with people in a meaningful way. Customer segmentation, and building a customer-centric supply chain, is a popular topic at conferences. Current State of Supply Chain Visibility.

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. Or, plan for what might happen if, let’s say, Puerto Rico endured a severe hurricane, or if Houston was flooded, or if a tsunami hit the Philippines, or if earthquakes occurred in Mexico.

Tropical Storm Imelda disrupts supply chains

DAT Solutions

Tropical Storm Imelda hit the Gulf Coast last week, bringing up to 40 inches of rain to the Houston area, and disrupting supply chains throughout the region. Rate Trend of the Week

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. Thinking back to when I started my career as a supply chain consultant, the travel industry has come a long way with technology to support the traveler. And so has the supply chain.

Gulf Coast freight haulers prep for Hurricane Laura’s wrath

DAT Solutions

The Port of Houston handles about 70% of the container cargo making land in the Gulf, so even a brief closure will have ripple effects across the spot market and supply chain for weeks to come.

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


and HOUSTON, Tex. September 26, 2019) A new study by ToolsGroup, a global leader in supply chain planning software, and Spinnaker, a supply chain services company, has found that only 7% of companies are reaping the benefits of digital transformation of supply chain planning. Drivers of supply chain planning digitization vary significantly by company, with 42% identifying increased operational efficiencies (e.g. PRESS RELEASE.

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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.

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. The global supply chain is a $25+ trillion per year industry. Between 2010 and 2020, the number of available jobs in supply chain is predicted to grow by more than 25 percent.

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., On Wednesday, May 22, Slangerup will discuss “Supply Chain Optimization in the Age of Disruption” at 9 AM CT. The post AGL CEO Jon Slangerup to Deliver Keynote Address at JOC Gulf Shipping Conference in Houston appeared first on AGL.

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2018

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. Where Does Supply Chain Design End and Planning Begin?

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 I’m getting a little tired of articles about ‘big data’.

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? For those that have worked in the supply chain, the situation is similar to reducing inventory and increasing receivables at the same time. Read Also: Forget the Supply Chain of 2020.

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.

Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain

BluJay Solutions

The recent announcement by Google-owned Motorola Mobility that all new Moto X smartphones sold in the US will be manufactured in Texas, highlights the continued importance of the global supply chain and role of freight forwarders and logistics services providers (LSPs) in successful local sourcing strategies. The post Local Sourcing, Global Supply Chain appeared first on Kewill Corporate.

Petrochemical supply chain in flux


. The supply chain for oil-derived products is in a state of upheaval, as demand for automotive and construction products nosedives but pharmaceuticals, food additives, derivative health products and disinfectants is soaring. During this time what we’re seeing is that different marketplaces are impacted to a greater degree than others,” said Bret Bement, director of supply chain petrochemicals, North America at BASF.

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. However, when you consider things just on a season-by-season basis, summer still tends to be a better season for shippers and for supply chains in particular than the colder months of the year. The Seasonal Challenges of Supply Chain Planning.

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. Entire warehouses full of products, as well as significant links in the global supply chain could be affected, as well as transport and other nodes. ” The challenge for analytics is to be able to map supply chains that are dependent on a single geography, and this would be important to prepare for risk.

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.

Strong Midwest harvests offset woes in Texas

DAT Solutions

Flooding in the Houston area disrupted the supply chain in Texas and beyond, while strong harvests led to rate increases in several Midwest markets. Rate Trend of the Week

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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. These events provide great opportunities to develop your supply chain efficiency and keep your business one step ahead. Send your high-level executives to Miami for inspiration on digital innovations for efficient supply chain practices.

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Customer Advisory – Hurricane Harvey

CH Robinson Logistics

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. Robinson Houston teammates have checked in and are confirmed safe at this time. While our Houston offices remain closed, the C.H. Houston Port, Houston Hobby Airport and IAH are all closed.

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. Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area. Derry, CEO of Institute for Supply Management.

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. Yesterday, Peter Bolstorff, Executive Director, APICS Supply Chain Council, called to discuss the use of the Supply Chain Index by APICS to measure supply chain improvement. We developed the Supply Chain Index in 2014 as a way to measure supply chain improvement at a balance sheet level.

Supply Chain Weekly Wrap-Up: 12/06/19 – 12/12/19

All Things Supply Chain

Walmart launches autonomous grocery delivery in Houston Walmart has announced that it will partner with Nuro, a robotics company, to launch a pilot project that will make autonomous grocery deliveries… General Supply Chain News Weekly wrap-up automotive logistics supply chain news sustainability weekly wrap-up

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. The global supply chain impact of Hurricane Harvey could be unprecedented, widespread and realized, not only in the near term, but in weeks and months to come, according to Bindiya Vakil, CEO and founder, and Joe Carson, chief strategy officer, of Resilinc , a provider of supply chain risk and resiliency solutions.

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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 (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 […].

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. As transportation providers begin to recover from the immediate disruption and delays caused by the hurricanes, the greater domino effect of the hurricanes on supply chains will begin to appear. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) recently released the results of a special survey to assess how Hurricane Harvey impacted six key metrics.

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. For the supply chain leader, this means that the flows will get lumpier, less predictable and even more variable. Lora Cecere is the Supply Chain Shaman.

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 […]. Featured Humanitarian Resilience Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Maria Hurricanes Irma Making supply chain resilient MIT Center Transportation & Logistics Professor Yossi Sheffi supply chain risk managementDevastating hurricanes such as Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey and Irma are forces of nature that can’t be stopped by us mere mortals.

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. One way is by integrating its labeling process within SAP.

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

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.