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.

Hurricane Florence path includes 4 port cities

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Port of Wilmington, North Carolina - This port is right in the center of the hurricane path and is expected to be the hardest hit. Port of Charleston, South Carolina - This port will be CLOSED at least Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and possibly longer depending on conditions.

Hurricane Florence: What We Know About the Year's First Major Storm


It will deliver tropical-storm-level winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. As of 11 AM ET on Wednesday, it’s travelling about 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and roughly 520 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with winds of about 125 mph, according to the NHC. Transparency is key: master your information and rally your troops.

Don’t Wait for Standards Before Moving Closer to Smarter Manufacturing


According to Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition , Smart Manufacturing is defined as “integrating network-based data and information that comprises the real-time understanding, reasoning, planning, and management of all aspects of a manufacturing and supply chain enterprise.” Author information Rana Tarakji Contributor at PDF Electric & Supply Rana Tarakji is a contributor at PDF Electric & Supply, an automation supplier with corporate office located in Cary, North Carolina.

Hurricane Florence: What You Need to Know About the Year's First Major Storm


It will deliver tropical-storm-level winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. As of 11 AM ET on Wednesday, it’s travelling about 485 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and roughly 520 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with winds of about 125 mph, according to the NHC. Transparency is key: master your information and rally your troops.

The Reshoring Initiative: 3 Reasons Why American Retailers Are Reshoring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs


For instance, North Carolina shoelace and braid manufacturer Hickory Brands says bringing its supply chain back to the United States from China has yielded greater efficiency due to greater proximity. Author information Roy Rasmussen Roy Rasmussen, coauthor of Publishing for Publicity, is a freelance copywriter who helps small businesses get more customers and make more sales.

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


He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina and Master’s in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech. Looking for even more information on supply chain transformation?

What is Supply Chain Compliance and Why is it Important?


In addition, several agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) require unique device identifiers (UDI) usually in the form of barcodes to contain information such as manufactured date and lot number to provide traceability. Use the form below to send us your information!

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


of east coast and Gulf of Mexico imports in September, according to an article from the Business Information Industry Association. Heading further north along the coast is Savannah, GA, home to the largest single container terminal in the United States.

Challenges and possible solutions for local seafood supply chains

Supply Chain View from the Field

Both pointed out some critical points that are indeed challenges for the seafood supply chain in North Carolina, as well as some avenues to explore that may drive solutions. First, Gary pointed out that 91% of the seafood in North Carolina is imported! So when you sit down at a restaurant, it is highly unlikely that you are eating North Carolina product. But most of the seafood goes north – and only a small amount goes West in North Carolina.

4 Things We Learned this Hurricane Season About How Companies Use Tech to Help Communities

Supply Chain Nation

The control tower constantly updates with information from local stores, news sources, Red Cross and local contacts. More companies store and study information from climate events after the storm passes to see where their customers need additional support. If specific items were overstocked or understocked or weren’t fully evaluated at the start, that information helps the control tower to navigate similar weather events in the future to better prepare for the next one.

LTL Carrier Profile: Old Dominion

The Logistics of Logistics

Old Dominion is based in Thomasville, North Carolina. 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. Old Dominion operates as a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier primarily in the United States and North America.

Cultivating Teachable Moments

JDA software

I grew up in North Carolina but was born in Guam as my dad was in the Air Force at the time. It becomes more critical as we get bombarded with information and work through what’s truly urgent. Kathy Stanley is vice president of education services at JDA.

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


The concept of supply chain transparency and velocity is based on two essential elements of technology: 1) The rapid digitization of the supply chain, and 2) the rise of real-time information enabled by technology. Real-time information allows that information to be broadcast instantaneously. An Economic Impact Analysis of North Carolina’s Supply Chain.”

Academic English on the “Paragraph Level”

SCM Research

The web page of the Writing Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides further information on paragraph writing, including examples. Some time ago, I showed that a combination of correctly spelled English words (“word level”) does not automatically generate a good sentence (“sentence level”).

7 Hospital Inventory Management Techniques to Reduce Costs


In 2016, Caldwell Memorial Hospital in North Carolina, for instance, reported that it saved $2.62 Editor's Note: This blog was originally published February 25, 2015 and has since been updated and expanded upon with new information.

Prices fall as flooding halts freight

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Photo from North Carolina Department of Transportation. Some freight needed to leave North Carolina ahead of the storm as well, so the lane from Charlotte to Buffalo rose 22¢ to $2.81/mile.

LTL Carrier Profile: YRC Freight

The Logistics of Logistics

Holland is a regional LTL carrier that provides service to the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin. Transportation Company profile YRC Freight LTL Carrier Profile YRC Freight history YRC Freight info YRC Freight information YRC Freight Overview YRC Freight profile YRC Freight trucks LTL Carrier Profile: YRC Freight.

Supply Chain Disruption and Digitization

Enterra Insights

De Bernardini notes, “A massive amount of data will be available, along with systems and tools to collect, analyze and transform that data into information. Even more important, the information will be available in real time, enabling companies to make decisions on product design, manufacturing, distribution and even prices.” One of the most impactful technologies of the Information Age is the smartphone. Disruption is generally anathema in supply chain circles.

Early winter storms could cause freight schedules to slip

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Over the weekend, Winter Storm Diego blanketed Charlotte, Raleigh and many miles of highway in North Carolina, extending east to Tennessee and north to Virginia. Find loads, trucks and lane-by-lane rate information in DAT load boards , including rates from DAT RateView.

Supply Chain Transformation is a Journey not a Destination

Enterra Insights

… While the recent explosion of data is a boon for tech-savvy analysts, the amount of data makes it difficult to separate meaningful facts and statistics from useless or irrelevant information.”[3] Experiments with truck platoons (three vehicles, one manned and two autonomous) are currently being conducted in North Carolina. It’s a highly efficient means of tracking nearly all forms of data — shipping information or otherwise — in the digital age.”

Data Governance is real success story in analytics.


Data Governance” is a system of decision rights and accountabilities for the information-related processes, executed according to agreed-upon models which describe who can take what actions with what information, and when, under what circumstances, using what methods. Hi Andrea, On behalf of BravoSolution and North Carolina State University’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, thank you again for taking the “ Data Governance in Procurement Survey ” a few months ago.

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.

[INFOGRAPHIC, REPORT, & INTERACTIVE MAP] The US Manufacturing Workforce & Making it In America


US Manufacturing plays a particularly important role in supporting jobs in a core group of states in the upper Midwest (East North Central and selected West North Central) and South (East South Central) states.

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.

How Hurricane Florence affects freight

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Many of the destinations are in inland North Carolina markets, including Charlotte, and those lane rates are rising now. Find loads, trucks and lane-by-lane rate information in DAT load boards , including rates from DAT RateView.

Booming Oil Industry Boosts Flatbed Demand

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Farther north, outbound flatbed rates in Dallas are up 5% for the month. North Carolina and Virginia were especially affected by the winter weather this month, and prices fell out of Roanoke.

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. These capabilities require not only a commitment from senior leadership to fund and staff such an effort, but also a commitment to ensure regular reviews and a governance structure to support rapid decision-making when information on risks is elevated to senior leaders’ attention.

LifeWay Christian Stores selects RELEX supply chain software for forecasting, replenishment & allocation

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Michael Falck, President North America, RELEX Solutions adds: “We are delighted to welcome LifeWay as a RELEX customer. The company owns and operates approximately 170 LifeWay Christian Stores across the US, as well as the Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. More information: More information: Read PDF.

What’s Ahead in the Logistics Arena?

Enterra Insights

Traditional supply chain management (SCM) practices are quickly being outmatched by the ceaseless onslaught of information.”[2] Using a state permit, Volvo and FedEx have been conducting tests on a section of North Carolina highway 540, the Triangle Expressway, since April, running three trucks towing two trailers each. Supply chains have been around since humankind first began trading goods millennia ago.

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.

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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. Mike and Tom believe it is important to have strong analytical skills, and to be able translate raw market data into usable information.

Hurricane Matthew Affects Spot Rates and Freight Volumes

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Inbound rates could rise in hard-hit areas like North Carolina this week. Lane-by-lane rate information and Hot Market Maps are available in the DAT Power load board. Spot market rates were up last week, but volumes fell.

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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.

Industry 4.0: Will Your Business Survive?

Murano Corporation

It is used to exchange information to accomplish manufacturing operations management between sales, finance, logistics, production, maintenance and quality (as in Figure 1). PLCopen PLCopen enables the exchange of information between controllers, systems, enterprise and the cloud.