New Research Report from APICS: What’s Keeping Supply Chain Leaders up at Night

Supply Chain Matters

APICS and Michigan State University have recently partnered to research top concerns among leaders of supply chain management. Report also available for complimentary downloading) This research represents Michigan State’s research efforts profiling challenges among […]. This week, both organizations released their latest joint research report: Supply Chain Issues: What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?

Michigans Role in the Growing Mobility Industry

3PL Insights

Even with its role in the global auto industry losing its luster in recent years, Michigan has rapidly transitioned to growth in the mobility sector. Michigan has taken every step possible to be a leader in the field, and seize the benefits of such a position. Michigan Transportation

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Evans Distribution Supports Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan Cookie Gala

3PL Insights

Girl Scouts of Southeast Michigan hosted their annual Cookie Gala on April 19th 2017 at the MGM Grand Hotel Ballroom. Evans Distribution Systems has been a partner to the Southeast Michigan Council for the past few years by shipping the awards and mailing materials to the troops.

Expanding and Shipping to Canada

3PL Insights

3PL Customs Freight Management Logistics Matt Magpantay Michigan Supply Chain Trucking Expanding and Shipping to Canada By Matt Magpantay, Evans Distribution Systems Some call it the U.S.’

Best Approaches to Survive Supply Chain Complexity

Supply Chain 24/7

As part of the ongoing collaboration between Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and APICS Supply Chain Council, the Beyond the Horizon research project is investigating how the supply chain management discipline is evolving into the future

General Mills Reports Another Disappointing Quarter While its Supply Chain Remains Challenged with Conflicting Goals

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Transformation blogs- independent analysis and opinion on supply chains challenges within consumer product goods supply chains General Mills supply chain Independent supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari''s Blog Michigan State University Professor Steven Melnyk supply chain insights Supply chain Matters blog supply_chain_matters

Introducing Supply Chain Power Influencers on Twitter

Supply Chain Opz

In 2011, a research team consists of the experts from University of Michigan and Yahoo, Inc published the article named " Everyone’s an Influencer: Quantifying Influence on Twitter ".

2016 SCM World University 100

SCM Research

According to this ranking, the top 5 universities worldwide are: (1) Michigan State University, (2) Penn State University, (3) University of Tennessee, (4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and (5) Arizona State University. This week, SCM World have published their “SCM World University 100” ranking, which aims to list the best business schools for supply chain talent worldwide.

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3PL Best Practices

3PL Insights

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How Truckers Are Helping with Michigan’s Water Crisis

GTG Technology Group

The contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has been major news in recent months. Two years ago, Michigan changed Flint’s water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The post How Truckers Are Helping with Michigan’s Water Crisis appeared first on GTG Technology Group.

Implications from the Rana Plaza Disaster (Guest Post by Brian Jacobs and Vinod Singhal)

SCM Research

Brian Jacobs is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Today’s guest post comes from Brian Jacobs and Vinod Singhal, who present the results of their recent research on social issues in global textile supply chains. Rana Plaza, an eight-story building in Bangladesh that housed garment factories employing approximately 5000 workers, collapsed on April 24, 2013.

A Supply Chain Evangelist can help your mid-size company get on board with strategic supply chain improvements

Take Supply Chain

And, the #1 school for supply chain management, Michigan State University, offers a robust online program: [link]. I recently participated in a Supply & Demand Chain Executive panel webinar on the procurement challenges of small and mid-size companies.

SCRC Executive Roundtable: Combating Counterfeit in the Supply Chain


A report by Jeremy Wilson at Michigan State University, which hosts the country’s only Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection , notes that counterfeiting has grown from a $30B trade problem in the 1980s, to $600B in trade.

20 Manufacturing Blogs Every Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Distribution, and Logistics Professional Should Read


Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center – Another local manufacturing blog with strong content, MMTC works to protect the rights of Michigan manufacturers and keep those in the industry informed. ( @Proudtomfrinmi ).

7 Megatrends Supply Chain People Should Watch

Supply Chain Opz

The authors of this article are the late Donald Bowersox, David Closs and Theodore Stank (at that time all of them were at Michigan State University). Current logistics and supply chain management trends are discussed very often on social media sites. How can we identify them really?

Hanjin, Hurricanes, Harvests May Boost Truckload Rates

DAT Solutions

The Michigan apple crop escaped late frosts and is now projected to achieve a near-record harvest. The spot marketplace remains tame despite occasional surges that cause scattered rate hikes.

Design Your Business to Thrive: Four Components of a Smart Supply Chain Modeling Platform

Talking Logistics

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. There are hundreds or thousands of “what-if” questions for businesses to answer in order to build a sustainable, efficient, responsive supply chain.

SCI IMPACT! vs. the Beer Game

Supply Chain Insights

Recently I had the opportunity to go to Llamasoft headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan to play the game they have programmed for Supply Chain Insights around supply chain strategies and inside-out versus outside-in processes, SCI IMPACT!

2 Signs That the Freight Recession Really Is Over

DAT Solutions

Asparagus, beans, and peas are shipping out of Western Michigan, and reefer rates on the lane from Grand Rapids to Philadelphia jumped up 47¢ to $3.17/mile. Last week, the national load-to-truck ratio for vans was the highest it's been since March 2014.

Is Mexico the New China? Why Manufacturers are Nearshoring and Re-shoring

Ryder Exchange

In addition to chairing the Michigan hub of Ryder’s Women’s Leadership Forum, Ms. In Part One of this series, we explored various aspects of the U.S. Industrial Manufacturing Renaissance and how companies are adjusting to meet its challenges.

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Selling to Consumers at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Enterra Insights

Prahalad, a University of Michigan business professor, in his book ‘The … Continued The post Selling to Consumers at the Bottom of the Pyramid appeared first on Enterra Solutions. “A decade ago,” writes Stephanie Strom (@ssstrom), “C.

Using Modeling and Analytics to Design a Resilient Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

Before coming to LLamasoft, Mike received a MBA and a MS in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and completed multiple supply chain resiliency consulting projects with companies such as Boeing and Keurig Green Mountain.

Selecting a 3PL – 8 Things the Great 3PLs Do

The Logistics of Logistics

He has a BBA from Cleary University and a MA from University of Michigan. Click to register for this free webinar: Selecting a 3PL: 8 Things the Great 3PLs Do (Wednesday, February 12, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm). Companies with logistics needs are increasingly using 3rd party logistics providers (3PLs). Contracting with a 3PL is a great choice as long as you pick the right 3PL. The right 3PL can save your company money, improve service and generally make life easier.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 23-27, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Alphabet looks to snowy Michigan to test self-driving cars (Reuters). My daughter and I are heading on a road trip this afternoon to visit a couple of universities. 13 hours of total driving time over two days. All to determine where I will send my future paychecks and life savings to. Sigh*.

The Takeaway from CSCMP Conference: The Data Problem Runs Deep

Talking Logistics

Adam holds five technology patents, two degrees from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Stanford University. This year’s CSCMP conference reinforced that we’re in the early days of a massive transformation.

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Transportation Network Modeling: A Powerful Tool in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Strategy

Talking Logistics

He holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. Companies need to be fully aware of global climate change conversations and how they will impact their supply chain in the near future.

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Plant-location decisions and potential supply chain risk

The 21st Century Supply Chain

Besides Texas—Toyota’s new North American headquarters—other states on the companies’ shortlist are Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina, WSJ reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the potential investment.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of March 27, 2015

Supply Chain Digest

Michigan Auto Parts Plant Saved, but Workers Took a Big Hit, Another Consumer Packaged Goods Sector Mega Merger, Amazon Expanding Its Indian Operations, IoT Turns Products into Services

Driverless Trucks: Heading Somewhere or Nowhere Quickly?

Talking Logistics

Today, there are 8 states in the country, including Nevada, California, Michigan, Florida, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Arizona that are allowing the testing of self-driving vehicles on certain roadways.”. Will there be a future for driverless trucks in logistics?

Freight Gathers Strength in Early November, Led by Western Region

DAT Solutions

Strong potato harvests in southern Idaho, as well as apples from Washington and Michigan, add to a respectable volume of iceberg lettuce from the San Joaquin Valley and the Imperial Valley near Yuma, AZ. We look at national trends every week, but sometimes the detail can get lost.

Kewill Announces Acquisition of LeanLogistics


LeanLogistics, located in Holland, Michigan will become Kewill’s largest office. Doug Braun added, “We see an exciting culture and talent pool in, and around, Holland, Michigan and view the team as a critical part of the combined organization. Leading logistics solutions provider strengthens offering with global SaaS transportation platform.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Going to Market with Your Transportation RFP

Talking Logistics

Tim holds an MBA from Western Michigan University and a BSBA in Logistics from Central Michigan University. This time of year, many shippers are reviewing and updating their transportation plan for the back half of the year and many will be considering issuing RFPs for new or changed capacity needs.

Make 2016 the Year of the TMS

Talking Logistics

Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. 2016 is finally here, and there’s a good chance you’re working hard to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone wants to better themselves, right? Hopefully you’ve taken that same approach with your business. One area that always seems ripe for improvement is the supply chain, and one of the best ways to accomplish that is with a transportation management system (TMS). For most companies, the opportunity is there.

Supply Chain Talent: The Missing Link in Your Future?

Supply Chain Shaman

On Thursday this week, I will be joined by three of my favorite people—Joe Krkoska, Dow AgroSciences; Nick Little, Michigan State; and Marcia Conner, Sensify (a specialist in adult learning)—for a webinar on Supply Chain Talent. Today, I finished up a report on supply chain talent.

Dispelling Three Common Myths about Global TMS Deployment

Talking Logistics

Walter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and attended The Detroit College of Law. For the last couple of decades transportation management systems (TMS) have revolutionized supply chains, helping companies streamline their logistics processes, achieve greater visibility into their operations and save significant dollars on transportation.

Transportation, Planning, and Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Talking Logistics

Jim has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BSME from Marquette University. When it comes to the challenges of providing omni-channel fulfillment, your first thought might be “click-and-collect” or item picking in the distribution center (DC).

A Transportation Network is Your Pit Crew

Talking Logistics

in Materials & Logistics Management from Michigan State University. You’ve developed a well thought out transportation plan that supports your supply chain. You’ve conducted a transportation procurement event and have agreements in place with carrier partners to provide the type of capacity you need, where and when you need it.

Let the Design Begin…

Supply Chain Shaman

It was held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. On Wednesday, the theatre at the Michigan League was bursting at the seams to hold over 500 attendees. This week, I spoke at the Llamasoft Summercon Conference. The conference was low-key.

31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats


Ford, second only to Walmart in reshoring over the past five years, brought 3,250 jobs from Mexico to Michigan and Ohio to build F-650 and F-750 trucks, Fusion cars, and engines. This is the first post in a two part series on our update on Reshoring.

What You Need to Know About the State of eCommerce Logistics


The eCommerce consumer expects free shipping, fast delivery, and hassle-free returns, asserts the E li Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Today’s logistics empire is not your grandfather’s or even your father’s logistics operation. Consumers are expressing an unprecedented amount of power through eCommerce, and in fact, eCommerce logistics is growing increasingly reliant on small parcel and package delivery options daily.