The Worst Supply Chain in North America

Logistics Viewpoints

I’ve been doing some research on the unconventional oil supply chain. Unconventional oil includes crude oil from shale and oil sands. I’ve talked to over 20 oil executives and experts about the inbound supply chain that supports oil well production.

Highlights of the 2014 Supply Chain World North America Conference

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, this author had the distinct opportunity to both attend and participate in the 2014 Supply Chain World North America conference sponsored by the Supply Chain Council. A similar theme was reinforced by Michael Burkett, Research Vice President at Gartner, who observed that supply chain professionals are now thinking more about how […].

Industry Group Reports Record North America Rail Freight Traffic in 2014

Supply Chain Matters

Throughout 2014, Supply Chain Matters featured commentaries related to the North America railroad industry, specifically capacity, safety and specialty car backhaul operational challenges that impacted multiple industry supply chains. To no surprise, The Association of American Railroads (AAR), an industry policy, research and technology organization, reported increased freight rate traffic for 2014.

On the road! 4 September supply chain conferences we love


This methodology, termed the Supply Chain Index, was developed in partnership with the Operations Research team at Arizona State University. by Melissa Clow September is a busy time of year for us at Kinaxis – Many folks here are flying the skies to attend various conferences.

ChainLink Research: Making Allocations Smarter


Ann Grackin is CEO of ChainLink Research, a supply chain research and advisory firm. She has served in many capacities in this dynamic environment and worked on global supply chains strategies for some of the leading Fortune 500 firms, with assignments in Asia and Europe and North America. Allocation processes and their supporting technology are getting a fresh look by retailers of late. So, why are Allocations so important?

The U.S. Retail Industry Is Hemorrhaging Jobs — and It's Hitting Women Hardest

Supply Chain Brain

Between November 2016 and November 2017, the sector fired 129,000 women (the largest loss for any industrial sector for either sex) while men gained 109,000 positions, according to an analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Global Supply Chain Management HR & Labor Management Retail Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider News North AmericaThe retail sector has been the biggest loser of jobs for the last two years in a row in the U.S.,

Academic Positions in Supply Chain Management

SCM Research

If you are looking for a position in North America, then the following webpages might be helpful: Decision Sciences Institute Placement Services and INFORMS Career Center (both pages contain some positions outside North America, too). Research Logistics Operations Management Supply Chain Management Are you considering an academic career in supply chain management?

U.S. Is No Longer One of the Top 10 Most Innovative Countries

Supply Chain Brain

The index scores countries using seven criteria, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies. Other nations have responded with smart, well-funded innovation policies like better R&D tax incentives, more government funding for research, more funding for technology commercialization initiatives.” High-Tech/Electronics Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider News North America Asia PacificThe U.S.

Coffee Shops Are Already Running Out of America's Newest Milk Craze

Supply Chain Brain

percent, while alternatives like oat and almond are expected to climb 3 percent, according to researcher Euromonitor. Food & Beverage All Technology Sourcing/Procurement/SRM Home Page Latest News Home Page Slider Featured Content North AmericaIt’s called oat milk, and baristas love its light, hearty flavor that lets the java beans take center stage.

5th Production & Operations Management World Conference

SCM Research

The next P&OM World Conference, which should not be confused with the POMS Annual Conference in North America, will be organized by JOMSA. Research Conference Operations Management Supply Chain ManagementI just came back from the 5 th Production & Operations Management World Conference , which was held in Havana, Cuba.

What are your wants and needs in supply chain?

Supply Chain Movement

Gartner and Supply Chain Media have teamed up to research supply chain leaders’ views on supply chain practice and technology based on the Supply Chain Management Research Study.

Agility Does Not Grow on Trees: Start Building Today

Supply Chain Shaman

Today, based on recent research, less than 30% of supply chain leaders have a supply chain that they consider to be agile. As shown in Figure 1, companies in North America rate agility as 13% more important as an attribute for their supply chain than companies in Europe.

Gartner and Supply Chain Media formalise partnership to gain new industry insights in Europe

Supply Chain Movement

Doetinchem, The Netherlands, 26 January 2016 – Gartner and Supply Chain Media have formalised their relationship by signing a collaboration agreement aimed at further improving the quality and international relevance of research in the supply chain sector.

April 12 2018 Edition of Thsi Week in Supply Chain Tech

Supply Chain Matters

The technology provider provides a SaaS based freight matching marketplace across North America, connecting carriers with freight brokers to tender shipments. The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Announced High Level Senior Executive Departures and Re-Shuffling at SAP

Supply Chain Matters

Morgan’s previous role included responsibility for SAP’s strategy, revenue, and customer success in the Americas and Asia Pacific Japan. She joined SAP in 2014 and later became President of SAP North America , where she led the region’s rapid shift to the Cloud.

U.S. Manufacturing Momentum- The Uncovering of Continuing Challenges

Supply Chain Matters

Within our Annual 2015 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains (now available in a full complimentary research report), Prediction Three notes that the momentum for U.S. and North America based manufacturing sourcing resurgence continues but will uncover broader supply chain ecosystem needs or deficiencies.

Top Insights about Supply Chain Network Design – benefits, tips and what your competitors are doing


We commissioned Supply Chain Insights to conduct independent research about this topic and discussed the findings in a recent webinar. Supply Chain Insights research found that out of 110 survey respondents, 79 (72%) have a SCND process in place.

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. Research the location of second and third tier suppliers for your suppliers. (As This data is from a recent study, but we fear that the visibility issues are greater than the research shows.)

New Bookends: The Tale of Supply Chain Global Leaders in Consumer Products

Supply Chain Shaman

The race for excellence will be won on other continents than North America and mainland Europe. I was challenged on this in 2012 by a client, and it forced me to do deeper research. I started this research in 2012 with the writing of Bricks Matter , and it continues today.

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Trust Drives Virtual Team Performance

Supply Chain @ MIT

Research being carried out by the MIT SCALE (Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence) Network suggests that the single most important teamwork attribute affecting the performance of a virtual team is the level of trust between individuals. Face time.

My Take: What Is the Difference between an Analyst and a Consultant?

Supply Chain Insights

First, an analyst is rooted in research. They are learning from the research. The analyst role is better known in North America than in Europe, but thanks for asking! Gray and in his late fifties with a rumpled tan suit, the man wiped his chin vigorously.

Reactive Supply Chain Risk Management is No Longer Viable

Material Handling & Logistics

The research, “ Cost vs. Risk and the Evolving Role of Procurement ,” was conducted in late 2017 via an online poll of more than 250 senior procurement executives with day-to-day oversight and management of global supply chains within organizations of all sizes and industries.

U.S. Manufacturing: All Systems Grow

Inbound Logistics

North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research

My Take: Metrics that Matter

Supply Chain Shaman

It is exciting to have two years of research, nine months of writing, and four months of editing to become crisp, fresh pages. After two years of research, I think that we throw the supply chain out of balance and limit its potential through the use of traditional and functional metrics.

Altizon and a Key Strategic Partnership Announcement for Factory of the Future IoT Technology Support

Supply Chain Matters

The companies plan to conduct joint sales and marketing efforts focused on the North America region. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

The Stream of UK Based Automotive Industry Announcements are Not Solely Related to Brexit

Supply Chain Matters

According to business media reporting, over half of the Swindon plant output of Civics is exported to North America. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Top 12 logistics influencers on Twitter


Morai Logistics is a renowned 3PL in North America and Mexico that tweets eye-catching infographics, enlightening blog posts and the latest news in logistics and supply chain. Cerasis, a 3PL servicing North America, is no stranger to the transportation and shipping industry.

February 22, 2019 Edition of This Week in Supply Chain Tech

Supply Chain Matters

As noted in a prior Supply Chain Matters blog commentary , Maersk stands to reportedly double its existing North America based customs brokerage services, but also gain added technology prowess as a result of the acquisition.

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The Implications of U.S. Justice Department Dismissal of Alleged Ocean Container Shipping Cartels Has Multiple Consequences

Supply Chain Matters

In contrast, rates on the Asia to North America trade lane are higher, and especially high during peak shipping periods. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog. A U.S.

Freightera in Article about Expected Fast Adoption of Digital Freight Brokerage Solutions


She has published more than 30 research studies covering trucking and logistics. The installation of telematics devices in trucks has jumped exponentially and will cover nearly half the trucks in operation in North America by 2025. billion in revenue in North America by 2025.

Takeover and Tuck-In Acquisitions Underway Involving Global Ocean Container Shipping Lines

Supply Chain Matters

Here again, Maersk stands to reportedly double its existing North America based customs brokerage services, but also gain added technology prowess. Copyright 2019, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

Supply Chain Matters Features This Week in Supply Chain Tech: January 25, 2019 Edition

Supply Chain Matters

The investment reportedly will enable the company to expand its target markets into China and Hong Kong, complementing its existing markets in Europe, North America, Japan and Korea. The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters® blog.

How Inventory Management is a problem the size of Australia

The Network Effect

Billion a year is the cost of Inventory distortion in North America, an amount equivalent to the annual revenues of Kroger, Home Depot, and Target combined. chem7/Flickr. You’re about to learn some depressing news, so first, take a look at the cute Koala above. Ok, ready?

Time to Squeeze Carriers for Better Rates?

Talking Logistics

As reported in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month, “ freight truck orders plummeted 48% in January ,” according to data from ACT Research. But I believe this quote by Richard MacLaren, President & General Manager North America at Unipart Logistics, from a presentation he gave many years ago on Vested Outsourcing sums it up nicely: “Have the courage to manage for the long term against the pressures we face today for instant results.”.

Companies in Asia Pacific Eager to Innovate with Supply Chain Optimization


The adoption of advanced analytics has moved at a much slower pace in Asia Pacific compared to Europe or North America. There are innovative firms that are setting the standard for innovation and successful analytics adoption, but as Actionable Intelligence expert Keith B.

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