Challenges Facing Local Foods in North Carolina

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Food hubs are one channel to fill this gap, as food hubs manage aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demands. In the second half of my class on Tuesday, Rebecca Dunning, one of the lead researchers on the NC Growing Together grant, explained some of the channels and opportunities the team has already explored to date.

USDA Funds NC State Study: Integrating North Carolina’s small farmers and producers in the global food supply chain

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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.

Florence Et Al.

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North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. To prepare, stratify your suppliers into strategic, single source and high volume flows. Expect tight capacity across North America. This morning the Washington Post rang.

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

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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. Many sources are warning that Florence will be the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hurricane Hugo, which was a Category 4 and sustained winds of 140 mph. Due to unusual atmospheric conditions , Florence may head down the Southeast coast, heading for South Carolina.

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

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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. Many sources are warning that Florence will be the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hurricane Hugo, which was a Category 4 and sustained winds of 140 mph. Due to unusual atmospheric conditions , Florence may head down the Southeast coast, heading for South Carolina.

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

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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. These benefits help explain why an estimated 20 percent of goods previously sourced in Asia have been reshored in recent years. After decades of jobs moving overseas, the tide has turned in favor of reshoring , reports the Reshoring Initiative in its latest annual report.

Plant-location decisions and potential supply chain risk

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At the new plant, Mazda expects to produce cross-over models which Mazda will introduce to the North American market, and Toyota plans to produce the Corolla for the North American market. Toyota will be better positioned to respond to the growing North American market.

Climate Change and the Supply Chain

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They already had three solar farms in North Carolina and Nevada before they partnered with First Solar in 2015 to build another solar farm in California. Meanwhile, several ports in the USA, such as the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles, have also enacted similar measures through building zero-emissions terminals and using alternative sources of energy for cargo handling.

Is The Creative Class Coming To A City Near You?

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This is more than just birds of a feather flocking together in a few places on the planet (Silicon Valley, Boston’s Route 128, The Triangle in North Carolina, Austin, Seattle, Bangalore, Dublin and Sweden to name a few) and having an impact.

SCRC Innovation and Social Responsibility Supply Index: A Critical Input to “Drucker Management Top 250 List”

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Research by NC State Poole College Professor Robert Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative based Poole College, and Yung-Yun Huang, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in operations research, supplied two of the 37 data inputs used in the Wall Street Journal’s inaugural “Management Top 250” ranking of companies, published recently.

Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

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Step 2 – Develop Metrics and Data Sources. Author’s Note: Below is an excerpt from Moving Up the Supply Chain Maturity Curve: The Process Industry Executive Agenda for 2016 and Beyond , a white paper recently published by Elemica with research conducted by Adelante SCM.

Bomb Cyclone Hits East Coast

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With freezing temperatures hitting as low as negative 18 degrees Fahrenheit and snowfall projected to reach up to 12 inches , Georgia , North Carolina , and Virginia have preemptively declared states of emergency. The inclement weather system has resulted in the closure of the Port of Virginia as well as most of the terminals in South Carolina’s Port of Charleston.

SCRC Partner Profile: A Textbook Transformation at Biogen-Idec

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Although strategic sourcing capabilities are well established in industries ranging from automotive to electronics, they are still in the formative stages in the biotechnology sector. With their external spend increasing so fast, there is great pressure on biotech companies to rethink how their sourcing structures are set up to add most value. Prior to 2009, support for PO&T sourcing and procurement was provided by a corporate sourcing group under a centralized business model.

Rhode Island Named Bottom State for Infrastructure and Transportation as US Underinvestment Takes Toll

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North Dakota. #13. North Dakota. North Carolina. North Carolina. #25. South Carolina. South Carolina. #35.

Patrick Hopkins at Coupa: Coca Cola’s four truths of procurement to pay in action

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This led to the development of Coca Cola Consolidated, located in Greensboro North Carolina, which later moved its headquarters to Charlotte, NC. Contract Management Procure to Pay Strategic Sourcing Supply chain analytics Supply Chain Innovation

Off to another exciting year of student-industry engagement at NC State on cutting-edge supply chain projects

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Duke Energy Sourcing Automation through AI: Sourcing Optimization through technology and artificial intelligence are becoming more readily available within the Supply Chain industry.

Natural Gas is Cheaper and More Sustainable for Transportation….Just Ask Truckers!

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These big companies, including Procter & Gamble, United Parcel Service, FedEx, and North Carolina based Lowes are all recognizing that the cost of natural gas has dropped to record lows, and is likely to stay there for some time to come. Boone Pickens, a promoter of gas as the source of reducing dependence on the Middle East) has more than 400 fueling stations across the country and is expanding.

Supply Chain Disruption and Digitization

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Most of these devices can be connected to the Internet and can become an incredible source of information that would otherwise not available.” And truck platooning is being experimented with in North Carolina. A Deloitte and MHI study notes, “Blockchain, while seen as having eventual impact as a disruptive technology or a source of competitive advantage, distantly trails the rest of the technologies. Disruption is generally anathema in supply chain circles.

Biogen Idec designs the innovation supply chain

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Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through the ranks at Biogen Idec – the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company and the largest biotech employer in North Carolina. We built our muscle on supplier management and business cooperation, contract negotiation and sourcing.

Duke Energy CEO Talks About Leadership

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For the average customer in North Carolina, he or she pays about $3 a day for electricity. Energy requires a constant flow from a source, but there are not yet batteries big enough to store the power from a wind farm – and what happens when the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining on a cold winter day if that is your source of power?

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

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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.

This Week in Logistics News (February 18-22, 2013)

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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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Hey Mr. President, Why Can’t We Be More Like Germany?

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Finally, the government in Germany is strongly pro-business, unlike our current administration which seems to view big business as not only the enemy, but the source of all that is wrong with the economy. One small step we will be talking about more on this blog will be the introduction of a new BVL chapter for logistics in the North Carolina region.

SCRC Meeting April 27-28 on Supply Chain Risk: Building a Risk Management Capability

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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. Planning and forecasting in an increasingly complex and volatile global environment presents many management challenges, as supply chains are exposed to an many sources of disruptions and resulting financial impacts.

Data Governance is real success story in analytics.

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The nature of these mechanisms is reliant upon continuous availability and utilization of data from multiple sources. A basic assumption of all “Big Data” initiatives is that there are reliable sources of high quality, relevant, complete and accurate sources of data that support decision making. I recently published a white paper with Balaji Soundararajan and Joe Yacura, focused on the topic of data governance.

Handfield’s Supply Chain Analytics Predictions for 2014

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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.

Manufacturers Having Trouble Finding Cheap, Clean Renewable Energy

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Wherever possible, we hope to source that clean energy from within the states and communities where we operate.”. Some states are limiting corporate access to renewable energy, making it difficult for manufacturers to meet energy goals.

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Bio-based Products Future is Promising, but Hurdles Exist

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Unfortunately, The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard-bearer for classifying businesses and sectors. However, each of these firms expressed that they would benefit from more direct discussions with the BioPreferred Program to find ways to increase the utilization of the label as a default “indicator” to be used in life cycle assessment (LCA) programs similar to the use of sustainable sourced forestry products.