The 3PL Industry is Suffering from Gresham’s Law

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This troubling trend is explored in more detail in a new white paper published by the University of Tennessee Center for Executive Education titled, “Unpacking Risk Shifting: A White Paper Challenging Unreasonable Risk-Shifting in the Transportation and Logistics Industry.”

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Best Practices for Supply Chain Transparency

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A new study from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute outlines the best practices for leveraging transparency in supply chains for financial profit

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Volkswagen Announces Expanded Investment in the United States

Supply Chain Matters

auto market in late 2016 and that the design and production of this vehicle will originate from VW’s current facility in Chattanooga Tennessee. The German based automaker indicated that it plans to invest $600 million to both establish a new research center to be named National Research& Development and Planning Center to help design this new SUV and expand the existing Chattanooga to accommodate a new SUV production line.

How to Enhance Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts through Transparency

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Trip Report on University of Tennessee Supply Chain Forum

Supply Chain Digest

Interesting Presentations from Caterpillar, Unilever, Procter and Gamble, Mondelez and More

Collaboration Key in Creating Competitive Advantages Through Supply Chains

Supply Chain Network

BOSTON, MA, October, 27, 2017 – Research recently published by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Global Supply Chain Institute , and sponsored by Maine Pointe , identifies collaboration as one of six key elements of creating competitive advantages through supply chains.

Blockchain: Reflections on a Webinar

Supply Chain Shaman

Yesterday, I spoke at the University of Tennessee Supply Chain Leaders Forum on innovation. The presentation focused on nine themes. One of the nine was blockchain. I asked the audience for a show of hands to understand how many of the supply chain leaders in the room were testing blockchain.

Collaboration in supply chain management is key

The 21st Century Supply Chain

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Supply chain risks: The knowable unknowns that can hurt your supply chain!

The 21st Century Supply Chain

An extreme example of this is a ride from Chicago to Colesburg, Tennessee taking 18 days, 13 hours, and 57 minutes!

Becoming a High Performing Sense and Respond Enterprise: End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility is Key

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Typically companies operated in silos, but according to a recent Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee survey, while some lines between business functions have blurred, silos still exist, especially between purchasing and logistics.

Experts Suggest How to Slash Supply Chain Risk Properly

Supply Chain Opz

Christopher Craighead, Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Tennessee The easiest and, in many cases, the most cost effective mitigation technique is analyzing partner (e.g., Developing supply chain risk mitigation strategy can be a time consuming task. To tackle risks timely, we invite experts to explain what strategy really works.

Report Indicates Possible Potponement of Boeing South Carolina Unionization Vote

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Aerospace Supply Chain Manufacturing Strategies Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains Boeing Charleston South Carolina production facility Boeing Supply Chain independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Volkswagen Chattanooga Tennessee facility Volkswagen supply chain About a month ago, Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to reports that the largest labor union at Boeing had filed a petition with the U.S.

The Biggest Mistake When Selecting a 3PL

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Paul Dittman, PhD and Kate Vitasek from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business — I couldn’t wait to read it.

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Optimize your transportation network with Ryder TranSync™

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A recent survey of Fortune 500 companies by the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, found that 76 percent of companies are using a mix of fleet and common carriers to deliver outbound shipments.

Visibility in Transportation Management Leads to Supply Chain Excellence

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Typically companies operated in silos, but according to a recent Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee survey, while some lines between business functions have blurred, silos still exist, especially between purchasing and logistics.

Operational Excellence: Streamlining the Warehouse Layout Process

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He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration in Global Supply Chain from the University of Tennessee.

Design for the Supply Chain Pt 4: Aesthetic

The 21st Century Supply Chain

In the context of global supply chains and off-shoring, a white paper by The University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute (GSCI) states: “In general, when organizations pursue cost-cutting without giving much thought to associated impacts on customer service, they operate in a cost world, and not a total cost of ownership or TCO world. (By Global Supply Chains – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee.

4PLs: Collaboration Among Logistics Service Providers Creating More Value for Shippers


In fact, a team of researchers at the University of Tennessee further defined this relationship. Collaboration has always been seen as the stepchild at the logistics dinner table. It's nice to have around, but no one really wants to think about what collaboration means for the company.

Supply Chain by the Numbers for Week of May 8, 2015

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US Trade Deficit Soars, Union Pacific Knows How to Run a Railroad, New 3D Printing Factory Inside UPS Hub, Kroger Makea Progress in Hiring Disable for Tennessee DC

Gifts, Donations, and Operations Management


The Wall Street Journal reports how Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee uses software to handle its supplies It’s the season of gift giving and charity. Like most businesses, food banks across the nation are realizing success from inventory management best practices, especially as they manage the increase in donations received from November through December.

Driverless Trucks: Heading Somewhere or Nowhere Quickly?

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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?

[INFOGRAPHIC] Manufacturing Innovation Hubs Revitalize American Manufacturing


On January 9, 2015, the president announced the launch of the latest regional manufacturing innovation hubs that will be led by the University of Tennessee. The great recession underscored some inherent weaknesses in the U.S. supply chain.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

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of Marketing & SCM, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Because the domestic motor carrier industry has few barriers to entry, capacity before the Great Recession generally exceeded demand with few exceptions. In this article, leading experts from various sectors in transportation industry will discuss transportation trends you should take a closer look.

Supply chain risks in the spotlight: Effects of Hanjin Shipping filing bankruptcy protection

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However, a 2014 report by University of Tennessee on managing risk in global supply chains points out that 90% of the firms surveyed do not quantify risk when outsourcing production!

Experts Discuss How to Streamline Global Supply Chain

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Paul Dittmann , Executive Director of the Global Supply Chain Institute at the University of Tennessee Improving operational efficiency in the global supply chain is a complex undertaking, and requires a documented, multi-year strategy instead of knee jerk reactions, and programs of the month.

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Royal Building enhances Operation with Dedicated Transportation

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By implementing a dedicated transportation solution, which included a fleet of 27 drivers, 26 tractors and 46 trailers for Royal’s Marion, Virginia as well as Bristol, Tennessee locations, Ryder helped the company significantly reduce costs and shorten lead times.

31 Motivations for Reshoring Manufacturing & Updated Reshoring Stats


Ford returned another 1,800 jobs to Tennessee to make Cadillac SRXs and build engines. This is the first post in a two part series on our update on Reshoring.

Supply Chain Graphic of the Wee on Building a Supply Chain Sustainability Scorecard

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New University of Tennessee White Paper Provides a Template, Based on Interviews with 16 Companies

Your Next Pair of Gap Jeans May be Delivered with the Help of a High-Tech Robot

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percent) as a trial customer in one of its Tennessee warehouses. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Do You Have These 6 Must Have Supply Chain Managerial Skills?


Paul Dittmann, University of Tennessee, in a recent column. Supply chain management is poised on the brink of a major seismic rift that will permeate every level of the sector.

The Impact New Technologies Have on the Supply Chain

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I’d like to bring your attention to the new whitepaper, “ New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices: The Application of New Technology in the Physical Supply Chain ,” released by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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Isn’t it time to think about Cybersecurity?

The Lean Supply Chain

In February, the health insurance company Anthem reported a breach in which hackers accessed to about 80 million records and in 2014, a Tennessee hospital had 4.5

Free Zip Zone and KMA Wall Map Available

DAT Solutions

For example, the Memphis KMA includes portions of Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, and Northeastern Arkansas. DAT has updated its popular Zip Zone and Key Market Area wall map. It's a common sight on the walls in offices of both brokers and carriers, and it's free for the asking.

The Most Overlooked Cloud Opportunity

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3PLs with warehouses in Nevada and Tennessee with Automotive connections. There are many value propositions associated with cloud (or software-as-a-service) solutions, but the two most cited are lower upfront costs and faster time-to-value as compared to on-premise implementations.

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Overcoming Complacency: How to Drive Even More Supply Chain Metric Success

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Strong business development professional with an Executive MBA focused in Global Supply Chain from University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A sense of complacency can lurk behind benchmarks. Once you hit your monthly warehouse goals, there can be a pull toward maintaining rather than gaining on your goals. Simply maintaining your goal patterns instead of gaining on your goals will keep your growth at a standstill if you don’t actively and routinely work to overcome it.

Supply Chain News Makers Video Series on Understanding the Supply Chain Efficient Frontier

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Sean Willems of University of Tennessee with Some New Ways to Consider Tradeoff Curves

4 Reasons for the Supply Chain Talent Shortage


A recent study by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, revealed through surveys of companies that 90 percent of CEOs believe they should be doing more to attract supply chain talent. “We’re like Rodney Dangerfield—we don’t get no respect.”

Looking to Outsource Logistics? A Guide to Go from Pain to Gain


As explained by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business , your first duty is to assess the current state of your logistics operations and processes. Around the globe, value-added services are becoming an integral part of the logistics market, reports PR Newswire. Meanwhile, the overall value of the global logistics market continues to exceed $4 trillion, and the demand on the industry is only increasing.

The Keys to Developing Successful 3PL-Customer Relationships

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A research paper published recently by the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business highlights several best practices in selecting and managing a third-party logistics provider. Live Episode: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm ET. There are no guarantees that a 3PL-customer relationship will be successful, but you can maximize the odds for success by adopting leading practices and not repeating the same mistakes others have made.

The Problem with “No Problems”

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Andy received both a BS Degree in Logistics and Transportation and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. Warehouse managers might think a report of “no problems” means their warehouse is running in top form — but there is a big problem with a report of “no problem.”. You’ve probably heard the story of the Toyota executive who, while touring a plant, asked about the problems that factory faced.