Delivering on Customer Promises in both Automotive and Retail Industries

Supply Chain Matters

These sessions were jointly sponsored by The Washington Post and Ryder Inc. independent supply chain industry analyst Bob Ferrari Ryder System supply chain industry analyst advisory services Supply chain Matters blog The Washington Post Brand StudioAt the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference held in late September, this author had the pleasurable opportunity to moderate two very informative panel discussions.

Major Blast Occurs at Zodiac Aerospace Fabricated Material Plant

Supply Chain Matters

Supply chain risk management and Sales and Operations planning teams for both Airbus, Boeing and other commercial aerospace aircraft producers are likely hard at work today after news of the powerful explosion at the Zodiac Aerospace factory located in Washington State last night.

Boeing Celebrates Final Assembly Milestone of the 737 Max Aircraft

Supply Chain Matters

Today in a ceremony held in Renton Washington, Boeing celebrated the completion of the final assembly of the first 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The completed aircraft was rolled out from the assembly facility before a group of internal employees and supplier representatives. This new single-aisle aircraft incorporates new CFM International LEAP-1B aircraft engines, advanced technology […].

Supply Chain News on After Some Tough Battles Against Each Other in Recent Years, Truck and Rail Carriers, Shippers Uniting to Change Regulatory Environment in Washington

Supply Chain Digest

Carriers See Chance to Roll Back Some Rules, Require More Evidence to Push New Regulations Through

Revealing Manufacturing’s Future


This idea was reinforced last week in The Washington Post’s article “Trump Tried to Save Their Jobs. The state of manufacturing jobs in the United States is complicated. These Workers Are Quitting Anyway

Low unemployment is great for everyone, right? (Not so much in logistics…)


percent), and Washington (4.5 Unemployment levels are at an all time low. Economists are trumpeting about the economy, and how great this is for everyone. Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%, the government reported in December. The report also showed that on average weekly paychecks increased by 3.1% over the last 12-months, the first time that reading has topped 3% in nearly seven years.

De-segregating the supply chain: Lessons learned in the air

The 21st Century Supply Chain

I was traveling from Northwest Arkansas airport (XNA) back home to Washington Reagan (DCA) and this alert put me into panic mode because I had to be at my home office for an important customer call the following day and knew there were limited flights available.

A Resolution You Can Count On


The Washington Post reported early last year that just less than half of people make resolutions By now we’ve celebrated, we’ve reminisced, we’ve toasted the year, and we’ve probably given some thought to our New Year’s resolutions. If some of you haven’t, though, you’re not alone.

The Future is Bright with Innovation

Supply Chain Nation

In The Washington Post article, Robots and artificial intelligence set to upend the art of making a sale , Sarah Halzack talks to Pepper’s maker about the robot’s capabilities. Ben Ames’ article looks into the latest funding for British robotics startup Starship Technologies, which will be used to test last-mile delivery services in Washington, D.C., Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

How Green is Your Supply Chain?

Ryder Exchange

Based in Washington, D.C., Grocery Manufacturers Association Highlights Environmental Leadership. When it comes to making supply chains more sustainable, few sectors are under as much pressure as the food and beverage industry.

Imported Produce Volume Outpaces Home-Grown

DAT Solutions

still grows plenty of apples, onions, and potatoes, in Washington, Colorado and Idaho, respectively. There is a shift underway right now in the refrigerated freight segment. Two main factors are involved. More restaurant spending, more contract freight.

A Paradigm Shift in Total Cost of Ownership

Supply Chain 24/7

Sustainability is driving innovation: from Silicon Valley companies to Washington, D.C., procurement agencies to suppliers in Shenzhen, and it has become a business necessity because it saves money, smooths operations, diminishes risk in supply chains and opens new business opportunities

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2018

Talking Logistics

Amber Road : eVOLVE 2018 , TBA (2017: May 11-12, Washington, DC). Infor : Inforum 2018 , September 24-27, Washington, DC. Editor’s Note: This is one of the most popular posts we publish every year: our list of supply chain and logistics events to attend in the coming year. Most of the conferences on our list are in the U.S., although some are in Europe, South America, and Asia.

Future of Logistics Takes Center Stage in 2017


In January, I attended the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. with Jason Craig, C.H. Robinson’s director of government affairs.

Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

The New York Times best-selling book The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown tells the story of how the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team overcome great odds and adversity to win the gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

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.

Presidents’ Day 2016

Enterra Insights

Today is a uniquely American federal holiday that was first established to honor President George Washington. When he was born … Continued. The post Presidents’ Day 2016 appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Miscellaneous Enterra Solutions Presidents Day Stephen DeAngelis

Let the Holiday Shopping Madness Begin!

The 21st Century Supply Chain

According to the Washington Post , the American retail industry is expected to add around 755,000 temporary workers during October and November—the same number as previous years. by Alexa Cheater There’s just no escaping it.

FOCUS 2015 – Highlights From Day Two

Supply Chain Nation

Next to the podium was John Washington, Senior Director of Global Supply Chain at Edwards Lifesciences. The second day at FOCUS proved to be as fun and informative as the first – maybe even a bit more!

Cognitive Process Automation™ can be Good for Business and the Soul

Enterra Insights

Washington once remarked, “except as a result of hard … Continued. “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having,” Booker T. The post Cognitive Process Automation™ can be Good for Business and the Soul appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Post-Election Supply Chain Predictions


According to the Washington Post, industries like oil, coal, and gas are set to profit from Trump as America leans on homegrown businesses to provide energy. From the end of globalization to a surge in raw material prices, analysts have a lot to say about the Trump presidency.

Report on Arctic Northern Passage Shipping Volume

Supply Chain Matters

The article cites data from the Artic Institute in Washington DC indicating that 71 ships carried 1.3 Two years ago. Supply Chain Matters called reader attention to an important milestone in Asia and North Atlantic Ocean transit. At the time, a Chinese icebreaker was successful in completing the first ship voyage that utilized an Arctic Ocean and polar icecap route to travel from China to an Icelandic port.

How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Possibility of a Government Shutdown


This will have an immediate impact on demand for all types of goods, especially in geographic areas that rely heavily on federal jobs—like Washington, DC. How to Prepare Your Supply Chain for the Possibility of a Government Shutdown.

Find the Money – How a Transportation Spend Diagram Can Help

Talking Logistics

Geoff earned his Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and his MBA, with a focus on Supply Chain Management, from the Robert H. Transportation professionals should be trained to “find the money.”

This Week in Logistics News (January 22-26, 2018)

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Trump vows ‘there won’t be a trade war’ after signing off on tariffs (Washington Examiner).

Supply Chain and Logistics Conferences to Attend in 2016

Talking Logistics

APICS 2016 , September 25-27, Washington DC. Take a look at your budget for 2016, which is probably finalized by now. Does it contain a line item for supply chain talent and leadership development? Is the dollar amount allocated enough?

Enabling Supply Chain Flexibility: Two Important (But Often Overlooked) Factors

Talking Logistics

And last month, we witnessed the havoc that winter storm Jonas unleashed along the east coast , dumping more than two feet of snow in Washington, DC, New York City, and other major cities, leading to thousands of flight cancellations and gridlock on the roads. The El Niño weather pattern, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts will be among the strongest on record , is already causing flooding and mudslides in California.

Top 14 Logistics and Supply Chain Management Training Programs and Courses in 2016


2) Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Western Washington University. Editor's Note: This is a guest blog from our friend Kelli Harris, a consultant and recent college graduate in Logistics Management. Today, Kelly shares the top 14 Logistics and Supply Chain Management training programs and courses available in 2016.

3 Tips for Navigating the Changing Landscape of Healthcare Procurement Management


With the current climate in Washington regarding the healthcare debate, inevitable changes in the U.S. system will affect every department across all healthcare organizations, including supply chain management.

Johnson & Johnson Moves to Close a Chapter in Multiple Branded Product Recalls

Supply Chain Matters

In the period between 2008-2010, pharmaceutical and healthcare products provider Johnson & Johnson, and in particular, its McNeil Consumer Products operating unit, faced a building crisis involving multiple branded OTC healthcare remedies such as Tylenol, because of quality and process issues focused on a specific production facility in Fort Washington Pennsylvania.

Chill Pill Has a Whole New Meaning for Pharma Supply Chain

Aera Technology

According to the Washington Post , biologics are being used to treat hemophilia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, chronic pain and some forms of cancer.

Top Digital Supply Chain Cities in the U.S.

Material Handling & Logistics

A look at the supply chain readiness of several major U.S. cities, and their adoption of smart-city technologies.

Unplanned Disruption for Boeing’s Supply Chain

Supply Chain Matters

” A 19 car Montana Rail Link train carrying major airplane component assemblies bound for Boeing’s final assembly facilities in the state of Washington derailed near Rivulet Montana. The news from the July 4th weekend included a significant supply chain focused news item, which the Wall Street Journal characterized as “upsetting a finely tuned supply chain.”

Swimming Against the Congestion Current


If you’d like to learn about ways to participate and have your voice heard in Washington, check out C.H. Robinson’s recent blog post, How to Advocate for Your Interests in Washington.

This Week in Logistics News (January 15-19, 2018)

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Chamber of Commerce to push Trump, Congress to raise the gas tax to fund infrastructure (Washington Post).

Uber, the Next Amazon?

Talking Logistics

Last week, for example, Uber launched Uber Corner Store in Washington, DC where local users can order allergy medicine, diapers, toothpaste and over 100 other items through the Uber app. Remember when was just an online bookstore? Today the company is a diverse online retailer, for both consumers and businesses , as well as a logistics service provider , cloud services provider , tablet and smartphone developer, and much more.

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Seasonal Lull Continues for Flatbeds, But Bright Spots Emerge

DAT Solutions

Oregon markets had plenty of loads last week, as did Eastern Washington. Flatbed freight availability dropped 13% on the spot market last week, after a one-week gain. Truck capacity increased, too, so the national average load-to-truck ratio declined from 12.8 to 10.4

Road to Nowhere: The Dire Status of U.S. Infrastructure


According to the Washington Post, proposals have been drawn up to either cut spending or increase taxes elsewhere, by introducing more highway tolls and taxing drivers by miles driven.

This Week in Logistics News (August 1-5, 2016)

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As reported by The Seattle Times , “Amazon will fly its latest Boeing 767 widebody jet freighter, publicly revealing the new ‘Prime Air’ branded livery of its fast-growing fleet of used cargo planes” at today’s Seafair aerial display over Lake Washington near Seattle.

Ripped from the Headlines: Supply Chain Trends in the News

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Why Naval Academy students are learning to sail by the stars for the first time in a decade (The Washington Post). That’s why, according to an article in The Washington Post , the U.S.