Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
A review of the important mile markers in supply chain management that brought us to present day shows we have made progress, but there is more work to be done.
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.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
Executives at two leading companies weigh in on supply chain’s value to their organizations.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
Readers share the business books that have shaped their way of thinking and helped them succeed in the world of supply chain.
Jump Start 2018 provides shippers, carriers, 3PLs, and other supply chain professionals with indispensable insights about trends and challenges in the wider logistics arena.
As the needs of buyers become more unpredictable and complex, and as they begin to demand more frequent product launches and extreme personalization, manufacturers are struggling to keep up, let alone profitably. It’s time for manufacturers to begin creating the ecosystem they’ll need to dominate their markets.
Manufacturers and wholesale distributors are optimistic about the perceived impact of the Trump administration’s plans for trade deregulation on their businesses, according to new research commissioned by business software provider Exact.
Now more than ever healthcare supply chains are key differentiators for best-in-class manufacturers.
What do new buying trends mean for those providing logistics solutions to you, especially if your logistics partners are not market monsters?
Contrary to public perception, U.S. manufacturing and logistics industries experienced dramatic growth over the past generation, says a new report from Ball State University.
Profile of Manny Calandrino, president and chief operating officer, Consolidated Fastfrate
Profile of Tom Ciepichal, vice president, operational excellence and supply chain, with Dover Energy, a segment of Dover Corporation
E-commerce impacts not only consumer supply chains, but business to business supply chains as well.
Profile of Cliff Otto, president and CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the supply chain workforce by 2025. To appeal to this generation, companies should follow these five steps during the interview process.
A look at six key competencies that university-based programs foster in students to prepare them for careers in supply chain management.
A North Carolina hospital improves patient care by prescribing a lean and healthy supply chain.
Profile of Russ Smyth, CEO of HAVI. Also: CEOs in the supply chain sector reveal what it takes to be a great leader.
To overcome the challenges that e-commerce presents to the supply chain, shippers need to succeed at omni-channel fulfillment. From leveraging brick-and-mortar stores to deploying an order management system, here’s how they can compete in an e-commerce world.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
Today’s logistics and supply chain management students are practical idealists, people who want successful careers that draw on their knowledge, skills and talents while allowing them to make the world — and the workplace — a better place.
Kelli’s Gift Shop Suppliers deployed Janam’s mobile computers and transformed its distribution center operations. From improving efficiency and productivity, find out how the handheld devices boosted inventory control and customer satisfaction for the wholesale distributor.
High taxes and complex regulations create new choices for manufacturers: Nearshore? Offshore? Sue and settle? No matter what they decide, their supply chains will be impacted.
Profile of Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services in Woodbury, Minn.
More accurate forecasts enable better planning, lower inventory and manufacturing costs, and improved service levels.
Are you thinking about pursuing a certificate or certification in the supply management profession to enhance your knowledge and improve your career possibilities? Here’s a checklist to get you started.
Wagner Logistics helps a leading manufacturer of lawn care equipment overcome growing pains.
Faculty members from some of the nation’s leading logistics and supply chain education programs share their thoughts about how higher education is preparing tomorrow’s professionals for the challenges ahead.
Take your logistics and supply chain career to the next level by understanding how your skills can impact an organization, networking with other industry professionals, and continuing to develop critical skills.
Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
Some recent experiences provide hope that smart, dedicated and hardworking young professionals will fill the logistics talent gap.
Profile of Alan Sargent, supply chain and logistics director, Just Born Candy
Product proliferation can bring supply chain inefficiencies. Here's a comprehensive approach to refreshing your product offerings that can reduce complexity and increase the bottom line.
Profile of Rogerio Branco, senior vice president, supply chain management, with Eaton.
As U.S. firms continue to reshore, new supply chain opportunities are arising for both shippers and providers. Manufacturers and their logistics service providers should understand the reshoring trend and the resources that are available to assist them with both the reshoring decision and process.
Profile of Doug Waggoner, CEO and chairman, Echo Global Logistics
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Oregon-based manufacturer Blount International was bleeding money from leaks all across its supply chain. It found that the correct application of the right data management technology provided and maintained by the right partner was the solution to the problem.
India-based textile manufacturer accused of providing fraudulent products; Iran seeks to strengthen trade relationships in Latin America; British manufacturers get small boost in wake of Brexit referendum
Retirees from the transportation business find a second career through agent programs with companies such as Bulk Connection.
Profile of John Costanzo, president, Purolator International
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Maintenance training helps manufacturers battle labor shortage; Can shippers use technology to help meet new food safety mandates?
Feeling the supply chain talent crunch? Play a role in growing and developing supply chain programs from leading universities to attract your fair share of the talent.
The supply management sector is becoming increasingly more strategic, requiring its professionals to develop new competencies while they are in the midst of busy careers. Here's how e-learning helps supply chain professionals stay competitive.
With demand for speed and convenience at an all-time high, companies must streamline and speed up order fulfillment. Technology that allows sales reps and customers to rapidly write orders and submit them almost instantaneously for fulfillment is a major competitive advantage.
Logistics professionals explain their jobs in terms a hypothetical five-year-old would appreciate.
Profile of Mike Gardner, CEO of Kane Is Able
Profile of Diandra Hayban, Logistics Shelter Support Program Manager, NYC Emergency Management
With the growth of e-commerce, retailers have identified a potential opportunity to reduce working capital by thinning inventory at brick-and-mortar stores—opting instead to maintain major portions of inventory at distribution centers upstream.
To meet the changing needs of today’s manufacturers, third-party logistics (3PL) providers need to distinguish themselves through collaboration and technology investments.
A recent ranking highlights logistician careers as among the best – yet manufacturers still face a shortage of qualified workers as the demand for skilled logistics professionals grows.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
Profile of Kendra Austin, Director, Supplier Diversity, Express Scripts
When it comes to attracting millennial job candidates, the supply management sector has a decided advantage, but how can companies retain them? Here are three actions ISM’s ML Peck recommends.
The accomplishments of the 2015 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars demonstrate that the future of the supply chain management profession is in good hands.
An instant selling and ordering procedure could be a differentiator for industrial companies looking to boost their customers' industrial buying experience.
The St. Louis region offers an ideal transportation infrastructure to move goods, skilled labor to meet the peaks and valleys of industrial demand, and the availability of highly qualified IT personnel to manage staff and facilities.
Jim Lambo, director of supplier management and procurement at Insitu, manages procurement and suppliers for all goods and services.
Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, studies people for a living. Join her team at DSC Logistics, and she'll soon discover what makes you tick.
Richard Foley, logistics manager at SDI Technologies, controls and helps reduce chargebacks from customers.
If there’s one lesson that we’ve learned from fine bourbon or whiskey, it’s that good things come to those who wait. Distilleries know this better than anyone. But when it’s time to get that product out the door and in the hands of distributors, the last thing a distiller wants to do is wait.
To excel in a supply chain management career, students and employees need broad knowledge and skillsets that extend across the entire supply chain function.
Readers weigh in on how to address the truck driver shortage.
Profile of Michael Fries, senior business intelligence logistics analyst at U.S. Foods, drills into data to find opportunities to make or save money in the company’s logistics operations.
Profile of Kristy Knichel, president and CEO of Knichel Logistics
Driven by the realization that business and society can no longer intersect at the crossroads of profits first and society second, business is embracing a new order that puts the interests of society on a level that is at par with the interests of business. This has prompted a closer look at the supply chain and an increased emphasis on sustainable sourcing.
Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.
Profile of Bob Shellman, CEO of Odyssey Logistics & Technology
Where the presidential candidates stand on transportation infrastructure; Amazon announces new air cargo fleet; consumers willing to pay more for sustainability; first successful cross-country trip by a vehicle on autopilot; trucking industry driver shortage reaches 48,000 drivers; shippers rail against railroad mergers; hoverboards illustrate problem with American manufacturing; consumers want package deliveries their way; reducing cargo theft risk; FMCSA passes measure to fight back against driver coercion; skills required for a successful career in supply chain management; Surface Transportation Board gets back on track; FMCSA sets deadline for requiring truckers to install electronic logbooks in all vehicles; technologies to watch in 2016.
The key to promoting career opportunities in the supply chain is education, both in traditional and not-so-traditional ways.
3D printers may alter the supply chain by reducing manufacturing lead times and creating shorter time-to-market for new designs.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
Three recent developments—a shift to omni-channel retailing, an increase in manufacturing investment in Mexico, and the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—are having a pronounced impact on automotive aftermarket supply chains. Here’s how automakers, auto parts suppliers, and logistics service providers can respond effectively.
While a U.S. manufacturing revitalization is happening in some sectors, the chances of a wholesale national shift occurring are more rhetoric than reality in the current market.
As the world becomes increasingly connected via the Internet of Things (IoT), the amount of data being created and shared is skyrocketing. Your supply chain will be profoundly affected.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Contract manufacturer Apex International had seen its growth halt as it struggled to deliver products on time and provide sufficient quality control. With the help of Simpler Consulting, Apex adopted Lean management principles to transform its culture and return the company to a path of growth.
A connected warehouse maximizes warehouse efficiency, as well as positions a company to decisively navigate constant changes across the supply chain. Real-time data intelligence delivers the visibility and control needed to effect measurable improvements.
Establishing the groundwork and collaboration are vital to developing the solutions needed for the significant workforce challenges faced by the transportation industry. A key part of the mission is to attract women to the traditionally male-dominated transportation profession.
Take these steps to help accelerate your logistics career.
When Azteca Foods outgrew its manual pallet tracking system in its production facility, Barcoding Inc. delivered a solution.
While doing business with China, many companies face a wide range of challenges trying to navigate the country’s complex trade programs.
Excess inventory is a common problem that contains its own best solution: product philanthropy. Donating unwanted products to charity requires minimal time and labor, yet generates solid returns.
Slovenian Post acquires logistics network to diversify business; Ontario cap-and-trade threatens Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping; China looks to build modern logistics cities; UAE manufacturing potential exposes labor market flaws; Nicaraguan Canal financing faces fresh skepticism in light of stock market crash.
From a shipping perspective, manufacturers can best address today’s increasing regulations and demand volatility by outsourcing shipping to a third-party logistics provider.
In spite of U.S. dollar strength, domestic manufacturing remains competitive globally; UPS tests new electric cargo bikes to handle urban deliveries; Bi-national Great Lakes Seaway Partnership promotes commercial shipping along the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; Mercedes-Benz reconfigures its global supply chain; Global Logistic Properties shifts investment from China to United States; Freight rail gains traction in passenger transport-focused China; China debuts the world’s longest freight train route linking the northeast city of Harbin with Hamburg, Germany.
Companies are increasingly using M2M to maximize operational efficiency, minimize loss and theft, and better serve their customers.
Logistics companies are going above and beyond to ensure our nation’s heroes find opportunities to transfer their skills from the military to long-term, successful careers.
This list of new supply chain and logistics books helps logistics professionals keep their skills up to date.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
Inventory management is often difficult and time-consuming for smaller businesses, but the right solution can remove some of the pressure.
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
Offering apps with products helps manufacturers improve customer satisfaction and lower complaints and returns.
The key to any successful relationship is communication. Your logistics network is no different.
New lower-cost commercial systems and equipment are just over the horizon; they will provide an exciting array of inventory control to the logistics and supply chain community.
Supply chain ‘modeling’ replicates real-world events; Retailers and manufacturers make the jump to RFID; U.S. trucking industry sees better utilization and financial results; Data analytics is a big growth market.
Providing technology solutions helps third-party logistics providers stand out from competitors and adds value to their services.
Failure to comply with domestic and international customs regulations can have a huge impact on the bottom line.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
Retailers need new technologies and capabilities to operate in a new omni-channel world.
Implementing a cycle-counting program makes physical inventory counts a lot less daunting.
ThomasNet, ISM and Inbound Logistics partner to create the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program to recognize the brightest young stars in supply chain management today.
Eelco de Graaf, vice president, supply chain operations at Lewis-Goetz and Company, is responsible for purchasing, shipping, manufacturing, and operational excellence.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
Many manufacturers have turned to molded pulp as an environmentally friendly packaging alternative.
Areas like Northeast Florida actively work to make their local climate a business-friendly one.
IBC Advanced Alloys puts a pedal to the metals to manage the logistics of complex manufacturing.
Six Sigma helps electronic products company Jabil run like a lean, green manufacturing machine.
It was the worst of times for U.S./Mexico healthcare. Can demand-driven logistics make it the best of times?
With the holiday season in full swing, logistics managers must be able to rely on their vendors to perform.
Five common misconceptions about LED lighting in industrial and hazardous facilities.
Debunking these five myths helps retailers and manufacturers see the real value of dedicated returns management.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
Retailers try to head off peak season surprises by beginning their Christmas lists in the spring.
Bad things happen when systems break down. Flights get canceled. Production lines stop. The critical spare parts logistics involved in getting operations running again demand both precision and speed. Here’s how you can become a wizard at critical shipments.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
When a merger required Nature’s Way to consolidate distribution facilities, it called on the services of system supplier The Numina Group for a new design and technologies. Today, the facility successfully distributes products to customers in 50 states, and overseas through five supply chain channels.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
Retail operations need support from e-commerce, IT, and logistics execution.
Expanding beverage product lines are generating new stockkeeping units (SKUs) - and supply chain management challenges.
Retailers are modifying their supply chain strategies in response to recent industry trends.
Hospitals can cut costs by improving supply chain operations, inventory control, and transportation management.
Kaikini Bikini manages growth with integrated inventory control and shipping.
The Internet of Things can affect supply chain operations by increasing in-transit visibility.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
Fashion businesses must react instantly to fashion shifts and focus on getting goods to consumers quickly.
Colleges are adding logistics and supply chain education programs to support the next generation of professionals.
Port of Los Angeles targets $3 billion for infrastructure investment; Montreal-based Fednav uses drones to scout shipping conditions; U.S. manufacturing renaissance faces a skilled labor shortage; Apple tops Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chain list for the seventh consecutive year.
Employers want new hires who combine diverse, real-world experience with academic achievement.
Avoid common inventory issues: inaccurate inventory counts, costly end-of-year write-offs, and lost inventory.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
The number of stockkeeping units has increased considerably. Doing an ABC analysis helps eliminate unneeded inventory.
Analyzing supply chain data allows shippers to improve their logistics operations.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
Faced with long lead times and potential production delays, Badcock Furniture and More invested in a cloud-based tool.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
China and Taiwan depend on one another; Emirates targets multimodal transportation infrastructure investment; Chile port strike ends, concerns remain; Free online returns stoke Canadian consumption but place onus on U.S. retailers; Europe looks to United States for re-shoring inspiration; Mondelez debuts new GS1 standard
Programs such as vendor managed inventory (VMI) and efficient consumer response (ECR) fuel supply chain growth.
Take your supply chain career to the next level with a certification or certificate program.
Cosmetics companies face challenges such as time- and temperature-sensitive shipments and retailer packaging requirements.
Selecting sites for manufacturing and DC facilities involves tax incentives, suppliers, and logistics providers.
U.S. companies stand to gain from establishing manufacturing operations in Mexico – if they manage the challenges.
Collaborative risk management helps automakers and their supply chain partners protect against disruptions.
George Calvert of Amway explains how the company's supply chain strategy supports its business model.
Many healthcare companies are investigating ways to consolidate and trim expenses in logistics and supply chain.
The aerospace industry explores new strategies for producing planes quickly, efficiently, and profitably.
Chris Halkyard, chief supply chain officer for e-commerce site Gilt, discusses managing flash sale logistics.
Catch up with four supply chain professionals previously featured in Inbound Logistics' Reader Profile.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
Retailer DSW's new replenishment materials handling solution improves inventory control and reduces in-store markdowns.
Production vendor managed inventory enables manufacturers to gain supply chain control.
Shifting production closer to the U.S. can benefit supply chains, but nearshoring also presents obstacles.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Processing defective returns and overstocks quickly helps retailers maximize the recovery rate on this inventory.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
Implementing tools and processes that enable better shipment visibility and control of in-transit inventory helps improve vendor partner management.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
Kimberly-Clark China uses retail analytics tools to manage inventory and avoid stockouts at stores like Walmart.
Equipped with industry training, new logistics professionals need their more experienced peers’ communication and interpersonal skills.
As director of purchasing at wine company Vino del Sol, Mara Gonzalez squeezes supply chain data from a business intelligence solution.
Manufacturing in Mexico gives U.S. companies quality control, lower transportation costs, and faster transit times.
Chris Carlson, VP of Batteries Plus Bulbs, gets a jolt out of optimizing warehouse labor and inventory flow.
Alana Miedrich, inventory and logistics assistant at Kids Wish Network, Holiday, Fla., manages inventory to fulfill dreams.
Specialized supply chain management degrees allow experienced professionals to integrate SCM with related disciplines.
Hu Huang of Kichler Lighting stays current on trade laws and keeps import/export activities transparent.
A look at the supply chain for manufacturers that supply materials or components to other manufacturers.
An order management system from DF Young and Superior Technology helps Cintron Beverage Company boost inventory accuracy, fulfill orders easily and quickly, and track products throughout the supply chain.
Matthew Wood, freight program and supply chain manager at Mayo Clinic, treats the company’s freight spend aches and pains.
Investing in online training allows organizations to operate more efficiently and develop workers’ skills.
Companies in the logistics sector are stepping up to hire U.S. military veterans with aggressive recruiting and training programs.
The emergence of domestically sourced natural gas heralds significant changes in the North America energy market.
If you can’t find the logistics professional you want, train new hires or current employees in the skills you need.
Dino Lanno, senior VP of supply chain at Safelite AutoGlass, steered the company through a supply chain redesign.
U.S. manufacturing renaissance reflects a supply chain shift not a seismic one; Food supply chain adapts to growing ethnic diversity and changing consumer tastes; 3PL relationship key to competitive advantage; Shippers face tough operating environment; Midwest floods present new challenges for inland waterway shippers; ATA debuts new program to groom a new generation of trucking leaders
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
Minnesota's warehouse tax may push jobs out of state.
A new inventory management system by Manhattan Associates nurses Nature's Best's fulfillment operations back to health.
Shifting manufacturing operations in Asia back to North America provides companies more control of their supply chains, says Steve Sensing of Ryder Supply Chain Solutions.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
By switching to lighter-weight containers and consolidating inbound shipments, construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar cut both carbon emissions and costs.
Directing motor carriers to more fuel-efficient decisions drives Jason Mathers, senior manager, corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Internships in supply chain and logistics organizations help students to evaluate the company’s nature, culture, work environment and career advancement opportunities, writes University of San Diego MBA candidate Sweta Ashwarya.
As director of logistics at electrical wiring equipment manufacturer Leviton, Brian Morgan drives transportation efficiencies to meet complex customer requirements.
Benetton follows apparel trend and detoxes supply chain; Apple CEO Tim Cook proves demand forecasting is best left to experts; Wisconsin public-private partnerships invest in rail; Amazon and Texas settle sales tax dispute, move forward; The Alaskan Brewing Company uses spent grain as new energy source.
Online logistics education programs train students for supply chain jobs through webcasts and discussion forums, while short on-campus residencies help students network with peers and professors.
A sample of supply chain, logistics, and transportation degrees and certification programs offered partially or entirely online.
Educational resources – including online learning and accelerated MBA programs – abound for people working in or pursuing supply chain jobs, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
As senior vice president, supply chain, at sustainable home goods company Bambeco, Sander Eth sows the supply chain with environmental principles.
Supply chain jobs require that professionals master five core competencies, including global business leadership and integrated value chain design, writes Paul Dittman of University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
Visit with three supply chain professionals who were featured in the Reader Profile column in 2007-2009, and find out what they’re up to these days.
Logistics professionals seeking to become supply chain executives can gain insight from the perspectives of four logistics experts, who share their knowledge about the skills and experience needed to climb the logistics career ladder.
The Alternative Site Framework designation is changing the Foreign Trade Zone landscape, allowing shippers a more expedient process for streamlining the supply chain.
Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.
As global supply chain coordinator at satellite communications technology provider VT iDirect, William Gregory tunes into signals from trading partners in Africa to ensure regulatory compliance.
Production logistics can increase an operation’s efficiencies and save companies money by creating the right blend of technology, equipment, and disciplined processes to ensure materials get where the are needed to keep production flowing, writes Tom Stricker of HK Logistics.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in both employment growth and replacement needs within transportation and logistics occupations. Educational programs assist in filling these job openings with a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, writes Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University System.
Victor Hougan is set to soar in his new logistics position with aerospace supplier Primus International.
With an eye toward the looming logistics labor shortage, some companies are working studiously to attract millennials.
For Michael Smyers, associate director, logistics, at chemical and transportation fuel products manufacturer Amyris in Emeryville, Calif., the formula for a successful career relies on continuing education.
The annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference features supply chain best practices and logistics trends such as predictive analysis, partnerships, green initiatives, and career paths for logistics professionals.
By identifying the value-adds that brand and retail shippers want, logistics providers can position their offerings to bring millions in benefits to their customers and make the relationship stick, writes Greg White of Blue Ridge.
By managing supply chain interdependencies and adopting a full view of service and cost, supply chain executives can amplify their organizational scope and heighten their financial contribution to attain the C-designation they deserve, writes Terry Harris, Chicago Consulting.
As automotive production levels return to pre-recession levels, consistently delivering quality products has become one of the defining characteristics of successful carmakers and logistics service providers, writes J. Scot Sharland, Automotive Industry Action Group.
Amy Polt, operations supervisor of the Houston warehouse for The Mosaic Company, pieces together the elements of a safe and efficient supply chain.
Sherry Askew, transportation manager at Revlon Consumer Products, the well-known maker of beauty and personal care items, negotiates freight rates that keep the company’s bottom line looking good.
Multi-channel apparel retailers such as Nordstrom use strategic inventory management, order fulfillment, transportation management, and reverse logistics to meet customer demand.
Pharmaceuticals manufacturers face special supply chain challenges such as temperature control, security, chain of custody, and regulatory compliance, but successful strategies help deal with these issues.
Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, supply chain and procurement, at hard drive and storage solution manufacturer Seagate, backs up his company’s supply chain to prevent service disruptions.
Mary Foster, vice president, supply chain management at automotive parts supplier Inteva Products, is riding high as part of the new company’s executive team.
The traits of an exceptional soldier are also the traits of exceptional logistics professionals.
Mexico-based automotive glassmaker Vitro Automotive opened a distribution center in the United States to serve Detroit automakers just-in-time requirements. Its long-time logistics service provider Evans Distribution Systems staffed the new DC for Vitro to ensure a quality workforce.
As director of logistics and facilities at Indianapolis Fruit Company, Michael Gilbert enhanced the company’s refrigerated truck fleet with computers that provide navigation, tracking, and driver performance reporting.
John Snider, vice president of retail logistics at Do it Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, manages the company’s warehousing, and inbound and outbound transportation. Teamwork and communication play a major role in his management strategy.
Universities offering logistics education must understand industry’s evolving supply chain management needs, and develop a curriculum that produces supply chain talent that supports those needs.
Kazimir Kostrubala manages military resources as squadron operations officer and installation deployment officer with the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 19th Airlift, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Ark.
Leading supply chain and logistics professors provide insights about the state of supply chain education and employers' expectations for new hires.
Don Riley, executive vice president of supply chain and technology at Denver, Colo.-based building materials supplier ProBuild Holdings, faces recessionary challenges by building the right organizational model and relationships – from suppliers to customers – to support the company today and into the future.
The time is right to bring overseas manufacturing back to the United States. U.S. entrepreneurs - and entrepreneurial companies - can domestically manufacture quality products, bring them to market as the low-cost producers, and yield a sustainable profitable business model, writes Elisha Tropper of Cambridge Security Seals.
Recently retired from a 40-year career with less-than-truckload carrier ABF, former president and CEO Wes Kemp shares his insights on the transportation industry, trucking regulation, and the importance of logistics and supply chain education.
John Hodge, director of supply chain at Prince Agri Products, creates organizational efficiencies, reduces costs, and optimizes material flow.
Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.
When baseball cap maker New Era’s business growth hit critical mass, it realigned its distribution operations, fusing Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ outsourced solutions with its global supply chain.
With companies intent on optimizing the supply chain, purchasing managers have emerged as key players in the business plan. To be successful, they need to communicate, collaborate, and venture into new territory.
Jill Hesselroth, vice president, global supply chain at Nortech Systems, analyzes the company’s supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement and leads the implementation of those improvements.
Companies responsible for shipping or carrying dangerous goods need qualified hazardous materials professionals, writes Anne Barry, Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. The Blueprint for Success initiative strives to elevate recognition of the critical function performed by these experts.
Top-performing supply chains focus on attracting and retaining talent — both technical ability and leadership. Here’s how to find and nurture true supply chain competency.
Ryan Gellert, vice president, supply chain management, at mountain sports products company Black Diamond Equipment handles global demand planning, sales and operations planning, global procurement, logistics, and in-house customer service. He views helping launch a new division in Asia as a pinnacle of his career.
Katie Reuland, director of operations at bedding manufacturer Down Etc., rests easy knowing she has optimized the company’s container shipments.
Supply chain professionals get a lift as more companies grow to appreciate the strategic value of a well-run logistics operation.
Angela Duesterhaus, logistics and export compliance manager at PAS Technologies in North Kansas City, Mo., talks about her recent projects and describes how a disappointment in a previous job taught her a valuable lesson.
Shifting perspectives on supply chain management, coupled with the realities of total landed cost, are driving manufacturers to weigh the benefits of flinging production operations in China back to the United States.
David Fisher, director of global logistics at Johns Manville in Denver, promotes collaboration through the organization's supply chain departments worldwide and designates preferred carriers to promote strong partner relationships.
Ron Harris, chief logistics officer at Young Living Essential Oils, talks about some of the people and experiences that helped to shape him as a logistics professional.
Tomato canner Red Gold achieves 99-percent inventory accuracy with QuikTrac data collection software from Integrated Barcoding Systems.
Jennifer Burkhardt, transportation manager of the specialty coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, takes charge of all movements into and out of the company’s manufacturing and distribution sites.
Advanced logistics and supply chain education brings rewards such as greater job satisfaction, the potential for promotion, and a salary uptick.
Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo examines a trend in moving manufacturing from China back to the United States.
David Ayers, lead business analyst, warehouse management, for tool manufacturer Lenox, rolls out SAP enterprise resource planning systems at sites worldwide.
Cheryl Harrity, corporate director of supply chain for food product producer MGP Ingredients Inc., whets her appetite for improving sales and operations planning.
As vice president of supply chain at KPPS, Brian Hatfield oversees the network that brings the company's hair care products to salons across North America.
Pursuing continuing education — through an abundance of choices that includes classroom work, certification, or online courses — helps logistics professionals enhance their job performance and get ahead.
Saara Chung, customer logistics manager at Campbell Soup Company, helps customers improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and boost their businesses.
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Inbound Logistics Publisher Keith Biondo cites real-world cases of supply chain gains, including Del Monte Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, and National Starch.
Eric Cohen, vice president of logistics for Waxie Sanitary Supply, puts his military experience to work to help the company reduce costs, improve service and manage human resources.
Natural pet food manufacturer WellPet partnered with Aspen Logistics and Kane is Able to improve its supply chain and warehousing operations.
Joe Perillo, director of supply chain, logistics, and lean enterprise for PTR Baler and Compactor, leads through influence.
As yet another sign that the U.S. economy is emerging from the downturn, the logistics job market is picking up, with a steady increase in hiring since last year.
As vice president of supply chain at WireCo WorldGroup, Todd Stewart looks for cost reductions while improving service and delivery to customers.
Wherever you went, attendees at the 2010 CSCMP Annual Conference were talking supply chain risk, volatility, disruption, and visibility.
A Direct-to-Store Delivery (DSD) delivery model helps consumer goods manufacturers gain speed and increase inventory turns.
Dannon's network design provides flexibility and speed to serve customers quickly, reduces transport time and costs, and delivers on the company's sustainability initiatives, while ensuring product freshness.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Distribution Manager Randall Plost boosted pick rates and forged carrier relationships to improve service at valve and pipe connector manufacturer Victaulic.
Gulf ports maintain container volumes despite Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Supply chain leaders climb the corporate ladder; Toyota Material Handling engineers work with MIT scientists and the U.S. Army to develop a remote-operated fork lift
Collaboration and communication help Inbound Logistics Manager Kevin Miles manage more than $100 million in transportation spend for grocery chain owner Ahold USA.
Blended continuing education programs combine online and classroom instruction to give students the best of both worlds, writes Dr. Carol Nappholz of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Holding a local job fair is an innovative approach to helping displaced logistics professionals find new jobs.
A mentor's advice and attention can make a world of difference to professionals trying to rise to the top of the logistics field. Here's how three companies in the industry help their employees scale new heights.
As director of logistics and operations at USA Cycling, Gregory Cross gives new meaning to the term "cycle counting."
Investigate online learning, a convenient path to acquiring supply chain know-how.
Can you really model best practices from the military? After all, they invented the acronym SNAFU. But companies are finding veterans' experience and skills help promote ship-shape supply chains.
Alison Dennis, director of sustainability at fast food company Burgerville, promotes sourcing from nearby suppliers.
Ten years as an Army sustainment officer provided Major Jason Bullard a view of the military supply chain from just about every angle.
William Cossey Jr. moved military vehicles during the first Gulf War; civilian life finds him back in the supply chain hot seat.
The first step in making yourself a more valuable employee is boosting your supply chain management know-how. Continuing education programs can help, writes Dr. Michael Reilly of Ashford University.
Online haberdasher Bonobos relies on its third-party fulfillment partner, Quiet Logistics, which operates warehousing facilities with Kiva's robotics materials handling solution.
Florida's Talent Supply Chain association aims to boost Florida's economy by encouraging and expanding workforce development, training, and job retention across the state, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Evolving to meet changing industry needs, logistics and supply chain education helps students hone their skills, gain a broader perspective, and bring bottom-line benefits to employers.
As director of logistics at Regal Wine Company, Kathy Zepaltas consolidated her company's logistics operations and transitioned from an insufficient warehouse to an ultra-efficient 650,000-square-foot DC.
Scott Kingsley, logistics manager at The Food Source International, believes good communication is key to strong relationships with service providers, suppliers, and customers.
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Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
Online supply chain education is flourishing, with options ranging from one-off courses to certification programs to master’s degrees. The best option for any individual depends on career goals.
American Trucking Associations opened the application window for its premier industry leadership initiative, LEAD ATA. The program is searching for diverse trucking industry leaders looking to grow their careers and meet other ambitious trucking professionals.
Inbound Logistics – in association with our partners at APICS – proudly announces its fifth annual $2,500 undergraduate scholarship.
Organizations looking to optimize supply chain and logistics functions should be on the lookout – there will be shifting demand for supply chain and logistics talent within the next decade. Here’s how to prepare.
A statewide, coordinated workforce development effort in Indiana has built a robust talent pipeline. Here’s how the state engages and prepares the next generation of logistics workers.
Profile on Joe Bobko, vice president of transportation with Boxed Wholesale, an online wholesale shopping club.
Manufacturers embrace IIoT to improve quality and operational visibility.
With a pull instead of a push replenishment strategy, golf ball maker Acushnet increased supply chain efficiency.
Retailers and manufacturers can unlock significant competitive advantage by leveraging consumer insights to make category decisions and create localized merchandising assortments.
Shippers should turn their attention to three frequently overlooked components of inventory record management to improve inventory accuracy and, ultimately, consumer satisfaction.
New technologies, consumer demands, and the rise of the mobile workforce are shifting the business landscape quickly, and specialized workers in supply chain and logistics are more valuable than ever. Use these tips to plan and attract the industry’s future leaders.