These 10 tips for clear and effective supply chain leadership can help set your company's culture and motivate employees to work together toward a common goal.
Leadership profile of Juliann Larimer, CEO of Peak-Ryzex
Staying connected with your team, remaining productive, and sticking to a schedule can go a long way when working from home. Here are six ways to stay sane when working remotely during an emergency like COVID-19.
Meet the women who are succeeding at high levels in their companies, driven by a passion for supply chain and logistics, self-confidence, authenticity, and the ability to untangle the spaghetti of information that drives business decisions.
GM's executive director of global aftersales supply chain, warehousing, and logistics discusses her role and answers the big questions.
Competition has never been tougher to obtain supply chain talent, forcing companies to rethink recruitment strategies. Here are some best practices for companies to integrate into supply chain talent recruitment.
Profile of Steve Sensing, president, Global Supply Chain Solutions (SCS), Ryder System.
Leaving a job to start a company is a high-risk/high-reward decision. For those transportation and logistics professionals who have been toying with the idea of entrepreneurship, there are some points to take into consideration to help make the right choices.
Profile of Debbie Lentz, president of global supply chain, RS Components and Electrocomponents.
As the supply chain exercises more influence over business outcomes, its managers are rising to top leadership positions. Supply chain pros with sights set on a corner office would do well to expand their skill sets and seek job experiences that prepare them for complexity.
Determining the strategic role of supply chain internships and decisions around post-intern hiring.
Three steps manufacturing and logistics employers can take to attract the incoming millennial and Gen-Z workforce.
To address today’s logistics talent gap, we need to rethink how we rethink the pipeline for talent in our own companies.
While different industries often have varying talent and skillset needs, investing in creative, intuitive and dedicated people translates to investing in your company’s future success.
Profile of Kevin Nolan, founder and CEO of Nolan Transportation Group, Atlanta
Profile of Billy Duty, head of North American supply chain with BYK USA, Inc., a division of Altana, a specialty chemicals company
Internships have traditionally provided a short-term opportunity, but colleges and universities are experimenting with apprenticeships as a way to develop and attract supply chain talent.
Profile of Brent Beabout, executive vice president of supply chain, Nordstrom
Profile of Marianne McDonald, vice president, global transportation for Avnet, a $17.4-billion global technology distributor headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona
Readers share the leadership insights that have had the biggest impact on them.
James Welch, CEO of YRC Worldwide, discusses his leadership philosophy.
Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
Profile of Dan Clark, founder and president of the logistics technology firm Kuebix, in Maynard, Mass.
People transitioning out of the military possess many skills that directly apply to a career in logistics. Yet a post-military career in logistics remains a largely untapped opportunity. Here’s how to change that.
Profile on Paul Nugent, director of logistics for Kitchen and Bath Americas with Kohler Co.
Profile of Rebecca Polan, CEO of REO Logistics in Huntington, West Virginia
Leaders must create a culture where values - how people treat each other - are as important as results, every day.
These companies have the most likeable CEOs in the transportation and warehousing industry, according to a new report from Owler.
3PL provider Redwood Logistics was named one of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For for the fourth consecutive year.
Profile of David Congdon, CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line
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.
Truck drivers are the lifeblood of the supply chain. Here's how to protect this invaluable asset and address the driver shortage.
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.
Some recent experiences provide hope that smart, dedicated and hardworking young professionals will fill the logistics talent gap.
As professionals who understand the entire process of manufacturing, shipping, and marketing products, and who recognize that suppliers can be closely aligned with the company’s goals and objectives, chief procurement officers help define a company’s competitive advantage.
Rising consumer expectations are driving change throughout the supply chain. And there’s no tougher test for meeting increased expectations than Black Friday. The time is now for warehouse managers to examine the three critical success factors in warehouse labor management.
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.
Smart, connected cities are closer than you think; Inevitable minimum wage hike has supply chain implications
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
By focusing on the frontline workforce—the biggest component to delivering the perfect order—companies can uncover hidden costs, maximize performance, and manage compliance risk.
Lin Ding, procurement manager at Ultimate Medical Academy, manages a team with a shared focus on procurement, supplier management, and contract management.
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.
Bobby Harris, President and CEO of BlueGrace Logistics, discusses the talent gap, entrepreneurship, the importance of keeping employees happy, and more.
Inbound Logistics editor Felecia Stratton discovers that change management is not only a supply chain challenge.
Sean Smith, supply chain director at Agropur Ingredients, is always up for a logistics challenge.
Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
Inbound Logistics interviews XPO Logistics’ Brad Jacobs to discuss his vision for XPO Logistics, and shares insight into what it takes to be a successful leader in today’s business world.
Active participation in a professional association helps advance career growth and offers continuous learning.
In the past 20 years, companies have experienced a profound shift, and have dramatically increased their spending on external suppliers. This places the supply management function in the spotlight as a key driver of profitability. The better supply management teams are at selecting, overseeing, and collaborating with these partners, the stronger their organizations will be.
A little healthy competition between employees can help to improve performance and metrics.
Employee incentives are a simple and valuable way to increase productivity in your facility.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
OSHA issues updates to its Hazard Communication Standard; HP’s Dave Thomas addresses the importance of data quality; Ohio Trucking Association debuts military exhibition class at truck driving competition; Companies fail to use procurement in a strategic way; Shippers planning ahead for labor disruptions.
Establish training and mentoring programs to ensure employees have the knowledge they need.
New forklift-based technologies can positively impact safety goals in your facility.
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.
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
Big data gathered by materials handling equipment helps warehouse managers improve productivity and safety.
Successful continuous improvement initiatives require focusing on achievable goals.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
Shippers must adapt to accommodate federal Hours-of-Service rules affecting the time truck drivers can be on the road.
A large seasonal workforce complicates 3PL compliance with healthcare laws and could mean rate increases for shippers.
Building strong teams can facilitate Lean initiatives in warehouses and supply chain operations.
Solid workforce training, appropriate metrics, and well-designed incentive programs give companies an advantage in building their supply chain labor pool.
Workforce management gives companies the tools they need to improve overall performance – whether they’re looking to cut labor costs, improve productivity, or create better revenue growth and bottom-line profitability, writes Malysa O’Connor of Kronos.
Labor management systems help distribution centers and warehouse facilities monitor and measure worker performance to identify problems and improvement opportunities.
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.
Companies such as Pep Boys and Georgia Pacific are harnessing technology to gain greater warehouse labor productivity through labor management systems; incentive programs; and warehouse management systems connected to forklift-mounted mobile computers.
Using lean components as a foundation for labor management is a powerful way to increase productivity and reduce costs in a warehouse or distribution center, according to Ryder Supply Chain Solutions’ Jeff Boudreau.
Vehicle management systems allow lift truck operators to complete pre-operation checklists electronically, saving valuable production time, writes Joe LaFergola of The Raymond Corporation.
A comprehensive supply chain labor management solution that automates processes such as hiring, time, and attendance, and scheduling can help control costs, minimize compliance risk, and improve productivity, says Malysa O'Connor, Kronos.
Labor management tools can help you determine if your workforce is performing at the level necessary to deliver cost-effective service to customers.
Profile of Lyndsi Lee, vice president of supply chain with hardware and home improvement wholesaler True Value, who drives end-to-end supply chain optimization, develop integrated planning and logistics strategies, and build best-in-class sourcing programs.
Leadership profile of Juliann Larimer, CEO of Peak-Ryzex
A labor market in which it is increasingly difficult to recruit, train, and retain workers is a major factor driving growth of the automated materials handling equipment market in North America, finds BCC Research.
Professors at some of the country’s leading supply chain education programs joined Inbound Logistics for a conversation about how they are preparing the next generation of professionals, whether they come from business programs or engineering schools, for tomorrow’s challenges.
Managing peak period shipment volume is a structural challenge in the U.S. economy. Thomas Eldridge Campbell, chief strategy officer of Capacity, shares five techniques that can help warehouses maintain service level agreements during peak demand periods.
Profile of Phil Yeager, president and COO, Hub Group
A recent CEO survey cited “lack of appropriate talent and capability” as the top most inhibitor to a company’s digital progress. Supply chain organizations are no exception. The gap between the skills needed to compete in an increasingly digital world and those available in the organization is widening.
What factors go into creating a successful supply chain? According to the EY Americas Supply Chain Reinvention Survey 2019, which surveyed senior-level supply chain executives on topics ranging from adopting technology, retaining leadership and talent, and prioritizing investment to supporting sustainability, here are the notable trends.
Antonio Galvao, chief supply chain officer of DuBois Chemicals, recounts his history in global logistics and discusses what it takes to succeed.
Applying gig economy principles and predictive analytics capabilities can efficiently and effectively fill manufacturing workforce gaps.
From Point A to Point Z, the supply chain provides fertile ground for persistent myths. Whether they concern job qualifications or day-to-day business practices, they merit some serious scrutiny.
Readers take on the misconceptions that persist about the supply chain and what it takes to be efficient.
Readers reveal the first action they would take to address the supply chain talent gap.
In the competitive world of business, every organization is seeking an edge—a catchy marketing phrase, an innovative product launch, improvements in efficiency and productivity—something to create a little separation to provide that illusive competitive advantage.
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 of Denis Reilly, president and CEO of Kenco Logistics
Profile of Doug Braun, CEO of BluJay Solutions
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.
How technology innovation is changing the nature of many warehouse jobs.
Although 57% of organizations say they're piloting automation processes and 93% of employees are optimistic automation will make their jobs easier, digital transformation efforts often fall apart. Many companies rely on IT to drive transformation without engaging other departments, creating bottlenecks.
The supply chain workplace of today faces significant disruption and begs the question: What should businesses be doing to embrace these changes?
The new coronavirus, or COVID-19, has impacted the supply chain by limiting access to employees, closing factories or slowing down manufacturers, and limiting access to logistics to move goods. Here are three ways in which retailers can minimize supply chain disruption as the virus progresses.
Frank Armetta, global vice president of supply chain with Sabra Dipping Company, discusses the hummus company's warehouse transformation, how he leads his team, and insight into his career journey.
Offering trade compliance knowledge to your customers is a tremendous value-add to helping them achieve their reasonable care goals.
Women are steadily advancing in supply chain and logistics. Here's how seven leading women in logistics got to the top of the field.
Profile of Scott Pruneau, CEO of ITS Logistics, Sparks, Nevada
Readers reveal the parts of the supply chain that should gain more notice.
Readers reveal the advice they would give to young people embarking on a supply chain/logistics career.
Workforce and career development are on the national radar and many companies are stepping up with financial, time and expertise commitments to accomplish the goals of developing the U.S. workforce for tomorrow.
A profile of Dean Z. Myers, vice president, global supply chain, technical operations and business development, The McDonald’s division of The Coca-Cola Company.
Profile of David Goldberg, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding U.S.
Jim Barnes did not have a mentor at the start of his career. "No one taught me how to become a leader," recalls Barnes, chief executive officer of enVista, an Indianapolis-based supply chain consultancy and software firm.
Erik Snyder, president of North America supply and procurement with Diageo, oversees Diageo's end-to-end supply chain and procurement operation in North America, including sourcing raw materials, distillation, manufacturing, packaging, planning, and customer service.
Thirty women have become small business owners in the trucking industry thanks to the efforts of Expediter Services (ES), in conjunction with the Women in Trucking Association.
Jack Buffington, supply chain leader with MillerCoors and professor at the University of Denver, manages a complex beer supply chain.
How John Burke, CEO of Armada reached his position and guides his company.
According to the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the industry expected a driver shortage of more than 50,000 at the end of 2017. Unfortunately, it’s projected to only get worse. By the ATA’s projections, the shortage could extend to more than 174,000 drivers by 2026.
Dan Curtis of BNSF Logistics discusses his leadership strategies and priorities.
When Lindsey Graves joined Sunset Transportation in 2006, the founder and CEO—who happens to be her father—asked her to learn the business by spending some time in every possible role. As the years progressed, that didn't mean dealing just with the company's freight operations.
Profile of Joel Kamp, head of the bulk scheduling center, Americas region, with The Linde Group, a gases and engineering company
Readers share the most fun or interesting part about their work in the supply chain.
Profile of Doug Mueller, CEO of Breakthrough Fuel, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Profile of Michele van Krieken, global supply chain manager with The Chemours Company
Readers reveal what they would tell their younger selves about supply chain management.
The rise of e-commerce, coupled with manufacturing and logistics facilities implementing robotics and other emerging technologies in the production process, has caused demand for digitally savvy workers with trade skills to skyrocket.
Profile of Frank Guenzerodt, president and CEO, Dachser USA
Profile of Mike Parsley, senior vice president of distribution with Tailored Brands, Inc., a U.S.-based retail holding company for Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank, and other men’s apparel brands.
Profile of Derek Leathers, president and CEO of Werner Enterprises, Omaha, Nebraska
Profile of Howie Mann, a founder and a board member with the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce in New York City
In today’s complex marketplace, supply chain professionals need a varied set of skills and competencies to help their employers succeed — everything from a strategic orientation to a comfort with data and an awareness of social and environmental obligations.
Profile of Steve Ahern, manager of supply chain operational design with BASF, a leading chemical company
Profile of Ryan Wall, president and CEO of FHI (Freight Handlers, Inc.) in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
Profile of Tim Miller, vice president of supply chain with Smashburger, a leading fast-casual burger restaurant
3PLs and tech providers can empower ethical supply chains, winter warehouse tips, what is most important to carriers when working with shippers, Fleet Advantage 2018 benchmarking survey reveals fleet operators pulse about rising fuel and maintenance and electric trucks, female high school students, findings from 2019 Third-Party Logistics Study, Forrester forecasts that companies will spend $434.9 billion to run IoT solutions by 2023, startup aims to make robots safe around factory workers, conditions ripe for multistory warehouses, automated material handling equipment market to exhibit significant growth during 2018–2024
Companies concerned with cost control, competitive differentiation, and innovation are more than ever seeking professionals who can drive substantive change.