Tim Thoma, international logistics and compliance manager at Northern Tool and Equipment, is responsible for moving product purchased from overseas.
A profile of Sandeep Dalvie, global supply chain director in the titanium technologies business with The Chemours Company, a chemistry company and one of the top producers of titanium dioxide.
Jessica Tyler learned in her early career as a teacher that the best way to help people reach their potential is to have a relationship with them, which shaped her open-book leadership style as president of cargo at American Airlines.
In her previous role managing supplier relationships at Starbucks, Sylvia Wilks learned what good customer service really looks like. Now that she supplies customers at TireHub, she knows how to meet their expectations and build the national tire distributor’s customer-centric culture.
Profile of Judy R. McReynolds, chairman, president and CEO, ArcBest.
More supply chain jobs are readily available in the economy than there are people to fill them. A great way to take the next step in attracting supply chain talent lies within crafting a notable job title.
While more people are earning supply chain management degrees and certifications, it hasn’t been enough to fill current needs. We need to do our part.
What makes one supply chain career move more impactful than another? We asked several supply chain professionals to share the moves that proved most significant.
Most professionals say they expect COVID-19 to shape their supply chain into the medium term, accelerating existing trends and shifting priorities. Take a look at key findings from a Ti and Bollore Logistics survey.
Staying engaged with your customers, providing solutions to their new demands, and not losing sight of your business goals can help improve your business during uncertain times.
Profile of Andrew Kirkwood, CEO, BluJay Solutions.
Leadership profile of Juliann Larimer, CEO of Peak-Ryzex
Inbound freight can be a challenge to analyze or control, but it significantly impacts operational and cost results. Traverse this ‘final frontier’ of supply chain management by collaborating on these strategies, across departments.
Globally, 85% of employees report that they’re not engaged at the workplace. Manufacturing, retail, and distribution teams can take three steps to ensure that employees stay engaged and thrive in their roles.
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.
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.
Switzerland digs into an ambitious initiative: a vast underground network of tunnels transporting cargo.
Full-year results for intermodal freight are the strongest in five years, finds the Intermodal Association of North America's (IANA) Q4 and year-end Intermodal Market Trends & Statistics report.
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.
Consider the following four core elements when assessing and establishing your freight forwarder partnership in order to boost your internal compliance program.
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.
With rumors that Uber and Amazon may be about to launch their own global freight brokerage businesses, traditional forwarders and brokers are understandably nervous. But the British International Freight Association (BIFA) reacts to current speculation by underlining "the vastly challenging and circuitous landscape" that forwarders and brokers operate in daily.
Mexican border wall becomes issue in trade negotiations, e-commerce companies making headway in logistics services marketplace, Agility Emerging Markets Index shows bleak future for free trade.
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.
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.
Multiculturalism can be the competitive advantage that makes the critical difference in the success of your supply chain operations.
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.
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.
Use these seven tips to find a partner in China that is right for your company.
When it came time to face the ACE, HW St. John bet on an automated solution that streamlines processes and deals customers a winning hand.
Don’t risk entrusting your shipments to a fraudulent freight broker. Check broker credentials to protect your goods.
Shippers and trucking brokers must understand the differences among the service levels carriers offer.
Shipping freight plays a vital role in supply chain management, yet many shippers neglect to take control of their inbound shipments. Industry experts offer strategies for overcoming five common obstacles to successful inbound freight management.
The demands of volatile markets and structural changes taking place in the ocean freight sector make strong shipper/carrier partnerships beneficial to both parties.
Shippers should consider the advantages of placing their supply chain needs in the hands of a single freight forwarder or multiple agents, writes Julian Keeling, Consolidators International Inc.
Effectively managing your freight forwarders helps improve supply chain compliance.
A professional freight forwarder that represents the interests of all supply chain participants can serve as the missing link in supply chain communication.
Profile of Mike Honious, president and CEO, GEODIS in Americas
Because it imports and distributes to each level of the supply chain, including the last mile, Marx Foods has visibility into each supply chain link. In 2020, COVID taught it a lot about how to manage the supply chain in 2021.
BlueGrace Logistics named Mark Derks as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Strategic investments in leadership team augments customer focus and value.
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.
A checklist of five critical questions to ask before booking your next cross-border load.
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.
Digital forwarding platforms are rapidly gaining traction in a global forwarding market characterized by uneven change.
With a goal to modernize freight transportation through intelligent process automation and better access to a network of connected and reliable drivers, SAP SE and Uber Freight have teamed up.
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.
Freight agents rely on technology to maintain the daily operations of their businesses. But how are they using data gathered from technology to drive growth?
A few tips for keeping your air cargo safe during large freight shipments.
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.
In any field—but particularly male-dominated industries—it is important for managers and supervisors to challenge and encourage their young female workers. This is certainly the case in the logistics and e-commerce sector of which I am a part, both fast-growing and exciting fields that offer young women many opportunities.
Read the latest good works, sustainability efforts, mergers and acquisitions, new hires, and sealed deals happening in the supply chain in January 2021.
A profile of Tonya Jackson, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Lexmark, a creator of imaging solutions and technologies.
Most freight forwarders doubt they can handle changes to the United Kingdom's trading relationship in 2021 with the Brexit transition, including new customs documentation and procedures.
Key lessons learned and implemented throughout the years that are vital in not only navigating a pandemic but also being able to do so efficiently.
Learn how 3PL Central's warehouse management solutions helped Woodland Group become an "invisible" partner for its customers while growing their businesses.
How can we better prepare to minimize the risks that disruptions present and mitigate their impact? Here’s how to build a more flexible and agile supply chain.
The supply chain workplace of today faces significant disruption and begs the question: What should businesses be doing to embrace these changes?
Atlanta, Georgia, is the easiest market to find spot truckload van freight in 2019, according to a DAT Solutions report. Take a look at the top 10 markets for outbound truckload freight by equipment type.
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.
Almost half of all small to mid-sized businesses decision-makers estimate an increase in shipping spend, and big-box retailers are influencing their strategy.
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.
Leaning on 30 years of experience shipping in Mexico, CFI delivered concert equipment for a well-known pop music group tour in North America.
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.
Using one qualified company for Customs brokerage and freight forwarding reduces the logistical work on the customer’s end, while also making it easier to deliver Customs compliance and an optimal experience from pick-up to delivery.
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.
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
In early 2017, major ocean cargo carriers further consolidated from four alliances to three that dominate global trade. Because this change impacts shippers in a number of ways that include lanes and ports of call, it’s important to know how best to work with them to minimize risks. Experts share best practices that will help.
Make sure issues that can disrupt your supply chain are limited and infrequent. Here are several predictable and unpredictable risks that you should plan for:
Profile of Tim Miller, vice president of supply chain with Smashburger, a leading fast-casual burger restaurant
Many traditional airfreight forwarders are remaining relevant by enhancing their online capabilities and expanding the range of supply chain services they offer.
Companies concerned with cost control, competitive differentiation, and innovation are more than ever seeking professionals who can drive substantive change.