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Supply Chain Briefing

World Logistics Center & the Sheer Relevance of Logistics

There is no doubt logistics is relevant in the U.S. and the Inland Empire.  During a presentation by the visionary behind the World Logistics Center in the Inland Empire, I heard several amazing statistics.  One that stands out in my mind is the fact that the GDP of the 11 [...]

Robots & Demographics

June 6, 2017 According to Industry Week and Moody's Investor Service, there could be a significant upside to robots with the near-term demographic time bomb in Japan and Germany.  Certainly, work will need to continue to get done; however, as more and more workers retire, that could become a [...]

Top Importers & Exporters… E-Commerce Impacts

June 1, 2017 According to the Journal of Commerce, the top importers were impacted by e-commerce and that trend is expected to continue.  Imports grew by 8% last year (2.2 million TEU) whereas exports grew by 3% (just under a million TEU).  The rankings are showing signs of a [...]

Amazon Is Going to Australia!

May 24, 2017 Amazon has announced plans to go to Australia in a big way - of course!  This has many Australian retailers unnerved while simultaneously providing Amazon with a new beachhead for its global distribution network. And, it appears as though Amazon might have a supportive regulatory environment [...]

New Survey Says Manufacturing Key to American Prosperity

May 16, 2017 According to a survey by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, more than three quarters of Americans surveyed believe the U.S. should invest in the manufacturing industry.  Nice to see what I see on a daily basis come to life and gain momentum!  Specifically, more than 80% [...]

Why Care About Rail?

May 8, 2017 This past weekend, my APICS (premier association for supply chain and operations professionals) Inland Empire chapter had its spring executive panel and networking symposium on the topic of "Disruptive Innovations in Logistics".  We had an amazing panel of experts covering trucking, rail, import/ export, distribution and [...]

Southern California Supply Chain Summit Touts Impressive Facts

April 27, 2017 According to the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit featuring executives from Amazon, UPS, the California Trucking Association and more, supply chain has a dramatic impact on the Southern California economy and the world. For example, UPS is the 9th largest airline, has 100,000 trucks, [...]

Are Robots Good or Bad?

April 19, 2017 According to the Material Handling & Logistics, robots are slashing U.S. wages and worsening pay inequality.  That is certainly a provocative statement!  According to new research by MIT's Daron Acemoglu and Boston University's Pascual Restrepo, one additional robot per thousand workers reduces the employment to population ratio [...]

Tweaks to NAFTA & CEO Input

April 12, 2017 According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump met with chief executives and promised pleasant surprises with NAFTA and talked about upgrading the federal government's computer systems.  According to the chief executives in attendance, innovative ideas emerged.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in [...]

Job Gains & Market Surges

April 6, 2017 According to the Wall Street Journal, the US gained a better-than-expected 263,000 jobs in March.  Thus, the stock market surged and others gained as well including the Shanghai Composite Index, Nikkei Stock Average and Australia's S&P.  As the job market gets tighter, have you thought about how to [...]

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