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Supply Chain Briefing

Is Supply Chain Top of Mind?

July 27, 2017 Earlier this week, I spoke on a panel at a ProVisors (top notch group of trusted advisers) event on supply chain and its impacts on the Southern California and Inland Empire economy.  This prompted me to think about whether we are keeping supply chain (from your [...]

The Internet of Things (IoT) is Trending in Supply Chain

July 21, 2017 IoT is trending in supply chain circles.  A buzz has started.  According to a recent article on Kinaxis, IoT has nearly taken hold of every aspect of our lives.  Can you believe there will be over 6 billion connected devices by next year?  And that number [...]

Samsung Expanding Manufacturing in the U.S.

July 12, 2017 Samsung announced that it is expanding manufacturing operations and its commitment to American consumers, engineers and innovators.  They are putting money where their mouth is by investing $380 million with the plan to hire 1,000 workers for this new state-of-the-art facility that will manufacture appliances.  This [...]

Amazon and Whole Foods

July 6, 2017 Amazon hit the news big time with the purchase of Whole Foods.  It even got my mom's attention, and she asked the store manager if they would continue to exist.  He assured her that they planned to stay. It just so happens that I spoke on [...]

Fully Autonomous Vehicles Will Be Here by 2020

June 26, 2017 Autonomous vehicles seem to arise at every corner.  Last week, I heard a presentation on autonomous vehicles by the executive VP of Hyundai, and earlier this week, I participated on a panel at Future Ports Annual Conference with a Caltrans researcher on autonomous vehicles.  What is [...]

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% [...]

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