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Shanghai Lockdown

Shanghai has been locked down for around 6 weeks already. It is resulting in a significant bottleneck of container ships sitting outside Shanghai.

When Will the Supply Chain Disruptions End?

Supply chain disruptions will continue throughout 2022. In fact, we need to accept that supply chain challenges will be commonplace in the next normal. Each link in the supply chain will continue to blame the others while the end-to-end supply chain will only be as strong as its weakest link. Manufacturers will continue to experience shortages of materials and labor while prices escalate.

When Will Supply Chains Catch Up?

I was excited to be featured on "Just the News" (a few minutes into the segment) earlier this week talking about what is going on with supply chain disruptions and when we will catch up. I also facilitated a panel of global supply chain experts on supply chain, material and logistics disruptions.

Shortages & Extended Lead Times – Starbucks, Building Materials & Much More

Starbucks is out of several items! Who would have thought? Unfortunately, they are not alone. Almost every client is experiencing shortages of materials, logistics services and more. For example, according to Freight Waves, FedEx Freight just announced they are immediately cutting service to 1400 less-than-truckload in an effort to [...]

Adaptability and Resiliency: Trends to Emerge Above and Beyond in 2021

In our eBook Emerging Above & Beyond: 21 Insights for 2021 from Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Technology Executives, many executives discuss the critical importance of adaptability and resiliency. The pandemic kicked off with volatility of customer demand (toilet paper and hand sanitizer were in scarce supply whereas aerospace and [...]

LMA Advocate 2020: Shannon Reininger

September 20, 2020 In 2015, we kicked off the LMA Advocate awards to recognize those people who have been instrumental to our growth and success.  We started with 10 people to celebrate the 10 years since we started the business and we now add one each year. Although I’ve learned [...]

Clearing the Mind for Innovation & the Santa Barbara Coastline

October 10, 2019 I recently attended a CEO retreat in Santa Barbara. We talked about both our business goals as well as our personal goals and spent two half-days enjoying the area. I took the opportunity to clear my mind so that I could think innovatively. Everyone clears [...]

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The Resilient Supply Chain: Can You Get Trucks?

Are you able to find trucks?  It is quickly becoming the key question that needs to be answered.  Every driver has at least 12 options.  Why will he/she take your load?  Are you attractive to carriers?  That is the key question.  After all, you can carry inventory so you [...]

L.A. Metro & Innovative Transportation

April 16, 2018 I was able to hear Joshua Schank, Director of Innovation of L.A. Metro talk at a ProVisors meeting last week, and so it seemed appropriate to share the complexity of L.A.'s transportation network and some of the innovations starting to gain momentum. The single largest [...]

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 [...]

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