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What’s Going On with Asia Supply Chains

June 22, 2020 Supply chains are quite tenuous, and China drives the most volume: Coronavirus: Beijing is under a soft lockdown with a surge of virus cases. Although Beijing doesn't impact trade, it is another sign that China vastly under reported previously and it is likely to have a [...]

People & Robots Can Co-Exist Successfully

We held an engaging executive panel discussion at our APICS Inland Empire spring symposium on the topic, "The Talent Transformation: People or Robots? There is quite a lot of hoopla in the area of Inland Southern California as this geography is larger than all but 24 states (and soon [...]

The Sheer Relevance & Impact of Transportation (A Billion Here, a Billion There)

October 29, 2018 Recently, I attended Mobility 21, the Southern California transportation coalition, and it reminded me of the sheer relevance of transportation.  No manufacturer can operate without transportation; distributors are out of business without trucks dropping off and picking up, healthcare would stop functioning and our frequent Amazon [...]

E-Commerce Drives Industrial Space to New Heights

May 18, 2018 According to the Journal of Commerce, e-commerce is driving industrial space rents to new heights. Our clients are definitely experiencing the same dilemma! There has been a 12.1% increase in rental rates since 2017, and the L.A. / Long Beach area has the lowest vacancy rate [...]

TPP is Dead ….How Will it Affect Our Ports?

January 23, 2017 On Trump's first full day in office, he backed out of TPP, as expected - and promised. The concept behind this Trans-Pacific Partnership was to deepen economic ties among countries that border the Pacific Ocean. Will this have an effect on trade? At the same time, [...]

Logistics, Logistics and Logistics

December 30, 2016 I took the APICS CLTD (certified in logistics, transportation and distribution) exam yesterday (and passed!); therefore, I have been knee deep in logistics topics this week.  Who knew logistics was such a BIG topic?  Well, we have been excited at APICS-IE to start teaching this certification [...]

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