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Is It Possible to Realign the Supply Chain?

Global supply-chain disruptions are rampant. Manufacturers and business owners now routinely deal with triple and quadruple lead times, widespread shortages, escalating prices, and transportation delays. Every link in the supply chain is out of alignment. Think of the imbalance as a sixth-grader on one end of a teeter-totter and a kindergartner on the other—only worse.

Container Ships, Ports, Trucks, Rail Oh My!

The global supply chain situation remains in a constant state of chaos. $1 billion of goods flows through the ports per day, and so there is a BIG ripple effect on the supply chain. Although there is a lot of talk and action by various groups to improve the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

There is More to Chicago than Good Pizza. Logistics Anyone?

June 12, 2018 My aunt worked at CSX rail outside Chicago for her entire career.  Growing up, it sounded like odd, middle of the night shifts was what rail was all about.  Now, rail - and specifically Chicago - have become strategic.  As people moved west in the good [...]

Will Your Supply Chain Risk Surprise You?

What happens when you have a break in your supply chain? Do you have contingency plans in place to mitigate business interruption?Supply chain risks abound! Just look at the recent bankruptcy of Hanjin. It created havoc in the global supply chain. Ships were virtually stranded on the water. No [...]

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