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Demystifying Supply Chain Conventional Wisdom

Our center’s own John Caltagirone and Undergraduate Research Assistant, Ally Ryder, recently published an article in Supply Chain Management Review called, “Best Practices or Better Practices?”  The article explores the coinage of the term “best practices” and the circumstantial nature of the supply chain industry that suggests that “better practices” maybe more fitting. Often a […]

Panama Canal’s Growing Business

In his remarks at the 4th Annual Chicago Supply Chain and Sustainability Summit, Chief of Mission, Kevin O’Reilly, exclaimed the forever comparative advantage the Panama canal has had throughout history and even more so with the canal’s ongoing expansion. Currently the canal is responsible for 85% of the country’s economy, simply from shipping and services. Even […]

A Match Made in Heaven – Procurement & Millennials

Millennials have a tendency to be idealists. On average you find articles on millennials wanting to make a difference and work for organizations and companies that are creating positive changes in the world. For that reason, it is no surprise that millennials are beginning to pick up on procurement.  

Anyone unfamiliar with procurement, it is the section of a company that deals […]

The Future of Retail Shopping and the Supply Chain

I have “celebrated” five Black Friday’s and since my first in 2010. On the first one, I woke up at 3 am to go to a shopping mall and wait in line for about 2 hours whereas this year I spent Black Friday shopping online from comfort of my own couch. So it is no […]

Biodisel Changing Supply Chain

Biodiesel is a renewable, clean-burning diesel. Usually made form an array of different sources including recycled vegetable oil, soybean oil, and animal fat. The process that separates the oil or animal fat is called transesterification, which in methyl esters (used in the biodiesel) and glycerin (used in soaps) – evidently a fully sustain process.

The use […]

Managing Water Risk in Mexico City – How some companies are taking advantage

Floods, tsunamis and droughts have been plaguing supply chains for the past decade. It seems that both too much water and too little water are becoming larger issues and disrupting global supply chains. Suppliers, customers, manufacturers, and consumers are affected and mitigating the risk has been a challenge.

In the example of Thailand in 2011, extreme […]

NAFTA & Supply Chain

It has probably been some time since you’ve read an article about NAFTA, and for the most part it makes sense. It has been 21 years since the implementation of the free trade agreement, we are all aware of what it entails and its results, right? Aside from economic prosperity, we did realize also it […]

Managing Water Risk in Mexico City – How some companies are taking advantage

Floods, tsunamis and droughts have been plaguing supply chains for the past decade. It seems that both too much water and too little water are becoming larger issues and disrupting global supply chains. Suppliers, customers, manufacturers, and consumers are affected and mitigating the risk has been a challenge.

In the example of Thailand in 2011, extreme […]

Truck Platooning: The Future of Trucking

For those who don’t remember my post on the rapidly growing demand for truck drivers in the United States, have no fear, because a solution is in the works. The American Trucking Associate reported that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 240,000 truck drivers in the US, with movement of truckers to more […]

Unilever Mission to Humanize the Supply Chain

Traditionally companies have adopted shareholder strategy in their approach to maximizing their profit and satisfying stockholders. But with growing corporate scandals and unethical decisions being made daily by corporate leaders, a general sentiment of corporate social responsibility has been slowly shifting to the forefront and abandoning a “slave” model of please shareholders.

Paul Polman, Unilever’s CEO, […]

About this blog

John is the Director of the Supply & Value Chain Center at Loyola University Chicago’s Quinlan School of Business, where he is also an Executive Lecturer on Global Supply Chain Management courses in the Executive MBA, MBA and MSSCM Programs. John previously was the Vice President and National Practice Leader of Global Supply Chain Strategy for The Revere Group, an NTT Data company and previously held the position of Senior Vice President, Chief Logistics and Operations Officer for Peapod, Inc., where he was responsible for distribution services, inventory management, purchasing, transportation management, logistics engineering and customer service. John has held senior management positions with the following companies: Rand McNally, RR Donnelley & Sons and Ryder Integrated Logistics. He is a frequent speaker at various events and has been quoted and published in numerous publications.