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A Fiercely Competitive Talent Market

Wills Moore from Korn Ferry writes about the shortage of talent needed to fuel continued growth in e-commerce. He notes in particular a competency known as “Learning Agility” – the ability to draw on previous experience and successfully apply it to new situations / challenges. As the pace of change marches inexorably faster, […]

SVCC’s Riti Patel Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

We are very pleased to announce that SVCC Administrative Assistant Riti Patel was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue graduate studies and work in Mexico City, Mexico. As information, the Fulbright program is offered through the Department of State and offers merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and […]

Better Practices for College Recruiting

The July/August issue of Supply Chain Management Review is designated the “Talent Issue” and contains a number of articles related to attracting, retaining, and developing talent. As a supplement to the print issue, they run a number of shorter, related articles on-line. Harry Haney from the Supply & Value Chain Center at Loyola University Chicago […]

Supply Chain Drives Enterprise Profitability

Daphne Howland on retaildive.com writes about how Inditex’ supply chain is a key enabler in the organization’s profitability. Specifically she notes that by controlling more of their supply chain than their peers, they can get smaller batches to the shelves faster, mitigating losses from excess inventory due to weather changes.

-Harry Haney, Assistant Director, Supply & […]

Unintended Consequences in Conflict Mineral Rules

Lindsay Macgregor, writing in Online Sourcing Journal notes that the now 3 year old rules on reporting conflict mineral usage are actually hurting the companies they were intended to help. These minerals, including tin, tantalum, gold, and tungsten are widely used in the fashion industry and the rules require reporting if they came […]

Supply Chain Risk Management – GM’s Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters

Andrew Colias writes in Auto News how the impact of the April earthquake in Japan was far less damaging than it could have been as a result of what GM learned and implemented following the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The tools include a 5:30am weekly global conference call to review and mitigate […]

Internet of Things Driving Warehouse Efficiencies

Ben Ames, writing in DC Velocity, notes several potential ways to deliver benefits. He notes that while set up costs (in the form of sensors, data network costs, and implementation expenses) can be significant, once in place, the benefit can be significant. He cites the ability to “rescue” perishable items from going out […]

Industry Benchmarking

Benchmarking is one of the areas our members suggested would be valuable. At their suggestion though, we did not take the path of benchmarking in the traditional sense of “what is your case fill rate” but rather using short “case studies” on various topics that highlight better practices. These are available to all […]

Drones to Drive Efficiencies

The Supply Chain Digest editorial team recaps a number of ways Walmart and others are using drones in their operations. According to Walmart’s VP of Last Mile and Emerging Science, they are just beginning to understand how drones could be utilized. Inventory optimization is the current focus, and Walmart plans to have the […]

Step to Fix a Broken S&OP Process

Business complexity and outdated systems are no excuse for a broken S&OP process.

Robert Valletta tells a great story about how a $1 Billion global biotech company with more than 10,000 SKUs, 7 plants, 3 DCs overcame an unsynchronized ERP system, a forecasting system without a reporting module, and no budget for new systems or more […]

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.