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How lean can be adopted

The key principle of lean transformation is to maximize customer value while minimizing and reducing waste. As stated in Supply Chain 247, both the automotive and manufacturing world have adopted lean transformation processes when manufacturing goods. The question is posed why such processes haven’t been adapted for by distribution centers in the fulfillment of orders.

The […]

America’s Shortage of Drivers in the Trucking Industry

The video, by J.B. Hunt,  provides emotional and informative insight into the life of America’s drivers. Without a doubt, on average, most people do not imagine how their food gets from one place in the United States to the other, often traveling across from one coast to the other coast in the backseat […]

Gender Inequality in Supply Chain and Beyond

The world celebrated International Women’s Day just this past Sunday, shedding light on the subject of gender inequality. Articles, blogs, and tweets flooded campaigning to close the gap for women in all facets of society, including in the business world. While pay has been the hot topic of the most transparent problem with women becoming […]

Export Nation

Taking into account last week’s post in its international build, we will step back stateside and discuss the international relevance of the United States.

According to a recent report released by the Department of Commerce, it was reported that 26 states in the U.S. have reached records in their number of exports in the last […]

Colombia’s Secret Weapon: Port of Barranquilla

“There is a word that we must put in front of ‘supply chain’ now that is more important than ever, what is that word?” According to Professor Caltagirone that word is “global.” Quicker than ever our world is globalizing and trading between countries is becoming an expectation rather than a choice. Ports all over the […]

Railway Systems Rule the Logistics Landscape

From roads to  tracks to waterway to airports, all are major players in the logistics landscape, it is no surprise that US has the world’s largest freight transportation system. Among these tracks and railroads are the most active players.1

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration, the U.S. freight rail network is valued […]

Rwanda’s Cloud-Based Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

One Network Enterprises, a supply-chain consulting company, recently released a case study on their work with the Rwandan Minister of Health to improve the health care network within the country. For numerous developing nations, external factors continue to be the main disrupter of any supply chain.

In the case of the Rwandan Ministry of Health, a […]

Global Warming Disrupting Supply Chains

While 2014 in Chicago was considered the year of the polar vortex and Chiberia, on average, for the rest of the world, it was the hottest year on record since 1880. Average temperatures were up by 1.4°F or 0.8°C in 2014, setting heat waves throughout many parts of Europe, Northern Africa, and parts of South […]

U.S.’s 2015 Infrastructure Plans

Above is an information graph of “Forks in the Road,” regarding to the United States’s deteriorating infrastructure. In which chase the phrase, Forks in the Road” is a quite literal expression.

Anthony Foxx, the U.S. Transportation Secretary reports that it will cost much more in the future if the issues are not addressed today. Foxx believes […]

What Do Uber and Logistics have in Common?

New Year’s Eve was the first time I used the Uber app. Late to the trend, I was extremely impressed with how easily the system worked. Even more so impressed with the system of tracking of Uber car locations and estimated time of arrival to your destination. While myself along with millions of other people, […]

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.