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Business complexity and outdated systems are no excuse for a broken S&OP process.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

Achieving ROI on Supply Chain Sustainability Initiatives

Bob Trebilcock in Supply Chain Management Review notes the on-going evolution of role of sustainability objectives in the supply chain from “nice to do” to “business critical”. Citing examples of four companies who have successfully made this transition, he outlines four practices essential to achieving sustainability goals:

1. Adopt rigorous, defensible reporting methodology […]

Collaboration and Technology are Keys to Improving Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Human Rights report Shared Responsibility: a New Paradigm for Supply Chains discusses the ways that large global buyers have worked together and with host country governments to affect measurable improvements in human rights challenges that are too big and/or too deeply entrenched to be addressed unilaterally.

In […]

Need Better Delivery Performance? Get a New Playbook

Adrian Gonzalez’s article, Target Cracks Down on Suppliers: Same Old Same Old Approach, Same Old Same Old Results explains how Target and Walmart are tightening delivery windows to improve inbound performance. He notes this old strategy and wonders what would happen if the “800 pound gorillas” adapted a popular approach to parenting known as […]

Nominations Open for the SVCC Excellence Awards!

SVCC will recognize individuals or teams in 4 categories for Supply Chain Excellence at the Annual Summit on October 17. Sponsored by Colliers International, this year’s awards and ceremony builds on the inaugural awards last year. The Awards Committee, co-chaired by Rob Payne (Aurora Healthcare) and Jack Rosenberg (Colliers), has identified the 4 awards which […]

Member Spotlight: A Safe Haven Foundation, Transforming the Double Bottomline

Neli Vazquez Rowland, a ’85 alum of Loyola University Chicago, founded A Safe Haven Foundation in 1994.  With the “double bottom line” (saving money and saving lives in the long term), Neli created an organization with the goal to end the circle of poverty and allow marginalized individuals in society to gain financial stability.

ASHF, located […]

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.