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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, […]

FedEx Buys Logistic Company

Two weeks ago FedEx announced its decision to buy logistics company Genco, which specializes in handling product returns, a field that is growing quicker and quicker with the growth of e-commerce.

FedEx will acquire not only $1.6 billion annual sales revenues and 11,000 employees, but also warehouses and operations in over 140 countries and working with […]

Zara’s Fast-Fashion and Even Faster Supply Chain

Everyone knows Zara as the Spanish owned retail legend that has been leading fast-fashion with its chic, street-fashion, but more impressive is his supply chain management.  

Fashion is already a difficult industry to operate in. It is unpredictable and uncertain. Rapidly the push from fashion companies driving their own […]

Deutsche Bahn Sues Airlines Over Cargo Cartels, Supplier Relationship Nightmare

A case that has been almost 7 years in the making, Deutsche Bahn is finally suing air freight companies for colluding to inflate air freight fees. The German rail company has filed two lawsuits totaling in approximately $3 billion against 13 airlines including Air France-KLM SA, British Airways, Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd., Deutsche Lufthansa AG, […]

Amazon’s Use of Robots in Supply Chain, Not Far from the Larger Trend

With the busy holiday season quickly approaching, Amazon, Inc. is preparing itself by stocking its facilities with orange robots. Coined “pickers,” these machines will now assist Amazon workers by bringing them stocked shelving units in the 1.2 million-square-foot facility warehouse.

Due to the volume of Amazon warehouses, estimated about 20 […]

IKEA sustainability manager warns companies not to be ‘greenwash’

“Don’t ‘greenwash’ because you will be caught out.  The media, your own colleagues and customers will be aware (if you pretend to have good sustainability credentials)” was the message the IKEA UK’s environment and sustainable development manager Charlie Browne, speaking at the CIPS Annual Conference.

A good starting point is for procurement departments to look at […]

Logistics News: Even as they Increasingly Partner for Branded Services, UPS and FedEx Say Recent Major USPS Price Cuts Not Fair

The struggling United States Post Office continues to look at its parcel delivery business as perhaps the key path to some level of financial viability – and it is using significant price cuts to wrest share away from market leaders UPS and FedEx.

The latest USPS pricing initiative began in August when its government regulators gave […]

Apple iPhone 6 Screen Glitch Leaves Supply Chain Scrambling

Suppliers to Apple are scrambling to get enough iPhone 6 screens ready as the need to redesign a key component disrupted the panel productions mid last week. The issue highlights the risks and challenges that suppliers face to meet Apple’s tough specifications.  It is yet unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit […]

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.