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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 […]

SVCC Adding Special Interest Groups

Coming out of last week’s Advisory Board Meeting 3 new SIGs  were identified and we are looking for people who would like to participate in the groups and potentially chair or co-chair them – so please share this with others on your team.  The SIG is:

Labor / Workforce Optimization –  Implications of increasing automation

As you […]

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 […]

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.