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Guest: Steve Ardagh of Eagle Protect on ethical sourcing; Reshoring picks up momentum; Ongoing world events continue to impact our supply chains

2/16/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Steve Ardagh, the founder and CEO of Eagle Protect, a protective glove supplier. Our supply chains contain products sourced and manufactured all over the world. But sometimes, the origins of products may not be in line with our values. Products may be produced in sweatshops, or ignore child labor standards, or they may take advantage of minority groups or even enslaved people. How do we assure ethical sourcing of the products in our supply chains? Our guest has some thoughts on this topic. Nearshoring, or moving manufacturing closer to our markets, is gaining in popularity. And we have seen a lot of recent activity in Mexico that is further evidence of this growing trend. How does nearshoring reduce risk and stabilize our supply chains? Transportation of goods continues to be affected by world events, such as attacks on shipping within the Red Sea, the ongoing drought in Panama, and two major wars. Retailers are starting to feel these effects, as delays and higher freight costs pose earnings risk for U.S. and European companies importing from Asia. CSCMP's Supply Chain Xchange also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Eagle ProtectBlueGrace opens first Mexican logistics centerArrive Logistics opens Guadalajara office as nearshoring boom continuesReport: Retailers likely to take a hit from Suez and Panama disruptionsGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Xchange's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@agilebme.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:17:12

Guest: Siddharth Priyesh of CrimsonLogic on battling supply chain inflation and high interest rates; New research shows a lack of AI use in logistics; The progress of digitalization throughout transportation

2/9/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Siddharth Priyesh, vice president and head of the Americas and Caribbean regions at CrimsonLogic. All businesses have been affected by increasing inflation and the high interest rates that have been set to curb that inflation. It has caused some sectors to suffer worse than others. Transportation has been one of the industries hit the hardest with higher costs. Will those impacts continue during the year, and what can businesses do to lessen the pain? Transportation and logistics professionals in the United States and Europe say their companies are coming up short in three areas that get a lot of attention in business circles these days: artificial intelligence (AI), sustainability, and supply chain visibility. That’s according to a recent study from location data and technology firm Here Technologies, released this week. We share the details of the research and what it means to supply chain management. One of the biggest buzzwords of the past couple years has been digitalization. But in the waves of new technology we see all the time, it to can be hard to keep track of exactly what that means. And are we there yet? Are we digitalized? This week, we saw two stories that give an idea of a progress report on that question, specifically in the area of transportation. We share the details. CSCMP's Supply Chain Xchange also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: CrimsonLogicStudy finds lack of data analytics and AI utilization in logisticsCH Robinson says appointment scheduling tech saves 74 hours per loadUber Freight rolls out pilot version of freight scheduling APIGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Xchange's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@agilebme.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:17:47

Guest: Chris Jones of Descartes on labor shortages; Rail safety one year out from East Palestine derailment; Versatile AMRs

2/2/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Chris Jones, executive vice president of industry for Descartes. Unemployment rates in the United States continue to be under 4% - the latest report released today shows unemployment currently at 3.7%. The low unemployment further demonstrates the growing strength of the overall economy. However, one thing that may stifle additional growth is the difficulty of finding good workers with so few people looking for new jobs. Logistics technology company Descartes has just completed a study called How Bad Is the Supply Chain and Logistics Workforce Challenge? We talk about the results of the study and what it means for finding workers to run our supply chains. It has been a year since that terrible railroad accident in East Palestine, Ohio. Since then, the railroad industry, Congress, and safety agencies have been haggling over how to make trains safer to prevent such future accidents. Railroads have proposed some voluntary measures to increase safety while at the same time stifling a bill in Congress that would mandate some safety procedures. We discuss where things stand now. From warehouses to farms, autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are helping boost productivity, save labor, and continuously improve operations. We look at the cover story for the February issue of DC Velocity that discusses how AMRs are reshaping the warehousing landscape and even influencing how work is done in other industries. CSCMP's Supply Chain Xchange also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: DescartesA year after East Palestine accident, rail industry regulations are largely unchangedRail unions cheer whistleblower protection deal with Norfolk SouthernThe incredible versatile AMRGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Xchange's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@agilebme.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:17:49

Guest: Melanie Nuce-Hilton of GS1 US on 2D barcode benefits; The latest on autonomous trucks; Freight markets remain sluggish

1/26/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Melanie Nuce-Hilton, senior vice president, innovation and partnerships, at GS1 US. The world has long used barcodes for data tracking and transactions – we see them stamped on nearly every product we buy. However, new standards are being introduced to replace the humble bar code with more sophisticated codes that can contain much more data. We talk about the benefits and use cases for the newer 2D types of barcodes. We’ve been hearing about the potential for autonomous self-driving trucks for a few years now. The technology could be applied in transportation and could ease driver shortages. There have been a number of pilot programs for testing autonomous vehicles, but we also see some opposition to their adoption over concerns of safety. Today we share some of the latest news concerning these autonomous technologies. Speakers at this year's SMC3 JumpStart conference in Atlanta shared their views that the challenging conditions that have plagued freight markets for the past couple of years will continue in 2024 – but that the volatility will diminish as the year progresses. We share details on what they had to say. CSCMP's Supply Chain Xchange also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: GS1 USRyder and Kodiak open autonomous truck port in HoustonTeamsters and police opposed South Dakota bill allowing autonomous vehiclesSluggish outlook prevails, freight leaders sayGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Xchange's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@agilebme.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:25:23

Guest: Greg Vecchi of SafeDefend on protecting facilities from active shooters; Automation companies struggle in China; Gamification comes to the warehouse

1/19/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Dr. Greg Vecchi, director of training at SafeDefend LLC . Businesses are statistically among the most common places where active shootings occur, yet most businesses don’t have the security to prevent a motivated person from entering a facility and committing violent acts. Most just think it could never happen to them. However, there are actions that businesses can take to thwart or mitigate the harm caused by a would-be attacker. Vecchi is a retired FBI supervisory special agent and former chief of the FBI Behavioral Science Unit. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience including being a career FBI negotiator. Currently, he is the director of training at security company SafeDefend. We discussed the root causes of violence in facilities and how companies can better defend themselves against attacks. With the growth of warehouse automation, we see more and more technology and devices come into what has traditionally been a completely manual space. But while the automation market is exploding in the US — for both suppliers and customers of that equipment — a report this week analyzed why most western vendors fail when they try to expand into the world’s fastest growing market, which is China. A little friendly competition in the warehouse can help boost morale and motivate workers. That’s according to a study from warehouse technology company Lucas Systems, released this week. The study examined how workers feel about “game mechanics”-- these are things like workplace competitions, rewards, teamwork, and leaderboards that track performance. Nearly 84% of workers polled said they were more likely to stay with a company that develops such workplace competitions around their daily tasks. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: SafeDefendInteract Analysis says most western warehouse automation vendors fail in the Chinese MarketReport: Game mechanics drive worker engagement in the warehouseGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@agilebme.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:28:40

Guest: Ian Arroyo of Freightos on Red Sea shipping attacks; The best truck stops; New independent contractor rules

1/12/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Ian Arroyo, chief strategy officer at Freightos. Ships crossing the Red Sea are under constant threat of attacks by militant groups responding to the Israeli-Hamas conflict. The situation is constraining global trade and causing many shipping lines to bypass the Suez Canal and instead sail around Africa to reach Europe and North American destinations, resulting in huge increases in costs for shippers. Trucker Path, a developer of mobile apps and services for the trucking industry, released their annual list of the Top 100 Truck Stops in the U.S. – a guide to the top places for drivers to stop and eat, rest, and fuel up as they travel the nation’s highways. See which truck stop tops the list. Many trucking firms and logistics operations are not happy after the U.S. Labor Department has released new rules defining independent contractors that could affect how drivers and others are classified. The new rules may require many of these workers to be classified as employees. But the rules are not very clear in what tests companies should use to make the correct classifications. Courts may have to eventually settle the issue. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: FreightosTrucking app names top U.S. truck stopsLogistics groups criticize White House move to define more workers as employees, not contractorsCalifornia court says trucking fleets must provide drivers with full employment benefitsGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Xchange's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:18:38

Guest: Jason Schenker of Prestige Economics with predictions for supply chains in 2024; 'Tis the season of retail returns; Honoring women working in supply chains

1/5/2024
Our guest on this week's episode is Jason Schenker, president of Prestige Economics & chairman of The Futurist Institute. He is a well-known economist who regularly focuses on supply chains and creates forecasts and economic outlooks for the industry. 2023 was a rough year for most aspects of the supply chain economy. Schenker shares the economic issues that caused supply chain problems during the past year and what issues will affect supply chains in 2024. We are now past the holiday peak season and we know what that means for retailers – we’ve now moved into the returns season. This year, retailers are figuring out how to differentiate between legitimate consumer returns and those who use returns to conduct fraud. The new year often signals a new round of industry awards and accolades. This year is no different, as many trade associations prepare to recognize industry professionals for their many achievements. The Women in Trucking Association has been out front on this issue, announcing over the past couple of weeks plans to honor women truck drivers and logistics leaders with two separate awards this spring. We provide details on how you can nominate deserving supply chain professionals. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Prestige EconomicsRetailers chip away at online return rate, but fraud continues to growWomen In Trucking to honor drivers and logistics leadersWomen In TruckingGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain XchangeListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Xchange's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: Aptean Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:24:31

Guest: Col. Ted Silvester on the logistics behind Toys for Tots; Industry predictions for 2024; The growth of the electric vehicle market

12/22/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Col. Ted Silvester USMC (Ret.) and VP, marketing & development, for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Each year, the United States Marine Corps Reserve and its partners undertake one of the nation’s largest toy drives, Toys for Tots. The organization's goal is to assure that all children have toys for Christmas morning. It takes an army – or rather a Marine Corps - of volunteers and corporate partners to pull it off. Col. Silvester shares about the logistics behind the annual campaign. As we close our 2023, it is natural to look ahead to 2024. While 2023 was a down year for logistics, there is some hope that conditions will improve in the coming year. A new report from Prologis offers some insights into prospects for the logistics sector and the major trends that will affect the industry in 2024. Electric vehicles (EV) for last-mile delivery remain in demand around the world, according to a recent market report from research firm Global Market Estimates. The group says the EV market for last-mile delivery will grow at a nearly 16% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2023 and 2028, driven largely by demand for more sustainable business practices in general, as well as government policies and incentives to purchase EVs. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Toys for TotsPrologis says global freight recession will reverse in 2024Report shows EV market for last mile delivery set for growthGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: PERC Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:21:10

Guest: Carson Krieg of project44 on holiday shipping; New workers are most at risk for injuries; The need to know partners and suppliers better

12/15/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Carson Krieg, director of global alliances at project44. With Christmas only 10 days away, we are just about to finish the busiest time of the year for the shipping industry. So, how are things going? Have we seen the snags of previous years, or is there too much capacity? Have shippers over-prepared for the season? Our guest has some insights. New employees are most vulnerable to workplace accidents. New research from Travelers shows that a third of workplace injuries occur during an employee’s first year on the job, driven by strains from overexertion. We look at what types of injuries are most common and what can be done to reduce the risks of injuries among new employees. How well do you know your suppliers and partners? New legislation as well as security concerns make it imperative that companies get to know their suppliers and other business partners better. For example, starting in the new year, many companies doing business in Canada will have to report on their efforts to make sure they’re not using forced labor or child labor. Companies should also make sure that their partners don't provide an entrance way into their own computer systems for hackers to exploit. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: project44Report shows that new employees are most vulnerable to workplace accidentsCompanies prepare for Canadian policy against forced and child laborReport reveals that hackers target third-party suppliers in automakers' supply chainsGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: PERC Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:20:32

Guest: Chirag Modi of Blue Yonder on White House initiatives to strengthen domestic supply chains; The logistics economy dipped down last month; What will it take to see autonomous trucks at scale?

12/8/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Chirag Modi, corporate VP of industry strategy at Blue Yonder. Last week the Biden administration unveiled more plans to strengthen our domestic supply chains, with the goals of making them more resilient. Our guest shares some details on these initiatives and how they may impact our supply chains. Economic activity in the logistics industry fell in November following three months of steady increases; that’s according to the latest Logistics Managers’ Index report (LMI), which was released this past Tuesday. We look behind the numbers at what they mean for the economy and the supply chain industry. We keep hearing of the promise of self-driving truck and cars, but it has been a tough year for autonomous vehicle companies. A few have hit major speed bumps in developing their technologies. Yet, there are a few bright spots as these technologies are tested and advanced. We look at what it may take before we see deployment in large numbers of autonomous vehicles. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Blue YonderLogistics economy contracted in NovemberTorc to use data from Uber Freight to develop autonomous trucking networkGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: PERC Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:17:27

Guest: Matthew Hart of Soter Analytics on preventing peak season injuries; Tech companies answer the call; A new last-mile delivery king is crowned

12/1/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Matthew Hart, founder and CEO of Soter Analytics. This is the season of gift giving. And many of those gifts are online retail orders that have to be delivered by parcel carriers. Along with increasing volumes comes the risk of more injuries to delivery workers, especially among part-time or seasonal workers not used to increased physical activity. How can these potential injuries be prevented? Our guest offers some insight on protecting workers while keeping them even more productive. From the warehouse to the road, logistics operations are ripe for technology solutions that make it easier for shippers and carriers to get orders where they need to go. New entrants to the market are answering the call. In a December article, Victoria Kickham takes a close look at three companies are providing specific solutions for transportation, warehousing, and labor-related challenges. There is a new king of last-mile deliveries. Ben Ames discusses how one major retailer has surpassed both UPS and FedEx in the number of parcels it delivers and what it means to the industry. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Soter AnalyticsRising tech firms target logistics challengesAmazon's parcel delivery growth puts pressure on retailers, Veho saysGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: PERC Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:18:25

Guest: Liz Richards of MHEDA reflecting on her time in the industry; Shippers and carriers share pain points; A model for distribution

11/24/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Liz Richards, the soon-to-be retiring CEO of MHEDA, the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association - an organization that helps distributors and their customers in finding the right material handling solutions for meeting today’s distribution challenges. She has led MHEDA for nearly 29 years and will retire at the end of the year. We talk about the changes she has seen in the industry and what the future may hold for MHEDA. It has been a challenging year for both shippers and their logistics providers, but these two groups working in transporting goods should not have relationships that are in opposition to each other nor have competing goals. We discuss a new report from McKinsey that talks about both can find a win-win if they coordinate and complement each other’s capabilities. We discuss the DHL's new Americas Region Hub in Atlanta. The facility is being considered a model of high-tech material handling systems and green energy solutions—and it’s pushing the company closer to net zero. What makes this facility stand out as the model for the future? CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: MHEDAMcKinsey: Shippers and logistics providers share common pain pointsAutomation meets sustainability in AtlantaGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: Hyster Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:20:43

Guest: Duane Duhamel of ISN on top OSHA safety violations; Dealing with computer chip shortages; A unique partnership

11/17/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Duane Duhamel, Director of Health, Safety and Environment at ISN, a provider of contractor and supplier management solutions. OSHA recently released its list of top 10 safety violations. Of course, the violations mean that some things are not being done safely in the workplace – and many of the most common violations occur in transportation and warehouses. We look at what those violations are, why they happen, and what can be done to better assure safety within supply chain operations. One hangover from the pandemic that has really caused problems is a lingering shortage of computer chips. This is a problem because those chips are a crucial part of so many products in our connected world. The shortage affects production of electronics, but also things like trucks and other vehicles. This week we learned about how some engineering companies are coping with that problem. There seems to be no shortage of industry products and projects designed to create more environmentally friendly supply chains, and we heard about a new one this week. This is a partnership between industry and academia, specifically Lucas Systems and Carnegie Mellon University. It is designed to address the problem of excess packaging in distribution centers. We share details on the project and how it will be implemented. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: ISNA new survey of engineers shows IT component shortages have eased since 2022A partnership between Lucas Systems and Carnegie Mellon University tackles sustainable logisticsGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: Hyster Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:19:30

Guest: Evan Dexter of Ryder System on transitioning vets into logistics jobs; California incentivizes electric trucks at its ports; Manufacturers focus on front-line workers

11/10/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Evan Dexter, vice president, rental product management at Ryder System, Inc. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, a day we remember our military families and the important work they do to safeguard all of us. One of the ways our industry helps to support our troops is through programs designed to transition veterans into logistics jobs. We hear how Dexter made that transition himself and how his company works to bring other vets into the logistics industry. New laws in California will require that about half the trucks sold in California must be all-electric by 2035. As a step toward this goal, we report on an effort by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to award $60 million in vouchers for the purchase of new electric trucks for drayage operations within the ports. Facing a host of economic and labor challenges, manufacturers are sharpening their focus on frontline workers as a way to differentiate and propel their organizations forward. That’s according to recent research from consultancy PwC and the Manufacturing Institute, which is the workforce and development arm of the National Association of Manufacturers. We report on details from this research. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Ryder SystemCalifornia offers $60 million in vouchers for zero-emission drayage trucksManufacturers sharpen their focus on the front lineGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: Hyster Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:19:10

Guest: Art Eldred of Vargo on the rise of AS/RS; Holiday shopping forecasts; Truckers aid armed forces members

11/3/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Art Eldred, vice president and growth officer at Vargo, a systems integrator. Automation is increasingly an answer for distribution facilities that need to fulfill a growing number of orders, but can’t find enough workers. Automated storage and retrieval systems are one of the tried and true technologies that are finding more applications in today’s warehouses. We discuss their benefits and use cases. The National Retail Federation has released is annual projections of holiday shopping. The NRF says that despite higher prices, inflation, and the uncertain economy, shoppers are expected to open their wallets even more than they did last year - with a return to pre-pandemic holiday spending. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is launching its 17th annual Truckers for Troops campaign next week. This is a two-week fundraising effort that supports U.S. military personnel overseas and veterans here at home. We discuss the campaign and how you can participate. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: VargoNRF holiday spending growth will return to pre-pandemic levelsOOIDA launches its 17th annual Truckers for Troops CampaignGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: Hyster Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:21:32

Guest: Chris Grossman of Spectaire on California emissions programs; New growth projections for 3PL markets; Manufacturers adopt new technologies

10/27/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Chris Grossman, chief commercial officer of Spectaire. It is often said that as California goes, so goes the nation, as other states tend to follow the regulations that the Golden State adopts. Recently there was a new agreement between the state and original equipment manufacturers on California emissions programs that may affect transportation nationwide. The difficult thing is that there seems to be a gap between measuring emissions and calculating emissions. We explain the differences and what can be done to comply with the regulations. Demand for third-party logistics services – or 3PL services – is on the rise, due to a range of factors including e-commerce and technology adoption. This is according to recent market research from Fact.MR. They released data this week showing that the 3PL market size is expected to grow by a nearly 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next several years, reaching more than $2.1 billion by 2032. Consulting firm Forrester Research has a set of predictions for 2024 about how various factors will affect the way “smart manufacturing” firms will deploy different technologies in the new year. These include the industrial metaverse, generative AI, re-shoring, and autonomous vehicles. We explain what they are and how they might influence technology adoptions for manufacturing. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: SpectaireThe 3PL market is poised for growthForrester Research says smart manufacturing firms will slow tech rollouts in 2024Get episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: nVision Global Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:18:13

Guest: Sunderesh Heragu of Oklahoma State University on supply chain impacts from the Middle East conflict; New funding for alternative energy; Innovations to solve supply chain problems

10/20/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Sunderesh S. Heragu, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University. The world is still in shock over the ongoing devastation happening in Israel and Gaza. In addition to the human tragedies, there are also economic and supply chain impacts to the ongoing conflict. Our guest shares his expertise on how supply chains in the region are being affected. New federal funding for reducing carbon emissions from transportation and logistics has been introduced to promote the use of hydrogen as a fuel. The $7 billion in funding comes from the Department of Energy and the bipartisan infrastructure bill. The money is intended to launch seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs located throughout the country and are designed to advance the use of hydrogen fuel for moving goods. A conference at MIT this week highlighted supply chain innovation. The event brought together academics from MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics and practitioners from retail, manufacturing, transportation, and high-tech to talk about how technology is being put to work to improve logistics and transportation operations. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University Logistics and manufacturing hubs cheer federal funding wave for hydrogen-marketGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: nVision Global Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:20:18

Guest: Tracey Bellamy of Telgian on fire prevention for logistics facilities; Expectations for peak season; More supply chain disruptions

10/13/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Tracey Bellamy, chief engineering officer at Telgian Engineering and Consulting, a firm that specializes in fire prevention. October is fire prevention month. Most supply chain companies have facilities that they must protect from potential fires and other hazards. But fire codes vary widely from city to city and the codes have not kept up with newer material handling technologies as well as new stored products made from plastic compounds that have been introduced since the codes were established. How can supply chain managers best protect their facilities? Peak season will soon be upon us. Given the current state of the economy, especially high inflation and rising energy prices, what should retailers except from shoppers this season? It seems that despite those challenges, a recent survey shows that most small- and mid-sized businesses are optimistic about the holiday shopping season this year. Global situations continue to have ripple effects on our supply chains. This week we saw the Hamas attacks against Israel and the prospects of another prolonged conflict in the Middle East region. Domestically, Congress is at a standstill with the vacancy in the House leadership, leaving in limbo some significant legislation that could affect supply chains. What will the overall impacts to the movement of the goods we rely upon daily? CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: Telgian Engineering and ConsultingSMEs are upbeat about the 2023 holiday peakMiddle East violence triggers regional freight delaysNMFTA tracks trucking bills frozen in Congress since McCarthy outedGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: nVision Global Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:20:46

Guest: Jeannie Carpenter of Jabil on creating sustainable supply chains; How company culture affects worker performance; Will nearshoring actually increase domestic manufacturing?

10/6/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Jeannie Carpenter, senior director of global logistics at Jabil. Most supply chain managers aim to design their networks to be efficient at the lowest possible cost. But they also want to make good decisions that will help reduce their supply chain’s impact on the environment. Today's guest explains that those objectives don’t have to be mutually exclusive. New research is out that shows how company culture affects employee performance. A company's culture can drive productivity, innovation, and service, with three-quarters of employees surveyed saying that workplace culture affects their ability to do their best work. But what are the attributes these employees say defines a good company culture? Global supply chain disruptions in the last three years have made it more difficult to source, manufacture, and assemble goods overseas and then ship them around the world for sale. For the American market, it makes business sense to make products domestically in the U.S., or at least closer to our neighborhood. But does our nation have the capacity and cost effectiveness to bring manufacturing back home? CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: JabilU.S. manufacturing resurgence faces headwindsGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: nVision Global Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:19:39

Guest: Pawan Joshi of E2open on shippers reclaiming the skies; Freight unloading robots are coming; Celebrating technicians in trucking

9/29/2023
Our guest on this week's episode is Pawan Joshi, executive vice president, product management & strategy at E2open. With the rebound in air travel, there are more flights available now to shippers, including cargo-only flights and belly space on passenger planes. How can shippers take advantage of that extra capacity and the lower rates now available? We’ve seen a lot of advances in robots that move inventory around the warehouse in recent years. But one problem that has remained really hard to solve has been getting boxes into and out of truck trailers or shipping containers. But now we are seeing new technologies to address truck loading and unloading, with some significant investments and pilot programs making progress on this difficult, labor-heavy aspect of distribution. More women are joining the trucking industry as technicians. A new survey shows a year-over-year increase in the number of female equipment technicians. This news comes as the trucking industry celebrates National Technician Appreciation Week. CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly also offers a podcast series called Supply Chain in the Fast Lane. It is co-produced with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. The current series features Transportation Tech. Go to your favorite podcast platform to subscribe and to listen to past and future episodes. Articles and resources mentioned in this episode: E2openFedEx pilots trailer-loading robot with twin armsMore women join trucking industry as techniciansGet episode transcriptsVisit Supply Chain QuarterlyListen to CSCMP and Supply Chain Quarterly's Supply Chain in the Fast Lane podcastListen to Supply Chain Quarterly's Top 10 Supply Chain Threats podcastpodcast@dcvelocity.comPodcast is sponsored by: nVision Global Other links About DC VELOCITYSubscribe to DC VELOCITYSign up for our FREE newslettersAdvertise with DC VELOCITYTop 10 Supply Chain Management Podcasts

Duration:00:22:53