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The supply chain sector is increasingly adapting and deploying technology to better understand the unknown. Big data provides a wealth of information and historical precedent to benchmark and optimize current and future events. Modeling and design software similarly affords users the latitude to engineer and plan for potentialities before they happen.

But sometimes high-tech simulation doesn’t go far enough. Recently, UK automobile technology supplier Delphi Automotive completed the first coast-to-coast U.S. test run of a driverless vehicle between San Francisco and New York. The 3,400-mile journey passed through 15 cities and took nine days to complete.

 

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Tuesday
Oct212008

Manhattan Associates Announces Release of Manhattan SCI

Manhattan Associates recently announced the release of Manhattan Supply Chain Intelligence (SCI).

Manhattan SCI has customizable reports presenting powerful analytics. It enables integrated business intelligence for companies by providing insight into supply chain performance. Companies can use this to monitor the performance of key elements of their supply chain network.

“In the supply chain network, the events that you don’t know about and don’t react to quickly can make a huge difference in your success,” said Eddie Capel, executive vice president for product management and customer support, Manhattan Associates.

“SCI gives our customers critical business intelligence as events happen anywhere in the network, anywhere in the world, to allow for informed decision-making in re-routing shipments, allocating inventory or recalculating an entire plan based on a single event.”

Manhattan’s solution is the richest solution in terms of supporting operational metrics for the warehouse that I have seen,” said Steve Banker, ARC Advisory Group.

Monday
Oct202008

Platts Refined Products Storage and Transportation Conference

Platts 3rd Annual Refined Products Storage and Transportation Conference was held October 15-17. There was a panel discussion over transportation of biofuels as well as storage and transportation issues, managing fuel supply, and the transition to alternative fuels. John Conley, president of National Tank Truck Carriers, participated in this discussion.
Monday
Oct202008

Hendrickson Hires New Director of Sales

Hendrickson Trailer Suspension Systems has appointed Jon Jeffries of Canton, OH, as Director of Sales and Marketing.

Wednesday
Oct082008

Stater Bros. Opens New Facility

Stater Bros. Markets recently opened a new Refrigerated Distribution Center in San Bernardino, California. The new center is a 2.1 million-square-foot facility with temperature zones that range from 55 degrees F to –20 degrees F, a humidity-controlled produce room, two humidity-controlled floral rooms, energy-efficient air doors, and other technologies to contribute to a safe and productive operation.

Tuesday
Oct072008

Con-way Names New VP

Con-way Freight the, sister company of Menlo Worldwide Logistics named Gregory Lehmkuhl as executive vice president of operations. Lehmkuhl will provide strategic planning for Con-way’s operating network, process design, analysis, and implementation network configuration; and production efficiency . Prior to Con-Way Freight, Lehmkuhl worked the past seven years for Menlo’ s Automotive Industry Group (AIG), as vice president of operations.

“Greg has the background, experience and strategic vision necessary to advance our goals for improving the customer experience and further elevating Con-way Freight’s performance advantages,” Labrie says. “His skills and leadership — particularly as a process-oriented, customer-focused manager — are an excellent complement to our team. We look forward to his contributions as we continue to transform our company to become the customer’s preferred carrier, and refine Con-way’s industry-leading operating model to win in the market.”

Monday
Oct062008

Furth Joins NTTC

National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) has named Daniel Furth as their vice-president. Furth comes to NTTC with a background in the tank truck industry and recently served as executive vice-president and principal financial officer for a small, public biotech company based in Savannah GA. “We’re pleased that Dan Furth is joining our staff,” Conley said. “His direct industry experience and his government background should really serve our members well as he undertakes his new role.”

Wednesday
Oct012008

Menlo Signs DeSoto Lease

Menlo Worldwide Logistics LLC, a global logistics, transportation management and supply chain services provider recently signed a 60, 0000 square-foot lease in ProLogis Park DeSoto. With this addition of space Menlo’s building is now a 120,000 square-foot facility. Menlo is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., which also occupies 60,000 square feet in the Olive Branch building owned by Denver-based ProLogis.

Monday
Sep292008

USA InterCargo Move Headquarters

USA InterCargo LLC, a transportation and logistics company, has moved its headquarters from Savannah, Ga., to 564 Industrial Drive in Carmel. The owner, Minda Balcius, plans to merge operations in Savannah, Los Angeles, and New York. Due to this merge, Balcius will have to increase his local staff of seven to fourteen. Having specialized in shipping cars, tractors, bicycles and motorcycles, the company plans to emphasize earth-moving machinery and other heavy equipment destined for emerging markets.

Monday
Sep222008

Transplace Receives 3PL Award

For the sixth year in a row, Inbound Logistics publication presented Transplace with the Top 10 3PL Award. Transplace is a non-asset based third-party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers and retailers a combination of logistics technology and transportation management services.  

“We are especially proud to continue our high rank in Inbound Logistics’ distinguished Top 10 3PL list of successful supply chain companies,” said George Abernathy, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of Transplace. “Our consistent appearance on this list is a testament to efforts by Transplace to deliver top-notch customer service as well as challenge ourselves to implement increasingly advanced technologies that best meet the needs of the supply chain.”

“Companies of all sizes rely on world-class logistics performance to stay competitive in today’s global economy,” said Felecia Stratton, editor of Inbound Logistics. “Transplace provides the flexible, innovative supply chain solutions that companies large and small demand. The company has proven it is responsive to customer needs and offers strategic solutions designed to drive business process improvement and change. Inbound Logistics editors are proud to recognize Transplace as a 2008 Top 100 3PL.”


Tuesday
Sep162008

Supply Chains Worry CEO's

The once seemingly relentless march of globalization is hitting a snag because of problems with international supply chains. Four out of five top executives say the risk of a problem in global supply chains has risen in recent years, and most top international companies say they are trying to centralize more of their operations.

According to a new report from consultant McKinsey & Co., the top managers said heightened fears about supply-chain risk were the result of soaring energy prices and volatile financial markets, as well as the trend toward evermore complex products and services that could more easily be managed closer to home. McKinsey surveyed almost 300 managers from companies around the world in June this year, asking them to rate their concerns about the likelihood of an uncertain event hitting the links between the companies they managed and their customers and suppliers.

“More than three-quarters [of the managers surveyed] say the degree of supply chain risk their companies face has increased in the past five years, up from almost two-thirds two years ago,” the report’s authors said. The consultant found that 56% of executive’s at large global companies — those with annual revenues greater than US$1-billion — say they have centralized supply-chain management over the past five years, “not only to take advantage of synergies, but also to strengthen their operational expertise.”

Tuesday
Sep162008

Conley to Attend Operations Seminar and Trade Show

John Conley, president of the National Tank Truck Carriers Association, will participate in a roundtable discussion on best practices for selecting carriers at the Operations Seminar and Trade Show (OPSEM) sponsored by the National Association of Chemical Distributors. The annual meeting will be September 10-12 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando FL. nacd.com.


Monday
Sep082008

Raleigh’s O. Temple Sloan Named Lead Director at Lowe’s

Sloan is chief executive of General Parts International Inc., a Raleigh distributor of automotive-replacement parts. He has been an independent director of Lowe’s since 2004 and chairs the board’s governance committee. He’s also a member of the audit and executive committees.

Lead director is a new position for Mooresville-based Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW). The lead director will act as the head independent member of the board of directors. Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock is also chairman of the company’s board. The board will elect a lead director annually.

In addition, Lowe’s has amended its bylaws to allow shareholders with more than 50 percent of the company’s outstanding voting shares to call a special meeting of shareholders. The company also will limit to six the number of public company boards on which a Lowe’s director may serve. Lowe’s board has 12 members, 11 of whom are independent directors. The company operates more than 1,575 home-improvement stores in the United States and Canada.

Monday
Sep082008

Schneider Becomes a Responsible Care Partner

The American Chemistry Council has made Schneider Logistics Inc, a Responsible Care Partner after a thorough review was performed on its operations and processes for environmental protection, health, safety, and security. Schneider Logistics is a subsidiary of Schneider National Inc, based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin.


Wednesday
Sep032008

Subway Honors C.H. Robinson

Subway, known for their submarine sandwiches, chose C.H. Robinson Worldwide from 115 other supply chain providers, to receive their Supply Chain Partner of the Year award. C.H. Robinson was selected for its outstanding support in supply chain management. Jan Risi, president of Subway’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative, said, “In 2004, Subway franchise and C.H. Robinson formed a strategic alliance that has produced benefits far greater than initially anticipated. C.H. Robinson assisted us with the development and implementation of our two-phase managed freight solution, our transportation center, and our portfolio freight bidding. This has resulted in the identification and realization of millions of dollars in documented savings and cost avoidance for Subway franchisees.”

Wednesday
Sep032008

Francis & Caspar Join Supply-Chain Council

The Supply-Chain Council (SCC), a non-profit organization that provides companies a framework for evaluating and comparing supply chain activities and their performances, has chosen Joe Francis as their new Executive Director. He most recently served as their Chief Technology Officer, which will be taken over by Caspar Hunsche. Both executives have contributed to the SCC through various volunteer projects. Francis and Caspar will be based in Houston, Texas and can be contacted through the Supply-Chain Council Headquarters at (202) 962-0440.

Tuesday
Sep022008

Build-A-Bear Teams-up with HA Logistics

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, has teamed-up with HA Logistics Inc. to handle outbound transportation and distribution of their goods from its Groveport, Ohio, center to Build-A-Bear’s U.S. stores. Build-A-Bear, the stuffed animal maker, signed a two-year contract that is non-exclusive, which allows them to use services from other logistic providers.


Tuesday
Aug262008

CSCMP Awards Mesher

CSCMP Awards Mesher

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ (CSCMP) awarded Arthur Mesher, CEO of Descartes’, with the 2008 Distinguished Service Award. This highly distinguished award is given to individuals who go “above and beyond” to make substantial contributions to the supply chain management field. “I am honored to be recognized by this award and to be in the company of so many other inspirational and distinguished previous recipients,” said Arthur Mesher, CEO of Descartes. “My commitment to the industry remains with a continued focus to make the world a better place through logistics.”

The Annual CSCMP’s conference will take place this year on October 6, 2008 in Denver, Colorado, where Mesher will be honored. Arthur Mesher is the 43rd person to receive the award since it was first initiated in 1965.

Tuesday
Aug262008

Horizon Hires New VP

Horizon Line has hired Jacob M. Wegrzyn as senior vice president of their Puerto Rico services division.  Wegrzyn will oversee operational, sales and strategic activities for the Puerto Rico market.  He previously served as vice president, Puerto Rico and Caribbean service for New Penn Motor Express.

Monday
Aug252008

JCPenney Awards Schneider

JCPenney awarded Schneider national with the Supply Chain Provider of the Year for 2007 award recently at the annual Supplier Summit in Dallas. This award recognizes companies that excel in supply chain partnership with JCPenney business goals. “Being chosen as the recipient of JCPenney’s supply chain award is an incredible honor,” said Steve Matheys, Schneider National executive vice-president of sales, marketing and customer service. “Our drivers and customer service associates have been laser-focused on improving communication and delivering service excellence. It’s really gratifying to see their hard work paying dividends and customers taking note.”

Monday
Aug252008

Pilgrim Halts Production

One of the United State’s primary chicken processor’s will halt production at two of its facilities due to increased feed costs and an oversupply of chickens. The company will close its Clinton, Arkansas and Bossier City, Louisiana facilities, eliminating 600 jobs.