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Getting hit with cost increases? Be prepared, more are coming.

Driving competitive advantage in the face of today’s inflationary challenges through deploying effective cost management strategies. by Graham Leary and Dan Wooldridge After more than a decade of low single digit inflation, creating a predominately buyers’ market, the tide may be turning. Emails, letters, and calls from suppliers announcing price increases are gathering speed. With […]


A Closer Look at Supply Chain: What We Learned at the BGSA Supply Chain Conference

Last year, several University of Florida Supply Chain Management Center Advisory Board members came to the BGSA Supply Chain Conference. This year was different. COVID-19 caused our 15th annual conference to go virtual. Nevertheless, the silver lining was that we had the opportunity to include an even broader-reaching mix of supply chain leaders, including speakers […]


Movement of products from China during COVID. A perspective from an importer of toys.

COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan China in December 2019 – causing disruptions to trade which linger today. Besides the direct impacts of city shutdowns and quarantines which have impacted Chinese worker availability, the ongoing pandemic has affected everything from; the availability and prices of shipping containers; cardboard; and manufacturing capacity which shifted to essential PPE […]


The COVID-19 Vaccine US Supply Chain

The current COVID-19 Vaccine US Supply Chain can be separated into two segments, each within the control of distinct decision makers. A schematic representation of the supply chain controlled by the Federal government is: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services also has this helpful chart to visualize the process. In order to allocate [...]

The 2021 Supply Chain Outlook: Insights from Leading CEOs at the BGSA Conference

Last week, we hosted the 15th annual BGSA Supply Chain conference. Despite the shift to a virtual format, we had a vibrant discussion with more than 30 CEOs and industry leaders, including Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel, US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, and the heads of Echo, GlobalTranz, Agility Logistics and many others. For those that […]


COVID-19 Experiences and Perspectives

I reached out to the Board of Advisors (and other corporate connections) of the SCM Center to share their experiences during the last couple of months. As you will observe, we can learn a lot from such shared experiences from multi-dimensional perspectives. Insights into the status of consumer product, education, grocery store, health-care, and transportation [...]

Life Sciences Logistics: What’s Driving the Deals?

The healthcare logistics market is booming. On July 15, healthcare logistics powerhouse Marken announced three acquisitions. Austria-based HETO, Hungary-based Der Kurier, and Italy-based HRTL all agreed to sell. Marken, in turn, was previously acquired by UPS, in an effort to create a life sciences supply chain leader. The resulting company will cover 51 locations, 10 […]


Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Operations/Supply Chain Management: Past, Present and the Future

The term Internet-of-Things (IoT), coined by Kevin Ashton in 1999, highlighted the linkage between RFID tags and a central information repository using the internet. The key idea was that using such machine-to-machine connectivity (M2M), locational data access would optimize supply chain operations. Although the evolution of IoT is rooted in M2M connectivity (i.e., connecting a [...]

Fulfilled? Challenges and Opportunities in e-Commerce Fulfillment in the Age of Amazon

e-Commerce fulfillment is the linchpin in our economy. Logistics and fulfillment providers provide the infrastructure to support 20% growth in e-Commerce. Amazon has been the catalyst for this growth. Meanwhile, a rising tide has lifted all boats, and thousands of e-commerce fulfillment companies benefited from the broad range of successful e-tailers. However, I believe we […]