As logistics challenges become more complex and technology advances, ongoing education, innovation, and research on the part of logistics and supply chain firms has become a competitive imperative.
The optimal way to understand the intricacies of today's supply chain environment is to participate in an educationally focused transportation conference.
Profile of Megan Smith, CEO of Symbia Logistics
A reader profile of Ethan Frisch, co-founder and co-owner of Burlap & Barrel, a comprehensive, single origin spice company.
Young professionals find happiness in supply chain careers.
Readers share the business books that have shaped their way of thinking and helped them succeed in the world of supply chain.
Jump Start 2018 provides shippers, carriers, 3PLs, and other supply chain professionals with indispensable insights about trends and challenges in the wider logistics arena.
Profile of Manny Calandrino, president and chief operating officer, Consolidated Fastfrate
Profile of Tom Ciepichal, vice president, operational excellence and supply chain, with Dover Energy, a segment of Dover Corporation
Profile of Cliff Otto, president and CEO of Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Millennials are expected to make up about 75 percent of the supply chain workforce by 2025. To appeal to this generation, companies should follow these five steps during the interview process.
A look at six key competencies that university-based programs foster in students to prepare them for careers in supply chain management.
Profile of Russ Smyth, CEO of HAVI. Also: CEOs in the supply chain sector reveal what it takes to be a great leader.
Today’s logistics and supply chain management students are practical idealists, people who want successful careers that draw on their knowledge, skills and talents while allowing them to make the world — and the workplace — a better place.
Winter provides a great advantage–time. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and colder weather prevails. There’s no better time to hit the books and amp up your knowledge of important logistics and supply chain management issues.
Profile of Kirsten Hall, CEO of Logistics Planning Services in Woodbury, Minn.
Are you thinking about pursuing a certificate or certification in the supply management profession to enhance your knowledge and improve your career possibilities? Here’s a checklist to get you started.
Faculty members from some of the nation’s leading logistics and supply chain education programs share their thoughts about how higher education is preparing tomorrow’s professionals for the challenges ahead.
Take your logistics and supply chain career to the next level by understanding how your skills can impact an organization, networking with other industry professionals, and continuing to develop critical skills.
Profile of Mike Wagner, CEO of Target Freight Management.
Profile of Bert De Winter, director of EMEA logistics with HP Inc.
Some recent experiences provide hope that smart, dedicated and hardworking young professionals will fill the logistics talent gap.
Profile of Rogerio Branco, senior vice president, supply chain management, with Eaton.
Profile of Doug Waggoner, CEO and chairman, Echo Global Logistics
Hiring challenges in the supply chain sector include attracting the best talent, developing leaders, and retaining high performers. To solve these issues, employers must step up and build training programs that instill passion, share purpose, provide clear leadership and promotion tracks, are authentic, and ultimately diminish turnover.
Retirees from the transportation business find a second career through agent programs with companies such as Bulk Connection.
Profile of John Costanzo, president, Purolator International
Profile of Peter Schuele, head of global supply chain and distribution at the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Feeling the supply chain talent crunch? Play a role in growing and developing supply chain programs from leading universities to attract your fair share of the talent.
The supply management sector is becoming increasingly more strategic, requiring its professionals to develop new competencies while they are in the midst of busy careers. Here's how e-learning helps supply chain professionals stay competitive.
Logistics professionals explain their jobs in terms a hypothetical five-year-old would appreciate.
Profile of Mike Gardner, CEO of Kane Is Able
Profile of Diandra Hayban, Logistics Shelter Support Program Manager, NYC Emergency Management
A recent ranking highlights logistician careers as among the best – yet manufacturers still face a shortage of qualified workers as the demand for skilled logistics professionals grows.
Supply chain logistics companies view veterans as a crucial pool of potential employees, and consequently they are using a range of methods to recruit and hire former members of the military for their workforces.
Profile of Kendra Austin, Director, Supplier Diversity, Express Scripts
When it comes to attracting millennial job candidates, the supply management sector has a decided advantage, but how can companies retain them? Here are three actions ISM’s ML Peck recommends.
The accomplishments of the 2015 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars demonstrate that the future of the supply chain management profession is in good hands.
The St. Louis region offers an ideal transportation infrastructure to move goods, skilled labor to meet the peaks and valleys of industrial demand, and the availability of highly qualified IT personnel to manage staff and facilities.
Jim Lambo, director of supplier management and procurement at Insitu, manages procurement and suppliers for all goods and services.
Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, studies people for a living. Join her team at DSC Logistics, and she'll soon discover what makes you tick.
Richard Foley, logistics manager at SDI Technologies, controls and helps reduce chargebacks from customers.
To excel in a supply chain management career, students and employees need broad knowledge and skillsets that extend across the entire supply chain function.
Readers weigh in on how to address the truck driver shortage.
Profile of Michael Fries, senior business intelligence logistics analyst at U.S. Foods, drills into data to find opportunities to make or save money in the company’s logistics operations.
Profile of Kristy Knichel, president and CEO of Knichel Logistics
When performance management processes are functioning properly, the link between strategic business objectives and day-to-day actions comes together.
Al Morris, director, global supply chain at TERiX, reviews accounts to determine what parts to buy and where to stock them to ensure the right part is always available.
Profile of Bob Shellman, CEO of Odyssey Logistics & Technology
The key to promoting career opportunities in the supply chain is education, both in traditional and not-so-traditional ways.
The burgeoning need for talent to operate today’s complex supply chains has begun to garner significant attention. Develop new ways to find, recruit, develop, and retain talent with these tips.
It's important to stay up to date on supply chain and logistics developments. Here's a list of books on wide ranging topics.
Establishing the groundwork and collaboration are vital to developing the solutions needed for the significant workforce challenges faced by the transportation industry. A key part of the mission is to attract women to the traditionally male-dominated transportation profession.
Take these steps to help accelerate your logistics career.
Logistics companies are going above and beyond to ensure our nation’s heroes find opportunities to transfer their skills from the military to long-term, successful careers.
This list of new supply chain and logistics books helps logistics professionals keep their skills up to date.
A new study determines the top 15 undergraduate and graduate supply chain management programs in the United States, based on the teaching of technology, software, and quantitative tools used by supply chain professionals, as well as the variety and depth of this coursework.
Martin Associates report points to the importance of continuing U.S. port investment; Henry Ford College introduces associates degree in supply chain management; Freight Can't Wait program encourages Congress to earmark funding exclusively for freight infrastructure projects; Manufacturers are finding better ways to engineer and prototype products using 3D printing technology; McDonald's pledges to lessen impact on global deforestation throughout its entire supply chain.
A look at the challenges warehouse managers face as they build a well-integrated warehouse workforce, and how they address those issues.
It is important for employers to find the most effective way to communicate with their multilingual workforce.
Jim Young, senior supply chain manager at Applied Microstructures, Inc., is responsible for everything from sourcing materials and services to shipping finished products
U.S. beef supply chain participants form partnership to improve sustainability; Manufacturers and retailers fail to adopt best-in-class processes and technology to address global complexities; Online retailers need to rethink how they align their distribution networks; Spot market rates dip seasonally as West Coast volumes catch up; Staples and Syracuse University partner to drive new research and innovation.
With a skills gap narrowing the options, companies must hire employees that are valuable in the long-term.
Employers must ensure that employees with disabilities are treated with respect.
The role of supply chain practitioner is evolving by integrating technology, functional expertise, and experience to identify problems and engineer solutions.
The list of competencies employers seek when they recruit supply chain professionals keeps growing longer and more complex. Here’s how degree-granting programs keep pace, and enable well-rounded graduates to fill prime positions.
A review of the important mile markers in supply chain management that brought us to present day shows we have made progress, but there is more work to be done.
ThomasNet, ISM and Inbound Logistics partner to create the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars program to recognize the brightest young stars in supply chain management today.
All logistics and transportation stakeholders must work together to eliminate the supply chain talent gap.
North America’s manufacturing sector is on an upward trajectory. However, a shortage of young talent, compounded by Baby Boomers’ negative perceptions about Millennials, could impact its continued expansion, according to ThomasNet’s latest Industry Market Barometer® (IMB) research.
How manufacturers can use technology to stretch the capabilities of their existing workforce.
Andy Yablin, vice president, transportation at Scholastic Inc., is responsible for transportation from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers, and from distribution centers to customers.
Memphis supports global supply chains through highway, rail, airport, and inland port assets, and a qualified workforce.
For Tamsen Fricke, operations manager at Divine Chocolate USA, fair trade and logistics make a delicious combination.
When customers need products fast, Chet Mullen of lift truck manufacturer Raymond Corporation rises to the occassion.
When it comes to keeping up with demand, Game Stop's Bruce Kulp doesn’t play around.
Military veterans bring valuable skills and characteristics that make logistics operations stronger.
Colleges are adding logistics and supply chain education programs to support the next generation of professionals.
Senthil Arumugam, vice president of logistics & inventory management at US LBM Holdings, constructs a sturdy operation.
Employers want new hires who combine diverse, real-world experience with academic achievement.
As director of logistics at Universal Lubricants, Bud Snodgrass keeps transportation and warehousing moving smoothly.
A Transportation Club of Atlanta internship program connects Georgia’s supply chain students with leading businesses.
Bob Kalland digs his job as inventory and logistics manager for Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation.
Ax Torres supervises outbound shipping at agricultural machinery company AGCO Corporation.
Effective employee training programs benefit workers and align with corporate business objectives to drive results.
Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton discusses the merits of supply chain continuing education.
Jason Shefrin, executive vice president, global sourcing, at InterDesign Inc. streamlines global operations.
Take your supply chain career to the next level with a certification or certificate program.
Catch up with four supply chain professionals previously featured in Inbound Logistics' Reader Profile.
Job training is vital to maintaining a skilled and properly credentialed workforce, and must be built into every budget.
Sean Vasquez manages EDI and transportation for Sun-Maid Growers of California.
Universities and corporations are collaborating to improve supply chain education offerings and better equip students.
As international business manager at Alarm.com, Magaly Garza supports global market growth and develops new distribution channels.
Equipped with industry training, new logistics professionals need their more experienced peers’ communication and interpersonal skills.
As director of purchasing at wine company Vino del Sol, Mara Gonzalez squeezes supply chain data from a business intelligence solution.
Chris Carlson, VP of Batteries Plus Bulbs, gets a jolt out of optimizing warehouse labor and inventory flow.
Alana Miedrich, inventory and logistics assistant at Kids Wish Network, Holiday, Fla., manages inventory to fulfill dreams.
Specialized supply chain management degrees allow experienced professionals to integrate SCM with related disciplines.
Hu Huang of Kichler Lighting stays current on trade laws and keeps import/export activities transparent.
Matthew Wood, freight program and supply chain manager at Mayo Clinic, treats the company’s freight spend aches and pains.
Investing in online training allows organizations to operate more efficiently and develop workers’ skills.
Companies in the logistics sector are stepping up to hire U.S. military veterans with aggressive recruiting and training programs.
If you can’t find the logistics professional you want, train new hires or current employees in the skills you need.
Dino Lanno, senior VP of supply chain at Safelite AutoGlass, steered the company through a supply chain redesign.
Specialized global logistics knowledge prepares students to manage worldwide supply chains.
Larry Montreuil, director of supply chain management at JetBlue Airways, negotiates sourcing and purchasing deals that let the airline soar.
Directing motor carriers to more fuel-efficient decisions drives Jason Mathers, senior manager, corporate partnerships at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Internships in supply chain and logistics organizations help students to evaluate the company’s nature, culture, work environment and career advancement opportunities, writes University of San Diego MBA candidate Sweta Ashwarya.
As director of logistics at electrical wiring equipment manufacturer Leviton, Brian Morgan drives transportation efficiencies to meet complex customer requirements.
Online logistics education programs train students for supply chain jobs through webcasts and discussion forums, while short on-campus residencies help students network with peers and professors.
A sample of supply chain, logistics, and transportation degrees and certification programs offered partially or entirely online.
Educational resources – including online learning and accelerated MBA programs – abound for people working in or pursuing supply chain jobs, writes Editor Felecia Stratton.
As senior vice president, supply chain, at sustainable home goods company Bambeco, Sander Eth sows the supply chain with environmental principles.
Supply chain jobs require that professionals master five core competencies, including global business leadership and integrated value chain design, writes Paul Dittman of University of Tennessee - Knoxville.
Visit with three supply chain professionals who were featured in the Reader Profile column in 2007-2009, and find out what they’re up to these days.
Logistics professionals seeking to become supply chain executives can gain insight from the perspectives of four logistics experts, who share their knowledge about the skills and experience needed to climb the logistics career ladder.
Education providers are introducing supply chain education programs to prepare students to be the logistics and transportation executives of the future, writes Juan D. Morales of Stanton Chase International.
As global supply chain coordinator at satellite communications technology provider VT iDirect, William Gregory tunes into signals from trading partners in Africa to ensure regulatory compliance.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in both employment growth and replacement needs within transportation and logistics occupations. Educational programs assist in filling these job openings with a skilled and knowledgeable workforce, writes Dr. Jennifer S. Batchelor, Program Director, Transportation and Logistics Management, American Public University System.
Victor Hougan is set to soar in his new logistics position with aerospace supplier Primus International.
With an eye toward the looming logistics labor shortage, some companies are working studiously to attract millennials.
For Michael Smyers, associate director, logistics, at chemical and transportation fuel products manufacturer Amyris in Emeryville, Calif., the formula for a successful career relies on continuing education.
The annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) conference features supply chain best practices and logistics trends such as predictive analysis, partnerships, green initiatives, and career paths for logistics professionals.
By managing supply chain interdependencies and adopting a full view of service and cost, supply chain executives can amplify their organizational scope and heighten their financial contribution to attain the C-designation they deserve, writes Terry Harris, Chicago Consulting.
Amy Polt, operations supervisor of the Houston warehouse for The Mosaic Company, pieces together the elements of a safe and efficient supply chain.
Sherry Askew, transportation manager at Revlon Consumer Products, the well-known maker of beauty and personal care items, negotiates freight rates that keep the company’s bottom line looking good.
Dennis Omanoff, senior vice president, supply chain and procurement, at hard drive and storage solution manufacturer Seagate, backs up his company’s supply chain to prevent service disruptions.
Mary Foster, vice president, supply chain management at automotive parts supplier Inteva Products, is riding high as part of the new company’s executive team.
The traits of an exceptional soldier are also the traits of exceptional logistics professionals.
As director of logistics and facilities at Indianapolis Fruit Company, Michael Gilbert enhanced the company’s refrigerated truck fleet with computers that provide navigation, tracking, and driver performance reporting.
John Snider, vice president of retail logistics at Do it Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, manages the company’s warehousing, and inbound and outbound transportation. Teamwork and communication play a major role in his management strategy.
Universities offering logistics education must understand industry’s evolving supply chain management needs, and develop a curriculum that produces supply chain talent that supports those needs.
Kazimir Kostrubala manages military resources as squadron operations officer and installation deployment officer with the 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 19th Airlift, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Little Rock, Ark.
Leading supply chain and logistics professors provide insights about the state of supply chain education and employers' expectations for new hires.
Don Riley, executive vice president of supply chain and technology at Denver, Colo.-based building materials supplier ProBuild Holdings, faces recessionary challenges by building the right organizational model and relationships – from suppliers to customers – to support the company today and into the future.
Recently retired from a 40-year career with less-than-truckload carrier ABF, former president and CEO Wes Kemp shares his insights on the transportation industry, trucking regulation, and the importance of logistics and supply chain education.
John Hodge, director of supply chain at Prince Agri Products, creates organizational efficiencies, reduces costs, and optimizes material flow.
Online education allows logistics professionals flexible access to broadening their knowledge of supply chain topics, writes Dr. Oliver Hedgepath, American Public University.
With companies intent on optimizing the supply chain, purchasing managers have emerged as key players in the business plan. To be successful, they need to communicate, collaborate, and venture into new territory.
Jill Hesselroth, vice president, global supply chain at Nortech Systems, analyzes the company’s supply chain to identify opportunities for improvement and leads the implementation of those improvements.
Companies responsible for shipping or carrying dangerous goods need qualified hazardous materials professionals, writes Anne Barry, Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles. The Blueprint for Success initiative strives to elevate recognition of the critical function performed by these experts.
Top-performing supply chains focus on attracting and retaining talent — both technical ability and leadership. Here’s how to find and nurture true supply chain competency.
Ryan Gellert, vice president, supply chain management, at mountain sports products company Black Diamond Equipment handles global demand planning, sales and operations planning, global procurement, logistics, and in-house customer service. He views helping launch a new division in Asia as a pinnacle of his career.
Katie Reuland, director of operations at bedding manufacturer Down Etc., rests easy knowing she has optimized the company’s container shipments.
Supply chain professionals get a lift as more companies grow to appreciate the strategic value of a well-run logistics operation.
Angela Duesterhaus, logistics and export compliance manager at PAS Technologies in North Kansas City, Mo., talks about her recent projects and describes how a disappointment in a previous job taught her a valuable lesson.
David Fisher, director of global logistics at Johns Manville in Denver, promotes collaboration through the organization's supply chain departments worldwide and designates preferred carriers to promote strong partner relationships.
Ron Harris, chief logistics officer at Young Living Essential Oils, talks about some of the people and experiences that helped to shape him as a logistics professional.
Jennifer Burkhardt, transportation manager of the specialty coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, takes charge of all movements into and out of the company’s manufacturing and distribution sites.
Advanced logistics and supply chain education brings rewards such as greater job satisfaction, the potential for promotion, and a salary uptick.
David Ayers, lead business analyst, warehouse management, for tool manufacturer Lenox, rolls out SAP enterprise resource planning systems at sites worldwide.
Cheryl Harrity, corporate director of supply chain for food product producer MGP Ingredients Inc., whets her appetite for improving sales and operations planning.
As vice president of supply chain at KPPS, Brian Hatfield oversees the network that brings the company's hair care products to salons across North America.
Pursuing continuing education — through an abundance of choices that includes classroom work, certification, or online courses — helps logistics professionals enhance their job performance and get ahead.
Saara Chung, customer logistics manager at Campbell Soup Company, helps customers improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and boost their businesses.
Eric Cohen, vice president of logistics for Waxie Sanitary Supply, puts his military experience to work to help the company reduce costs, improve service and manage human resources.
Joe Perillo, director of supply chain, logistics, and lean enterprise for PTR Baler and Compactor, leads through influence.
As yet another sign that the U.S. economy is emerging from the downturn, the logistics job market is picking up, with a steady increase in hiring since last year.
As vice president of supply chain at WireCo WorldGroup, Todd Stewart looks for cost reductions while improving service and delivery to customers.
Leo Espinoza of Korn/Ferry International discusses qualities companies look for in supply chain executives.
Distribution Manager Randall Plost boosted pick rates and forged carrier relationships to improve service at valve and pipe connector manufacturer Victaulic.
Gulf ports maintain container volumes despite Deepwater Horizon oil spill; Supply chain leaders climb the corporate ladder; Toyota Material Handling engineers work with MIT scientists and the U.S. Army to develop a remote-operated fork lift
Collaboration and communication help Inbound Logistics Manager Kevin Miles manage more than $100 million in transportation spend for grocery chain owner Ahold USA.
Blended continuing education programs combine online and classroom instruction to give students the best of both worlds, writes Dr. Carol Nappholz of the Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Denver.
Holding a local job fair is an innovative approach to helping displaced logistics professionals find new jobs.
A mentor's advice and attention can make a world of difference to professionals trying to rise to the top of the logistics field. Here's how three companies in the industry help their employees scale new heights.
As director of logistics and operations at USA Cycling, Gregory Cross gives new meaning to the term "cycle counting."
Investigate online learning, a convenient path to acquiring supply chain know-how.
Can you really model best practices from the military? After all, they invented the acronym SNAFU. But companies are finding veterans' experience and skills help promote ship-shape supply chains.
Alison Dennis, director of sustainability at fast food company Burgerville, promotes sourcing from nearby suppliers.
Ten years as an Army sustainment officer provided Major Jason Bullard a view of the military supply chain from just about every angle.
William Cossey Jr. moved military vehicles during the first Gulf War; civilian life finds him back in the supply chain hot seat.
The first step in making yourself a more valuable employee is boosting your supply chain management know-how. Continuing education programs can help, writes Dr. Michael Reilly of Ashford University.
Florida's Talent Supply Chain association aims to boost Florida's economy by encouraging and expanding workforce development, training, and job retention across the state, writes Inbound Logistics Editor Felecia Stratton.
Evolving to meet changing industry needs, logistics and supply chain education helps students hone their skills, gain a broader perspective, and bring bottom-line benefits to employers.
As director of logistics at Regal Wine Company, Kathy Zepaltas consolidated her company's logistics operations and transitioned from an insufficient warehouse to an ultra-efficient 650,000-square-foot DC.
Scott Kingsley, logistics manager at The Food Source International, believes good communication is key to strong relationships with service providers, suppliers, and customers.
As the business world evolves, so do the skills companies seek in graduates of supply chain programs. Today’s supply chain leaders need to understand technology, analytics, operations, and strategy, as well as resilience and risk management.
Leading professors provide a map for navigating the labyrinth of post-pandemic supply chain education.
Supply chain education has transformed with the pandemic, and there’s no looking back. These new programs focus on digitization, diversity and inclusion, and omnichannel strategies.
More supply chain jobs are readily available in the economy than there are people to fill them. A great way to take the next step in attracting supply chain talent lies within crafting a notable job title.
Competition has never been tougher to obtain supply chain talent, forcing companies to rethink recruitment strategies. Here are some best practices for companies to integrate into supply chain talent recruitment.
At the semi-yearly Connections and Jump Start SMC³ logistics education conference, industry stakeholders can learn from their peers about the latest advancements in logistics technology solutions, staying ahead of trends and preparing themselves for challenges ahead.
There are a multitude of resources available to help even the busiest logistics professionals hone their skillsets.
No matter how skilled or credentialed, today’s supply chain managers have a lot to learn–and a lot of ways to do so. With the marketplace growing more complex, continuing education professionals are introducing new programs and revising old standbys.
Readers share the leadership insights that have had the biggest impact on them.
Chris Ward, vice president of supply chain with Church’s Chicken, focuses on delivering the right products at the right cost.
Online supply chain education is flourishing, with options ranging from one-off courses to certification programs to master’s degrees. The best option for any individual depends on career goals.
American Trucking Associations opened the application window for its premier industry leadership initiative, LEAD ATA. The program is searching for diverse trucking industry leaders looking to grow their careers and meet other ambitious trucking professionals.
Inbound Logistics – in association with our partners at APICS – proudly announces its fifth annual $2,500 undergraduate scholarship.
Organizations looking to optimize supply chain and logistics functions should be on the lookout – there will be shifting demand for supply chain and logistics talent within the next decade. Here’s how to prepare.
Readers take on the misconceptions that persist about the supply chain and what it takes to be efficient.
Character is one of the central attributes of a great leader and one of the hardest leadership characteristics to develop.
Supply chain managers can maximize their value by upgrading their competencies and business acumen.
As next-gen supply chain professionals set their career goals, mentoring by seasoned professionals can help them up their game.
SMC³ will discuss the implications of the rising reliance on reverse logistics during our upcoming educational conference, Connections 2018, held June 25-27 at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.
A statewide, coordinated workforce development effort in Indiana has built a robust talent pipeline. Here’s how the state engages and prepares the next generation of logistics workers.
Profile on Joe Bobko, vice president of transportation with Boxed Wholesale, an online wholesale shopping club.
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New technologies, consumer demands, and the rise of the mobile workforce are shifting the business landscape quickly, and specialized workers in supply chain and logistics are more valuable than ever. Use these tips to plan and attract the industry’s future leaders.