The Challenge of Rebuilding U.S. Domestic Supply Chains

The Challenge of Rebuilding U.S. Domestic Supply Chains

Summery: Massachusetts-based Shawmut scrambled to expand production to meet the soaring demand for N95 masks and hospital gowns during the pandemic. Its experiences illustrates a crucial point that policymakers should take to heart: Once a country loses its industrial commons points — the capabilities needed to support the development and production of many goods —…

Global supply chains are still a source of strength, not weakness

Global supply chains are still a source of strength, not weakness

Resilience comes not from autarky but from diverse sources of supply For the best part of a week, the Suez canal was blocked by a 200,000-tonne metaphor. The Ever Given is not just one of the world’s biggest container ships, it is also the emblem of a backlash that accuses globalisation of going too far….

Supercharged Supply Chain; Digitalization

Supercharged Supply Chain; Digitalization

In this episode, Ron and Joseph discuss supply chains and digitalization. Certainly, recent events and the disruptions that have gone with them have illuminated the need and benefits of digitalization. And it’s no longer just about digital documents required for moving products from one point to another, but to use digitalization – in all of…

How Toyota thrives when the chips are down

How Toyota thrives when the chips are down

(Reuters) – Toyota may have pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy but when it comes to chips, its decision to stockpile what have become key components in cars goes back a decade to the Fukushima disaster. After the catastrophe severed Toyota’s supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world’s biggest automaker realised the lead-time for semiconductors…

Supercharged Supply Chain; Warehouse Optimization

Supercharged Supply Chain; Warehouse Optimization

In this episode of “Supercharged Supply Chain”, Ron and Joseph discuss warehousing; its present state, trends, some of the opportunities and challenges that exist, and what the future might hold. One of the biggest beneficiaries of the COVID pandemic has been the warehouse industry. The increase in the volume of ecommerce has been astounding. Look…