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How Many Truck Drivers Are There?

I am so confused. A few weeks ago, I revisited the age-old driver shortage question (see Truck Driver Shortage: Getting Better, Worse, or No Problem at All?). As the title of my post suggests, the answer to the question depends on who you ask, when you ask it, and what data you use. Speaking of […]

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Unlearning Supply Chain Management

The near-infinite processing power Cloud computing provides (along with other technological innovations) will cause everyone in the supply chain and logistics field to unlearn the way we’ve always done things, everything from the way we design software applications to how we design and manage supply chain processes. Simply put, what was once impossible or impractical […]

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Target Cracking Down on Suppliers: An All Stick Approach to Supplier Relationship Management

Last week, Reuters reported that Target “is cracking down on suppliers as part of a multi-billion dollar overhaul to speed up its supply chain and better compete with rivals.” Specifically, the retailer “plans to tighten deadlines for deliveries to its warehouses, hike fines for late deliveries, and could institute penalties of up to $10,000 for […]

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The 3PL Industry is Suffering from Gresham’s Law

Earlier this year in Procuring Logistics Services is Not the Same as Buying Paper Clips, I wrote about an issue that continues to negatively affect 3PL-customer relationships: Procurement organizations looking to shift more and more risk on third-party logistics providers — while, of course, also demanding lower costs. As I wrote in that post, “Many […]

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The High Cost of Poor Supplier Relationships

We’ve seen several headlines over the past six months about how poorly suppliers are being treated these days. Here’s a sampling: Tesco faces fresh accusations of ‘bullying’ suppliers over price cuts (The Telegraph) Woolworths accused of bullying suppliers into paying millions for Cheap Cheap campaign (The Sydney Morning Herald) One in five suppliers bullied, says […]

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Legal Advice on Developing Successful Supply Chain Relationships

A few months ago there was a lot of press about the business relationship between Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, which has become a great example of a supply chain relationship that went wrong. Are these types of supply chain disputes common? What is the root cause of these disputes? How can the legal team help companies create highly-collaborative […]

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