Articles by: James Watson

Trucks will Continue to be Preferred Mode of Freight Transport in USA for Next 30 Years

Trucks will Continue to be Preferred Mode of Freight Transport in USA for Next 30 Years

Various modes of freight transportation are truck, pipeline, rail, water, multiple modes and mail, and air. A recent study by U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics and Federal Highway Administration projected that in the next 30 years, the maximum share in the transport of freight by weight as well as by value will be by trucks. Trucks transported […]

by · March 3, 2016 · Transportation
Cost Reduction through Improving Productivity in Order Picking

Cost Reduction through Improving Productivity in Order Picking

E-commerce has become very popular with the customers who want to do shopping conveniently from the home, office, or from any other place at their convenient time. The busy- customers have little time for going to the shopping mall and look for the items on the racks spread over the large area. With E-commerce, the customer has the choice of […]

Merger Plans of Dow and DuPont – What are the expectations from the merger?

Dow Chemicals and DuPont are two historic giants in the chemical industry in US with significant presence in the market for a very long time. Dow Chemical Co. was founded in 1897 and has been one of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world in terms of revenue and market capitalization. Dow operates with 53000 workers in 160 countries in […]

by · December 31, 2015 · Supply Chain
Technology Innovation in Cutting Operations Time in Warehouse

Technology Innovation in Cutting Operations Time in Warehouse

Warehousing is an important activity in the industry. Whatever may be the nature and size of industry, warehouses are needed to keep the materials safely and provide materials promptly when needed. Warehouse enables the manufacturing companies to store materials and spares required for running, repairing and maintenance of plant and machinery. Warehouses are also used to store the finished goods […]

by · December 18, 2015 · Warehouse, WMS
The challenges facing tomorrow’s procurement professionals

The challenges facing tomorrow’s procurement professionals

According to research recently carried via the “2015 Return on Supply Management Assets,” the best performing procurement departments both in Europe and the United States are delivering financial benefits worth more than 7.5 times the cost of the investments sunk into the supply chain procurement process. Procurement team performance in supply chains across Europe and the US The research document […]

by · December 10, 2015 · Procurement
World glut of surplus oil stocks – good news and bad news for global supply chains

World glut of surplus oil stocks – good news and bad news for global supply chains

According to recent reports, because of the glut in oil supplies, the world is beginning to exhaust its storage facilities and may soon even fill up the offshore tanker storage space, increasing the chances of a sudden plunge in the prices of crude oil in the near future. On the one hand this could further reduce shipping costs in many […]

by · December 4, 2015 · Transportation
Supply Chain negotiation using spreadsheets

Supply Chain negotiation using spreadsheets

In all of the hype about supply chain management and cloud based operating platforms, simple solutions such as using spreadsheets to improve communications with other departmental heads seems to get overlooked. But according to Alexandra Moschell in a recent article she wrote in “Inside Supply Management,” a magazine published by The Institute of Supply Management, spreadsheets can play an important […]

by · October 21, 2015 · Procurement, Supply Chain
Cloud computing for supply chains – de-bunking some of the myths

Cloud computing for supply chains – de-bunking some of the myths

We hear a lot today about computing in the cloud. It’s certainly something that by and large is being welcomed and embraced by the supply chain community; at least those with a good technical knowledge of computing. But there are still many non-techies who view the cloud with suspicion, so here in this brief article Supply Chain Station is going […]

by · September 29, 2015 · Supply Chain
Infor taking over GT Nexus!

Infor taking over GT Nexus!

The ERP and supply chain software specialists Infor, have just announced a few days ago that they are about to take over GT Nexus, one of the leading logistics, sourcing and visibility providers. The price is a stunning $675 million. Warburg Pincus (a private equity provider) own approximately 40% of GT Nexus; its founders and managers owning the balance. It […]

by · August 20, 2015 · Supply Chain
Are we doing enough to mitigate a supply chain management recruitment disaster?

Are we doing enough to mitigate a supply chain management recruitment disaster?

Recruiting the right talent in terms of supply chain management is getting increasingly difficult as supply chain technology advances, and new elements such as Big Data, Data Analysis, Risk Management, the challenge of Omni Channel marketing, plus the ramping up of the Internet of Things are all being added into the mix. If you also factor in the fact that […]

by · August 17, 2015 · Supply Chain Risk Management