Entries by michelle

Automakers-supplier ties take a hit

One more sign that automakers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges — their relations with suppliers have worsened. A survey of parts companies for North America’s biggest automakers to be released this week finds that suppliers give their customers lower grades for relations than they did last year. The business barometer […]

Chain Reaction: Localizing the auto supply chain may not work

Logistics needs more jobs Weekly jobless claims for the week of April 28 rose slightly to 211,000 (an increase of 2,000 week to week) but the seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate declined 0.1%. The job market is on a strong trajectory, but the logistics industry needs a million more employees, according to a report from The Loadstar. The Reaction: The labor […]

As supply chains go digital, a war of words unfolds

When Supply Chain Dive recently published an article, we ran into a style question. Which was the correct term: digitization or digitalization? Were they the same? Did it matter which term we used? After doing some research and consulting colleagues, the answer was only slightly more clear. It turns out that not everyone agrees on a […]

What does Industry 4.0 mean for the supply chain network?

The Industry 4.0 revolution is well and truly underway and is redefining traditional manufacturing processes once and for all. The manufacturing industry is moving towards a more digitised, automated, agile and, ultimately, efficient operation and there is no better example of this than in the supply chain network. In today’s world, the supply chain is […]

Emotional intelligence test: 5 self-evaluation tools for leaders

EQ is a critical soft skill for leaders. Evaluate yours with an emotional intelligence test Emotional intelligence, the ability to understand and manage one’s own emotions as well as influence the emotions of others, can make the difference between a good leader and a great one. A leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence, […]

US Toyota, Lexus models will have DSRC connectivity from 2021

Toyota and Lexus will use Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems to connect cars in the US, starting with the 2021 model year. The goal is to adopt the car-to-car communication protocol across most of the brands’ models by the mid-2020s. Toyota said adoption of the communication technology will let vehicles’ intelligent systems collaborate more broadly […]

What 48 hours in Middle America taught me about supply chains

As an East Coast city dweller, I tend to think of the Midwest as a place with rolling plains, tornado shelters (I watched the Wizard of Oz A LOT as a child) and people who say “pop.” While my recent trip to Springfield, Missouri, confirmed I wasn’t exactly wrong, Middle America is so much more […]

To implement new technology, think big, but start small

The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report outlines the barriers to building the ‘NextGen Supply Chain’ and how to overcome them. Dive Brief: Next-generation technology including robotics, the internet of things (IoT), predictive analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and driverless vehicles are already disrupting supply chain operations, according to The 2018 MHI Annual Industry Report. Whereas only 35% […]