Worley Blog

Is Big Data Too Big?

Posted on: September 10th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

For years we have heard the old adage that “Information is Power”, the thought being that if one   controlled the information, the power would come. A few years ago, a consultant put a damper on that when he said that if information were power, the librarians would own the world. The real power would be […]

CONTINUING CHANGE AND CONFUSION

Posted on: August 27th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

There are three significant issues that have moved to the supply chain forefront in the last couple of weeks. Although unrelated, and not final, each of them stands to affect the management of our supply chains. The first and potentially, the most serious is the ongoing tariff skirmish between the U. S. and China. Last […]

PROTECT YOUR OWN

Posted on: August 9th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

The last few weeks have demonstrated that no one of us is totally secure, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. The recent, tragic events in El Paso and Dayton are painful reminders of that. While these were not workplace violence incidents, the killing of two managers of a Walmart store in […]

BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

Posted on: July 22nd, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Or so said Neil Sedaka in his 1962 song by that name. And he was correct. A number of times in the course of my consulting work, I have been asked to testify in cases where outsourcing relationships have gone bad. There are a number of good reasons for ending outsourcing relationships, i.e. mergers, acquisitions, […]

CRESTING THE HILL

Posted on: July 2nd, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

THE STATE OF LOGISTICS – 2019 On June 18, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) released the “30th Annual State of Logistics Report”. This year’s report was entitled Cresting the Hill. The SOL report was launched in 1988, by the late Bob Delaney, one of the leading supply chain experts of that time; […]

THE CUSTOMER ISN’T ALWAYS RIGHT

Posted on: June 17th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

At least FedEx doesn’t seem to think so. Last week, with great fanfare, FedEx announced it would not review its US Express contract, scheduled to expire on June 30. This is only the air contract, and other FedEx/Amazon contracts will remain intact – at least for the time being. In making the announcement, FedEx indicated […]

THE BATTLE OF THE TITANS

Posted on: May 20th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

There was some good news in the so-called trade war this week when President Trump said the U.S. would lift the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico imposed last year. This wasn’t so much a surrender as it was a move to encourage Congress to approve the USMCA (U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement), the […]

INTRODUCING A NEW WORD INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Posted on: May 6th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

It will come as no surprise that the major supply chain news last week concerned Amazon. First reported by FreightWaves, Amazon’s freight brokerage is now live. A visit to www.freight.amazon.com will show an offering of freight brokerage now available in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Freight will move in truckloads utilizing 53-foot […]

THE RULE OF 7

Posted on: April 22nd, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Twenty-two years ago, Supply Chain Management Review published an article entitled, “The 7 Principles of Supply Chain Management.”. The authors’ insights then are remarkably relevant to the modern supply chain, and companies that have followed these guidelines, or variations thereof, continue to find them valid and timely. In the event you have never read them, […]

THE ONGOING BATTLE FOR THE LAST MILE

Posted on: April 8th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

In an earnings call on March 19, FedEx president and COO Raj Subramaniam, when asked about Amazon, said, “We have been clear this is not a threat to our business because Amazon represents less than 1.3 percent of our total revenue, which is substantially lower than what our largest competitor (UPS) carries, nor is Amazon […]