Worley Blog

SITE SELECTION FROM A TO Z

Posted on: March 28th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Fifty years ago, when you wanted to expand your distribution network and build a new distribution center, you didn’t call an industrial real estate broker; you called a railroad located in the area in which you wanted to expand. Most large companies shipped their product – whether it was cases of consumer goods or rolls […]

ABOVE ALL, STAY CURRENT

Posted on: March 11th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

As the supply chain and its management become more complex, it is becoming more difficult for supply chain practitioners to keep up with what is happening around them. Add to that the influx of technical, analytical types who have mastered the necessary technology but know very little about the basic supply chain; and you have […]

THE LONG AND CRUMBLING ROAD

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

When Donald Trump was running for president, one of the major concerns he identified was the horrible condition of the nation’s infrastructure. If elected, he said, he would deal with the problem swiftly and effectively. The condition of our roads and bridges was not a new subject. For several decades, there has been discussion of […]

WANTED: RISK TAKERS

Posted on: February 11th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Once again, there is a futures market in the works that the organizers believe will add some stability to the transportation market. The recently announced venture proposes the trading of transportation capacity futures to protect pricing and availability. Citing the capacity shortages that have often plagued shippers, advocates of the futures market are promoting the […]

THE BLACK HOLE OF E COMMERCE

Posted on: January 28th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

Unless he or she has just returned from an extended visit to a deserted South Pacific island, every supply chain manager (and everyone else for that matter) realizes that consumer buying habits have changed dramatically over the past few years. Electronic commerce, or on-line buying has increased from problem ridden sales of $42 Billion in […]

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT RETAIL

Posted on: January 14th, 2019 by Clifford F. Lynch

If you are not a retail industry supply chain manager, you might not be paying much attention too the world of on-line orders, same day deliveries, or the Amazon Effect. In fact, all the developments in retail marketing and distribution might make you thankful you are in another business. If only that were true. The […]

NINE FOR NINETEEN

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

It is that time of year when pundits attempt to predict what will happen in the year ahead; and every year or so, I try it myself. Sometimes I have been right, and other predictions have fallen flat. For example, I really thought this would be the year for the Dallas Cowboys, but that no […]

TIME FOR A SECOND LOOK

Posted on: December 17th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

As 2018 draws to a close, it is clear that the country will not see the improvements in infrastructure we have been promised for several years. Most recently, President Trump decided infrastructure improvement was a high priority and one of the first problems he would address when he moved into the White House. In May […]

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND BUT USUALLY FOR A DIFFERENT REASON

Posted on: December 3rd, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Recently, Prologis announced they would be building the first multi-story warehouse in the United States. Some of our more senior readers will realize that is not quite true. They may remember when it was not uncommon for warehouse operators to utilize multi-story buildings, usually no more than 3 or 4 stories high. Products and equipment […]

2019 THIRD PARTY LOGISTICS STUDY

Posted on: November 26th, 2018 by Clifford F. Lynch

Every fall, for 23 years, Dr. John Langley of Penn State, along with annual sponsors, has published what he has titled “Annual Third- Party Logistics Study”. It is a comprehensive report on current relationships and progress of logistics service providers and their customers. This year’s study was particularly interesting in that we are in a […]