On June 24, the Council of Logistics Management Professionals (CSCMP) released the “32nd Annual State of Logistics” report. This year’s report was entitled, “Change of Plans”, a reflection on the conditions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
When it comes to strategic planning for logistics outsourcing, it’s conceivable that Dilbert could do the work of 20 people, in spite of its growth, increased sophistication, and impact on a business’s supply chain operations, a surprising number of companies still undertake outsourcing and provider selection with little regard for overall logistics strategy.
In Washington, the discussion about infrastructure improvement continues with no apparent agreement in sight. The major concern of most Americans involves the conditions of our roads and bridges, but President Biden’s $2.3 trillion American Jobs Plan provides only $115 billion for those components of our infrastructure, while the $568 billion Republican counterproposals allocate $299 billion.
In our last blog, we outlined President Biden’s plans for infrastructure improvement. Summarized, his proposed legislation would provide for $2.3 trillion, spent over an 8–year period, creating millions of new jobs. However, only $115 billion would be spent on roads and bridges which are a concern to almost everyone.
President Obama tried it. President Trump promised it. Now President Biden is taking a very aggressive stance on infrastructure improvement. Hopefully, he can accomplish what no president since Dwight Eisenhower has been able to do – get Congressional approval, design, implement, and pay for a major improvement in the country’s infrastructure.
Last month, I received an e-mail promoting a seminar on the use of blogs, social networking sites, gated communities, and microsites in consulting. Once again, I was moved to ask myself, “Doesn’t anyone talk anymore?”
Many of us will remember a time not too long ago, when we said, “We need to put 2020 behind us. 2021 will be better.” And for a while, it appeared that it might be true until the new year arrived. While not a supply chain issue, January 1 found us still distracted by the 2020 Presidential election, and the disruption became worse as we experienced the unprecedented riot in Washington and the second impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
For over twenty years, Armstrong & Associates and Penn State’s John Langley and his partners have examined the logistics service provider (LSP) industry. Recently, there has been a new entry into the analysis of this segment – 3PLCentral. Their report for 2021 suggests trends and best practices that LSPs need to consider, in order to […]
For years, the so-called “last mile” delivery has been problematic; and as online buying has increased, the challenge has become even more pronounced. In 2020, U.S. consumers spent $11 billion on line, about 15% over last year. Part of this increase was a result of individual changes in buying habits, and part was brought about […]
Two weeks ago, President-elect Joe Biden announced he was nominating Pete Buttigieg to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Buttigieg is a former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a one-time Democratic presidential candidate. He was generally considered to be an effective, innovative leader in South Bend; and unlike most of the other candidates, […]