Trade & Industry Development Magazine

November/December 2010
November/December 2010

Welcome to our Supply Chain issue! In the high-speed, globalized business world of the 21st century, supply chain management is a critical make-or-break factor. The Romans knew well how important the supply chain was, which is why they became the masters of building roads to secure their empire. The British Empire, upon which the sun never set, likewise ensured its security by having mastery of the sea. In business, supply chain management evolved to feed the assembly line, and today wrestles with complex webs of global inputs and outputs which are imperative to business survival, let alone growth. In this issue, we will examine some of the latest developments and core considerations to keep your company's supply chain clicking along at the speed of light.

In his article on moving to multiple Distribution Centers, Phil Quartel offers a wealth of insight into what considerations must be accounted for in the process, and how to best grow your distribution network. John Rhodes provides an excellent examination of the Plastics industry, and discusses the latest cutting-edge technologies, such as Bioplastics and Nanocomposites. Ed McCallum examines the Metals industry, and provides an in-depth look at where it's heading and what factors are driving it. And Jennifer Alten offers an illuminating focus on Ports across the country. Also, Joan Yim, with a vast amount of experience in logistics, government and maritime affairs, offers sound advice for all of the stakeholders involved. And the Association of American Railroads and SPI's Bioplastics Council offer clear-eyed assessments of their respective industries.

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In this issue...

The metals industry shows both difficulty and promise in the near term. From a geographic perspective, the Asia-Pacific region is experiencing higher production and consumption of metals, especially China and India. On a per capita basis, both of these countries are moving more in line with United States and European levels, which could double the metal demand in the long term. China has experienced significant growth in recent years, and capacity has exceeded demand, which could potentially result in the country increasing its metal exports. But if the world economy continues to improve steadily, the demand, and consequently the price for metal, will increase both domestically and abroad. The reluctance to invest in both mining and metal production in the United States could further affect both supply and demand, which will in turn have significant impact on metalworking. As a consequence, there will be increased pressure on manufacturers to try to reduce inefficiencies and cost where there is little left to squeeze out in order to remain competitive. more...

Plastics: Update and New Developments in the Plastics Industry
Metals Industry Creates Challenges and Opportunities
LOGISTICS: When One DC is No Longer Enough - Moving From a Single-Site to a Multi-Site Distribution Environment
Bioplastics Find Fertile Ground for Growth
Rail: Answers for the 21st Century - Outlook From the Association of American Railroads
Special Reports
Southwest Louisiana Port Network
The Future of Business in Georgia... College Park
PORTS: Driving more than just the transport of goods, ports are an economic powerhouse
Location, Location, Location---It's All About Value
New York State: A Premier Location for Your Business
Texas’ Economy Continues to Outpace the Nation
Alabama: A Better Place to Build a Better World
Logistics on the Fast Track in Georgia
Kentucky: Ideal Location and Logistical Advantages Keep Kentucky’s Companies Connected to the World