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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