The pandemic has heightened recruiting challenges for manufacturers in central Minnesota, with skills gaps and a lack of applicants among the issues. "We're advertising like crazy on Facebook and Instagram, and we just can't get enough candidates in the door," says Bonnie Radjenovich of Felling Trailers.
Pfizer has spent roughly $2 billion developing a coronavirus vaccine and is setting up its logistics network to ensure speedy distribution if the vaccine receives authorization. The drugmaker's logistics plan involves reusable frozen containers, along with cargo planes and trucks to handle the delivery of up to 100 million doses this year and 1.3 billion next year.
The Federal Acquisition Security Council has outlined plans on how to coordinate federal supply chain risk management, including creating standards and guidelines as well as sharing best practices among departments. The council's interim rule, which implements the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act of 2018, is open for comments until Nov. 2.
Retailers that have set up contactless shopping, in-store and curbside pickup options and free shipping and returns will be better positioned for success this holiday season, according to a survey by consulting firm Deloitte. A separate survey by e-commerce shipping solutions provider ShipStation finds that most consumers take shipping details and on-time delivery into account when shopping online.
President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, both advocate for more domestic manufacturing and supply chains, but they have different views regarding global trade. Experts in the industry give their take on the candidates' positions, including plans for reshoring and domestic sourcing, stocking essential personal protective equipment and medical supplies, and trade with China.
Amazon is implementing artificial intelligence tools to cut down on packaging waste and cardboard use. At fulfillment centers, the AI tools use information from returns and customer complaints to determine whether specific items can be safely packed in padded envelopes rather than boxes.
Eric Hoplin took the helm of NAW on Monday as its new CEO. In a video message to members from a distribution warehouse, Hoplin said, "It's an incredible honor to serve the entire wholesale distribution industry as the new CEO of NAW. I've long admired this industry and am eager to partner with all of you to ensure you have the resources and support you need to help your business succeed in these ever-changing and complex political, cultural, and economic times." Watch the video message.
Failing to recognize people who are quietly doing good work increases the risk you'll lose them, which means less productive output, less cohesive teams and less motivated staff, writes Joel Garfinkle. "Finding and recognizing your hidden leaders will ensure you maximize the perspectives at the table and improve retention by acknowledging the historically undervalued," he writes.
AmerisourceBergen has been able to successfully maintain pharmaceutical supply chains during the coronavirus pandemic thanks in part to its "purpose-driven" culture, says Robert Mauch, executive vice president and group president. He also discusses supply chain innovation at AmerisourceBergen and how the company is striving to further diversity and inclusion by having "uncomfortable conversations."