Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of a global executive search to fill the the top post at the Port of Los Angeles. Under Mayor Garcetti’s direction, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners established an ad hoc search committee to oversee the process, which is comprised of Harbor Commission President Vilma Martinez and Commission Vice President David Arian.
“The Port of Los Angeles is a critical economic driver of our region and plays a central role in L.A.’s reputation as a global city and leading Pacific Rim trade gateway,” said Mayor Garcetti.… READ MORE
I never felt too violated by the news that my government can snoop on every digital communication and financial transaction I make. Maybe I should have been more bothered, but the snooping wasn't affecting my daily life, and it seemed like it might be useful for fighting terrorism, so I worried about other things instead.
This week, as I was pulling together all of my records to do taxes, I didn't get too upset that the process of taxpaying is unnecessarily frustrating and burdensome.… READ MORE
By Edith Simchi-Levi
A recent article in the WSJ about the importance of supply chain functional expertise for women claims that “Supply chain management as a proving ground for senior leadership roles, including CEO, is increasingly evident, with high profile examples that include Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and Intel Corp. CEO Brian Krzanich. One reason for this phenomenon is that supply chain leaders typically have integrated experience across very different and key functions in purchasing, manufacturing, engineering, strategy and logistics and often oversee new product launches and customer service.… READ MORE
By Chance Hair
Early and often in my Indiana University Kelley School of Business Evening MBA courses, I heard of the opportunity to take a class that included a trip abroad. This was described as a unique experience that would not be available anywhere after graduating because of the access into foreign companies for high level meetings and an actual consulting project for their firm. I told myself I needed to find a way to participate in one of these trips.… READ MORE
March 8th is International Women’s Day and many companies have not hired many women in into supply chain positions. According to research, only ten percent of women hold executive level positions in supply chain roles, which contradicts the amount of women who enroll in supply chain higher education courses each year. According to SCM World, 37 percent of those enrolling on supply chain courses are female.
Women have skills that are extremely useful in the supply chain and should allow them to progress to senior positions.… READ MORE
By Mary McAtee
Tribal Knowledge: Quality Management Data for Historical Analysis
Ever since people began handing down information from person to person and parent to child, there has been something called tribal knowledge. Almost everyone can point to a specific skill they have or knowledge they possess that was transferred to them by an elder. This elder may have been a relative, a community member, a teacher or a coworker. I certainly rely regularly on wisdom and skills I gained from all of the above.… READ MORE
Sometimes I think the only dimension of performance that a manager should measure is how much each employee is learning. Most people are intrinsically motivated to do good work. The trick is in knowing how. So the more you know, the more likely you'll perform well. And people who are proactive learners probably have the most potential even if they aren't yet superstars.
How relevant to the job does the learning need to be? I would be generous about that. The nature of knowledge is that everything you learn stimulates and strengthens your mind.… READ MORE
I imagine that someday any citizen will be able to buy a small computer and connect it to the Internet just to rent CPU time to the public. It will be similar to the way power utilities allow customers to sell solar power back to the grid whenever homes produce more energy than they use.
I realize that something like this is already being done for music file sharing services. And the SETI project can access your unused CPU time to search for ET.… READ MORE
The latest figures have been published for the Indian economy and it’s not exactly what the Indian government and the public have been looking for. The gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a rate of 4.7 percent in the three months to December, down from 4.8 percent in the previous quarter. Although this is far greater than the US and Europe, it is not where India was expecting to be. The lofty estimates from the government were that India could expect double-digit growth, but that has just not happened.… READ MORE
Sometimes I think intelligence is nothing but pattern recognition. Someday in the near future a computer scientist will write code that rapidly compares and stores complex patterns. To populate the computer model with data, the programmer will let his software read the entire Internet, or as much as it can, and look for patterns. After a few days of chewing through content on the Internet, the software will appear to understand everything about humans, from our language to our history. The reality of this apparent “understanding” would be nothing more than pattern recognition.… READ MORE
By Guest Contributors
Have you got an extended supply chain with extreme seasonal variability? Does this situation challenge your ability to meet service level commitments to your customers? I have grappled with this at Rev-A-Shelf, addressing unusual conditions created by Chinese New Year and other global events, and would like to share the experience and a few things I learned along the way.
First, let me explain our situation. We import 60% of the parts we use to build our kitchen and bath accessories from China and Europe.… READ MORE
By Billy Hou
Over the past few years, manufacturing organizations have been dealing with increased challenges in to their supply chains including weather related calamities, higher customer expectations and dealing with a global market to name a few. Therefore, companies need to be able to identify opportunity areas within their operations that allow them to remain competitive and adapt to changes in the marketplace. The top five opportunities:
1) Conquering Supply Chain Complexity:
Complexity of any system refers to the number and variety of elements it consists of, connections between the elements and the dynamics between them.… READ MORE