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Archives for May 2014

What’s Your Plan if There’s a West Coast Port Strike?

What’s Your Plan if There’s a West Coast Port Strike?

West Coast Port Strike

Supply chains can face disruption from man-made events, as well as natural disasters. Case in point: the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) began contract talks on May 12, with lots of contentious issues on the agenda. When the current contract expires on June 30, will they have a deal? Or, will we see a repeat of 2002, when a 10-day lockout left dozens of ships lined up outside the West Coast docks, unable to unload? » Read More

Your Supply Chain: More than an Expense, a Competitive Advantage

Your Supply Chain: More than an Expense, a Competitive Advantage

AYA Competitive Advantage

Often, supply chains are viewed as an unavoidable expense in business—a drain rather than an advantage. Yet, certain market changes have increased the number of companies that realize their supply chain can be so much more. In fact, a solid supply chain can be the advantage that sets you apart from competitors. In a global market, there’s almost always another company out there similar to yours—someone else with the same rates, same service, and same products. But the company that uses their supply chain strategically can stand out from the rest and win more business. » Read More