Gerald McNerney, senior director, transportation, distribution & logistics solutions, Motorola Inc. (www.motorola.com), says mobile integration is leading to productivity, quality and cost improvements in the enterprise. Through engagements with supply chain and technology executives from enterprises across the globe, McNerney identifies business process improvement techniques that can use new and emerging mobility tools, including advanced data capture, RFID, wireless infrastructure and rugged mobile computing.
Tom L. Jones, the senior vice president and general manager, Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder System, Inc. (www.ryder.com), says the 21st century supply chain is all about moving from a reactive to a proactive state of supply chain management, where control is achieved through advance planning and communication. Jones has taken action to develop the Logistics Management Suite of tools that enable Ryder's logistics engineers and managers to gather pertinent information, apply decision-making tools and then use this "enhanced" information to make better decisions.
Matthew Harding, vice president — consulting at Transplace (www.transplace.com), says the supply chain must be viewed strategically and that companies should have the proper resources to know when to adapt and react to a changing business environment. His consultations with clients provide insight into managing, contracting, operating and scheduling all matters related to transportation and the impacts to adjacent functions. Over his 10-year career in supply chain, Harding has helped companies procure over $5 billion in transportation freight expense.
David Fox, president and CEO, Agistix, Inc. (www.agistix.com), believes global visibility is the key for 21st century supply chains. He uses his position at Agistix to create software that addresses his vision, as well as a host of other solutions designed specifically for the needs of companies that engage in global logistics. Examples of companies like Merit Logistics or a distributor of fine wines in the United States, both of which have seen improvements in the rates they pay carriers and visibility into shipping operations, testify to the validity of Fox's vision.
William (Bill) L. Conley, Jr. , president, ATC Logistics & Electronics (www.atcle.com), says that while specialization in a company's industry segment is key, it is really the depth of services provided that truly differentiates effective supply chains. Conley brings this to customers by offering end-to-end lifecycle management of devices. By taking a holistic approach to a customer's supply chain, Conley says his company is able to identify opportunities in the supply chain that create better customer service, reduce supply chain costs and more effectively manage assets.
Wade McDaniel, director of global supply chain, Avnet Supply Chain Services, Avnet Electronics Marketing (www.avnet.com), believes knowledge is the key to complex 21st century supply chains. He was selected as a charter member of Avnet's Supply Chain Leadership Exchange Program (SCLEP), which enables the exchange of information and best practices among Avnet's global regions. McDaniel also facilitates the exchange of information and best practices among the teams in Avnet's Asia and Americas region, in turn streamlining Avnet's ability to help its customers build and implement 21st century-ready supply chains for their own companies worldwide.
John McGowan, senior vice president of operations, Avnet Logistics (www.avnet.com), says we are at a critical stage in the supply chain evolutionary process, which will be led by collaboration between suppliers, manufacturers and their trading partners. This collaboration, he envisions, will lead to more accurate forecasts, which will enable companies throughout the supply chain to keep inventories at an efficient level while reducing liability and obsolescence. In his role at Avnet, McGowan is on the front line of bringing his vision of a collaborative supply chain to life, having recently helped a leading contract semiconductor assembly and test services company establish demand signal planning.
Dan Sanker, CEO, CaseStack (www.casestack.com), is enthusiastic about educating businesses on the economic benefits of sustainable choices. He expanded the use of biodiesel to even more partner trucks in 2007 and increased the number of carriers contracted who use the fuel. Sanker also offers mid-sized CPG companies the power to make choices to reduce their carbon footprint and continues to promote sustainable logistics solutions with the company's "Delivered Green" program and by applying for the SmartWay certification.