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Interesting Perspective from GM on Supply Chain Management. $

One of the things that we are considering at Armada is the need for a global supply chain risk bulletin – something that would indicate whether supply chain operations were…

Latest from the AAR on Commodity Movement. $

We were looking something up for a client today and had to go to the latest Association of American Railroad carload report (here: https://www.aar.org/newsandevents/Freight-Rail-Traffic/Documents/2016-06-15-railtraffic.pdf ). Right off the top of…

California and Rolling Brown-Outs.

Officials in California are suggesting that there could be rolling brown-outs this summer as hot weather sets in and peak energy demand ramps up. This year is a bit different…

Slight Movement in Trucking Pricing. $

This one might be a little more tied to those in the supply chain sector – we’ll use some industry speak in this article.   The DAT Trendlines Data update…

Competition and Something Playing Out Across the Country. $

Here’s a little “Competition 101” refresher for you.   As you might know, we were founded in the discipline of competitive intelligence. We’ve conducted very large competitive intelligence projects across…

The Amazon of Things $

  First, a comment and disclosure.  We don’t own stock in Amazon, don’t work with Amazon, and don’t suggest that you take any of the following and use it as…

Be Careful Looking at Port Data at the Moment. $

Be Careful Looking at Port Data at the Moment.   $

We had a note from someone who sent a wave of panic through a client of ours.  It showed that port volumes in the Long Beach area were down 22%…

Quick Note on Diesel Fuel Prices. $

If you run a supply chain, you know that the last year and a half has been great for lower fuel surcharge prices.  We just wanted to note that prices…

Warehousing Costs Surge, Capacity is Tight. $

There’s an upside and downside to trying to point out trends well in advance. The downside is that of course you might be wrong. The upside (which can be a…

Remember the Canada Story – Look at This…  $

If you saw or read the Canada story earlier in today’s brief, you saw a comment about raw material prices.  And although they are nowhere near levels that they need…

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