01 - Will the port snarl affect Santa's deliveries?
In our first episode, Ted and Tom discuss supply chain disruptions and what the upcoming holiday season might look like. Special guest, Wendy Tate, William J. Taylor Professor in Supply Chain Management and Ray and Joan Myatt Faculty Research Fellow, weighs in on the financial impact of business decisions across the supply chain.
Topic #1: West Coast Port Snarl
Will moving to 24/7 operations make a difference? Will the National Guard be called in?
Topic #2: Will Santa Deliver this Holiday Season?
Hear Ted and Tom’s holiday season supply chain predictions.
Topic #3: Influence on Prices
It seems like everything is going up (wages, freight rates, warehouse rents, fuel, etc.). Are companies expected to absorb these costs?
Topic #4: Long-Term Forecast
The long-term question is, "Will this have an impact on global network design and where we source from in the US?" Wendy Tate, Ted and Tom's good friend and colleague who spends a lot of time working with procurement executives, shares her insights.