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Supply Chain Security

When I would attend industry meetings, people would often ask, “What keeps you up at night?” My answer was always consistent – I was afraid someone would load something in a container of ours that would go ‘Boom’ in the Port of Los Angeles. With all the advancements in globalization, […]

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Cash is Literally Flowing All Over the Planet

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to tour e-commerce operations all over the world. I visited an incredible variety of businesses, including Amway China, Columbia Sportswear, DHL, Duytan Plastics, Lazada Express, Nike, Ching Luh, RR Farms, Schneider Logistics, Honeywell International as well as the American Chamber […]

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Supply Planning & Cash

In my first taste of manufacturing, I was parachuted into the Toyota plant at Motomachi, Japan. There, I was instructed to “do Kaizen.” To my senseis, it didn’t matter that I was the only one that spoke English or that this neophyte American was supposed to teach the masters of […]

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Leaving Vietnam

We’d been trying to leave Ho Chi Minh City for Beijing for two days. While everyone in the U.S. had been focused on Hurricane Harvey in Texas, we’d been dealing with similar effects from Typhoon Pakhar in China. All air and sea traffic had been brought to a standstill while […]

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Next Stop China | The Reruns, Part 2

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that in my role as adjunct professor at Portland State University, I left the U.S. a few weeks ago, accompanying 28 students on a three-week Study Abroad program. Our itinerary included visiting both Vietnam and China to study e-commerce and meet with […]

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Chief Financial Officer Role

The city fell silent as tens of thousands of people paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the world’s first atomic bomb. On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so […]

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