For the past 31 years, Shawn Curran has worked in supply chain management at Gap Inc. He sat down with Supply Chain Management Review to discuss his career, the evolution of Gap Inc.’s supply chain and the future of the profession. In July 2016, SCMR published “A portrait of the supply chain manager,” our look
Just months before the start of the 2016 holiday season, one of Gap Inc.’s distribution centers was destroyed by fire. Here’s the story of how resilience and innovation saved the day. It’s November, which means the holiday season is right around the corner. For most retailers, gearing up for peak is a matter of getting
Keep an eye on micro-fulfillment and the development of AI On New Year’s Day, I posted a blog on the technologies I’ll be watching in 2020. The other day, I realized there are two more of note that I inadvertently omitted. This is what happens when you do things on a day when you’re thinking about football
Technology continues to be the driving force, but it’s evolving. In early December, a researcher asked me what were going to be the solutions driving the supply chain 20 years from now.  To be honest, I didn’t have a clue. I think back to stories I was writing less than a decade ago, and none
“The world is moving so fast now-a-days that the man who says it cannot be done is generally interrupted by someone else doing it.” Those lines are as true today as when they were first published in the early 1900s. And it’s not just our every day worlds that appear to be evolving before our
  • E-commerce in logistics
December 20, 2019
Shippers are starting to see the incredible advantage that can be gained through the strategic management of e-commerce—especially as logistics professionals move out of their silos and into the C-suite. Industry experts further contend that walls will continue to be torn down before this disruption reaches an advanced and fully evolved stage. The rapid growth
  • Digital Supply Chain
Momentum is building around digital technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big Data analytics infrastructure, and soon, for blockchain deployments. But digitally transforming supply chains can’t be accomplished simply by sticking to a list of “hot” technologies it requires matching technologies to strategy and a commitment to change. Ever been in a diner where there
  • 3PL Automation
Once slow to adopt automation, 3PLs are now leading the way. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought of 3PLs as innovators or early adopters of technology. Given the short-term nature of their contracts, the industry players focused on taking the fat out of processes and being great operators with conventional processes. Based
  • Amazon package
Did you get your package from Amazon today? Good. But did you realize that Amazon is changing how it gets packages to you? If not, it’s worth a few minutes to get caught up here. Every so often it’s good to look in on Amazon and see what it’s doing to change supply chains, especially
  • Scott Schiller
3-D printing has come a long way, but has a long way to go. We talked with Scott Schiller, global head of customer and market development for HP’s 3-D printing business unit. He has been with the unit since 2014 after several years working on mass customization solutions for high-volume printing manufacturing. NextGen Supply Chain: Additive manufacturing, also known