David Blanchard

Editorial Director / Associate Publisher, Material Handling & Logistics

During his career Dave Blanchard has led the editorial management of many of Penton Media’s best-known brands, including the company’s flagship title, IndustryWeek, as well as Logistics Today (now Material Handling & Logistics), Supply Chain Technology News and Business Finance. With over 25 years of experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2010), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its second edition. He is also the supply chain subject matter expert for Penton’s Supply Chain & Manufacturing Group. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

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in Chain of Thought Apr 18, 2017

Window Closing on Cheap Plentiful Freight for Shippers

Sorry, shippers: Though the economy is improving, capacity is getting tighter and transportation rates are rising....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 12, 2017

Shippers Could Face Trouble with a Capital T (but it doesn't stand for Trump)

There could be rate and supply trouble ahead for shippers, unless the Trump administration offers significant regulatory relief....More
in Chain of Thought Jan 23, 2017

Calm before the Supply Chain Storm

Shippers and truckers alike won't find much to cheer about this year based on market projections....More
in Chain of Thought Dec 09, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Trump Plan: Freight Recovery Could Go Either Way

Trump's plans to roll back some of the Obama Administration's regulations could have a big impact on freight shipments, but probably not for a while....More
in Chain of Thought Nov 06, 2016

Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?

Brief spell of positive shipper conditions will be short lived....More
in Chain of Thought Sep 12, 2016

It’s Not Recovery (But It’s Not Bad)

With the new capacity-constraining regulations not yet in effect, shippers should enjoy the relative calm shipping conditions while they can....More
in Chain of Thought Jul 22, 2016

The Party Is Just About Over for Shippers

As capacity begins to tighten, conditions will start swinging more in favor of the carriers than the shippers....More
in Chain of Thought Jun 26, 2016

Mounting Pressures Will Put Logistics to the Test

The chance of another round of capacity shortages could bring even more pressure on shippers to build inventory levels....More
in Chain of Thought May 23, 2016

Shippers: Enjoy the Ride While It Lasts

Conditions for shippers may have reached their peak, so take advantage of the favorable environment before it begins to taper off in the fall....More
in Chain of Thought Apr 18, 2016

Shippers Are Doing Fine in 2016... At Least, So Far

Capacity is currently sufficient to meet the demands of the market. That will probably change later in the year....More

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