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.

Posts by David Blanchard

in Chain of Thought Apr 09, 2014

In the Spirit of Optimism, Let’s Just Say Shipping Conditions Are Less than Optimal

Spring is in the air, so should we let ourselves get overly concerned that the Shippers Conditions Index has dropped to its lowest point in a year?....More
in Chain of Thought Mar 04, 2014

Winter of Discontent Could Become a Spring of Discontent for Shippers

Conditions for shippers seem to be slip-slidin' away as winter shifts into spring....More
Dave Blanchard
in Chain of Thought Jan 31, 2014

The Year of Shipping Dangerously

If you breathed a huge sigh of relief when 2013 ended, figuring things just had to start getting better now that there was a new year on the calendar....More
in Chain of Thought Dec 18, 2013

Blue Christmas: Current Conditions Have Shippers Crying, “Ho-Oh-No!”

Continued regulatory pressures, a sluggish recovery and a lack of new capacity are responsible for less-than-bright prospects for shippers in the new....More
in Chain of Thought Nov 25, 2013

Stop the Retail Madness Before It’s Too Late!

There’s more to be thankful for this year than another day to rush out and buy stuff....More
in Chain of Thought Nov 19, 2013

Shipping Conditions Continue to Circle the Drain

Anecdotally speaking, things aren’t looking so good out there for shippers and freight transporters....More
Dave Blanchard
in Chain of Thought Oct 15, 2013

Not Enough Trucks, Not Enough Truckers

One of the unheralded benefits of the government shutdown and the looming debt default is that every other crisis looks a little bit less, well,....More
Dave Blanchard
in Chain of Thought Aug 19, 2013

Shippers Conditions Fail to Improve, but Hey, It Could Be Worse

Capacity conditions aren't likely to get much worse until the economy improves, so if you've got freight to move, consider yourself lucky....More
Dave Blanchard
in Chain of Thought Jul 23, 2013

Conditions Stabilize with the Meter Stuck on “Lousy”

Truck rates are likely to go up at a faster rate throughout the rest of the year....More
in Chain of Thought May 31, 2013

A Look at the Top 25 Supply Chains of 2013

Who's hot, who's not? Who made the list, and who got jilted at the altar? It's that time of year again: the announcement of the Top 25 Supply Chains....More

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