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 Jan 26, 2015

Shipping Conditions Finally Improve thanks to Cheap Fuel

Cheaper fuel is the best thing to happen to shippers in years. But don't expect the good times to last much longer....More
in Chain of Thought Dec 09, 2014

Logistics is Downright Degrading for Shippers

Sustained capacity tightness, coupled with announced pay increases for truck drivers, will result in the cost to ship goods remaining high....More
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in Chain of Thought Nov 06, 2014

Not Much of a Horizon on the Horizon

Prognosis for shipping season: Capacity is still tight for trucking, and service issues are still occurring for rail....More
in Chain of Thought Oct 08, 2014

The Worst Has Either Already Happened or is Yet to Come

One thing you can say for the excessively tight capacity situation facing shippers: It's certainly proven to be resilient....More
in Chain of Thought Sep 19, 2014

The East is Out-Innovating the West in Supply Chain

Supply chain technology is advancing so rapidly, with so many game-changing innovations, that the Eastern hemisphere now holds an advantage over the....More
in Chain of Thought Sep 05, 2014

Less-than-Ideal Remains the Status Quo for Shippers

Spot rates started inching up at the end of summer, indicating potential capacity issues as the industry shifts into the fall freight shipping season....More
in Chain of Thought Jul 25, 2014

Dog Days of Summer Continue: Higher Costs, Fewer Trucks

The winter storms are but a distant memory now, but their impact on the logistics industry continues to be felt throughout the heat of the summer....More
in Chain of Thought Jul 10, 2014

Truck Drivin’ Trucks

Truck drivers remain in scant supply throughout the U.S., with a projected shortage of more than 200,000 over the next decade if the situation doesn'....More
in Chain of Thought Jul 01, 2014

Sunny Skies Don’t Help Much as Capacity Storm Looms

Good weather isn't providing the kind of boost people were hoping for, as trucking capacity remains extremely tight....More
in Chain of Thought Jun 09, 2014

The Capacity Noose Remains Tight on Shippers

The capacity needle, still stuck on "very tight," has barely budged in recent weeks....More

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