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 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
in Chain of Thought Feb 26, 2016

Neutral Is the New Full-Speed-Ahead

As the market stabilizes into a consistent mediocrity, shippers are benefiting from cheap fuel and ample capacity....More
in Chain of Thought Jan 24, 2016

Bloated Inventories Are Slowing US Logistics

High inventories are a big problem for shippers, and recent moves by the Federal Reserve aren't helping the situation....More
in Chain of Thought Dec 28, 2015

Slowdown in the Supply Chain

Things are about as good as they’re likely to get for shippers, at least for the immediate future....More
in Chain of Thought Nov 10, 2015

When Not-So-Good Is Good Enough

Shippers conditions have settled into a comfortable rut best described as so-so, neither good nor bad, neither great nor horrible....More
in Chain of Thought Oct 21, 2015

Mediocre Is Looking Pretty Good for Shippers These Days

Believe it or not, shippers are living in the "good ol' days" right now, based on relatively stable (i.e., mediocre) shipping conditions....More
in Chain of Thought Sep 07, 2015

Sometimes Bad News Can Also Be Good News

While a soft economy is spooking some markets, shippers are reaping the benefits of low fuel prices....More
in Chain of Thought Jul 27, 2015

Shippers Enjoy a Rare Breath of Fresh Air

Conditions worsened for shippers in the month of May as far as overall conditions go, but even so rate increases have been held at bay, as have fuel....More
in Chain of Thought Jul 06, 2015

Shippers Are in the Eye of a Regulatory Storm

Shipping conditions look better, but only because shippers are in the eye of a regulatory and capacity storm that will grow worse as the year....More

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