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In The Tail Of The Comet . . .

By Art van Bodegraven | 01/27/2011 | 5:38 AM

Whatever your politics, there's little doubt that the November mid-term elections were events of some significance.  Of course, at the moment, it wasn't at all clear that all the talk would turn into action.  History is generally not encouraging in that department.

Here in beautiful downtown Ohio, our brand-spankin'-new Governor, having actually taken office, has shown a personal and passionate interest in efforts to improve the supply chain's physical infrastructure.  Passenger rail pipe dreams, attractive as they can be, have been overtaken by freight rail initiatives.  Important as moving people is, congestion reduction that helps trucks move to and from factories and warehouses has risen to the top of the list.

Patting myself on the back, this does illustrate my contention that government at all levels is a key element of supply chain infrastructure, driving - or inhibiting - physical development and creating - or stifling - positive environments for elevated supply chain performance.

In a related move, Ohio's Department of Transportation is now - listining carefully to the new Governor - positioning itself to be positive and proactive, rather than reactive and reluctant in infrastructure project initiation and approval.  It has promised to be a collaborative, communicative, and open partner with public and private stakeholders in infrastructure development and supply chain planning and execution.

More evidence of the power of organizational relationships, and validation of the premise that business relationships go well beyond mere private company linkages with one another.  We could use more of this metaphorical sunshine in the cold dark of winter, but I'm comforted by the early signs and signals.

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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