Dave Blanchard

Dave Blanchard, Senior Editor,

Focus: Finance & Supply Chain

Call: 216-931-9794

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Senior Editor Dave Blanchard provides the IndustryWeek audience his expertise in lean supply chain, reporting on topics from logistics, procurement and inventory management to warehousing and distribution. He also specializes in business finance news and analysis, writing on such topics as corporate finance and tax, cost management, governance, risk and compliance, and budgeting and reporting.

Dave is also the chief editor of Penton Media’s Business Finance and editorial director/associate publisher of Material Handling & Logistics.

With over 25 years of experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2010), and is a frequent speaker at industry events. Dave is an award-winning journalist and has been twice named one of the nation’s top columnists by the American Society of Business Publications Editors.

Dave received his B.A. in English from Northern Illinois University, and was a high school teacher prior to his joining the publishing industry. He is married and has two daughters.

The Dark Side of the Supply Chain 
In too many places, the lowest but perhaps the most crucial link in a supply chain depends on forced labor.
Has Lean Reached Its Peak?  9
Manufacturers need to pay closer attention to their extended supply chain to sustain lean waste reduction efforts.
Qualcomm Looks to IoT Consumer Markets to Sustain Rapid Growth
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf isn't afraid to experiment in the wide-open arena of the Internet of Things.
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Top 10 US Supply Chain Schools of 2015
This slideshow profiles 10 U.S. university programs that excel at developing supply chain talent.
Are There Enough People to Manage the US Supply Chain? 
Manufacturers are spending more on logistics than ever, and all signs point to that trend continuing.
Can Mexico's Quality Push Pay Off? 
Mexico's nearshoring strategy hinges on its supply chain advantages and improvements in quality.
Top 25 Supply Chains of 2015
Our look at the Top 25 (plus 2) Supply Chains of 2015 reveals some of the secrets of making a supply chain great, and explains what each company is focusing on to remain at the top of their supply chain game.
Closing the Supply Chain Loop Between Manufacturers and Retailers  1
Manufacturers need to collaborate more closely with retailers to satisfy the challenges of omni-channel distribution.
Predictive Analytics Let Manufacturers See More Clearly into their Supply Chains
ProMat 2015 Report: Customer demands for lower delivered costs are driving manufacturers to get smarter.
Any Old Storm in the Ports 1
Localization of supply chains is one way manufacturers can avoid the impact of labor slowdowns and lockouts.
Supply Chain's Next Generation: 30 Leaders Under 30
Meet 30 supply chain professionals all under the age of 30, and all of whom are making a big difference at their companies.
Don't Stretch Your Global Supply Chain Past the Breaking Point
Determining the best place for production and sourcing is very much a shore thing.
2014 IW Best Plants Winner: At Boston Scientific Maple Grove, Lean Gets to the Heart of the Matter

All manufacturing companies focus on quality, and many can rightly claim that their products make a difference in people’s lives, but few have the intimate connection with end users that Boston Scientific has.

The Ten Most Innovative Supply Chains of 2014

It's that time of year again, when we take a look back at the most innovative, real-world applications of supply chain technology and processes. From 3-D printing, to a location-based inventory system, to shifting transportation routes, to omni-channel strategies within the warehouse, we offer up 10 examples of best-in-class supply chain management.

Supply Chains Need to Be Ready for the Internet of Things  3
We'll soon be living in a world of smart, interconnected devices that will quickly change the nature of supply chains.
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