Dave Blanchard

Dave
Blanchard
Dave Blanchard, Senior Editor,
IndustryWeek

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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.

Articles
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  2
We'll soon be living in a world of smart, interconnected devices that will quickly change the nature of supply chains.
Economy Will Bounce Back in 2015 if Uncle Sam Doesn't Muck Things Up 
The U.S. manufacturing sector will be a major driver of economic growth in 2015.
2014 Hall of Fame Inductee: Steve Wozniak
"The Wizard of Woz" single-handedly designed the Apple I and Apple II computers.
Signed, Sealed and Better Be Delivered 

If you could reduce your logistics costs by 9%, your inventory costs by 5% and your investment in logistics fixed assets by 15%, would you do so? Many manufacturers, not surprisingly, have said yes to all of the above, which helps explain the continuing popularity of third-party logistics providers (3PLs).

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Sustainability Efforts Need to Start with the CEO
For Interface's Dan Hendrix, an environmentally sustainable company must first be economically sustainable.
Interface Challenges the Supply Chain Status Quo 
Interface's latest supply chain sustainability initiative involves the recycling of worn and discarded fishing nets in West Africa.
The Changing Role of the CFO  1
The most highly valued CFOs are able to produce hard financial reporting data with the analysis needed to develop a dynamic corporate strategy.
The Sooner the Better When It Comes to Getting Paid
Inefficient financial processes are hampering manufacturers' ability to get paid promptly.
Not Such a Loony Idea: GoogleX Aims to Give Everybody on Earth Internet Access
Project Loon could provide a way for companies to track every one of their shipments, everywhere in the world.
Leaning into the Supply Chain
The next big push in continuous improvement is focused on reducing and eliminating waste on an enterprise-wide scale.
Finance: Hope Against Hope: Manufacturing CFOs are Split on the State of the Economy 
The number of optimistic CFOs now outnumber the pessimists (though just barely), at least when it comes to the state of the U.S. economy.
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Supply Chain Disasters on Video: 10 Reasons Why Your Products Were Never Delivered 4
There are a lot of reasons why freight never gets delivered on time, or at all. This video gallery shows 10 of the most bizarre instances of the Imperfect Order.
How to Inoculate Your Budget from the Affordable Care Act
Many companies are struggling to figure out what exactly they're supposed to do to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
Supply Chain & Logistics: Manufacturers Can't Hardly Avoid Waiting for Freight 
Though companies are finding it tougher to move their freight, the situation should improve by year's end. Maybe.
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