Dave Blanchard

Dave
Blanchard
Dave Blanchard, Senior Editor,
IndustryWeek

Focus: Finance & Supply Chain

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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
Closing the Supply Chain Loop Between Manufacturers and Retailers 
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.
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).

Dan Hendrix
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.
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