The U.S. Supreme Court last month drove two more nails into the coffin of port efforts to impose local rules on drayage operators, in violation of interstate commerce law. The court ruled unanimously that the Port of Los Angeles could not require drayage companies to display placards on their trucks that included a phone number for reporting concerns about their operations. It also could not mandate the development of off-street parking plans for harbor vehicles.
I call attention to a misconception among business reporters and analysts concerning the lack of expertise in the supply chain arena. A recent Wall Street Journal article The Hot New MBA: Supply Chain Management is making the rounds of various Logistics blog circles. Basically, the article tells us that there are not enough experienced logistics and Supply Chain professionals to go around. And that universities are ramping up to offer courses that will help business fill the gap. This, of course, is nonsense.
When Jia Jingchuan, a 27-year-old electronics worker in Suzhou, China, sought compensation for the chemical poisoning he suffered at work, he appealed neither to his employer nor to his government. Instead, he addressed the global brand that purchased the product he was working on. "We hope Apple will heed to its corporate social responsibility."