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Warren Buffet’s Strategic Investments in U.S. Transportation Are Reaping Benefits

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In November of 2009, Supply Chain posted a commentary in the wake of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway $26 billion acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad.  At the time, Wall Street was really puzzled why Buffet would invest so much money in a railroad. In our commentary, Supply Chain Matters viewed the supply chain headline of this acquisition as Buffet’s huge bet on the economic future of the United States and consequent needs for more efficient transportation   infrastructure.  In the case of a major U.S. railroad, it was the reality that the compelling forces leading to the eventual return of high fossil-fuel prices, coupled with alternative energy realities, will make rail the most efficient alternative for moving goods across the country, and that BNSF is in a great position to leverage these economic forces.  BNSF was also strategically positioned to leverage west to east transportation needs in inter-modal […]

Guest Posting: Information Driven Innovation in Supply Chain- Part One

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Need for Innovating Supply Chain  The following guest posting is Part One of a two part guest commentary contributed by Infosys Limited, one of other named sponsors of the Supply Chain Matters Blog. It is authored by Rakhi Makad, Industry Principal and head of consulting for Information Transformation in the Manufacturing industry practice at Infosys. In today’s rapidly changing world, even the world’s best companies are susceptible to disruptions in supply chain and the only possibility of being ahead and avoiding or tacking these issues is to continuously innovate the supply chain.  As time has progressed, supply chain needs have also changed and the industry today faces a whole new set of interrelated challenges and opportunities: Globalization The pressure on companies, especially global companies, to reach out in developing markets is tremendous. This brings in the need for new supplier networks in local markets. They have to continuously maintain their […]