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The increasingly enjoyable Logistics Viewpoints today looks at the upstream oil supply chain from a supply chain design perspective. “I have never come across a North American industry with such a dysfunctional supply chain,” concludes the writer, describing an industry in which few supply chain teams know when orders will be placed with the result that there is lots of over-ordering of inventory as well as a high use of air freight. “Of course, air is a very expensive way to ship pallets that often weigh over 2,000 pounds.”

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