Shell’s Leandra Taylor is helping the company’s engineers understand the impacts their decisions have on the supply chain. By Tim O’Connor

Friends and family members know never to go shopping for a car or piece of furniture without Leandra Taylor. Saving money is an innate part of the 26-year-old’s personality. She spent the first 12 years of her life growing up in Indonesia, watching her mother and other relatives scout out the local market and talk shopkeepers down on price. “Deal-making is kind of engrained in their culture,” she says.
    Cost consciousness was a skill that served Taylor well as she began to seek out a career. She was accepted into the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston in 2009. During her sophomore year she took a mandated course in supply chain, and it instantly spoke to her nature as a deal finder. Within two weeks she decided to make a career of it and joined the college’s supply chain student organization, becoming president the following year. “Something in me lit up and I knew this was something I wanted to do,” she says.

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Shields offers telecom operators complete solutions for their reverse logistics and supply chain needs.
By Chris Petersen

When Gordon Shields founded the company in 1979 in the United Kingdom, reverse logistics wasn’t something the telecommunications industry spent much time thinking about. Older, surplus and outdated equipment typically was simply thrown out, left to accumulate in expensive warehouses and forgotten about. However, Shields understood that there could be a greater benefit to its customers if that older equipment could be redeployed, resold or recycled rather than simply disposed of. Not only would recycling that equipment provide environmental benefits and help protect valuable corporate brands with full downstream audit trails, but Shields’ customers would experience significant OPEX and CAPEX savings by having their equipment redeployed by others.

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QMax’s Supply Chain operations are a crucial part of its success in the oilfield services market.
By Chris Petersen

Most industries face difficulties in down turns, however, no industry in the last 18 months knows that better than the oil and gas industry. A precipitous drop in oil prices has wreaked havoc with the energy market. One of the many companies affected is Houston-based QMax, a provider of drilling and completion fluids, waste management, solids control, transportation, and wellbore cleanup services to the oilfield market.

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Qualcomm’s highly complex supply chain operations give it greater flexibility in the fast-paced world of technology.
By Chris Petersen

Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. As the world’s largest provider of wireless communication technology, Qualcomm Technologies is all about connectivity. This shows even in the company’s supply chain, which brings together a very large network of partner manufacturers and distributors to supply the billions of processors, modems and other components the company delivers each year. Senior Director of Supply Chain, Mark Utter, says the company’s success rate in terms of its supply chain is well above the industry average, even though the company depends entirely on third-party providers for manufacturing of its integrated circuit products.

Westcon Group Inc. focuses on continuous improvement in inventory management and strives to provide value-added services as the industry demands more than just pick, pack and ship services. “From a supply chain perspective, vendors and resellers define quality around inventory and shipment accuracy, supply chain visibility and how agile we are,” Vice President of Operations Kevin Brzezinski says. “Along with that, they measure how fast we can get a product on the shelf and ship to the end-user.” 

Celebrating 30 years of supporting its partners, the Tarrytown, N.Y.-based company is a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. “We have 27 logistics facilities on six continents, the ability to transact locally in 74 countries and deploy products in 191 countries on an annual basis,” Brzezinski adds. “We have a very strong portfolio and a very strong brand.”

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