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Bob Gollnik Joins GLDPartners

GLDPartners is pleased to announce that Bob Gollnik has joined our team as a Senior Project Manager. Bob will work on complex transportation, supply chain and infrastructure development advisory and delivery projects. Bob will advise businesses and public agencies on strategic transportation planning and policy, implementation and operations issues. One of Bob’s primary roles will be the development of the Mid-California International Trade District which is a $3B quadrimodal investment complex on a 2000 acre property.

Semiconductors – A Flashpoint in the Debate About Global Trade

A common misconception in the United States is that the majority of semiconductor manufacturing is done overseas, as is the case with other electronics products. However, this is not true and the fact is that US semiconductor companies do the majority of their manufacturing in the United States and semiconductors are one of America’s top manufactured exports, behind only aircraft and automobiles.

Autotech Testing Facility Investment Critical to Future Mobility Sector

It's interesting to watch in various settings around the world how unfolding automotive technologies are undergoing testing and market roll-out. In the two articles below, two electric road tests are explained, one in Europe and one in North America. These tests involve support for advanced propulsion technology, specifically electric drive technologies. In the Sweden example, government has created a test environment for a short-span electric roadway near Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. The test links the Airport to a nearby logistics site. In the other example, Siemans and a major California electric utility company have joined to develop an electric roadway to test a heavy truck route at the largest seaport in North America, the Port of Los Angeles.

Caterpillar Still Paying for Sins From the Past

Bob Tita writes in the WSJ that Caterpillar is announcing another round of plant closings and consolidations. These actions follow on the heels of similar announcements that have affected Caterpillar plants globally over the past several years. In an effort to get ahead of the market the company made several strategic mistakes in spending billions on resizing their supply chain to meet a market demand that did not take into account the multiple sector disruptive influences that could derail their well laid plans. The good news is that the company is making progress in righting itself and will be prepared to move forward.

Click’s and Brick’s as a Supply Chain Disruptor

In the March 16 edition of the WSJ, Ester Fung writes about the “click’s and brick’s” retail trend and its impact on the disruption in retail that has been plaguing retail–space owners for years. As e-commerce continues to carve up sales at the traditional brick and mortar sites, online sellers are looking to open physical stores to complement their on-line presence. This is a new gamble for landlords but it is giving them hope and a new customer base.

Can the Toy Industry Survive Disruption?

For months we have been following the story of the Toys R Us bankruptcy and wondering if the department store chain could survive the perfect storm that it finds itself in. We learned last Friday from several reports that the retailer could close all of its stores as early as this week. Regardless of whether Toys R Us pulls through its challenging winter period, one thing is for certain: toy retailers, even when it comes to multinational giants, must be savvy about the way they are conducting their business or they may risk losing out to web rivals and discounters.