55 Supply Chain & Logistics Experts You Should Follow on Social
Prior to the pandemic, most folks who weren’t in the industry didn’t give much thought to global supply chains. People just clicked on an item on their phones or computers, and it would magically show up at their doorstep. That has changed over the past two and a half years as millions across the world dealt with delays and shortages of everything from toilet paper and cars to avocados and furniture. And businesses have had to grapple with delayed deliveries, overworked staff, and unforeseen levels of uncertainty.
Keeping up with a complex, multi-layered, global industry is harder than most people think, so we decided to share a list of industry experts who share perspectives, news, trends and timely data on a regular basis on Twitter and Linkedin. If you’re looking for fresh, up-to-speed industry updates, here’s a list of 55 logistics, supply chain and global trade influencers that our team recommends you follow on LinkedIn and Twitter.
(For Twitter accounts included below, we created a handy list so you can view and follow multiple accounts easily, in one place.)
Please Note: This is not a ranking. We have arranged our list alphabetically (by last name). If you think we missed someone please let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or tweet at us (and tag @Flexport in your post).
1. Dr. Muddassir Ahmed, PhD
With a PhD in Management Science and 15 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Ahmed serves as the Founder and CEO of SCMDOJO. His company’s mission is to enable supply chain professionals and teams to solve industry challenges by providing on-demand courses, guides, tools, and mentoring from industry experts.
2. Lisa Anderson
As a leading supply chain innovator and consultant with more than 20 years in the industry, Lisa is also a sought-after logistics conference speaker and a renowned author who has appeared in media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, and CEO Magazine.
3. Brian Laung Aoaeh
After a decade in finance and investment management, Brian turned his attention to the rebuilding of the global supply chain with the founding of his VC firm, REFASHIOND Ventures — an emerging VC that invests in startups refashioning the global supply chain.
4. Richard Baldwin
Richard Baldwin is an esteemed professor of international economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute. He holds a PhD in Economics from MIT, and authors two well-known books on global economics. In addition, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Vox EU.
5. Sarah Barnes-Humphrey
Award-winning educator, founder, and host of the Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast. Sarah takes the most complex supply chain and logistics subjects and explains them effortlessly to all audiences.
6. Kelly Barner
As the co-founder and Managing Director of Buyer’s Meeting Point, Barner is a pro at analyzing trends, making relevant information available to subscribers, and helping them advance their growth.
7. Alan Beattie
After achieving his MPhil in Economics from The University of Cambridge, Alan started his career as an economist for the Bank of England. He now serves as the senior trade writer for the FT’s daily Trade Secrets newsletter where he explores all things globalization.
8. David Beckworth
Beckworth is an Economist and Senior Research Fellow at The Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He also hosts the “MacroMusings” podcast covering macroeconomics for the masses.
9. Paul Berger
Berger is a reporter at The Wall Street Journal where he covers all things logistics and supply chain. Prior to this, Paul worked as a transportation reporter where he covered state and federal policies, regional economics, and transportation technology.
10. Chad Bown
Chad Bown is well-known as an established economist, a Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and host of the “Trade Talks” podcast.
11. Lora Cecere
Lora is the founder of Supply Chain Insights, a research firm focused on all things supply chain. Along with her 30 years of supporting clients, she also holds titles as a published author, blogger, and contributing writer at Forbes.
12. Dave Clark
Dave Clark was the CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon. During his 23-year tenure at Amazon, Dave and his teams built much of their legendary fulfillment, logistics, and transportation network. Earlier this month, we announced that Clark will be joining Flexport as our new CEO in September of 2022.
13. Emma Cosgrove
Cosgrove is a senior reporter at Business Insider where she focuses her reporting on logistics within e-commerce. From the labor force behind deliveries to innovative technology, she tried to help people better understand supply chains and how goods make it to our front doors.
14. Shawn Donnan
Donnan is a senior writer at Bloomberg, where he covers all things economics. He also spent time as a journalist for the Financial Times earlier in his career.
15. Timothy Dooner
Along with his co-hosting gig on the “What The Truck?!?” podcast, Dooner brings 16 years of industry experience in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. He has worked with numerous companies including, Reebok, FedEx, and Hasbro.
16. Craig Fuller
Fuller is the Founder & CEO of Freightwaves, a media and intelligence platform sharing up-to-the-minute news, commentary, and data analysis on the freight forwarding industry.
17. Cassandra Gaines
Gaines is the Founder and CEO of Carrier Assure Inc., a performance scoring software that helps clients match the right carriers to the right shipments. She also hosts her talkshow “MadGaines Live” on FreightWaves TV where she offers educational, non-traditional info on global supply chains.
18. Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez is the Founder and President of Adelante SCM, an online community for supply chain and logistics professionals. He is also the creator and host of Talking Logistics, a weekly talk show where he interviews other industry leaders.
19. Harold (Hal) Good
Good serves as an advisor, consultant, influencer, and evangelist for all things procurement. He brings 30 years of experience leading organizations as the founder, president, and CEO of Procurement Pros Group, LLC.
20. Ben Gordon
Prior to his time as Managing Partner and CEO Cambridge Capital, Gordon spent his career building, advising, and investing in supply chain companies including UPS, Nations Express, and GENCO, to name a few.
21. Martijn Graat
Martijn is the founder and lead writer at Logisticsmatter.com—an online platform and community for emerging trends in logistics and supply chain. He also is the proud creator and host of the “Does Logistics Matter?” podcast.
22. Sherri Hinish
Hinish who calls herself the “Supply Chain Queen” leads IBM’s Global Supply Chain Transformation team towards more sustainable processes. She has received many accolades including the 2021, 2020 & 2019 Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Pro to Know,” and the “People’s Choice 2020 Global Woman in Supply Chain Leader,” to name a few.
23. Bjorn Vang Jensen
Jensen holds an impressive track record in managing local, regional, and global supply chains within FMCG, retail, and consumer spaces. He’s currently the VP of Advisory Services for Global Supply Chain at Sea-Intelligence.
24. Lars Jensen
With 20 years of shipping knowledge and experience as the co-founder of Sea-Intelligence, Jensen continues to make waves as an independent analyst, advisor, and thought leader in the supply chain industry.
25. Eric Johnson
Johnson is the current Director at S&P Global and Senior Technology Editor at JOC.com. His areas of expertise include financial analysis, procurement transportation management, and global trade management.
26. Lori Ann LaRocco
Author and Senior Editor of Guests at CNBC Business News, Lori Ann interviews industry leaders to uncover relevant financial happenings, top-notch economic strategies, and ways to succeed in business.
27. Phil Levy
Levy has a PhD in economics from Stanford University and many years of experience as an ivy-league professor. He previously served as Senior Economist for Trade on President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and handled international economic issues for Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice’s Policy Planning Staff. He’s currently the Chief Economist at Flexport.
28. Scott Lincicome
Lincicome is the director of the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C where he focuses on international trade, the global supply chain, and industrial policy.
29. Sam Lowe
Lowe is a Director at Flint Global where he consults with governments and multinational firms on trade regulation. He also publishes the Substack newsletter, “Most Favoured Nation,” and has appeared on BBC and in The New York Times.
30. Scott Luton
As the Founder & CEO of “Supply Chain Now,” Luton is a leader in the logistics space. With more than 20 years of experience, he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today and more.
31. Joe Lynch
Lynch is the founder of Logistics of Logistics, a consultancy that provides advice and support to clients on supply chains, logistics, warehousing and technology. He is also the host of the “Logistics of Logistics” podcast.
32. Eric Martin
Martin is a well-known reporter and editor. He currently leads Bloomberg News’ global coverage of the IMF and World Bank, including their responses to the COVID-19 crisis, as well as trade policy of the Biden administration.
33. Christopher Mims
Mims is a science and technology journalist for The Wall Street Journal. He has previously written for publications such as Quartz, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and Grist. He also works as a contributing editor at the MIT Technology Review.
34. Rob O’Byrne
O’Byrne is an industry vet who is the Founder and CEO of Logistics Bureau—a long-standing supply chain consultancy designed to improve a company’s overall performance.
35. Boris Panov
Panov, a transportation and logistics load coordinator, adds a much-needed element of humor and levity to an often stressful and complex industry through his engaging memes and other bite-sized content.
36. Ryan Petersen
Petersen is founder and CEO of Flexport. Prior to founding Flexport, he helped run an e-commerce company and co-founded ImportGenius, one of the largest providers of business intelligence to the import-export industry.
37. Adam Posen
Posen holds a PhD in Political Economics and Government from Harvard University. He is currently the President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
38. Rachel Premack
Premack is the Editorial Director at FreightWaves and writes the MODE newsletter on the technological and economic impacts in transportation and supply chains. Previously, she was a senior features reporter at Business Insider where she created the trucking beat.
39. Tom Raftery
Raftery is a Global VP, Futurist & Innovation Evangelist at SAP. In addition to his duties there, he also serves as an international speaker, podcast host, and author on all supply chain matters.
40. Cathy Roberson
Early in her career, Roberson worked as an analyst for both an e-commerce start-up and the UPS supply chain. She now manages the logistics-focused market research firm, Logistics Trends & Insights, LLC.
41. Chris Rogers
Rogers is Flexport’s Principal Supply Chain Economist. He’s a widely-published economist whose in-depth and event-driven research and analysis covers international trade policy, the global logistics industry, and industrial supply chains.
42. Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Employee Development at SEL Supply Chain Solutions—a resource-based logistics firm supporting independent U.S. freight agents.
43. Yossi Sheffi
Dr. Sheffi is the Director of the Center for Transportation and Logistics and Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. He is also the author of 6 books, numerous peer-reviewed papers, and is the founder or co-founder of 5 companies.
44. Ian Shepherdson
As Founder and Chief Economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, Ian provides investor-focused macroeconomic research and insights for institutions around the world. He also won the Wall Street Journal’s U.S. economic forecaster of the year in both 2003 and 2014.
45. A.J. Smith
Smith serves as the Founder & CEO of TradeWindow—a consultancy that provides compliant trade solutions and security to multinational organizations.
46. Jennifer Smith
Prior to her role as a journalist at Greentarget, Smith worked at the Wall Street Journal in a similar position. In both roles, she covered multiple topics ranging from supply chain and logistics to cultural institutions and the law.
47. Daniel Stanton
CEO and Chief Learning Officer at Mr. Supply Chain, Stanton is also the author of the bestselling book, “Supply Chain Management for Dummies.”
48. Nathan Strang
Strang is the Director of Ocean Trade Management at Flexport. As an ocean and intermodal operations expert, he distills complex market trends into actionable insights for Flexport’s internal teams and clients.
49. Peter Sundara
As Head of Global Ocean Product at Visy and former VP of Global Freight Management at Li & Fung Logistics, Sundara strives to pioneer ways in which companies can shift, disrupt, and inevitably alter the supply chain industry as we know it.
50. Peter Tirschwell
Mr. Tirschwell is revered for his role as VP for Maritime & Trade at S&P Global. Aside from his duties there, he also presides as the founder and chairman of the annual TPM Conference.
51. Jim Tompkins
With 40 years of experience as the CEO of Tompkins International, Jim is a pro at helping companies design and implement end-to-end supply chains. In 2020, Mr. Tompkins founded Tompkins Ventures to help executives navigate pressing logistics questions in today’s market.
52. Michael William Vincent
As the co-host of the “What The Truck?!?” podcast, Vincent explores and uncovers industry-related topics including trucking issues, current supply chain models, and more.
53. Rick Watson
After 20+ years as a tech and eCommerce entrepreneur for BarnesandNoble.com and Pitney Bowes, Rick Watson founded RMW Commerce Consulting, LLC to support investors and management in growing direct-to-consumer businesses.
54. Richard Wilding, OBE
Richard Wilding, OBE is a published author and professor of Supply Chain Strategy at the Cranfield School of Management U.K. As an internationally recognized leader in his field, he consults with companies on supply chain projects and logistics.
55. Justin Wolfers
Mr. Wolfers is a professor of economics & public policy at the University of Michigan. He also serves as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, a contributing writer at the New York Times, and hosts the “Think Like an Economist” podcast.
(For Twitter influencers, we created a handy list so you can view and follow multiple accounts quickly, in one place.)
Please Note: This is not a ranking. We have arranged our list alphabetically (by last name). If you think we missed someone please let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or tweet at us (tag @Flexport in your post).
About the Author
Global Head of Content, Flexport
Trips Reddy is the Global Head of Content at Flexport. She is a former corporate attorney and journalist who has worked at the Associated Press, Forbes, IBM Watson, and the Hearst Corporation.