The Department of Commerce recently formed an Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness that will act as a liaison between industry and government. This step is an important step toward ensuring regular contact with the supply chain industries, including manufacturers, distributors and exporters. The committee’s advice will aid in the development of a national freight policy and in executing the National Export Initiative, which aims to double U.S. exports by the end of 2014.

This 40-member committee will offer detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations to the secretary of Commerce regarding:

  • National, state or local factors that inhibit the efficient domestic and international movement of goods from point of origin to destination and the competitiveness of domestic and international supply chains
  • Infrastructure capacity, inter- and cross-modal connectivity, investment, regulatory, and intra- or inter-governmental coordination factors that affect supply chain competitiveness, goods movement and sustainability
  • Emerging trends in goods movement that affect supply chain competitiveness
  • Metrics that can be used to quantify supply chain performance

Committee members are recognized leaders and represent a wide range of supply chain expertise from companies like Campbell Soup, Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Pfizer, Target and Office Depot, as well as national industry associations and experts from academia. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will serve on the committee as nonvoting members. The committee held its first official full meeting on Oct. 19 in Washington.