Supply Chain Now Episode 576

“Just because you don’t make a product here doesn’t mean that some part of U.S. industry wasn’t involved in the manufacture of that good, whether R&D, customs, transportation – all those internal processes, which are critical to the movement of the global supply chain.”

– Jon Gold, Vice President of Supply Chain and Customs Policy at the National Retail Federation (NRF)


The Supply Chain Buzz is Supply Chain Now’s regular Monday livestream, held at 12n ET each week. This show focuses on some of the leading stories from global supply chain and global business, always with special guests – the most important of which is the live audience!

In this livestream, recorded in collaboration with a live audience on February 15th, Jon Gold and Scott Luton engage in real time about:

· The challenges faced by retailers before the pandemic hit, how they have adapted, and what best practices are emerging from new consumer patterns and habits

· The labor and equipment issues that crop up periodically and lead to serious congestion in port cities

· The trade issues that need to be ironed out if retailers are going to remain cost competitive while meeting the socially conscious expectations of consumers

Jon Gold is vice president of supply chain and customs policy at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Gold is a primary spokesperson and is responsible for representing the retail industry before Congress and the administration on supply chain, international trade, product safety and customs-related issues impacting the retail industry. While with NRF, he has been a leading advocate of the value of trade and global value chains to the U.S. economy. Prior to joining NRF, Gold served as a policy analyst in the Office of Policy and Planning for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He joined CBP in May 2006 and was responsible for providing policy guidance on issues surrounding maritime cargo security and trade-related matters. Gold also worked on implementation issues surrounding the SAFE Port Act and other issues within the agency including CBP intelligence reform, pandemic flu and trade facilitation.

Before joining CBP, Gold spent nearly a decade with the Retail Industry Leaders Association holding several government relations positions including director and then vice president of international trade policy before being named vice president of global supply chain policy in January 2005. Gold currently serves on the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. He has previously served on the Department of Homeland Security’s Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee and on the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Distribution Services. Gold holds a bachelor’s degree in international business with a concentration in finance from American University in Washington, D.C.


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