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Supply Chain Challenges in Offshore Wind Industry

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Supply Chain Challenges in Offshore Wind Industry

The challenges facing the supply chain in the offshore wind industry are expected to be significant. According to experts, there are multiple aspects that need to be addressed for successful project implementation. While Pier Wind is one such component, there are other crucial factors like manufacturing ports and vessel construction that need to be considered.

One advantage of the West Coast in terms of offshore wind development is that, unlike the East and Gulf coasts, there is no requirement for specialized Turbine Installation Vessels to install wind turbines into the seabed. These vessels are large and expensive, primarily used for fixed-bottom installations. Floating wind turbines offer an alternative approach that eliminates the need for such vessels, making the process more cost-effective.

However, meeting the U.S. built/Jones Act construction mandates poses a significant challenge. The Jones Act requires vessels involved in domestic transportation to be built in the United States. Plezia, an industry expert, acknowledges this hurdle, particularly regarding vessel construction and compliance with the Jones Act. To gain a comprehensive understanding of the supply chain infrastructure, Plezia suggests referring to the California port readiness plan. This plan provides valuable information on the manufacturers of blades, towers, foundation assemblies, and staging integration required for the development of 25 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity and domestic manufacturing.

Regarding component sourcing, initial plans indicate that sourcing components from Asia is a possibility. This approach would allow for the importation of necessary components for early deployment and integration. However, it is essential to note that over time, the focus will likely shift towards domestic manufacturing to ensure a sustainable and self-reliant supply chain.

In conclusion, the offshore wind industry faces significant challenges in its supply chain. These challenges include addressing vessel construction and compliance with the Jones Act, as well as sourcing components for initial deployment. However, with strategic planning, collaboration, and investments in domestic manufacturing, these challenges can be overcome to unlock the tremendous potential of offshore wind energy.

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GT Podcast – Episode 127 – North Carolina Ports – What it Takes to be North America’s #1 Most Productive Port

In GT Podcast – Episode 127 of Logistically Speaking, we will speak with North Carolina Ports Executive Director, Brian Clark.  We will learn why North Carolina Ports has seized the #1 spot in North America for productivity, what advantages the port offers from an intermodal side of business, and why the heck are things turning so cold at the ports and businesses are loving it!

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 12 – Going Global Live Expo

In today’s episode of Community Connection, we speak with Going Global Live’s Event Director, Reggie Chard, to learn about a trade show that is truly taking over the world.  We will see why someone should attend and how someone could benefit from exhibiting.  We are also going to take a look at the importance of globalization in our world economy.

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Lauren Fiochetta Joins Tompkins Robotics as Senior Marketing Manager

Tompkins Robotics, a global leader focused on the robotic automation of distribution and fulfillment operations, has named Lauren Fiochetta to the role of Senior Marketing Manager. In this new role, she will develop and implement omnichannel marketing campaigns designed to attract and qualify customers across a wide range of industries, according to Tompkins Robotics President and CEO Mike Futch.

“We are excited to welcome Lauren to the team at Tompkins Robotics at a time when the warehouse and retail automation industry is poised for dramatic growth,” said Futch. “She is a marketing powerhouse with extensive B2B experience and an existing track record of success in the logistics and robotic automation space.”

Prior to joining Tompkins, she held marketing management roles for global manufacturing companies in the logistics, industrial materials and beverage industries, directing data-driven marketing campaigns encompassing advertising, public relations, social media and a variety of other digital marketing channels.

Fiochetta graduated from Westminster College in Utah with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

About Tompkins Robotics

Tompkins Robotics is a global leader focused on the robotic automation of distribution and fulfillment operations. Our primary system, tSort, consists of autonomous mobile robots that sort a wide range of items and parcels to consolidation points for order fulfillment, store replenishment, returns, parcel distribution – virtually any process in the supply chain. tSort is a truly modular, scalable, and portable robotic sortation system that helps build world-class supply chains while providing unmatched flexibility and throughput.  Tompkins Robotics solutions maximize performance, making our clients more agile, adaptable, profitable, and successful in todays dynamic marketplace.  For more information, visit

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 11 – Junction City: ELITE City of Kansas Taking Growth to a New Level

In this episode of Community Connection, we will speak with Economic Development Director,  Mickey Fornaro-Dean, to learn about what makes Junction City, Kansas such a special and unique opportunity for business. What are the workforce, transportation, and land opportunities that are being capitalized on? And what the heck was Custer doing in this opportunity-rich community?

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 10 – Jerome, Idaho – A Place You Can Live, and Love, Where You Locate Your Business

In today’s episode, we go all the way to Idaho to speak with Jerome 20/20’s Executive Director, Larry Hall.  He will tell us about what makes Jerome, Idaho such a special and unique opportunity for business. What industries, new and old, thrive in this region of Southern Idaho?  And, are there more cows or more people in Jerome?


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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 9 – Businesses Strike it Rich in Northeast Nevada

In this episode, we are heading to the Silver State, better known as Nevada.  And no… not the hustle and bustle and neon lights of Las Vegas, but to the unique region of Northeast Nevada, where we will talk with NNRDA’s Executive Director, Sheldon Mudd, to learn more about what makes Northeastern Nevada a great place for business.

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GT Podcast – Episode 126 – Port of Virginia, Leading the Way for East Coast Ports

In this episode of Logistically Speaking, we will learn about the challenges our east coast ports are facing and how one port is facing those challenges with record-setting numbers. What is the biggest takeaway from the challenges the pandemic has presented? And, is it true that there’s a port that offers easy access to over 75% of our nation’s population?

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Are You In Fear Of Failure? How A Shift In Mindset Can Change That

As a teenager, Steven Spielberg longed to attend one of the prestigious film schools at UCLA or USC, where he hoped to create the foundation for a future career as a movie director.

Unfortunately for Spielberg, these top-flight universities saw only poor high school grades and no potential, so they rejected him – multiple times. As a backup plan, he enrolled at California State University at Long Beach, but eventually dropped out.

That’s quite a bit of failure in a short time. Of course, things worked out for Spielberg, whose story can serve as inspiration for others who fail, which is pretty much everyone, says Dr. Akintoye Akindele, the Forbes Books co-author with Olakunle Soriyan of A Love Affair with Failure: When Hitting Bottom Becomes a Launchpad to Success.

Failure is the birthplace of success,” Akindele says. “If there is anything we should be learning, it is how to fail, and how to fail as often as needed.”

Or, as the Rev. T.D. Jakes wrote in the foreword to Akindele and Soriyan’s book, “Failures and fallouts, setbacks and detours are par for the course.”

Par for the course or not, people tend to fear failure, and often let that fear stifle their ambitions, Akindele and Soriyan say.

“Tough, turbulent moments make us want to take a step back permanently,” Soriyan says. “They are hard to deal with because they contradict our expectations and make us doubt ourselves and question our prospects.”

That’s why people should change their mindset about failure, Akindele and Soriyan say. Here are four ways of looking at failure to help do that:

  • Accept that failure is common. As life progresses, most people will lose more times than they think they can bear, Akindele says. A coveted job offer won’t materialize. Partners will walk away. A product won’t sell as well as envisioned.  “You will find yourself questioning everything you have believed, even yourself,” he says. “You will make mistakes. All of these things matter, and none of it does – not as much as how you react when everything crumbles, not as much as what you learn when it does and how you use it.” Akindele and Soriyan point out in their book that Bill Gates’ first startup, a company called Traf-O-Data, flopped. But one of Gates’ partners termed the doomed venture a “favorite mistake because it confirmed to me that every failure contains the seeds of your next success.”

  • Embrace the opportunity for self discovery. Difficulties teach people about themselves, Soriyan says. “Hardships are portals of self discovery,” he says. “You are the most important element in your journey; not your parents, not your partners or investors. You. It matters who you are. It matters why you want to succeed. To understand your motivations, limitations, and strengths is to be truly resilient. “

  • Remember that failure is not permanent. It’s easy for someone to view failure as an impenetrable wall blocking them from their goals. But it’s actually more like a detour that momentarily forces you off your desired route. “The difficult periods on the road to your destination are not markers signifying the end,” Akindele says. “They might give you a bit of pause and make you reevaluate your position, but if you hold steady, you will make it through.” He offers as an example Abraham Lincoln, whose early political career was “defined by relentless failing and difficulty.”

  • Realize that perseverance really does make a difference. Everyone knows the importance of perseverance, at least in theory. But knowing it and doing it are two different things. “Don’t let the challenges of the present moment deter you,” Soriyan says. “Keep going and keep going strong.” This doesn’t mean to plow ahead alone, ignoring your fatigue. “Reach out for help where you need to,” he says. “Sit down and rest for a while if you need to. Take stock. Reassess. Learn about yourself. Understand your mistakes. But get up again and keep going.”

Finally, it’s important to remember that, although people would like it to be otherwise, life was not designed for uninterrupted stretches of ease, Akindele says.

“You will have a lot more ordinary and bad days than good ones,” he says. “You will have days where you are scrapping and fighting to survive, and days when nothing good or bad happens – just plain, simple, regular days. So when the glory days come, enjoy them.”

About Dr. Akintoye Akindele 

Dr. Akintoye Akindele, co-author of A Love Affair with Failure: When Hitting Bottom Becomes a Launchpad to Success, is the Chairman and CEO of Platform Capital Group. As an investor, best-selling author, and philanthropist, he is committed to enhancing Africa’s role in the global economy. In addition to his many roles in business, Dr. Akindele is a lecturer and faculty member of the University of Lagos Business School. He holds a doctorate degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the International School of Management in Paris. Dr. Akindele lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

About Olakunle Soriyan

Olakunle Soriyan, co-author of A Love Affair with Failure: When Hitting Bottom Becomes a Launchpad to Success, is the Chief Knowledge Officer and Lead Strategist at Kenneth Soriyan Research and Ideas LLC. He is also CEO of Africa House, a platform linking investors with entrepreneurs and innovators of African descent. Soriyan’s skills have served various arms of governments and many organizations in different parts of the world including Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Total and Shell. He lives in Plano, Texas

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GT Podcast – Community Connection Series – Episode 8 – Snyder: The Unknown Secret for Business in West Texas

In this episode of Community Connection, join GSLI’s Eric Kleinsorge as he speaks with Doug Dowler to learn why Snyder, TX is such an unknown secret to business, find out if it’s true we can find a white buffalo around the courthouse, and how this small town delivers a highly educated and affordable workforce.

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