From Procurement to Profit

About Us


The Profit Chain has been covering supply chain management since 2005.

Editor and Publisher

The Editor and Publisher of The Profit Chain is Alexander Auerbach.

Alex has been a business journalist and communications professional for more than 30 years, with a strong background in business and technology.

He started his career as financial writer for The Boston Globe. He then joined the financial news staff of The Los Angeles Times, where his articles were syndicated to newspapers worldwide. He also was a correspondent for The Economist and the United States Information Agency.

Alex later held senior man­agement positions at two Los Angeles-area magazine publishing companies.  more …

Editorial Advisory Board

Chuck Franzetta, Chair of our Editorial Advisory Board, is President of Franzetta & Associates, Inc., a supply chain management consulting firm based in Boalsburg, PA, which helps middle market companies add quantifiable value throughout the global supply chain.

Chuck founded his firm on the principle that SCM offers the most effective pathway for a company to enhance its ValueChain and grow profitable revenues in a continuously changing competitive environment.  more …

Edward M. Straw, Vice Admiral US Navy (RET) is the Founder and Managing Director of Osprey Venture Partners, a firm that mentors young entrepreneurs seeking investment capital and assists with business development.

He is the former President, Global Operations of The Estée Lauder Companies, former Senior Vice President – Global Operations of the Compaq Computer Corporation, and former President of Ryder Integrated Logistics.  more …

Dr. Robert Novack is an Associate Professor of Business Logistics in the Department of Business Logistics at Penn State.

From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Novack worked for the Drackett Company in Cincinnati, OH. Previously he worked in Operations and planning for the Yellow Freight Corporation in Overland park, KS.

He is the co-author of two textbooks: Transportation (with John Coyle and Ed Bardi), and Creating Logistics Value: Themes for the Future (with Lloyd Rinehart and John Langley).

He has published numerous articles in the Journal of Business Logistics and the Transportation Journal, among others.  more …