“What I love is bringing people together to work collaboratively on solutions, including our members and partners like Cargomatic. “
While the supply chain is now featured in the media on a daily basis, it’s not something most people thought of before. This is not the case for the last guest on Careers on the move. Jon gold, vice president of supply chain and customs policy for the FRN (National Retail Federation), lives and breathes it every day and has been for decades. He gave an overview of his role at NRF and why supply chain policy is essential for the retail world.
Gold didn’t expect to become a lobbyist, studying international business in college. He did an internship in a professional association. After graduation he started his career. “It was on the first floor of a retail association. The real intersection of supply chain and commerce occurred after 9/11 with port security. “
After spending several years in lobbying positions, Gold worked for clients and border protection on the implementation of the SAFE Port Act. He then joined NRF in 2007. “What I love is bringing people together to work collaboratively on solutions, including our members and partners like Cargomatic. I am passionate about business and advise members on its impact and then get their messages out to the right people in government.
Gold noted that while the private sector manages the supply chain, government is part of the ecosystem. “The government sets regulations at the national and local levels. It can involve everything from creating better technology to environmental restrictions. “
Several bills are making their way through the legislature, impacting the retail supply chain. Gold mentioned the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which was just passed by the House, and the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) task force focused on data and the supply chain. Further policy changes aimed at mitigating supply chain disruptions are likely to come, Gold says.