SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

Category Archives: Supply Chain Risk

  1. Nowhere are disruptions more prevalent than in Low Cost Countries (LCC’s), which have become the focal point for outsourced contract manufacturing for major apparel brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Gap, Apple, and others. As organizations have expanded their supply chains globally, they have moved to outsourced manufacturing that reduces cost, but which also exposes […]

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  2. Fall semester at the Poole College of Management kicked off this week, and a new group of MBA and engineering students walked into our hallowed halls.  In my MBA 541 class on supply chain relationships, I spent some time introducing the students to some of the topics we will cover this semester.  Although some may […]

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  3. This past week we held a roundtable focused on “Combating Counterfeiting in the Supply Chain”.  This post is a continuation of an earlier post I wrote on this subject.  Counterfeiting is seen as a major problem facing major manufacturers as well as our defense organizations.  A common theme discussed was that greater public education is […]

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  4. As we look back on the chaos that erupted during the pre-Christmas rush, discussions with executives suggest that there is still a long way to go.  Most logistics companies are still far from being able to fully integrate data and analytics to better manage.  Not many people are doing much with big data and we all […]

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  5. On the third day the team visited the Lenovo “Green Data Center”, and learned of how Lenovo is working to create their “converged” network servers that are on the leading edge of being focused on sustainable high speed efficient performance. Lenovo acquired the Data Center Group from IBM and moved the entire organization to RTP […]

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  6. The recent bankruptcy announcement of Hanjin, a major shipping line, on the Friday before the last Labor Day long weekend, was a shock to everyone working in the global logistics shipping industry.   However, the announcement should not have come as a surprise, as the ocean cargo market has been suffering for some time by […]

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  7. A recent discussion with my colleague Tim Cummins at IACCM suggests that an increasing number of oil and gas companies are exploring alternatives to traditional “lump sum bid” contracts, that are typically used for large oil and gas construction projects.  This is largely due to risk aversion and the unpredictable nature of new project environments, […]

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  8. It is that time of year again, and the SCRC team is getting ready to prepare for a new semester starting the week of August 15th!  As always, we have a great set of new projects that we are teeing up for this semester, which provide an interesting set of “real-time” challenges for our students. […]

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  9. Today’s guest blog is posted by Timothy Barnes, who I met through the SCRC.  Tim is a global supply chain executive originally from Australia, who has been studying the evolution of the Trans Pacific Partnership closely, and is writing a book on the subject.  He has put together some great advice here about how the […]

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  10.   One major technological development is being able to map genomes for products. A genome is all of a living thing’s genetic material. It is the entire set of hereditary instructions for building, running, and maintaining an organism, and passing life on to the next generation.[1] In most living things, the genome is made of […]

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  11. The concept of supply chain transparency and velocity is based on two essential elements of technology: 1) The rapid digitization of the supply chain, and 2) the rise of real-time information enabled by technology. Digitization allows people in organizations to speed things up – and provides greater visibility to what is going on in an […]

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  12. The current environment we find ourselves in is indeed perilous. As the stock market continues to spin up and down in a volatile fashion, brokers and Wall Street types are looking at a dour projection. Growth is projected to be running at an anemic 2-3% or worse, China’s economy is dragging, and the only element […]

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  13. With only one week left prior to our upcoming SCRC meeting, students are busily preparing their final posters, putting the finishing touches on their presentations, and getting ready to meet with their project sponsors to deliver their insights and findings.  Many of the projects students in my MBA 541 class have been working on this […]

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  14. I had the opportunity to visit with Tim Cummins and Katherine Kawamoto from IACCM, who came by the SCRC offices yesterday to chat.  We spent some time catching up on recent events in the news, and also had the opportunity to exchange ideas based on a recent webinar we ran with Shell, in which we […]

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  15. I spent some time this week with a group of procurement executives from Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, a company that conducts all of the procurement and supply chain activity for YUM! brands (including Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, as well as A&W). This organization was created a number of years ago, in response to a […]

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  16. I have been having a number of fascinating interviews with Chief Procurement Officers this past week on the subject of procurement analytics and supply management risk.  This is part of a study I am doing that will result in a white paper later this fall, and will likely be one of our key themes for […]

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  17. We are in the last stages of planning for our upcoming 31st Semi-Annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) Meeting  on Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, 2015 at North Carolina State University. The theme of the general meeting will focus on a topic of great interest to supply chain professionals at every level of the organization: “Creating a Supply […]

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  18. I had the opportunity to host a good colleague of mine  in my supply chain relationships class this week.  We worked together years ago to help define the a baseline framework for strategic sourcing and category management that was deployed within the  a large oil and gas company’s lubricants group, and which later became deployed across […]

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  19. A recent post by my colleage Kate Vitasek (author of the “Vest Outsourcing” model) in Forbes magazine argues that procurement is taking too aggressive a stance in negotiations with major logistics providers.  She uses the example of a company who decided to use a reverse auction to award business for a logistics contract worth hundreds of […]

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  20. Joydeep Ganguly from Biogen Idec spoke in my Supply Chain Relationships class last week, and shared his insights on how Biogen’s supply chain evolved.  Since graduating from the NC State Jenkins MBA program in 2006, Joydeep Ganguly has risen through the ranks at Biogen Idec – the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company and the largest […]

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  21. Last year around this time I made a lot of predictions about what 2014 would hold in store…Let’s revisit some of these, and see what has happened (or what hasn’t!)  Here are my predictions from 2014, and an update on what I think will happen in these areas.  Most of them really haven’t panned out […]

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  22. Today’s breaking Wall Street Journal article provides a great case study on the impacts of not properly managing contractual supplier relationships. First consider the type of supply arrangement this represented.  This was an important and emerging new technology, one that would produce manufactured sapphire to cover the face of all of Apple’s new iphone products. […]

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  23. I was attending the Zycus Horizons 2014 conference at Amelia Island today, listening to speakers.  In addition to the procurement executives, I also got to meet Captain Dick Phillips, the captain of note in the film “Captain Phillips”.  We had a chance to talk about his experience, and he also presented to the group about […]

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  24. Supply management research has established the axiom that firms are no longer operating independently, but indeed are part of an extended global network that is subject to high degrees of volatility, increasing customer expectations, and is subject to major forms of disruption risk. However, what is not well understood is whether supply manager behaviors have […]

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  25. Just finished speaking at the EurOMA conference in Palermo, and was excited by the discussions and feedback over the course of today.  I arrived in Palermo yesterday, and had an opportunity to wander the streets and experience the wonderful food, carefree and friendly people, and of course the wonderful mix of architecture and cultures that […]

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