Category Archives: Supply Chain Quality

  1. At a recent meeting I attended, several members of a quality team noted that suppliers sharing process capability data from their line would provide enormous benefit. Emerging real-time quality data systems being deployed by companies will improve the exchange of information between suppliers and Quality personnel, especially around inspection reports.  One area that has not […]


  2.   I had the opportunity to speak with a Nike executive about how the company has moved into the world of mass-customization.  Many people have heard about their partnership with Flex to build mass-customized shoes in Mexico, which is a big shift for the company from it’s largely Asia Pacific supplier network.  Although it is […]

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  3. Sebastian Naskarkis learned more about the ins and outs of produce quality inspections than he ever dreamed.  Sebastian is a first year MBA student and NC Growing Together Research Fellow who presented in my Local Foods class yesterday, and shared many of the insights he learned while working in a large food distribution center in […]

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  4. A lot of terminology is being thrown in pubic forums, using terms such as collaboration, partnering, relationship management, and other themes.  These terms are, in my opinion, being over-used, without really attaching too much meaning to them.  They all seem to refer to some form of “touchy-feely”, kumbaya-type of relationship between buyers and sellers, that […]

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  5. 2013 has certainly been an interesting year!   I’ve had the good fortune to be presented with opportunities for compelling discussions with a significant group of leading thinkers, senior executives in procurement, logistics, and technology management over this past year.  I also worked with a team of leading thinkers in developing the Future of Procurement Report […]


  6. As we go into our 2013 fall semester, the SCRC team is pulling together the list of project summaries from our 15 corporate partners.  This is indeed a busy time for everyone as we go into full project planning mode… Prior to the beginning of each semester, we work with a SCRC project liaison from […]

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  7. A recent article in the Guardian shows how uncontrollable supply chains can be.  Managing tier 2 suppliers, in this case, became problematic when supermarkets found that the beef they were selling was not what they thought it was….. Several supermarkets in the UK announced that what they thought was beef in the food they were […]


  8. I recently spoke to an individual whose title was Director of Engineering Operations at a major technology company.  He shared with me details regarding his role, and the relationship to the supply chain organization. He first shared that this company has made  a big investment in having technical expertise in the supply chain.  As opposed […]