Rob Handfield on Amazon’s Struggle with Bad Business Practices in China
Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains why quality control has become Amazon’s logistical downside with its suppliers in China. “Amazon’s whole business model is about distribution, not sourcing, so they never developed capabilities like auditing or […]
Rob Handfield Sees Significant Impact in Plastic Industry After Hurricane Ida
Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, predicts a future of shortages and inflation following the devastation in the Gulf Coast following hurricane Ida. “It’s going to impact plastics. It’s going to impact packaging. It’s going to impact […]
Kairos Research, NC State, ASU Win IARPA Contract to Analyze Hidden Risks in Complex Supply Chains
If you look far enough back in history, you will find the literal definition of a linchpin to be an item which kept the wheels from falling off wooden carts. During the recent COVID-19 crisis, we have all experienced firsthand the consequences of […]
Building a Playbook for the Next Pandemic
Many organizations are seeking ways to prepare for the next wave of Delta variant, as well as other variants that may be in the pipeline. How should your organization prepare? What needs to be done today? In general, I don’t […]
Q: Why so many product shortages? A: The Perfect Storm
I have had a number of calls this past week with various media outlets, including the Associated Press, WRAL, Forbes, and even the New York Times! All of these reporters are asking the same question, which was best captured by […]
Rob Handfield Explains Why Car Shortage May Continue for Years
Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, breaks down why dealerships across the country are seeing their normal 200-car supply be reduced to merely 20.
Sebastian Heese Breaks Down Social Media Backlash of Supply Chain Issues
Sebastian Heese, professor of supply chain management, recently released a study of over 2 billion tweets that found companies that face backlash on social media over supply chain issues often see a drop in stock prices.
Improving Access to World-class Supply Chain Knowledge
The SCRC is helping CAPS Research, a research center focused on creating leading primary academic research in supply management, with an initiative to overhaul its massive library of world-renowned supply chain research studies from the last 30 years.
Finding a Home With the Wolfpack
It’s certainly not uncommon for college undergrads to change their majors throughout their four plus years on campus. In some cases, like that of Poole College of Management alum Alexis Pyle, a change of schools may even be in order.
What Are Organizations Focused on Improving in Supply Chains in 2021?
The world we knew in 2019 has forever changed. Although global supply chains have grown more efficient through improvements in software technologies, cloud computing, mobilization, etc., many of the supply chains I’ve studied encountered are poorly equipped to operate a […]