Supply Chain Management Article Library | SCM | Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) | North Carolina State University

Nov 25, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What is Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence?

I recently attended the SAS INNOVATE  conference, which introduced a new concept that I haven’t heard of before.  In particular, a presentation made by Eric Yu, Principal Solutions Architect within the Data Ethics Practice, caught my attention.  For those of […]

Nov 2, 2022

Consumer Pressure Is Key to Fixing Dire Labor Conditions in the Clothing Supply Chain

Originally published on November 02, 2022, in the Harvard Business Review – Operations And Supply Chain Management by Robert Handfield, Tim Kraft, and Marguerite Moore SUMMARY The plethora of different audit systems and standards for assessing labor practices in factories […]

Oct 28, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What does”Supplier Relationship Management” really mean?

In a report I worked on in 2013, I conducted interviews conducted with 25 chief procurement officers (CPOs) on one of the most important drivers of value creation and resilience that is often overlooked:   harnessing the power of innovation […]

Oct 5, 2022  |  Director's Blog

CAPS Conference: The Economist Projects What’s in Store for the Global Economy

I had the opportunity to sit in on a very thorough presentation by a member of the Economist Intelligence Unit at the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies meeting today.  This was followed by a compelling Q&A session with a number […]

Sep 26, 2022  |  Director's Blog

China, Taiwan, and Semiconductor Risks – Part 2

As I alluded to in an earlier post, the scenario of China invading Taiwan, and halting all semiconductor production is highly unlikely, for a number of reasons. First, the Taiwanese are a very nationalistic and patriotic group of people.  If […]

Sep 23, 2022  |  Director's Blog

US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State

We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC), Charleston (SC), and several others.  We spent three days with […]

Sep 20, 2022  |  Director's Blog

The China-Taiwan Semiconductor Question

With the recent visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, as well as the passing of the CHIPS Act, the public and the media have more questions than ever regarding the semiconductor market.  Primary among these is:   what is […]

Aug 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Inflation is Here for Awhile… Let’s Start to Manage It!

I concluded the last of the three-part series with my good friend Tim Cummins from World Commerce and Contracting today on inflation, and the implications for contract management and supplier relationships. On Day 1, we discussed the current state of […]

Aug 18, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Cogniture Procurement Technologies will Change Your World

Today I spent an hour speaking with Zycus CEO Richard Waugh and expert Purvee Kondal, discussing key insights from my recent book “Cognitive Procurement:  Discover How to Embark on your AI Journey“.  In this webinar, I pulled some recent excerpts […]

Jul 21, 2022  |  Articles

Antitrust and the Supply Chain: Protecting the Power of the Markets

At first blush, many readers are probably asking the same question:  what does the DOJ Antitrust Division have to do with supply chain management?[1] I asked this question myself, when I engaged in a discussion with Devon Mahoney, (Technical Assistance […]