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Feb 26, 2021  |  Articles

How Restaurant Owners Can Prepare for High Demand Amid Re-Openings

As restaurants face increasing demand to reopen after a year of living with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, owners will need food and beverage suppliers to deliver goods quickly and efficiently. Failure to do so–whether caused by the inability of trucks […]

Feb 25, 2021  |  Articles

Biden’s Executive Order on Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: A Reality Check

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that will result in a 100-day review of supply chains by the executive branch for pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors and large capacity batteries. The 100-day review will be followed by a longer year-long […]

Feb 24, 2021  |  Articles

Transparent Supply Chains in Uncertain Times

Visibility and transparency are two words often associated with successful supply chain operations — especially in recent months. But what are the differences, and why do they matter? Poole College professors Tim Kraft and Eda Kemahlioglu-Ziya help break down this highly-relevant topic.

Feb 24, 2021  |  Articles

Is E-Commerce the New Commerce?

Poole College professor Don Warsing weighs in on how Internet-based transactions are now the norm. Should re-evaluate how we define, teach and approach the concept of commerce?

Feb 24, 2021  |  Articles

A Step-by-step Process Leaders Can Follow to Prepare for the Next Health Crisis

Organizational operations have been continually disrupted by shortages of PPE and other health and safety goods since the COVID-19 pandemic began. SCRC Executive Director Rob Handfield recently co-authored an article that outlines four levels of preparedness organizations can strive for […]

Feb 23, 2021  |  Articles

The Fourth Industrial Revolutions Puts Human Workers First

The global pandemic has been devastating for many, yet there is a silver lining: the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has served as a catalyst for many technological advancements, especially in the supply chain, ultimately ushering in the incoming Fourth Industrial Revolution, […]

Feb 23, 2021  |  Director's Blog

How Confident is the U.S. in the Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

Professor Dan Finkenstadt and I have completed a recent analysis of relative attitudes towards the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness and distribution plan. This survey was conducted over the last four weeks, with a diverse population. The sample included a raw diverse […]

Feb 20, 2021  |  Articles

Preparing for the E-Commerce Boom: The Need for Efficiency is Crucial

Since the global pandemic, online shopping has increased, thus resulting in a torrent of customer returns. Because of this, supply chain planning is more crucial than ever when thinking about reverse logistics. Obstacles include: customer dissatisfaction returns shipping costs customer […]

Feb 19, 2021  |  Articles

Don’t Get Stung by Money Loss: 5 Ways to Improve Pest Control Spend

Pest control is an expense that is usually seen as a minor issue. However, the average savings in this category can be up to 20-30% if approached strategically. To determine if your company’s pest control programs needs an inspection, consider […]

Feb 18, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains State Challenges with Vaccine Distribution

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, discussed the logistical challenges of vaccine distribution and why certain states are less effective in distribution than others. “Certain states have never done this level of deployment of a vaccine this […]