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Oct 15, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Predicts Higher Costs for Consumers

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, breaks down how supply chain issues will inevitably hike up prices. “You’re going to see a surge in demand and a loss of supply. Economics 101 says you are going to […]

Oct 15, 2021

Rob Handfield Sees Pharmaceutical Packaging Becoming a Problem

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains as aluminum shortages develop it could develop pharmaceutical packaging problems. Along with this, Handfield can also see deliveries slowing with packaging issues as the holidays are approaching. “I think Johnny […]

Oct 15, 2021  |  Articles

Pandemic Not Entirely to Blame for Supply Chain Issues, Rob Handfield Explains

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says that the COVID-19 pandemic is not solely to blame for the current supply chain issues. “The warehouse, distribution and truck driver shortages were bad before COVID,” said Handfield. Read more […]

Oct 13, 2021

Alert Your Parents: They’re Already Late on Their Holiday Shopping

BY DEBORAH B. SOLOMON · ILLUSTRATION BY ANA CUNA IF YOU HAVE ORDERED ANYTHING ONLINE LATELY — whether it’s a new bike, a pair of sneakers or a laptop — you may have noticed: Everything is taking a really long […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Breaks Down the Many Factors of Global Supply Chain Shortages

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains how container shortages, protein production issues and natural disasters have impacted and will continue to disrupt global supply chains as well as economic recovery. “People are going to see inflation […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Emphasizes the Need for Automation in the PPE Supply Chain System

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, reviewed the documentation on the medical equipment supply chain control tower and found that automation is needed for it to be successful. “It sounds very sexy. … But from what I’ve […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Doubts Price Fixing is Contributing to Higher Meat Prices

While many believe price fixing is to blame for rising meat prices, Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, finds the issue lies in the down cycle of the supply chain. “It is basically the fact that demand is […]

Sep 30, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains the Growing Demand for Computer Chips

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains the surge in demand for computer chips and the impact it will have on supply chains. “The demand is continuing to surge for chips,” said Handfield. “It’s going up and […]

Sep 23, 2021  |  Articles

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 […]

Sep 17, 2021  |  Articles

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 […]