Robert Handfield Ph.D., Author at Supply Chain Resource Cooperative

May 10, 2022  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Partner Company DXM Named to the World Economic Forum’s List of Technology Pioneers

I was delighted to hear from Matt Wallace, Project DXM‘s CEO, that the company had been named to the WEF’s list of Technology Pioneers –  growth-stage companies from around the world that are using new technologies and innovation poised to […]

May 4, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Rising Interest Rates: Maybe It’s Time to Bring Back the Forgotten Art of Price Analysis

Price analysis is a subject that is often overlooked in supply chain education, (although it is certainly a big part of our chapter on Strategic Cost Management in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management).  This is perhaps a “forgotten art” that […]

Apr 27, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Dealing with Supply Chain Uncertainty After Covid: Insights from the Experts

A small group of executives enjoyed a particularly interesting set of insights yesterday at our first Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting since December, 2019.  Meeting on a rainy day at the NC State Faculty Club, we enjoyed some great opinions […]

Apr 22, 2022  |  Director's Blog

The reality of green energy: “green metal” supply chains won’t be able to keep up

A recent set of investigations by the Economist provides a realistic view of the likelihood of a smooth transition to a green energy economy.  Big Picture Up Front:  it won’t be easy, and many of the current projections we are […]

Apr 13, 2022

Enabling a Resilient Supply Chain for our Nation: An IBM Business of Government Report

The last time I wrote a report on pandemic planning for the IBM Business of Government was in 2010 – shortly after the H1N1 pandemic.  In this report, I wrote about the critical need for our country to prepare – […]

Mar 16, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Pressure Index is up for Q4 2021 – and will likely stay there (Jason MIller Blog #5)

Yesterday the Census Bureau released the Q4 2021 Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization, and my colleague Jason Miller was able to update the MSU Supply Chain Pressure Index. The reading jumped to 494.6, up from 436.6 in Q3 2021 […]

Mar 10, 2022  |  Director's Blog

The Supply Chain Impacts of the Russian Attack on the Ukraine

As we all sit and watch the tragedy unfolding on our television screens, everyone can agree that this unprovoked war is leading to a terrible loss of life and destruction of civilian homes and lives.  But there is another deadly […]

Feb 22, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Supply chains remain wonky… and will continue that way for awhile (Jason Miller blog part 4)

I have been sitting in on interesting calls the past couple of days, and have also been exchanging emails with my colleague Jason Miller at Michigan State University, and also sat in on a presentation by Bill Villalon, recently retired […]

Feb 22, 2022  |  Articles

Logistics journal sees jump in submissions and special issues

As the Editor in Chief of the Logistics journal, I am striving to continuously improve the scope and reach of the journal, and explore innovative new topics that we are facing.  In 2022, global logistics is more important than ever.  […]

Feb 14, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What’s the outlook for inflation and supply chain relief in 2022? (Jason Miller Blog #3)

What’s in store for 2022? Many analysts are asking this question – as they weigh off the good news from earnings season, against the warnings of the Fed that inflation will result in increased interest rates.  However, one thing I […]