Robert Handfield Ph.D.

Dec 3, 2018  |  Articles

WSJ MANAGEMENT Top 250 List: SCRC’s Role as an Index Provider

Today’s WSJ featured the list of the top 250 companies, a landmark ranking that uses the principles of the management guru, Peter Drucker to identify the most effectively managed companies.  The list is a function of 37 different indices, that […]

Nov 25, 2018  |  Director's Blog

GovShop a new way to buy for government supply managers

For many years, government contract officers working at the local, state, and federal level, relied on a variety of different networks to search for qualified suppliers.  In many cases, they went back to “the usual suspects”, which often involved suppliers […]

Nov 20, 2018  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Research on Drug Shortages: Lawsuits, Low Cost Countries, and Litigation

Recent articles have started to highlight the number of drug shortages occurring in retail channels.  Not surprisingly, these are often related to supply chains – a topic that I have written extensively about in my books on Pharmaceutical Distribution and […]

Nov 17, 2018  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Practical Approaches in Creating Analytics (from People Who Have Actually Done it, Not Just Talked About it)

Our upcoming SCRC meeting is focused on how organizations are undertaking practical approaches to creating business analytics.  As many companies are in the throes of launching business pilots and Proof of Concept approaches with their analytics efforts, using a variety […]

Nov 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

An Interview with Anita Vila-Parrish on Healthcare Analytics

I had the opportunity this week to conduct a recorded interview with Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish, who is currently working at McKesson.   In the interview, we covered a variety of topics, including her extensive work in the field of healthcare analytics.  […]

Oct 25, 2018  |  Director's Blog

More Data is Not Better and Machine Learning is a Grind…. Just Ask Amazon

I had an opportunity to sit in on a lecture today by two experts on Machine Learning from Amazon, during a lecture at UNC.  Ed Banti is Director of Software Development, Core AI Amazon, and Pat Bajari, was VP and […]

Oct 23, 2018  |  Articles

How Big Data is Changing Supply Chains

Today’s blog is written by guest blogger, Lisa C. Dunn a writer for TechnologyAdvice.   She provides some great insights into how big data might be able to be used in supply chains. Today’s companies face overwhelming reams of endless data flooding […]

Oct 14, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Women in Supply Chain Panel Offers Great Advice to Future Supply Chain Leaders

I had the opportunity to sit in on the Women in Supply Chain Panel at the Innovative Women’s Forum, held at NC State University this past Friday October 12.  The panel included a number of powerful women, including Amy Rumford, […]

Oct 8, 2018

Procurement AI: From Promise To Realization

I had the pleasure of being on a great webinar with Jon Hansen, Jack Shaw, and Sally Hughes last week, hosted by Zycus and EBG Network. The session focused on Procurement AI, and it was great to listen to Sally, […]

Oct 6, 2018  |  Director's Blog

The Legalization of Intelligent “Smart” Contracts

Today’s post is from my good colleague, Joe Yacura, who is a collaborator on our data analytics annual survey. Blockchain technology is bringing about the potential to create and benefit from Intelligent “Smart” Contracts (ISCs). While the creation and use […]