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Jan 28, 2023  |  Director's Blog

Can you WFH & Walk?

This is the second guest blog from Craig Lukasik , an MBA supply chain graduate from the Poole College of Management’s supply chain program.  In this thought piece he debates the value of work from home programs vs. being there […]

Jan 1, 2023  |  Articles

Ten Supply Chain Predictions for 2023

As we go into the first week of 2023, many are wondering what’s ahead for global commerce and supply chains.  As I’ve done in prior years, I’ll make a few predictions based on what happened in 2022 – and what […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun 15, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Behind the Numbers of the SCRC Supply Management Index

The SCRC’s Supply Management Maturity Index was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, that identified the companies best prepared to weather the storm ahead in terms of supply chain disruptions.  In this blog, I’ll explain a bit more […]

Apr 28, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Managers Need to be Able to Interpret and Act on Flows of Data

Information flow (data) is critical to creating velocity of action and decision-making. Resistance layers often form between companies, which prevent information from flowing seamlessly to key managers. These layers may include firewalls to ensure cyber security mandates are followed, or […]

Jun 1, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Tom Linton’s Advice to Students: “Don’t Listen to the Status Quo!”

“If you go to a hospital and a nursing station in a hospital, there may be 2 or 3 nurses, managing 30 or 40 patients.  Each patient has a pulse, and the nurses are monitoring all the patients by exception.  […]

May 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Strategic National Stockpile that Failed Us

The COVID-19 crisis arrived in the United States in February and was largely dismissed as a non-threatening issue.  In particular, the CDC was convinced that it had contained the virus and retained control of all diagnostic testing, which later produced […]

Jan 15, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Can Digital Twins Result in Total Supply Chain Redesign and Innovation?

Today’s guest blog is written by my colleague Joseph Yacura, who co-authored the most recent Data Quality and Innovation Study. Supply chain innovation has been slow to materialize in most organizations.  Supply chain digitization has begun, but the adoption across […]