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Sep 13, 2019  |  Articles

Advice to Students Getting Ready for Internship Recruiting Season: Put Away Your Cell Phones!

Around this time of year, students are getting ready for interviews for internships, especially for supply chain and procurement roles.  The NC State Poole College of Management Supply Chain Job Fair is always a big event, and this year we […]

Sep 7, 2019  |  Articles

Physician Preference Cards: The Key to Hospital Low Inventory Utilization and Waste

Almost every hospital or IDN faces significant challenges in managing their operating room inventory, which can be traced to a simple concept:  utilization.  Utilization is simply a ratio of the $ value of clinical purchases BILLED to patients or insurance, […]

Aug 21, 2019  |  Articles

Biobased Economy GROWS in 2018

I am proud to announce the release of a joint study completed by me and my colleagues Jay Golden, PhD of East Carolina University and Jesse Daystar, PhD of Duke University.  The study was published by the USDA’s Biopreferred program, […]

Jul 28, 2019  |  Articles

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor […]

Jul 9, 2019  |  Articles

Lead Logistics Provider Capabilities Will Require Customized Innovation

With the onset of cloud computing, automation, and machine learning, organizations are integrating their global supply chains, and finding themselves with more transactional data than they could have ever imagined.  The question of how to convert this data to strategic […]

Jun 27, 2019  |  Articles

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

Today’s guest blog is written by John Hinchey, VP of Sales for Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for plants, warehouses and distribution centers. John has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and warehouse automation, and shares his […]

Jun 8, 2019  |  Articles

A Brief History of the Founding of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC)

The following is a transcript of the speech I gave to individuals who attended our SCRC 20th Anniversary Event this past April 2019.  It covers a bit about what motivates our team and how this organization evolved to what it […]

Jun 5, 2019  |  Articles

Warehouses are the next HOT investment triggered by the digital transformation of the supply chain

A recent article in Bloomberg suggests that warehouses are now becoming one of the hottest investments in the market, based on recent moves by the Blackstone Group LP, who are betting $18.7 billion on the shift towards e-commerce.  This is a perfect […]

Jun 2, 2019  |  Articles

The Strange Relationship Between Oil Prices, Tariffs and Biobased Innovation

Oil prices have been rather volatile as of late, and are hovering around $58/bbl, down from an average of $65/bbl in 2018.  Oil prices impact a lot of things, one of which is the drive to innovate new biobased products […]

May 15, 2019  |  Articles

First NCSU Procurement Leadership Program a Great Success!

We held our first ever Procurement Leadership workshop this week, hosting a group of executives from Altria, American Red Cross, Cheniere Energy, Smith & Nephew, RSCS (YUM! Brands) and the US Air Force.   The mix of executives from both the […]