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May 6, 2024

The Origins and Growth of Supply Chain Management – and the Need for a Common Lexicon

The term “supply chain management” quickly exploded into the public lexicon during COVID, at which time people would often heard saying “blame it on the supply chain”! For the first… 

Apr 10, 2024

The China Container Risk in Global Supply Chain and Foreign Trade

I recently sat on an ASTM F49 Committee Meeting on supply chain standards (I serve as the pro bono secretary for the committee). ASTM International is a standards development organization… 

Mar 7, 2024

Do Tariffs Really Impact China’s Global Supply Chain?

Co-authored with Clark Banach, PhD I recently had a fantastic discussion with Clark Banach, Program Director at Aletheia Research Institution and Futures Fellow at MERICS (Mercator Institute for China Studies),… 

Jan 16, 2024

Comparing the 2023 National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS): A Critique and Comparison to Supply Chain Immunity

The Department of Defense released four days ago its inaugural National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS), which is intended  to  guide the Department’s engagement, policy development, and investment in the industrial… 

Jan 2, 2024

Supply Chain Leadership Series VIII: Todd Imhoff, CEO, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (YUM)

Running a Purchasing Cooperative involves many stakeholders! As President and CEO Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions (RSCS), Todd Imhoff is responsible for all aspects of RSCS’s business strategy, overseeing the quick-service restaurant… 

Dec 27, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series VII: Matthew Wallace, CEO, Project DXM

Changing the way people buy apparel Matthew Wallace has worked in a number of apparel management roles over his career, including as a Senior Director of Sourcing for Merchandising at… 

Nov 29, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series VI: Pam Heminger, Senior Vice President of Procurement & Planning, Caterpillar

Driving Transformation in a Global Organization Pam Heminger knows a thing or two about transformation. During her 24 years at Honda of America, she helped implement many of the supply… 

Nov 20, 2023

Annual “Doing Good with OM and OR” Workshop focused on making an impact on society

Tim Kraft and Eda Kemahlioglu-Ziya (shown below) organized this event, and also wrote this brief summary of the day. On Friday, November 17th, the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative hosted its… 

Nov 2, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership V: Howard Richman

Lessons Learned from a Career in Procurement As part of our weekly Supply Chain Leadership, I interviewed Howard Richman, who I am co-authoring a new book with (“Procurement Confidential”). His… 

Sep 27, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series IV: Joydeep Ganguly – Passionate About Sustainable Supply Chains

Joydeep Ganguly was one of my students during his MBA at NC State. I had the opportunity to have him talk to my MBA class recently, and we covered a variety…