Logistics

Jan 16, 2021  |  Articles

Port Congestion Expected to Increase Well Beyond the Chinese New Year

The effects of the global pandemic have significantly impacted California-based port facilities in terms of labor availability and congestion, with December of 2020 being the worst month to date. A significant boost in imports is the reason for overcrowding, and […]

Jan 11, 2021  |  Articles

Hong Kong Facing Uphill Battle to Maintain Port Status

With the Year of the Ox upon us, Hong Kong’s container industry faces the challenge of keeping up with port technology innovations, along with competitors offering lower terminal handling charges. Due to these impediments, the development of the Hong Kong […]

Nov 8, 2020  |  Articles

Emergent Supply Chain Challenges for Deployment of the COVID19 Vaccine: Saving the Commons

As we enter into the early stages of the second wave of COVID cases, hospitals and public health administrators are worried about the new influx of cases that will arrive before the development and deployment of COVID vaccines in 2021.  […]

Aug 21, 2020  |  Articles

The Hinge Factor in Supply Chains: A History Lesson

An important component of digital dexterity is known as a “hinge factor:” the mental agility to respond to and know what to do with data as it flows into one’s consciousness. As we discussed previously, even as systems evolve to […]

Aug 9, 2020  |  Articles

Double Bullwhip Effect Impacted Trade in the First Half of 2020

Evolutionary design requires individuals to constantly look for emerging patterns in how material moves through their supply chains. Force or action must be taken to change the path of supply chain flows, to compress the amount of time that inventory […]

Aug 2, 2020  |  Articles

Global Trade Professional Alliance Launches APEC Survey With SCRC Research Team

APEC Global Supply Chains Resiliency Survey Launched With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, global value chains (GVCs), and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly. While past […]

Jul 9, 2020  |  Articles

PPE Shortages Disrupting Hospitals Nationwide: Portrait of a Broken Healthcare Supply Chain

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted the massive shortages of PPE that are now decimating hospitals nationwide, as the number of new cases of Coronavirus goes through the roof.  The Post notes that: “Health-care workers on the front […]

Jul 7, 2020  |  Articles

COVID and Touchless Logistics for Home Delivery: Guest Post by Michael Kay PhD

Today’s blog was provided by Professor Michael Kay of the Edwards Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University.  This is a reprint of an article he published in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work.  With so […]

Mar 24, 2020  |  Articles

Interconnected Nature of Supply Chains Makes Disruptions Worse But Fixable, Says Professor Heese

By Justin Goldberg This article was originally published on the Poole College of Management News website here. Supply chain comprises the processes by which production and distribution are achieved — the purchasing, logistics and operations that help companies create and […]

Feb 20, 2020  |  Articles

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

This article was originally published on March 4th, 2019. UPDATE: The SCRC has partnered with FHI to produce a white paper based on the insights from the 2019 workshop on addressing labor shortages in warehouse and DC operations. To view […]