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Jun 19, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explores Resilient Supply Chains for Post-COVID World

In the wake of COVID-19, Rob Handfield goes in to detail on what it takes to be a resilient supply chain following the global crisis.

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 28, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Webinar on Vital Supply Chains in a Pandemic

Rob Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain management, served as a presenter for S&P Global Market Intelligence’s University Essentials webinar on the vital supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with representatives from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Handfield described COVID-19 as the catalyst of supply chain…

May 21, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Healthcare Strategic Stockpile Management Remains a Big Challenge

Beginning in 2015 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine led a standing committee to inform Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) decision-making. This committee included “…state and local public health officials, representatives of medical manufacturing and distribution companies, logistics managers, […]

May 1, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain

An article written by my former PhD student, Rejaul Hasan, and I just came out this week in Contracting Excellence, the journal published by IACCM, which documents the catastrophe that is unfolding in Bangladesh, one of the world’s major exporters […]

Apr 23, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Lessons Learned from the COVID Pandemic Part 2: Stockpiling!

In Part 2 of this series on pandemic planning, I am again “dusting off” portions of a study I wrote for the IBM Business of Government in 2011, titled “Planning for the Inevitable:  The Role of the Federal Supply Chain […]

Apr 23, 2020  |  Articles

Expert Insights on Leadership, Economic Outlook Amid COVID-19

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) held its first webinar on April 16th to discuss different viewpoints on how leaders can effectively operate during the coronavirus and prepare for its long-term effects.  The event was moderated by SCRC Executive Director […]

Apr 23, 2020  |  Articles

The Negative Effects of Shifting Food Supply Chains

By Carson Powell Food suppliers are having to make the tough shift from restaurants to grocery stores as COVID-19 keeps restaurant doors closed. Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain management, […]

Apr 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Lessons Learned for Supply Chain Pandemic Planning Part 1: Governance and Risk Assessment

Oddly enough, the lessons learned from the Covid crisis are very similar to the lessons learned from the LAST major epidemic that hit the world, the H1N1 crisis.  At that time, I wrote a study for the IBM Business of […]

Apr 20, 2020  |  Articles

Supply Chain Disruption Amid COVID-19

The spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is a public health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in many decades. It is also having a tremendous impact on businesses and their supply chains across the globe. The unprecedented challenges being faced are […]