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Feb 9, 2020  |  Articles

Coronavirus reminds us to review supply chain continuity plans

The rapid escalation of the Corona virus has now devastated China and other regions, resulting in more than 800 deaths and more than 37,000 cases worldwide.  The most critical outcome of this issue is the tragic loss of life, but […]

Dec 11, 2019  |  Articles

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

On December 5, 2019, we held a panel discussion that focused on different perspectives related to global trade.  As the global environment is shifting based on political debates, EU/British negotiations, tariffs driven by the Trump administration, as well as the […]

Nov 16, 2019  |  Articles

Decoding the Signals of the Global Tariff and Trade Wars

What will global trade and commerce look like in the coming years, and how will it influence the business landscape? This question has moved to the forefront of executives’ minds as the US administration seeks to renegotiate relationships with key […]

Sep 26, 2018  |  Articles

Changing Executive Mindsets on Global Product Integrity: The Fight Against Counterfeiting Is Here to Stay

I recently interviewed the Director of Brand Protection at a large pharmaceutical company, who shared with me the timeline around how his company gradually shifted and changed its views on brand security, and built a business case around the need […]

Jul 16, 2018  |  Articles

Pharmaceutical offshoring makes recalls more costly with more quality headaches

I spent some time working on a study of how offshoring impacts quality issues, specifically product recalls, with a number of researchers at the University of Palermo, led by Manfredi Bruccoleri.  Our research led to some very interesting findings on […]

Apr 23, 2018  |  Articles

Relational Contracting Part III:   Tim Cummins on “Shifting Your Mindset to Collaborative Value”

Tim Cummins, CEO of IACCM, is intent on driving change.  He is traveling around the globe, speaking with foreign ministries in Dubai, the Australian navy, the Canadian Department of Defense, and the General Services Administration in DC.  We were fortunate […]

Apr 22, 2018  |  Articles

Relational Contracting Part II: Four Numbers to Be Concerned About in Global Economics

Jason Schenker, a worldwide leader in global economic forecasting, brought a spirit of levity and predictive insights to a subject that is often mired in gloom:  economics!  Jason, who founded the Futurist Institute, commented on some of the major changes […]

Jan 20, 2011  |  Articles

The Relationship between Disruption Amplifiers and Risk Reduction Mechanisms: A Managerial Framework

The Relationship between Disruption Amplifiers and Risk Reduction Mechanisms Clearly, some of these actions (improved planning and collaboration) can be adopted with a minimal level of investment, and may provide significant benefits. Other strategies such as new systems to improve […]

Jan 20, 2011  |  Articles

Risk Reduction Mechanisms: A Managerial Framework for Reducing the Impact of Disruptions to the Supply Chain

Risk Reduction Mechanisms To manage the amplifiers of supply chain disruptions with their roots in supply chain globalization and product/process complexity, firms have deployed a variety of different Risk Reduction mechanisms. The full list of risk reduction mechanisms is shown […]

Jan 18, 2011  |  Articles

Methodology: A Managerial Framework for Reducing the Impact of Disruptions to the Supply Chain

Methodology To benchmark risk planning and mitigation practices, we conducted a series of focused interviews and captured various insights into the area of supply chain disruptions. We interviewed executives from a pharmaceutical company, two international logistics providers, three large retailers, […]