Big Data

Jun 7, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Integrating “The Edge”, or “The Rise of the Machines”

Flow improvements from the integration of supply chain partners and the elimination of layers of traditional communication can also facilitate movement. Machine to Machine — or more appropriately, App to App — communications, without humans in the loop, are going […]

Apr 30, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Current State of PPE in Healthcare: Guest Post from Professor Blan Godfrey

In the last few weeks, me and my research team of Beena, Nikhil, and Pratyush have been communicating frequently with Professor Blan Godfrey, and his team of graduate students taking his Six Sigma class.  Dr. Godfrey is the Joseph D. […]

Jan 14, 2020  |  Articles

Third Annual State of Supply Chain Data Quality and Governance Report Released

This morning, the SCRC and Ivalua released the latest report on the state of data governance in supply chains, which provides insights into some of the key trends in this rapidly shifting area. This year’s study was conducted with the […]

Dec 8, 2019  |  Articles

SCRC Meeting – Tom Linton’s “Supply Chain Eight” and Golden Winged Warblers : Questions Every New CSCO Should Ask Their CEO

Our 40th Bi-Annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting was a great success, culminating with the student gallery walk, featuring 27 undergraduate and MBA supply chain projects.  The meeting was attended by over 80 executives, as well as numerous students and […]

Jul 5, 2019  |  Director's Blog

The expanding scope of procurement analytics: Some initial thoughts

Procurement analytics, which supports decision making in procurement management, typically handles problems and decisions that are related to cost reduction, supplier management, cost modeling, procurement-led innovation, market strategies, supply chain risk, and stakeholder value improvement (Handfield, Jeong, and Choi 2019). […]

Apr 6, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Can Technology Improve Contract Renewal Processes? Paper 4 in the Series on Contract Management

Our fourth paper in our series on contract management features a great summary by Sara Sonderman, who pulls together some great information on the application of technology in contract management and renewals.  Lots to think about here… and also a […]

Dec 30, 2018  |  Articles

Siemens BT: Every analytical transformation requires a “Jonah Hill”

One of our newest SCRC partners, Siemens Building Technologies, recently shared their insights on creating an analytics strategy.  This effort was led by the Chief Procurement Officer for Siemens BT, Carl Oberland, but has recently been rolled out across the […]

Dec 17, 2018  |  Articles

UPS Supply Chain Innovation Keynote Presentation at SCRC Meeting this Fall

One of the highlights of our SCRC meeting was the presentation by David Quintilio, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at United Parcel Service.  David is a College of Management alum, originally from Asheville, and began working loading trucks […]

Nov 17, 2018  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Practical Approaches in Creating Analytics (from People Who Have Actually Done it, Not Just Talked About it)

Our upcoming SCRC meeting is focused on how organizations are undertaking practical approaches to creating business analytics.  As many companies are in the throes of launching business pilots and Proof of Concept approaches with their analytics efforts, using a variety […]

Oct 25, 2018  |  Director's Blog

More Data is Not Better and Machine Learning is a Grind…. Just Ask Amazon

I had an opportunity to sit in on a lecture today by two experts on Machine Learning from Amazon, during a lecture at UNC.  Ed Banti is Director of Software Development, Core AI Amazon, and Pat Bajari, was VP and […]