Supply Chain Risk

Jun 10, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Will Supply Chain Price Increases Result in Inflation? The Fed isn’t Worried…

As vaccination rates in the US, the UK, and Europe have risen, economies have shifted back and capital projects are beginning to resume.  However, significant problems remain with respect to major shortages and price increases that exist in supply chains. […]

Mar 12, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Preparedness Lessons Learned: The Gulf Coast Refineries and the Texas Storm

I interviewed some individuals who work in the Houston area and learned more about what happened.  One supply chain executive shared with me some of the challenges they experienced during the Texas Winter Storm that hit last week. “It was […]

Feb 1, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Thinking About a Recovery…Building Flexibility Into Your Supply Chain in 2021

In the thick of a crisis, it is difficult for many executives to think about a recovery. However, we all need to think about preparedness for emergencies, and ensuring a rapid recovery from whatever crisis comes into our path. Recoveries […]

Mar 2, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Steps for industry and government to prepare for the Coronavirus

As I noted in an earlier blog, the issue of global epidemics is something that we have seen in the past with the SARS epidemic.  People sometimes think these come around once every ten years – but the reality is, […]

Nov 2, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Pierre Mitchell of Spend Matters: Delivering Value in the Face of VUCA

Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) – these are the conditions of the “new normal” set of operating conditions faced by most firms today in their value chains.  When one layers on top of this the challenges of navigating one’s […]

Jul 28, 2019  |  Articles

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jun 6, 2018  |  Articles

Fake News, Trusting Data, and the President’s Tweets: Around the World with Reuters

As noted in my previous blog, I had the pleasure of attending the Thomson Reuters Government Conference, and sat on a panel with Andy Russell, Lead Director, Department of Defense Programs. Prior to our panel session, a panel of Reuters […]

Dec 22, 2017  |  Articles

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people.  Here are a few […]