China, Taiwan, and Semiconductor Risks – Part 2
As I alluded to in an earlier post, the scenario of China invading Taiwan, and halting all semiconductor production is highly unlikely, for a number of reasons. First, the Taiwanese are a very nationalistic and patriotic group of people. If […]
US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State
We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC), Charleston (SC), and several others. We spent three days with […]
The China-Taiwan Semiconductor Question
With the recent visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, as well as the passing of the CHIPS Act, the public and the media have more questions than ever regarding the semiconductor market. Primary among these is: what is […]
What’s the deal with the semiconductor shortage?
We hear a lot about the shortage of semiconductors these days in the news, and the complaints are especially loud in the automotive sector. On top of that, many new students coming to campus this fall will find that there […]
The reality of green energy: “green metal” supply chains won’t be able to keep up
A recent set of investigations by the Economist provides a realistic view of the likelihood of a smooth transition to a green energy economy. Big Picture Up Front: it won’t be easy, and many of the current projections we are […]
Jason Miller Blog 2: Will Intel’s investments make a dent in our dependence on foreign semiconductors?
A great deal of hoopla is being made of Intel’s investments in its new $20 billion semiconductor chip plant near Columbus, Ohio, which Intel claims could expand into a $100 billion complex with eight fabrication plants. This is of course […]
Recommendations to the US government for domestic alignment of supply chains in 2022
The lessons of 2020 and 2021 have led many organizations to begin questioning whether a domestic supply base is something that should be considered. The executives I’m speaking with are considering how to re-align their supply chains, and the word […]
Are Procurement and Logistics Executives Aligned When Faced with Current Supply Chain Challenges?
Procurement and supply chain executives are on the “same team” – and in general, a recent study conducted by the SCRC and GEP suggests that there is strong alignment between the two functions when it comes to prioritizing lower risks […]
Rob Handfield on Amazon’s Struggle with Bad Business Practices in China
Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains why quality control has become Amazon’s logistical downside with its suppliers in China. “Amazon’s whole business model is about distribution, not sourcing, so they never developed capabilities like auditing or […]
Q: Why so many product shortages? A: The Perfect Storm
I have had a number of calls this past week with various media outlets, including the Associated Press, WRAL, Forbes, and even the New York Times! All of these reporters are asking the same question, which was best captured by […]