China Supply Chain

Jan 20, 2022  |  Director's Blog

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 […]

Dec 28, 2021  |  Articles

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 […]

Sep 23, 2021  |  Articles

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 […]

Aug 31, 2021  |  Articles

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 […]

Jun 3, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Can we re-shore and create a US semiconductor industry? Maybe…

I participated today in the National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine’s “Logistics and Manufacturing under Attack Virtual” Workshop, that involved a number of Department of Defense, private sector companies (GE, Pratt & Whitney), and academic partners, to discuss the […]

May 27, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Re-thinking the Strategic National Stockpile

I recently testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, along with three other witnesses.  During this testimony, I shared some of the insights I developed working with the Joint Acquisition Task Force as a pro bono […]

Feb 25, 2021  |  Articles

Biden’s Executive Order on Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: A Reality Check

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that will result in a 100-day review of supply chains by the executive branch for pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors and large capacity batteries. The 100-day review will be followed by a longer year-long […]

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 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 […]

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 […]