Coronavirus Supply Chain

Apr 8, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Vaccines are the Utility Needed for the Global Economy

In an article in Politico, the (somewhat) obvious point is made that the Biden administration is finally recognizing that there is not enough manufacturing capacity in the US to produce booster shots that will be needed to combat the new […]

Nov 8, 2020  |  Articles

Emergent Supply Chain Challenges for Deployment of the COVID19 Vaccine: Saving the Commons

As we enter into the early stages of the second wave of COVID cases, hospitals and public health administrators are worried about the new influx of cases that will arrive before the development and deployment of COVID vaccines in 2021.  […]

Aug 9, 2020  |  Articles

Double Bullwhip Effect Impacted Trade in the First Half of 2020

Evolutionary design requires individuals to constantly look for emerging patterns in how material moves through their supply chains. Force or action must be taken to change the path of supply chain flows, to compress the amount of time that inventory […]

Jul 9, 2020  |  Articles

PPE Shortages Disrupting Hospitals Nationwide: Portrait of a Broken Healthcare Supply Chain

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted the massive shortages of PPE that are now decimating hospitals nationwide, as the number of new cases of Coronavirus goes through the roof.  The Post notes that: “Health-care workers on the front […]

Jun 25, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The PPE Shortage Nightmare is Far From Over — It’s About to Get Worse

Given the lack of discussion in the media on supply chain shortages in healthcare, one would think that this crisis has been averted, and that shortages of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medicines, and hospital supplies is now a history lesson.  […]

Jun 24, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Government’s Big Move to Electronic Marketplaces

I was recently involved in a research discussion with Chris Yukins of George WAshington University’s Law School’s Government Procurement Program, and Thomas Kull from Arizona State University, exploring the impact of the rise of electronic marketplaces in government procurement.  In […]

May 28, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Webinar on Vital Supply Chains in a Pandemic

Rob Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations and supply chain management, served as a presenter for S&P Global Market Intelligence’s University Essentials webinar on the vital supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with representatives from S&P Global Market Intelligence, Handfield described COVID-19 as the catalyst of supply chain…

May 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Strategic National Stockpile that Failed Us

The COVID-19 crisis arrived in the United States in February and was largely dismissed as a non-threatening issue.  In particular, the CDC was convinced that it had contained the virus and retained control of all diagnostic testing, which later produced […]

May 21, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Healthcare Strategic Stockpile Management Remains a Big Challenge

Beginning in 2015 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine led a standing committee to inform Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) decision-making. This committee included “…state and local public health officials, representatives of medical manufacturing and distribution companies, logistics managers, […]

May 11, 2020  |  Director's Blog

We Need Supply Chain Immunity, not Resiliency: A Position Paper

In today’s post I am sharing insights from a position paper that my colleague Dan Finkenstadt, PhD, myself, and other academic and government officers are working on.  The paper is an attempt to create some logic in the fact of […]