COVID-19 Supply Chain View from the Field

Sep 8, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Kairos Research, NC State, ASU Win IARPA Contract to Analyze Hidden Risks in Complex Supply Chains

If you look far enough back in history, you will find the literal definition of a linchpin to be an item which kept the wheels from falling off wooden carts.  During the recent COVID-19 crisis, we have all experienced firsthand the consequences of […]

Sep 2, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Building a Playbook for the Next Pandemic

Many organizations are seeking ways to prepare for the next wave of Delta variant, as well as other variants that may be in the pipeline.  How should your organization prepare?  What needs to be done today?  In general, I don’t […]

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 […]

Aug 27, 2021

Rob Handfield Explains Why Car Shortage May Continue for Years

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, breaks down why dealerships across the country are seeing their normal 200-car supply be reduced to merely 20.

Aug 12, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What Are Organizations Focused on Improving in Supply Chains in 2021?

The world we knew in 2019 has forever changed. Although global supply chains have grown more efficient through improvements in software technologies, cloud computing, mobilization, etc., many of the supply chains I’ve studied encountered are poorly equipped to operate a […]

Jul 27, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Leadership is Needed for the New Era of Disruption Ahead

I recently spoke at the National Contract Management Association on the subject of human capital in supply chains, and the need for building leadership skills in our procurement and supply chain professionals.  This subject has become of critical importance in […]

Jul 15, 2021

Rob Handfield Explains the Complexities of Re-Shoring Manufacturing to the U.S.

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, provides a realistic view of the Biden Administration’s plan to redesign global supply chains to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. “Biden’s call for re-shoring manufacturing back to the US will […]

Jul 9, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Making Sense of the Post-Pandemic Economy… Will We Ever Return to “Normal”?

The first half of 2021 brought with it a wave of massive changes, as well as new disruptions that augmented the chaos surrounding the mass vaccinations in the United States.  What is becoming increasingly clear is that the US economy […]

Jul 2, 2021

Rob Handfield Advises Waiting to Buy a Home Amid Decreasing Lumber Costs

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, warns potential home buyers against purchasing during the initial decrease in lumber costs as it is still at peak price. “I would advise people, if you’re building, hold off,” said Handfield. […]

Jun 25, 2021

Rob Handfield Explains Why US Companies are Struggling After Producing N95 Respirators During COVID

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains how restrictions on supplies from China led to U.S. companies entering the mask and N95 respirator market. “China, realizing that they have a crisis on their hands, restricted the export […]