COVID-19 Supply Chain View from the Field

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 […]

Feb 24, 2021  |  Articles

A Step-by-step Process Leaders Can Follow to Prepare for the Next Health Crisis

Organizational operations have been continually disrupted by shortages of PPE and other health and safety goods since the COVID-19 pandemic began. SCRC Executive Director Rob Handfield recently co-authored an article that outlines four levels of preparedness organizations can strive for […]

Feb 23, 2021  |  Articles

The Fourth Industrial Revolutions Puts Human Workers First

The global pandemic has been devastating for many, yet there is a silver lining: the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has served as a catalyst for many technological advancements, especially in the supply chain, ultimately ushering in the incoming Fourth Industrial Revolution, […]

Feb 23, 2021  |  Director's Blog

How Confident is the U.S. in the Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

Professor Dan Finkenstadt and I have completed a recent analysis of relative attitudes towards the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness and distribution plan. This survey was conducted over the last four weeks, with a diverse population. The sample included a raw diverse […]

Feb 18, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains State Challenges with Vaccine Distribution

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, discussed the logistical challenges of vaccine distribution and why certain states are less effective in distribution than others. “Certain states have never done this level of deployment of a vaccine this […]

Feb 18, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Finds Lack of Coordination in National Vaccine Distribution

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, found flaws in the logistics, nonuniform tracking and coordination of the COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. “There’s a lack of integration between the allocation of the doses, the scheduling of the […]

Feb 11, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Expert Panel Covers Critical Issues in COVID Vaccine Promotion and Distribution

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative hosted two world leading experts, Professors Stacy Wood and Julie Swann, for a webinar on consumer marketing and vaccine distribution on Friday February 5, which was attended by over 160 attendees.  The lessons learned during […]

Feb 10, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What is causing the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain disruption?

Today’s blog is contributed by Ankita Pundir and Mayur Patil, two Industrial Engineering students who worked on creating these insights as part of the SCRC’s COVID-19 research team. “What’s behind the Nitrile Glove Shortage?” “Issues with PPE counterfeits and quality” […]

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 […]

Jan 29, 2021  |  Articles

New Technology to Help with Social Distance Tracking Among Employees

While many businesses learn to adapt to the era of COVID-19, the needs for social distancing and sanitary requirements are still a high demand. Companies are also concerned with technologies that will ensure the safety of their employees. One solution […]