COVID-19 Supply Chain View from the Field

May 6, 2021  |  Articles

Tim Kraft Explains the Surge in Lumber Prices

Tim Kraft, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, says that manufacturers slowed production due to the pandemic thinking many people would not have disposable income. In reality that was not the case as many homeowners used the pandemic […]

May 4, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Why the News from India is So Bad: A COVID Cycle that Will Continue

As the news rolls out that the vaccine rates are moving along here in the United States, it is easy for many people to become complacent. Restaurants and bars are opening up, and people are starting to return to markets […]

May 4, 2021

The Rise of Robots in Restaurant Kitchens

The utilization of robots in the kitchen is a growing trend, and this is due to an expansion in artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing. As reported by Swamini Kulkarni of Allied Market Research, this shift to kitchen automation is […]

May 3, 2021  |  Articles

SCRC Plays Pivotal Role in Initiative to Improve Global Supply Chain Resiliency

A team of NC State students and faculty played an integral role in a newly-launched global campaign to build integrity and resilience for businesses that participate in value chains.

Apr 29, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Warns of Price Increase on Paper Towels, Diapers and Similar Products

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, cautions consumers of rising prices in products like paper towels and diapers due to the high demand and cost of wood pulp. “The demand for toilet tissue, paper towels, napkins, the […]

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 […]

Mar 31, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Documenting the Response of State Procurement Officers to the COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 emergency will be remembered as one of the most devastating disasters in modern history with impacts that rippled across all sectors of the global economy and societies. One grave failure is the challenge governments faced in securing personal […]

Mar 30, 2021  |  Director's Blog

The Close Ties Between Real Estate and Supply Chains Uncovered: The Colliers-SCRC Webinar Reveals It All!

I hosted an incredibly informative webinar today with real estate experts Bill Condon and Matt McGregor of Colliers International  for a “fireside chat”. We spoke about a number of seemingly diverse topics: the impact of autonomous vehicles, smart edge technologies, e-commerce and […]

Mar 17, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains Rubber Shortage Slowing Vaccine Distribution

While President Biden has promised all adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by May, there are supply chain shortages that are standing in the way. Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says that the rubber […]

Mar 16, 2021

Key Steps in Building National Supply Chain Immunity [Podcast]

SCRC Executive Director Rob Handfield was recently the featured guest on the IBM Center for The Business of Government podcast, “The Business of Government Hour,” as part of its series on how the pandemic has transformed government management and operations. […]