Coronavirus Impact on Supply Chains

Sep 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Working from Home Versus the Office: Implications for Property Management

I was part of the World Commerce and Contracting (the new version of IACCM) Vibe Summit this past week, and had a great set of conversations with a number of executives about what the current work environment holds.  A number […]

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 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Force Majeure: A Non-Issue When it Comes to COVID Supply Chain Disruptions

Early in the pandemic, many lawyers were licking their chops, thinking about the stream of force majeure lawsuits that would be coming their way, with manufacturers suing suppliers, and vice versa, all using force majeure as a contractual escape hatch […]

Jul 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Next Supply Chain Capacity Expansion Will Be…

In the current environment, the big push for production and the biggest shortfalls in capacity is for test kits.  Recent reports identify that the level of testing is far below what they need to be, and despite their best efforts, […]

Jul 28, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Foraging for Healthcare Supplies in a Western Economy

Yesterday I spoke with a procurement executive at a major hospital in the Northeast.  This is someone that I know and respect, and who is considered a highly proactive and informed individual.  He is deploying advanced procurement technology in his […]

Jul 24, 2020  |  Articles

Advising Students in the “New Normal” World of Working Remotely: Guest Blog from Ayo Agunbiade

Today’s guest blog is from one of our Academic Advisors, Ayo Agunbiade, a Senior Academic Advisor in the Poole College of Management Undergraduate Programs advising office.  After reading one of my recent blogs on social distancing and working from home, […]

Jul 23, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield on the New Players of Protective Gear

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, many never anticipated the vast shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers. The disruption in the PPE supply chains in North Carolina and across the globe is now becoming dependent […]

Jul 17, 2020  |  Articles

Coronavirus, Tariffs, Trade Wars and Supply Chain Evolutionary Design

It is clear that the COVID-19 response introduced a bullwhip effect in the manufacturing sector on a scale never-before seen. Scholars, including the authors of this study from the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, would suggest there are […]

Jul 10, 2020

Will People Ever Go Back to Work in an Office?

As we continue to plow through the difficult times, with COVID cases spiking in multiple states across the country, the hopes for a normal return to the workplace is diminishing every day.  It is unlikely that we will ever return […]

Jul 7, 2020  |  Articles

COVID and Touchless Logistics for Home Delivery: Guest Post by Michael Kay PhD

Today’s blog was provided by Professor Michael Kay of the Edwards Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State University.  This is a reprint of an article he published in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Work.  With so […]