Coronavirus Impact on Supply Chains

Nov 28, 2021  |  Articles

Five Myths About the Supply Chain Heading Into 2022

This article was originally published by The Washington Post here. Shelves are empty. Online orders take much longer to arrive. The media is warning of a Christmas devoid of presents. The supply chain has probably affected you firsthand in some […]

Nov 23, 2021  |  Articles

Maybe its time for consumers to consume less…Market Satiation as a new supply chain strategy

The current set of supply chain disruptions is being set off by a combination of COVID cases and energy disruptions in manufacturing hubs around the world, labor shortages, lack of capital infrastructure investment, misaligned transportation resources (a lack of containers, […]

Nov 15, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Predicts Continued Inflation Amid Supply Chain Shortage

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, sees the inflation from work shortages, port backups and fractured supply chains continuing into the new year. “The cost of shipping via truck has gone up. The cost of putting things […]

Nov 6, 2021  |  Articles

Human-machine Tradeoffs in Supply Chain Decisions (and the LA Port)

The current set of supply chain disruptions is bringing increased focus on the need for digital transformation of our supply chains.  Nowhere is digital transformation needed more than the Los Angeles port, where major operational disconnects are occurring between ships, […]

Nov 2, 2021  |  Director's Blog

It’s a Great Time To Be a Supply Chain Major!

In the midst of all of the news about supply chain shortages and problems at ports, there is a silver lining in all of this; the demand for supply chain students to solve these problems has never been greater!  In […]

Oct 20, 2021

Will Supply Issues Affect Holiday Shopping This Year?

As we enter the holiday shopping season, North Carolina State University experts say consumers may encounter supply-related roadblocks when checking off their shopping lists. Robert Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at NC State, spoke with […]

Oct 13, 2021

Alert Your Parents: They’re Already Late on Their Holiday Shopping

BY DEBORAH B. SOLOMON · ILLUSTRATION BY ANA CUNA IF YOU HAVE ORDERED ANYTHING ONLINE LATELY — whether it’s a new bike, a pair of sneakers or a laptop — you may have noticed: Everything is taking a really long […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Breaks Down the Many Factors of Global Supply Chain Shortages

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains how container shortages, protein production issues and natural disasters have impacted and will continue to disrupt global supply chains as well as economic recovery. “People are going to see inflation […]

Sep 30, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains the Growing Demand for Computer Chips

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains the surge in demand for computer chips and the impact it will have on supply chains. “The demand is continuing to surge for chips,” said Handfield. “It’s going up and […]

Sep 29, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Counterfeiting is on the rise, and projected to exceed $3 trillion in 2022

In a recent article published by The Wire China, I was interviewed on the challenges of e-commerce giant Amazon to contain counterfeit products on its website.  Counterfeit products are commonly thought to be a problem in niche industries, including luxury […]