Coronavirus Impact on Supply Chains

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 23, 2021

Supply Chain Bottlenecks Will Likely Continue for the Remainder of the Year

As vaccination rates in the US, the UK, and Europe have risen, economies have shifted back and capital projects are beginning to resume. However, significant problems remain.

Jun 10, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Will Supply Chain Price Increases Result in Inflation? The Fed isn’t Worried…

As vaccination rates in the US, the UK, and Europe have risen, economies have shifted back and capital projects are beginning to resume.  However, significant problems remain with respect to major shortages and price increases that exist in supply chains. […]

Jun 2, 2021

Tim Kraft Explains the Challenges of the Shipping Pallet Shortage

Tim Kraft, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, sees the recent shortage of wood shipping pallets as detrimental to the supply chain of other essential products spanning from electronics to food. “The pallet, surprisingly, is the secret lifeblood […]

May 27, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Re-thinking the Strategic National Stockpile

I recently testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, along with three other witnesses.  During this testimony, I shared some of the insights I developed working with the Joint Acquisition Task Force as a pro bono […]

May 25, 2021

Strategies to Manage Cybersecurity Breaches in the Supply Chain

Given the SolarWinds “Orion” attack in December of 2020, and the coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Cold Chain Phishing campaign, the demand for stronger security in the supply chain to prevent cyber assaults is at an all-time high. As reported by The […]

May 14, 2021

Rob Handfield Explains Recent Supply Shortages

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, breaks down the recent supply shortages from computer chips to coffee across the global supply chain. “There’s going to be shortages of electronic components on and off for the next six […]