Developing Supply Chain Immunity to Future Shocks

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, […]

Oct 26, 2021  |  Articles

The Increasing Role of Climate Change in Supply Chain Disruptions

Major supply chain disruptions due to weather-related incidents are on the rise, and one can’t dismiss these as a “once-in-a-century” event any more.  The Texas freeze and Hurricane Ida severely disrupted petrochemical production, which had a ripple effect on the […]

Sep 2, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Building a Playbook for the Next Pandemic

Many organizations are seeking ways to prepare for the next wave of Delta variant, as well as other variants that may be in the pipeline.  How should your organization prepare?  What needs to be done today?  In general, I don’t […]

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.

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. […]

Mar 9, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Challenges and Opportunities to Expand the COVID19 Vaccine Supply Chain: A Global Summit

Over the last two days, I had the honor of attending a virtual C19 Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing Summit, hosted by COVAX, CEPI, DCVMN, IFPMA, and BIO.  The speakers included a critical number of major vaccine manufacturers, suppliers, government […]

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 […]

Dec 17, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Key Takeaways from our Vaccine Supply Chain Webinar on December 16

As the Pfizer vaccine is rolling out across the country this week, Major Dan Finkenstadt and I delivered a webinar, in which we identified a list of possible concerns and “hiccups” that may lie in store for distribution of the […]

Oct 18, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Diversifying the Supply Base to Prepare for Disruption in COVID: Now is the Time!

Diversifying your supply base prior to a major crisis like COVID is more important than ever as we go into the winter season.  The likelihood of another surge is now becoming apparent, as the cases in Europe and the US […]