Developing Supply Chain Immunity to Future Shocks

Aug 28, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Just How Dire is the COVID Healthcare Global Supply Chain Response? (A Case Study)

One would surmise from some of the political proclamations made in the last few days that the COVID crisis is behind us and that everything is back to normal.  Some of my recent research has involved interviews with healthcare physicians, […]

Aug 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Five Things We Can Do to Get Ready for the Next Pandemic

It’s probably too late to already be thinking about how to fix the bungled response to the current pandemic.  We can’t really fix it now that it’s set in motion, as much of the damage has already occurred.  However we […]

Aug 2, 2020  |  Articles

Global Trade Professional Alliance Launches APEC Survey With SCRC Research Team

APEC Global Supply Chains Resiliency Survey Launched With the world economy facing multiple disruptions, including slow economic growth, natural disasters, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, global value chains (GVCs), and supply chains more broadly, are transforming rapidly. While past […]

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, […]

Jun 25, 2020  |  Director's Blog

U.S. Government Poised To Award ‘Commercial Platforms’ Contracts That Will Open Online Marketplaces To Federal Purchasers

I was recently involved in a research discussion with Chris Yukins of George Washington University’s Law School’s Government Procurement Program, and Thomas Kull from Arizona State University, exploring the impact of the rise of electronic marketplaces in government procurement. In […]

Jun 19, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explores Resilient Supply Chains for Post-COVID World

In the wake of COVID-19, Rob Handfield goes in to detail on what it takes to be a resilient supply chain following the global crisis.

Jun 7, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Integrating “The Edge”, or “The Rise of the Machines”

Flow improvements from the integration of supply chain partners and the elimination of layers of traditional communication can also facilitate movement. Machine to Machine — or more appropriately, App to App — communications, without humans in the loop, are going […]

May 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Strategic National Stockpile that Failed Us

The COVID-19 crisis arrived in the United States in February and was largely dismissed as a non-threatening issue.  In particular, the CDC was convinced that it had contained the virus and retained control of all diagnostic testing, which later produced […]

May 21, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Healthcare Strategic Stockpile Management Remains a Big Challenge

Beginning in 2015 the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine led a standing committee to inform Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) decision-making. This committee included “…state and local public health officials, representatives of medical manufacturing and distribution companies, logistics managers, […]

May 11, 2020  |  Director's Blog

We Need Supply Chain Immunity, not Resiliency: A Position Paper

In today’s post I am sharing insights from a position paper that my colleague Dan Finkenstadt, PhD, myself, and other academic and government officers are working on.  The paper is an attempt to create some logic in the fact of […]