Developing Supply Chain Immunity to Future Shocks

Apr 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Lessons Learned for Supply Chain Pandemic Planning Part 1: Governance and Risk Assessment

Oddly enough, the lessons learned from the Covid crisis are very similar to the lessons learned from the LAST major epidemic that hit the world, the H1N1 crisis.  At that time, I wrote a study for the IBM Business of […]

Apr 5, 2020  |  Director's Blog

NC State and North Carolina industries step in to provide massive production of new N95 mask and materials

The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University (funded by NWI) has stepped in to convert much of its equipment over to production of a new material that involves just a single ply mask, an important innovation that will allow […]

Mar 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Perilous State of Healthcare Supply Chains Today: How Did We End Up Here?

In my last couple of blogs, I spoke briefly about the current surge in demand for N95 masks, as well as the number of grocery stores that were experiencing severe shortages of paper products, hot dogs, and rice & beans…if […]

Mar 25, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Proactive supplier communication is critical in this pandemic

As the coronavirus epidemic shuts down the global economy, supply chain executives should be taking steps now to ensure that their supply base remains intact in the face of massive disruption.  This was certainly the case in the 2008 Great […]

Mar 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Where are all the N95 Masks? A Supply Chain Dilemma

An interviewer asked a FEMA representative on CNN this evening a simple question:  How many N95 masks will be delivered to hospitals, and when will they arrive?  The representative managed to pivot and dodge the question, with a common response […]

Mar 2, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Steps for industry and government to prepare for the Coronavirus

As I noted in an earlier blog, the issue of global epidemics is something that we have seen in the past with the SARS epidemic.  People sometimes think these come around once every ten years – but the reality is, […]