Re-thinking Healthcare Supply Chains After COVID

Jun 11, 2021

Supply Shortages Continue to Plague Healthcare

A lot of the vaccine problems surrounding healthcare products continue to occur, including syringes, many of which are made from polyurethanes and polypropylenes. During the Texas freeze, 14 or the 16 resin manufacturers declared force majeure. They then decided to […]

May 20, 2021

Rob Handfield Serves as a Witness in Congressional Hearing on the PPE Supply Shortage

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, served as one of four witnesses in a congressional hearing evaluating the personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain and the gaps in responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “American exceptionalism became American hubris,” said […]

Apr 8, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Vaccines are the Utility Needed for the Global Economy

In an article in Politico, the (somewhat) obvious point is made that the Biden administration is finally recognizing that there is not enough manufacturing capacity in the US to produce booster shots that will be needed to combat the new […]

Mar 31, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Documenting the Response of State Procurement Officers to the COVID Crisis

The COVID-19 emergency will be remembered as one of the most devastating disasters in modern history with impacts that rippled across all sectors of the global economy and societies. One grave failure is the challenge governments faced in securing personal […]

Feb 23, 2021  |  Director's Blog

How Confident is the U.S. in the Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

Professor Dan Finkenstadt and I have completed a recent analysis of relative attitudes towards the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness and distribution plan. This survey was conducted over the last four weeks, with a diverse population. The sample included a raw diverse […]

Feb 11, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Expert Panel Covers Critical Issues in COVID Vaccine Promotion and Distribution

The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative hosted two world leading experts, Professors Stacy Wood and Julie Swann, for a webinar on consumer marketing and vaccine distribution on Friday February 5, which was attended by over 160 attendees.  The lessons learned during […]

Feb 10, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What is causing the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain disruption?

Today’s blog is contributed by Ankita Pundir and Mayur Patil, two Industrial Engineering students who worked on creating these insights as part of the SCRC’s COVID-19 research team. “What’s behind the Nitrile Glove Shortage?” “Issues with PPE counterfeits and quality” […]

Jan 28, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Digitizing the COVID Vaccine: India’s Got This Figured Out

I had an opportunity this week to interview Ran Singh, who is the Acting Director for Asia Pac for Audits and Compliance at GlaxoSmithKline. I met Ran through the 360RX Supply Chain Security Conference, held last year. At this meeting, […]

Jan 4, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What’s the Hold-up With COVID Vaccinations? Don’t Hold Your Breath…a 2021 Prediction

Welcome to 2021!  At the beginning of each year, I typically put together some predictions about what to expect in the supply chain world in the next year.  Umm…. I didn’t do so well in 2020….  About the only predictions […]

Dec 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

More Testing is Still Critical as COVID Vaccines Roll Out

Our research team in the Poole College has continued to work on the problem of how best to distribute COVID tests during a nationwide and global shortage of tests, as pandemic cases continue to grow.  Based on our interviews with […]