Re-thinking Healthcare Supply Chains After COVID

Nov 12, 2021

Designing a Test Kit Supply Chain in Response to COVID-19

Summary of sponsored research conducted through NC State University’s Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), July 2020 – August 2021 Background and Introduction In the summer of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc on public health systems across the […]

Oct 15, 2021

Rob Handfield Sees Pharmaceutical Packaging Becoming a Problem

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains as aluminum shortages develop it could develop pharmaceutical packaging problems. Along with this, Handfield can also see deliveries slowing with packaging issues as the holidays are approaching. “I think Johnny […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Emphasizes the Need for Automation in the PPE Supply Chain System

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, reviewed the documentation on the medical equipment supply chain control tower and found that automation is needed for it to be successful. “It sounds very sexy. … But from what I’ve […]

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” […]