Supply Chain Coronavirus Updates

Oct 15, 2021  |  Articles

Pandemic Not Entirely to Blame for Supply Chain Issues, Rob Handfield Explains

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says that the COVID-19 pandemic is not solely to blame for the current supply chain issues. “The warehouse, distribution and truck driver shortages were bad before COVID,” said Handfield. Read more […]

Jun 25, 2021

Rob Handfield Explains Why US Companies are Struggling After Producing N95 Respirators During COVID

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains how restrictions on supplies from China led to U.S. companies entering the mask and N95 respirator market. “China, realizing that they have a crisis on their hands, restricted the export […]

May 14, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Sees Indian Drug Production at Risk Due to COVID Outbreak

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says drug production in India is at risk given the the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak. “I’ve got to believe that the number of cases is going to hurt them,” […]

May 6, 2021  |  Articles

Tim Kraft Explains the Surge in Lumber Prices

Tim Kraft, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, says that manufacturers slowed production due to the pandemic thinking many people would not have disposable income. In reality that was not the case as many homeowners used the pandemic […]

Mar 17, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains Rubber Shortage Slowing Vaccine Distribution

While President Biden has promised all adults will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by May, there are supply chain shortages that are standing in the way. Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says that the rubber […]

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 18, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Finds Lack of Coordination in National Vaccine Distribution

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, found flaws in the logistics, nonuniform tracking and coordination of the COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. “There’s a lack of integration between the allocation of the doses, the scheduling of the […]

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 5, 2021  |  Articles

The COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain: Potential Problems and Bottlenecks

By Caroline Barnhill As the first COVID-19 vaccines roll out across the country, pressure is mounting for these vaccines to be distributed and administered quickly. With hospitalizations increasing – and…