Supply Chain Coronavirus Updates

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…

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 […]

Nov 8, 2020  |  Articles

Emergent Supply Chain Challenges for Deployment of the COVID19 Vaccine: Saving the Commons

As we enter into the early stages of the second wave of COVID cases, hospitals and public health administrators are worried about the new influx of cases that will arrive before the development and deployment of COVID vaccines in 2021.  […]

Sep 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Working from Home Versus the Office: Implications for Property Management

I was part of the World Commerce and Contracting (the new version of IACCM) Vibe Summit this past week, and had a great set of conversations with a number of executives about what the current work environment holds.  A number […]