Director’s Blog

Jul 9, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Making Sense of the Post-Pandemic Economy… Will We Ever Return to “Normal”?

The first half of 2021 brought with it a wave of massive changes, as well as new disruptions that augmented the chaos surrounding the mass vaccinations in the United States.  What is becoming increasingly clear is that the US economy […]

Jun 15, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Behind the Numbers of the SCRC Supply Management Index

The SCRC’s Supply Management Maturity Index was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article, that identified the companies best prepared to weather the storm ahead in terms of supply chain disruptions.  In this blog, I’ll explain a bit more […]

Jun 10, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Will Supply Chain Price Increases Result in Inflation? The Fed isn’t Worried…

As vaccination rates in the US, the UK, and Europe have risen, economies have shifted back and capital projects are beginning to resume.  However, significant problems remain with respect to major shortages and price increases that exist in supply chains. […]

Jun 3, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Can we re-shore and create a US semiconductor industry? Maybe…

I participated today in the National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine’s “Logistics and Manufacturing under Attack Virtual” Workshop, that involved a number of Department of Defense, private sector companies (GE, Pratt & Whitney), and academic partners, to discuss the […]

May 27, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Re-thinking the Strategic National Stockpile

I recently testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, along with three other witnesses.  During this testimony, I shared some of the insights I developed working with the Joint Acquisition Task Force as a pro bono […]

May 4, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Why the News from India is So Bad: A COVID Cycle that Will Continue

As the news rolls out that the vaccine rates are moving along here in the United States, it is easy for many people to become complacent. Restaurants and bars are opening up, and people are starting to return to markets […]

Apr 28, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Managers Need to be Able to Interpret and Act on Flows of Data

Information flow (data) is critical to creating velocity of action and decision-making. Resistance layers often form between companies, which prevent information from flowing seamlessly to key managers. These layers may include firewalls to ensure cyber security mandates are followed, or […]

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 […]

Mar 30, 2021  |  Director's Blog

The Close Ties Between Real Estate and Supply Chains Uncovered: The Colliers-SCRC Webinar Reveals It All!

I hosted an incredibly informative webinar today with real estate experts Bill Condon and Matt McGregor of Colliers International  for a “fireside chat”. We spoke about a number of seemingly diverse topics: the impact of autonomous vehicles, smart edge technologies, e-commerce and […]