Director’s Blog

Aug 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Inflation is Here for Awhile… Let’s Start to Manage It!

I concluded the last of the three-part series with my good friend Tim Cummins from World Commerce and Contracting today on inflation, and the implications for contract management and supplier relationships. On Day 1, we discussed the current state of […]

Aug 18, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Cogniture Procurement Technologies will Change Your World

Today I spent an hour speaking with Zycus CEO Richard Waugh and expert Purvee Kondal, discussing key insights from my recent book “Cognitive Procurement:  Discover How to Embark on your AI Journey“.  In this webinar, I pulled some recent excerpts […]

Jul 21, 2022  |  Articles

Antitrust and the Supply Chain: Protecting the Power of the Markets

At first blush, many readers are probably asking the same question:  what does the DOJ Antitrust Division have to do with supply chain management?[1] I asked this question myself, when I engaged in a discussion with Devon Mahoney, (Technical Assistance […]

Jul 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Recession ahead? One contrarian doesn’t think so…

I had the pleasure of hearing Professor Jason Miller from Michigan State University speak to the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies members today, sharing with us a variety of fascinating charts and figures that he pulled from all of the […]

Jul 6, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What’s the deal with the semiconductor shortage?

We hear a lot about the shortage of semiconductors these days in the news, and the complaints are especially loud in the automotive sector.  On top of that, many new students coming to campus this fall will find that there […]

Jun 22, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Resiliency and the Role of Public-Private Collaboration: Results from an FDA Panel

I recently facilitated an FDA panel that focused on creating a resilient supply chain for the medical devices industry.  The virtual panel, Building Medical Device Supply Chain Resilience: A Healthcare and Public Health Ecosystem-Wide Collaboration, featured a number of speakers […]

May 30, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Procurement and supply chain executives are struggling in the current environment of high inflation and missed deliveries.

A new study that the SCRC published with GEP examines the increasing pressure that supply chain executives are getting when it comes to responding to supply chain disruptions.  The report was published in the last month, and reflects some of […]

May 10, 2022  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Partner Company DXM Named to the World Economic Forum’s List of Technology Pioneers

I was delighted to hear from Matt Wallace, Project DXM‘s CEO, that the company had been named to the WEF’s list of Technology Pioneers –  growth-stage companies from around the world that are using new technologies and innovation poised to […]

May 4, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Rising Interest Rates: Maybe It’s Time to Bring Back the Forgotten Art of Price Analysis

Price analysis is a subject that is often overlooked in supply chain education, (although it is certainly a big part of our chapter on Strategic Cost Management in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management).  This is perhaps a “forgotten art” that […]

Apr 27, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Dealing with Supply Chain Uncertainty After Covid: Insights from the Experts

A small group of executives enjoyed a particularly interesting set of insights yesterday at our first Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting since December, 2019.  Meeting on a rainy day at the NC State Faculty Club, we enjoyed some great opinions […]