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Director’s Blog

Dec 9, 2023

“I heard you on the wireless back in ’52”: Generative AI from an educational perspective

Fink provides insights into AI in procurement that surpasses anyone else I've seen in the field... Rob Handfield 

Nov 29, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series VI: Pam Heminger, Senior Vice President of Procurement & Planning, Caterpillar

Driving Transformation in a Global Organization Pam Heminger knows a thing or two about transformation. During her 24 years at Honda of America, she helped implement many of the supply… 

Nov 20, 2023

Annual “Doing Good with OM and OR” Workshop focused on making an impact on society

Tim Kraft and Eda Kemahlioglu-Ziya (shown below) organized this event, and also wrote this brief summary of the day. On Friday, November 17th, the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative hosted its… 

Nov 2, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership V: Howard Richman

Lessons Learned from a Career in Procurement As part of our weekly Supply Chain Leadership, I interviewed Howard Richman, who I am co-authoring a new book with (“Procurement Confidential”). His… 

Sep 27, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series IV: Joydeep Ganguly – Passionate About Sustainable Supply Chains

Joydeep Ganguly was one of my students during his MBA at NC State. I had the opportunity to have him talk to my MBA class recently, and we covered a variety… 

Sep 21, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series III: Andrew Olah – Changing the Denim Industry One Brand at a Time

Andrew Olah claims he is in the twilight of his career.  But everything he is involved seems to be to the contrary!  Olah has recently sold his textile business, Olah Inc, and has… 

Sep 19, 2023

How will the United Auto Workers strike impact automotive companies?

The UAW is not on its fourth day of strikes.  This is on the back of several profitable years for the Big Three, including an announcement by Stellantis that they… 

Sep 12, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership II: Jodie Clarke, VP of Procurement at Altria Client Services

Communication is Essential for Supply Chain Leaders I had the pleasure of speaking with Jodie Clarke, Vice President of Procurement at Altria Client Services thisweek. Jodie grew up in Western North Carolina and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master’ of Science… 

Sep 1, 2023

Supply Chain Leadership Series I: An Interview with Amanda Chawla, CSCO, Stanford Health

Today I had a fantastic interview with Amanda Chawla, as part of our new Supply Chain Leadership series within the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative at NC State. Her comments provided some… 

Jun 30, 2023

Insights from the EAI’s attendance at Planet Textiles (The Sustainable Textiles Summit)

Guest Blog by Dr. Marguerite Moore The following blog was written by Dr. Marguerite Moore from the Wilson College of Textiles. Thank you for writing up your insights Marguerite! On…