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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… 

Jun 26, 2023

Warehouse Management Systems are the Heartbeat of Distribution Centers

I recently did some work exploring the world of Warehouse Management Systems – which a professional in the 3PL field called “the heartbeat of a DC- you can’t run one… 

Jun 22, 2023

Hanjin sends shippers scrambling…

Hanjin bankruptcy gives shippers crash course in risk mitigation The bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping will have shippers scrambling for transport alternatives during Peak Season, as global seaports also struggle to… 

Jun 22, 2023

SCRC Meeting – Patrick Fox from VF Corporation: “Creating a Global Trade Playbook”

Patrick Fox, Senior Director for Customs and Trade Strategy for VF, presented at the SCRC and made a number of excellent observations about the current trade environment.  Patrick noted that… 

Jun 11, 2023

The Disastrous Response of the Federal Government to the COVID-19 pandemic

A recent paper published in the PAR Journal, written by myself, Andrea Patrucco, Zhaohui Wu, Christoper Yukins, and Tanner Slaughter, reveals some insights into the reasons for failure of the… 

May 26, 2023

Why resilient and supply chain objectives can be achieved through the same means.

May 11, 2023

Shining a Light on the EV Supply Chain: A Poor Environmental and Human Rights Record

For years, the public has been going around buying electric vehicles, claiming that they are promoting “clean energy” and contributing to less global warming, feeling very smug about themselves.  However,…