Director’s Blog

Apr 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

COVID19: An Update on Chicken, Meat, and Paper Products

Since I last wrote about the subject of shortages of grocery items on WRAL and on our video blogs, there has been considerably more concern about what is happening to the food supply chains.   I spent some time discussing this […]

Apr 5, 2020  |  Director's Blog

NC State and North Carolina industries step in to provide massive production of new N95 mask and materials

The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University (funded by NWI) has stepped in to convert much of its equipment over to production of a new material that involves just a single ply mask, an important innovation that will allow […]

Mar 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Perilous State of Healthcare Supply Chains Today: How Did We End Up Here?

In my last couple of blogs, I spoke briefly about the current surge in demand for N95 masks, as well as the number of grocery stores that were experiencing severe shortages of paper products, hot dogs, and rice & beans…if […]

Mar 25, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Proactive supplier communication is critical in this pandemic

As the coronavirus epidemic shuts down the global economy, supply chain executives should be taking steps now to ensure that their supply base remains intact in the face of massive disruption.  This was certainly the case in the 2008 Great […]

Mar 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Where are all the N95 Masks? A Supply Chain Dilemma

An interviewer asked a FEMA representative on CNN this evening a simple question:  How many N95 masks will be delivered to hospitals, and when will they arrive?  The representative managed to pivot and dodge the question, with a common response […]

Mar 17, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Issues Impacting the Country’s Recovery from the Coronavirus

The current pandemic is beginning to create panic in the general population, and in some cases, it is misplaced.  For example, grocery stores have seen massive stock-outs of common items that people are beginning to hoard as a result of […]

Mar 7, 2020  |  Director's Blog

USDA releases Biobased Economy report: A collaborative effort between NC State, Wichita State, and Duke University

I am proud to share the most recent study published by the USDA on biobased products and their growth in the United States.  This report was released this past week by the USDA, and is the latest in a series […]

Mar 2, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Steps for industry and government to prepare for the Coronavirus

As I noted in an earlier blog, the issue of global epidemics is something that we have seen in the past with the SARS epidemic.  People sometimes think these come around once every ten years – but the reality is, […]

Feb 20, 2020  |  Articles

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

This article was originally published on March 4th, 2019. UPDATE: The SCRC has partnered with FHI to produce a white paper based on the insights from the 2019 workshop on addressing labor shortages in warehouse and DC operations. To view […]

Feb 9, 2020  |  Articles

Coronavirus reminds us to review supply chain continuity plans

The rapid escalation of the Corona virus has now devastated China and other regions, resulting in more than 800 deaths and more than 37,000 cases worldwide.  The most critical outcome of this issue is the tragic loss of life, but […]