Director’s Blog

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 […]

Mar 25, 2021  |  Director's Blog

A ‘Beached Whale’ in the Suez Canal: Stuck Working Capital

By now, many of you have heard about the “Ever Given,” which has been stuck in the Suez Canal since Tuesday, and is blocking all container ships trying to get through with their cargo. This monster ship, which is as […]

Mar 17, 2021  |  Director's Blog

The Big Texas Chemical Freeze Raises Issues on Resiliency of the Petrochemical Supply Chain

Today’s Wall Street Journal article on the impact of the Texas winter storm on the petrochemical industry highlights many of the challenges that exist with this supply chain, that have been overlooked for too long. Christoper Matthews points out that […]

Mar 12, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Preparedness Lessons Learned: The Gulf Coast Refineries and the Texas Storm

I interviewed some individuals who work in the Houston area and learned more about what happened.  One supply chain executive shared with me some of the challenges they experienced during the Texas Winter Storm that hit last week. “It was […]