Emerging Issues in Supply Chain

Oct 18, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Diversifying the Supply Base to Prepare for Disruption in COVID: Now is the Time!

Diversifying your supply base prior to a major crisis like COVID is more important than ever as we go into the winter season.  The likelihood of another surge is now becoming apparent, as the cases in Europe and the US […]

Sep 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Working from Home – Impacts on Commercial Property Markets

I was recently speaking to Nick Swain, from Kinegistics, who shared with me his thoughts on how working from home is going to be the norm.  This was a follow-up to an IACCM Vibe Summit webinar I did with Tim […]

Aug 9, 2020  |  Articles

Double Bullwhip Effect Impacted Trade in the First Half of 2020

Evolutionary design requires individuals to constantly look for emerging patterns in how material moves through their supply chains. Force or action must be taken to change the path of supply chain flows, to compress the amount of time that inventory […]

Apr 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Lessons Learned for Supply Chain Pandemic Planning Part 1: Governance and Risk Assessment

Oddly enough, the lessons learned from the Covid crisis are very similar to the lessons learned from the LAST major epidemic that hit the world, the H1N1 crisis.  At that time, I wrote a study for the IBM Business of […]

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 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 […]

Jan 14, 2020  |  Articles

Third Annual State of Supply Chain Data Quality and Governance Report Released

This morning, the SCRC and Ivalua released the latest report on the state of data governance in supply chains, which provides insights into some of the key trends in this rapidly shifting area. This year’s study was conducted with the […]

Dec 18, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Predictions for 2020 (Who knew I’d still be writing this blog 18 years later!)

Although I didn’t come out with any new years’ predictions last year at this time, it’s the start of a new decade, so predictions are definitely in order.  However, I also came to realize that I’ve been writing this blog […]

Dec 11, 2019  |  Articles

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

On December 5, 2019, we held a panel discussion that focused on different perspectives related to global trade.  As the global environment is shifting based on political debates, EU/British negotiations, tariffs driven by the Trump administration, as well as the […]