Emerging Issues in Supply Chain

Nov 25, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What is Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence?

I recently attended the SAS INNOVATE  conference, which introduced a new concept that I haven’t heard of before.  In particular, a presentation made by Eric Yu, Principal Solutions Architect within the Data Ethics Practice, caught my attention.  For those of […]

Sep 26, 2022  |  Director's Blog

China, Taiwan, and Semiconductor Risks – Part 2

As I alluded to in an earlier post, the scenario of China invading Taiwan, and halting all semiconductor production is highly unlikely, for a number of reasons. First, the Taiwanese are a very nationalistic and patriotic group of people.  If […]

Aug 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Inflation is Here for Awhile… Let’s Start to Manage It!

I concluded the last of the three-part series with my good friend Tim Cummins from World Commerce and Contracting today on inflation, and the implications for contract management and supplier relationships. On Day 1, we discussed the current state of […]

Jul 21, 2022  |  Articles

Antitrust and the Supply Chain: Protecting the Power of the Markets

At first blush, many readers are probably asking the same question:  what does the DOJ Antitrust Division have to do with supply chain management?[1] I asked this question myself, when I engaged in a discussion with Devon Mahoney, (Technical Assistance […]

Jul 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Recession ahead? One contrarian doesn’t think so…

I had the pleasure of hearing Professor Jason Miller from Michigan State University speak to the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies members today, sharing with us a variety of fascinating charts and figures that he pulled from all of the […]

Apr 22, 2022  |  Director's Blog

The reality of green energy: “green metal” supply chains won’t be able to keep up

A recent set of investigations by the Economist provides a realistic view of the likelihood of a smooth transition to a green energy economy.  Big Picture Up Front:  it won’t be easy, and many of the current projections we are […]

Mar 16, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Supply Chain Pressure Index is up for Q4 2021 – and will likely stay there (Jason MIller Blog #5)

Yesterday the Census Bureau released the Q4 2021 Quarterly Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization, and my colleague Jason Miller was able to update the MSU Supply Chain Pressure Index. The reading jumped to 494.6, up from 436.6 in Q3 2021 […]

Feb 14, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What’s the outlook for inflation and supply chain relief in 2022? (Jason Miller Blog #3)

What’s in store for 2022? Many analysts are asking this question – as they weigh off the good news from earnings season, against the warnings of the Fed that inflation will result in increased interest rates.  However, one thing I […]

Dec 28, 2021  |  Articles

Are Procurement and Logistics Executives Aligned When Faced with Current Supply Chain Challenges?

Procurement and supply chain executives are on the “same team” – and in general, a recent study conducted by the SCRC and GEP suggests that there is strong alignment between the two functions when it comes to prioritizing lower risks […]

Jul 27, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Leadership is Needed for the New Era of Disruption Ahead

I recently spoke at the National Contract Management Association on the subject of human capital in supply chains, and the need for building leadership skills in our procurement and supply chain professionals.  This subject has become of critical importance in […]