Emerging Issues in Supply Chain

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 […]

Jul 26, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Human Resource Planning for Procurement, Contract Management and Supply Chain Management

I spoke recently on the subject of Strategic Human Capital, and the importance of developing human resource planning for supply chains with Dan Finkenstadt at the NCMA World Congress.  Much of the material was developed by Dr. Ian George, who […]

Jun 10, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Will Supply Chain Price Increases Result in Inflation? The Fed isn’t Worried…

As vaccination rates in the US, the UK, and Europe have risen, economies have shifted back and capital projects are beginning to resume.  However, significant problems remain with respect to major shortages and price increases that exist in supply chains. […]

Jun 2, 2021

Rob Handfield Puts More Emphasis on Cybersecurity During Meat Processor Hack

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, sees no reason for consumers to rush out and buy meat amid the recent meat processor hack. Instead, he implores companies to be wary of potential cyber attacks. “It’s a sign […]

Feb 23, 2021  |  Director's Blog

How Confident is the U.S. in the Vaccine Roll-out Plan?

Professor Dan Finkenstadt and I have completed a recent analysis of relative attitudes towards the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness and distribution plan. This survey was conducted over the last four weeks, with a diverse population. The sample included a raw diverse […]

Jan 14, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Existential Questions to Consider in Human and Digital Supply Chain Transformation

This blog was offered by Joe Yacura, CEO and founder of the International Association of Data Quality, Governance, and Analytics. Today’s supply chains are being re-engineered aggressively as a result of the COVID pandemic impacts on business. Decisions need to […]