FLOW: How the Best Supply Chains Thrive

Oct 28, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What does”Supplier Relationship Management” really mean?

In a report I worked on in 2013, I conducted interviews conducted with 25 chief procurement officers (CPOs) on one of the most important drivers of value creation and resilience that is often overlooked:   harnessing the power of innovation […]

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 […]

Sep 23, 2022  |  Director's Blog

US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State

We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC), Charleston (SC), and several others.  We spent three days with […]

Sep 20, 2022  |  Director's Blog

The China-Taiwan Semiconductor Question

With the recent visit of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, as well as the passing of the CHIPS Act, the public and the media have more questions than ever regarding the semiconductor market.  Primary among these is:   what is […]

Jul 6, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What’s the deal with the semiconductor shortage?

We hear a lot about the shortage of semiconductors these days in the news, and the complaints are especially loud in the automotive sector.  On top of that, many new students coming to campus this fall will find that there […]

May 30, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Procurement and supply chain executives are struggling in the current environment of high inflation and missed deliveries.

A new study that the SCRC published with GEP examines the increasing pressure that supply chain executives are getting when it comes to responding to supply chain disruptions.  The report was published in the last month, and reflects some of […]

Apr 27, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Dealing with Supply Chain Uncertainty After Covid: Insights from the Experts

A small group of executives enjoyed a particularly interesting set of insights yesterday at our first Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting since December, 2019.  Meeting on a rainy day at the NC State Faculty Club, we enjoyed some great opinions […]

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 […]