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Global Supply Chain

Jan 16, 2024

Comparing the 2023 National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS): A Critique and Comparison to Supply Chain Immunity

The Department of Defense released four days ago its inaugural National Defense Industrial Strategy (NDIS), which is intended  to  guide the Department’s engagement, policy development, and investment in the industrial… 

Sep 19, 2023

How will the United Auto Workers strike impact automotive companies?

The UAW is not on its fourth day of strikes.  This is on the back of several profitable years for the Big Three, including an announcement by Stellantis that they… 

May 4, 2023

First Case of Human Rights Violations is Filed under the German Due Diligence Act

A little-noticed but important development occured this week, that demonstrates how labor and human rights is impacting the supply chain landscape- and also shows how ESG laws are evolving much… 

Jan 18, 2023

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”: The argument for creating an analytics culture

The following is a guest blog from Craig Lukasik , one of my former MBA students from the Poole College of Management’s supply chain program.  I was really pleased when… 

Jan 1, 2023

Ten Supply Chain Predictions for 2023

As we go into the first week of 2023, many are wondering what’s ahead for global commerce and supply chains.  As I’ve done in prior years, I’ll make a few… 

Sep 26, 2022

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… 

Jul 21, 2022

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… 

Jul 19, 2022

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… 

Jan 20, 2022

Recommendations to the US government for domestic alignment of supply chains in 2022

The lessons of 2020 and 2021 have led many organizations to begin questioning whether a domestic supply base is something that should be considered.  The executives I’m speaking with are… 

Nov 6, 2021

Human-machine Tradeoffs in Supply Chain Decisions (and the LA Port)

The current set of supply chain disruptions is bringing increased focus on the need for digital transformation of our supply chains.  Nowhere is digital transformation needed more than the Los…