Global Supply Chain

Jul 15, 2021

Rob Handfield Explains the Complexities of Re-Shoring Manufacturing to the U.S.

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, provides a realistic view of the Biden Administration’s plan to redesign global supply chains to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. “Biden’s call for re-shoring manufacturing back to the US will […]

Jun 3, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Can we re-shore and create a US semiconductor industry? Maybe…

I participated today in the National Academies of Engineering, Science, and Medicine’s “Logistics and Manufacturing under Attack Virtual” Workshop, that involved a number of Department of Defense, private sector companies (GE, Pratt & Whitney), and academic partners, to discuss the […]

Apr 22, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Explains the Ocean Container Shortage

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, says the increased volume of product the U.S. buys from China is a major reason behind the worldwide ocean container shortage. “Ships are getting larger and larger, and slower and slower,” […]

Apr 21, 2021

Despite Recent Brexit Trade Agreement, Challenges Persist

After years of negotiations, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) now see eye-to-eye on a trade agreement. Nevertheless, the withdrawal of the UK still presents obstacles for “logistics leaders tasked with moving goods from one side of […]

Mar 29, 2021  |  Articles

‘Ever Given’ is Free, but the Cargo Industry Still Faces Congestion

Though Ever Given has officially been dislodged, the expectation of resumed passage through the Suez Canal has the maritime cargo industry bracing for the next phase of the plight: over 300 cargo ships racing to ports around the world competing […]

Mar 25, 2021  |  Director's Blog

A ‘Beached Whale’ in the Suez Canal: Stuck Working Capital

By now, many of you have heard about the “Ever Given,” which has been stuck in the Suez Canal since Tuesday, and is blocking all container ships trying to get through with their cargo. This monster ship, which is as […]

Feb 25, 2021  |  Articles

Biden’s Executive Order on Supply Chain Vulnerabilities: A Reality Check

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday that will result in a 100-day review of supply chains by the executive branch for pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors and large capacity batteries. The 100-day review will be followed by a longer year-long […]

Jan 25, 2021  |  Articles

Five Supply Chain Trends to Watch out for in 2021

Mark Perera, CEO of Vizibl, recently shared his 2021 predictions on key procurement and supply chain trends with Supply Chain Digital. He predicted this year we would see: a demand for organizations to team up with suppliers to improve the […]

Jan 11, 2021  |  Articles

Hong Kong Facing Uphill Battle to Maintain Port Status

With the Year of the Ox upon us, Hong Kong’s container industry faces the challenge of keeping up with port technology innovations, along with competitors offering lower terminal handling charges. Due to these impediments, the development of the Hong Kong […]

Dec 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The SCRC’s Contribution to the WSJ’s Best Managed Companies

Once again, the Drucker Institute has put together a list of the “Top 250 Best Managed Companies”, which was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal.  And like last year, the ratings put forth by the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative remain […]