Global Supply Chain

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 […]

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 […]

Jan 20, 2022  |  Director's Blog

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 considering how to re-align their supply chains, and the word […]

Nov 6, 2021  |  Articles

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 Angeles port, where major operational disconnects are occurring between ships, […]

Oct 30, 2021  |  Articles

Los Angeles Port Bottlenecks Don’t Have Any Short-term Fixes

There is no question that the LA port is one of the biggest economic bottlenecks facing the United States.  The success of the port is undeniably tied to the success of the global economy.  The Los Angeles port has experienced […]

Oct 6, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Breaks Down the Many Factors of Global Supply Chain Shortages

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, explains how container shortages, protein production issues and natural disasters have impacted and will continue to disrupt global supply chains as well as economic recovery. “People are going to see inflation […]

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,” […]