Global Supply Chain

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,” […]

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 […]