Government Acquisition

Nov 25, 2018  |  Director's Blog

GovShop a new way to buy for government supply managers

For many years, government contract officers working at the local, state, and federal level, relied on a variety of different networks to search for qualified suppliers.  In many cases, they went back to “the usual suspects”, which often involved suppliers […]

Jun 5, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Homeland Security is Using Supply Chain Analytics to Go After Organized Crime and Traffickers

I had the pleasure of attending the Thomson Reuters Government Conference, and sat on a panel with Andy Russell, Lead Director, Department of Defense Programs. Prior to our panel session, I heard from some outstanding speakers on the topic of […]

Feb 8, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Is the FAR getting in the way of Early Supplier Involvement in defense projects?

Product development within the U.S. defense industry tends to follow a waterfall-phased lifecycle development approach beginning at the concept level and concluding at the subsystem/component level. The concept level design phase is typically summarized in a system concept document. This […]

Jun 8, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Insights from Counterfeit Roundtable at NC State Part 2: Interdiction and Block Chain

This past week we held a roundtable focused on “Combating Counterfeiting in the Supply Chain”.  This post is a continuation of an earlier post I wrote on this subject.  Counterfeiting is seen as a major problem facing major manufacturers as […]

Apr 13, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Executive Panel on "Navigating the Road Ahead in Uncertain Times" Coming Up!

Based on the deluge of news coming from the press on Trump, Russia, China, trade talks, tax reform, healthcare reform, and a multitude of topics, it’s enough to make your head spin.  This is particularly the case if you are […]

Mar 4, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Mapping the Road Ahead in a Time of Daily Disconcerting Tweets

This week we announced the theme of our upcoming Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting.  The theme of the meeting, “Mapping the Road Ahead in Uncertain Times”, brings together a number of industry experts to share insights and develop some thoughts […]

Jan 25, 2017  |  Director's Blog

What Trump's Announcement of Withdrawal from the TPP Means for US Supply Chain Executives

Here’s a new insight by Tim Barnes in a guest blog this week, after Donald Trump announced the withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership for the United States. I’ve been traveling the country this week meeting with both American business leaders […]

Dec 14, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Handfield's 2017 SCM Predictions: Impact of the Trump Presidency on the Supply Chain

OK, so Trump won, Clinton lost.  Get over it, it’s a done deal.  Time to move on, and figure out what this means in terms of how the global economy will be impacted, and in particular, how the supply chain […]

Nov 13, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Van Horne Institute Considers Alaska Transport Route, and Weighs Trump's Plans for Keystone XL

On election night last week, I was stationed in Calgary Alberta, watching the results unfold in Mountain Time, and wondering what was going on in the country I’ve adopted as home.  You see, I’m a native Calgarian, and was visiting […]

Jul 22, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Legal Experts Need to be Front and Center in Negotiating Software Contracts

I had the opportunity to engage in a negotiation seminar with a large insurance company last week, and had the team work on a software contract role play.  In the scenario, there was both a buyer and supplier, and there […]