Labor and Human Rights in the Supply Chain

Jul 28, 2019  |  Articles

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor […]

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 […]

Aug 23, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Needed: A New Way to Manage Risk in Low Cost Countries

Nowhere are disruptions more prevalent than in Low Cost Countries (LCC’s), which have become the focal point for outsourced contract manufacturing for major apparel brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Gap, Apple, and others. As organizations have expanded their supply chains globally, they have moved to outsourced manufacturing that reduces cost, but which also exposes their brand to greater risk. “Instead of brand versus brand or store versus store, it is now suppliers—brand—store versus suppliers—brand—store, or supply chain versus supply chain,” as Lambert and Cooper[1] highlighted in a seminal research article in 2000.

Aug 7, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Analytics Should Focus on A Culture of Factory Safety for Workers in Low Cost Country Manufacturing

For analytics to become truly effective in global manufacturing settings, veracity and consistency are critical requirements. Based on a recent interview with an executive at a large global apparel company, several insights regarding improvements in global consistency of data became […]

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 […]

Oct 14, 2016  |  Director's Blog

What is the True Cost of Sustainable Apparel from Bangladesh? Insights from Harvard "Sustainable Models for the Apparel Industry" Conference

This week’s blog is a guest blog from a PhD Student, MD Rejaul Hasan.  Rejaul is from Bangladesh, and is working on his PhD in the College of Textiles at NC State University, and is passionate on the subject of sustainable apparel […]

Oct 8, 2016  |  Director's Blog

It's About Time for a new "World Class Supply Chain" Paradigm

As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. This initiative benchmarked over 300 global companies, and set forth many of the principles for what we […]

Oct 5, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Contingent Workforce is a Major Focus for Procurement

The number of workers who are “contingent is growing rapidly.  Brian Hoffmeyer from IQ Navigator, a procure to pay solution, spoke today at IBM’s Empower event on this trend, and the implications for procurement.  I had the opportunity to sit […]

Jul 23, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Beyond Collaboration: Supply Chain "Federation"

The idea that large organizations can create a “federated” network, by integrating smaller firms into their network and drive a common purpose is a concept that is emerging as key to global competition. Federation implies common operating procedures, established standards, driving […]

Feb 27, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Academics share insights about sustainable supply chains at NC State Workshop

I had the opportunity to sit in on a number of academic presentations today, as part of the Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chain Management Workshop for Early-Career Faculty.  During the morning, we heard from a number of individuals in a session […]