Outsourcing

Apr 13, 2022

Enabling a Resilient Supply Chain for our Nation: An IBM Business of Government Report

The last time I wrote a report on pandemic planning for the IBM Business of Government was in 2010 – shortly after the H1N1 pandemic.  In this report, I wrote about the critical need for our country to prepare – […]

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 […]

Feb 20, 2020  |  Articles

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

This article was originally published on March 4th, 2019. UPDATE: The SCRC has partnered with FHI to produce a white paper based on the insights from the 2019 workshop on addressing labor shortages in warehouse and DC operations. To view […]

Apr 1, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Risk Management in Contract Pharmaceutical Development: Contract Research Part 2

The second installation in our series on contract management research published by MBA students from my online Contract Management class is by Julia Condit, and focuses on the challenges of managing contracts in the pharmaceutical industry.  As pharmaceutical companies go […]

Nov 20, 2018  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Research on Drug Shortages: Lawsuits, Low Cost Countries, and Litigation

Recent articles have started to highlight the number of drug shortages occurring in retail channels.  Not surprisingly, these are often related to supply chains – a topic that I have written extensively about in my books on Pharmaceutical Distribution and […]

Aug 24, 2018  |  Articles

New MBA Healthcare Analytics Class Takes Off This Fall

Healthcare providers are facing continued lower operating margins, increased risks and potentially once-in-a-lifetime health care reform.  With this backdrop, there is an increasing focus on Supply Chain Management as a means to minimize risk, optimize operating costs, improve revenue, improve […]

May 5, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Can Sales and Procurement Ever be BFF's?

The relationship between sales and procurement has always been a contentious one, and the idea of a friendship evolving between the two functions is laughable in the minds of many managers I’ve met with. The issue at the core of […]

Feb 23, 2017  |  Director's Blog

How does procurement evaluate outsource providers?

In the RFQ process, procurement should ideally be transparent about answering this question.  Too often, however, the sales team at suppliers providing the bid have to “guess” at what they think will be important.  The Request for Quote process, if […]

Sep 14, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Lessons from Nortel Networks

Jeff Townley, former Chief Procurement Officer at Nortel Networks, provided some fantastic insights in my MBA class this evening.  In so doing, he shared some great insights about “Outsourcing:  The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” The GOOD – “ODM’s […]