Supply Chain Economics

Aug 9, 2020  |  Articles

Double Bullwhip Effect Impacted Trade in the First Half of 2020

Evolutionary design requires individuals to constantly look for emerging patterns in how material moves through their supply chains. Force or action must be taken to change the path of supply chain flows, to compress the amount of time that inventory […]

Dec 20, 2019  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Discusses Burning Topics in Supply Chain on the Thomas Industry Update Podcast

By Carson Powell Rob Handfield, distinguished professor of operations and supply chain management and executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), recently sat down with Tony Uphoff, founder and CEO of Thomas, for the Thomas Industry Update podcast. The […]

Dec 11, 2019  |  Articles

Perspectives on the Global Trade Environment: A Panel Discussion

On December 5, 2019, we held a panel discussion that focused on different perspectives related to global trade.  As the global environment is shifting based on political debates, EU/British negotiations, tariffs driven by the Trump administration, as well as the […]

Nov 16, 2019  |  Articles

Decoding the Signals of the Global Tariff and Trade Wars

What will global trade and commerce look like in the coming years, and how will it influence the business landscape? This question has moved to the forefront of executives’ minds as the US administration seeks to renegotiate relationships with key […]

Aug 2, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Procurement’s Role in Managing the Tariff War

The news is in – in the form of more Tweets, of course. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump announced another round of tariffs on the roughly $300 billion of Chinese goods that had not already been targeted by American levies. The […]

Feb 23, 2019  |  Director's Blog

KraftHeinz Procurement Bends to 3G Capital’s Policies: How’s it Working Out for You?

Several stories came out this week, related to KraftHeinz’s share price, its procurement department, and the fate of its parent company, 3G Capital. First, Fortune reported that the stock price of Kraft Heinz plunged 20% late Thursday after the food giant disclosed […]

Oct 25, 2018  |  Director's Blog

More Data is Not Better and Machine Learning is a Grind…. Just Ask Amazon

I had an opportunity to sit in on a lecture today by two experts on Machine Learning from Amazon, during a lecture at UNC.  Ed Banti is Director of Software Development, Core AI Amazon, and Pat Bajari, was VP and […]

May 29, 2018  |  Articles

The Lowly Wooden Pallet is a Critical Conveyance in the Supply Chain

In a recent interview, discussions with Patrick Atagi, VP for Advocacy & External Affairs at the National Wooden Pallet and Contain Association (NWPCA)  helped to educate me on just how prolific wooden pallets are in the global supply chain.  Patrick […]

Apr 22, 2018  |  Articles

Relational Contracting Part II: Four Numbers to Be Concerned About in Global Economics

Jason Schenker, a worldwide leader in global economic forecasting, brought a spirit of levity and predictive insights to a subject that is often mired in gloom:  economics!  Jason, who founded the Futurist Institute, commented on some of the major changes […]

Mar 5, 2018  |  Articles

Get Ready for the Electronification of Everything …and More Global Component Shortages!

I had an opportunity to speak with some executives this week that are frequently in Asia, negotiating with suppliers of everything from memory, semiconductors, and multiple other types of electronic components.  Anyone who is working in this industry knows that […]