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Supply Chain Economics

May 11, 2023

Shining a Light on the EV Supply Chain: A Poor Environmental and Human Rights Record

For years, the public has been going around buying electric vehicles, claiming that they are promoting “clean energy” and contributing to less global warming, feeling very smug about themselves.  However,… 

Jan 1, 2023

Ten Supply Chain Predictions for 2023

As we go into the first week of 2023, many are wondering what’s ahead for global commerce and supply chains.  As I’ve done in prior years, I’ll make a few… 

Sep 26, 2022

China, Taiwan, and Semiconductor Risks – Part 2

As I alluded to in an earlier post, the scenario of China invading Taiwan, and halting all semiconductor production is highly unlikely, for a number of reasons. First, the Taiwanese… 

Sep 23, 2022

US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State

We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC),… 

Aug 19, 2022

Inflation is Here for Awhile… Let’s Start to Manage It!

I concluded the last of the three-part series with my good friend Tim Cummins from World Commerce and Contracting today on inflation, and the implications for contract management and supplier… 

Jul 21, 2022

Antitrust and the Supply Chain: Protecting the Power of the Markets

At first blush, many readers are probably asking the same question:  what does the DOJ Antitrust Division have to do with supply chain management?[1] I asked this question myself, when… 

Jul 19, 2022

Recession ahead? One contrarian doesn’t think so…

I had the pleasure of hearing Professor Jason Miller from Michigan State University speak to the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies members today, sharing with us a variety of fascinating… 

Feb 14, 2022

What’s the outlook for inflation and supply chain relief in 2022? (Jason Miller Blog #3)

What’s in store for 2022? Many analysts are asking this question – as they weigh off the good news from earnings season, against the warnings of the Fed that inflation… 

Aug 31, 2021

Q: Why so many product shortages? A: The Perfect Storm

I have had a number of calls this past week with various media outlets, including the Associated Press, WRAL, Forbes, and even the New York Times! All of these reporters… 

Apr 11, 2021

Will the Port of Oakland Strike Out?

The Port of Oakland has recently found itself at the center of a short-term “economic boom,” thanks to US West Coast shippers sending goods to its facility to alleviate congestion…