Supply Chain From The Field

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 […]

Jul 13, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Closed Loop Recycling Systems are Key to Sustainable Concessions for the Portland Blazers

One of the big changes occurring in the food service packaging industry is the use of biobased food containers at sports events. Stadiums are “closed loop” systems, meaning that all of the waste materials can be collected and sent to […]

Jun 2, 2019  |  Articles

The Strange Relationship Between Oil Prices, Tariffs and Biobased Innovation

Oil prices have been rather volatile as of late, and are hovering around $58/bbl, down from an average of $65/bbl in 2018.  Oil prices impact a lot of things, one of which is the drive to innovate new biobased products […]

May 13, 2019  |  Articles

Are US-Chinese Tariffs Part of the New Normal?

Today’s blog post is a guest post by my former student, Krunal Sonpal.  The topic is a timely one: the on-going US-Chinese tariffs and what it means for supply chain executives.  This is an issue that should cause every supply […]

Jan 31, 2019  |  Director's Blog

IBM Watson Intelligent Supply Chain Workshop Brings Executives Together to Share Thoughts on Deployment

On January 29th, the NC State Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held a one-day workshop, bringing together executives representing a number of industries, including Lenovo, UPS, Duke Energy, Toshiba, Caterpillar, YUM Brands, American Red Cross, MetLife, and IBM, to compare notes […]

Jul 19, 2018  |  Articles

NC State SCRC analytics contribute to KRMA, one of the top ESG funds in the market

More sustainability-minded investors are becoming conscious of what is known as ESG funds.  Investments predicated upon Environmental, Social and Governance best practices evolved from what was once known as socially responsible investments. In its day, SRI was essentially a subtractive […]

Jun 6, 2018  |  Articles

Fake News, Trusting Data, and the President’s Tweets: Around the World with Reuters

As noted in my previous blog, 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, a panel of Reuters […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Dell’s Supply Chain Data Analytics Center (SCDnA)

Dell and EMC merged last year, producing a power combination of products including laptops, PC’s, and high end servers.  As part of this shift, Dell moved towards creating a series of Data Analytics Centers across the organization, including one for […]