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Supply Chain From The Field

Jul 10, 2020

Will People Ever Go Back to Work in an Office?

As we continue to plow through the difficult times, with COVID cases spiking in multiple states across the country, the hopes for a normal return to the workplace is diminishing… 

Jun 1, 2020

Tom Linton’s Advice to Students: “Don’t Listen to the Status Quo!”

“If you go to a hospital and a nursing station in a hospital, there may be 2 or 3 nurses, managing 30 or 40 patients.  Each patient has a pulse,… 

Jan 24, 2020

Apple Procurement Leader Hails from NC State

Today’s WSJ front page shares the important role of one of Apple’s top senior executives who runs much of the procurement and supply chain activity for Apple – Tony Blevins. … 

Dec 11, 2019

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,… 

Dec 8, 2019

SCRC Meeting – Tom Linton’s “Supply Chain Eight” and Golden Winged Warblers : Questions Every New CSCO Should Ask Their CEO

Our 40th Bi-Annual Supply Chain Resource Cooperative meeting was a great success, culminating with the student gallery walk, featuring 27 undergraduate and MBA supply chain projects.  The meeting was attended… 

Oct 22, 2019

State of Flux: An Update on the Current State of Supplier Relationship Management

I had the opportunity to speak at the annual SRM Summit coordinated by State of Flux, led by their leader Alan Day.  Alan spoke on insights from their annual SRM… 

Sep 22, 2019

Data Quality Is Critical To The Supply Chain Function – Did Someone Forget To Ask?

This blog post is co-written by my colleague Joseph Yacura, who came up with the brilliant idea when we were chatting yesterday! Data quality and governance has always been “important”… 

Aug 2, 2019

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… 

Jul 13, 2019

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… 

Jun 2, 2019

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…