Supply Chain Innovation

May 19, 2021

Q&A with Noel Greis: The Future of the Machine Tool Industry

Noel Greis, research professor of operations and supply chain management in the Poole College of Management, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine critical gaps in knowledge and capacity in the U.S. machine tool industry.

Feb 8, 2021

On-demand Trucking Paves New Roads for the Industry

The pandemic has created an exigency for on-demand strategies from both consumers and businesses. The trucking industry is no exception, especially as technological advances ensue. 

Jan 27, 2021  |  Articles

Manufacturers and Tech Providers Teaming Up to Create Self-Governing Forklifts

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are beginning to explore new technologies that can possibly transform manual forklifts and pallet trucks into self-governing machines. By consulting with technologically advanced providers, manufacturers are shifting to robotics because they see it as an innovative […]

Jan 12, 2021  |  Articles

Nike’s Bold Shift to eCommerce Paying Off (but Not for Retailers)

While Nike is dramatically lessening its store locations, it is prevailing through the practice of digitalization and online strategies. This shift to electronic sales is inexorable and now integrated into the company’s very infrastructure.  Today, Nike Digital makes up a […]

Nov 20, 2020  |  Articles

Poole Graduate Joydeep Ganguly believes in a “Goodness Chain” at Gilead Science

We have a lot of remarkable graduates that come out of the halls of Nelson Hall from the Poole College of Management, and one of the ones I have the pleasure to stay in touch with is Joydeep Ganguly.  He […]

Jul 5, 2019  |  Director's Blog

The expanding scope of procurement analytics: Some initial thoughts

Procurement analytics, which supports decision making in procurement management, typically handles problems and decisions that are related to cost reduction, supplier management, cost modeling, procurement-led innovation, market strategies, supply chain risk, and stakeholder value improvement (Handfield, Jeong, and Choi 2019). […]

Dec 17, 2018  |  Articles

UPS Supply Chain Innovation Keynote Presentation at SCRC Meeting this Fall

One of the highlights of our SCRC meeting was the presentation by David Quintilio, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at United Parcel Service.  David is a College of Management alum, originally from Asheville, and began working loading trucks […]

Nov 30, 2018  |  Articles

Digital Transformation Starts with Solid Data Governance: IBM/NCSU Data Analytics Report Available

We recently completed our 2nd Annual Data Governance, Data Quality and AI Report – 2018.  The study points out some important insights for managers who are exploring how to navigate their way through the increasingly complex world of data, which […]

Feb 28, 2018  |  Director's Blog

What Buyer-Supplier Collaboration Looks Like in Real Life….

I had the privilege of facilitating and witnessing first hand a great example of what a true strategic partnership looks like recently, when a large pharmaceutical brand met with a large global Contract Drug Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) at their site. […]

Feb 8, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Is the FAR getting in the way of Early Supplier Involvement in defense projects?

Product development within the U.S. defense industry tends to follow a waterfall-phased lifecycle development approach beginning at the concept level and concluding at the subsystem/component level. The concept level design phase is typically summarized in a system concept document. This […]