Supply Chain Risk

Nov 2, 2022

Consumer Pressure Is Key to Fixing Dire Labor Conditions in the Clothing Supply Chain

Originally published on November 02, 2022, in the Harvard Business Review – Operations And Supply Chain Management by Robert Handfield, Tim Kraft, and Marguerite Moore SUMMARY The plethora of different audit systems and standards for assessing labor practices in factories […]

Oct 28, 2022  |  Director's Blog

What does”Supplier Relationship Management” really mean?

In a report I worked on in 2013, I conducted interviews conducted with 25 chief procurement officers (CPOs) on one of the most important drivers of value creation and resilience that is often overlooked:   harnessing the power of innovation […]

Sep 26, 2022  |  Director's Blog

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 are a very nationalistic and patriotic group of people.  If […]

Sep 23, 2022  |  Director's Blog

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), Charleston (SC), and several others.  We spent three days with […]

Jul 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

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 charts and figures that he pulled from all of the […]

Dec 16, 2021

Rob Handfield Provides Strategies to Ease Port Congestion

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, offers risk mitigation strategies for supply chain leaders to ease current port congestion that include rerouting options, backup transportation options and alternative supplies. “However, even with more lead time, route alternatives […]

Oct 26, 2021  |  Articles

The Increasing Role of Climate Change in Supply Chain Disruptions

Major supply chain disruptions due to weather-related incidents are on the rise, and one can’t dismiss these as a “once-in-a-century” event any more.  The Texas freeze and Hurricane Ida severely disrupted petrochemical production, which had a ripple effect on the […]

Nov 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Building a More Immune Supply Chain: Focusing on the Basics

What should organizations do when confronted by a global disruption like the pandemic?  This question was faced by many companies and private sector organizations who were faced with a sudden need for PPE and other supplies, and discovered that all […]

Mar 25, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Proactive supplier communication is critical in this pandemic

As the coronavirus epidemic shuts down the global economy, supply chain executives should be taking steps now to ensure that their supply base remains intact in the face of massive disruption.  This was certainly the case in the 2008 Great […]

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 […]