Supply Chain Risk

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 […]

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 […]