Supply Chain Management Articles Library

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 28, 2019  |  Articles

Global Sourcing and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Low-cost country (LCC) sourcing is now a commonplace strategy for shrinking bottom line labor and material costs in most consumer products industries, including apparel, footwear, toys, and other manufactured products. Organizations continue to scour global markets for even lower labor […]

Jul 18, 2019

Vishnu Kotipalli MBA/MIE’18: A Testament to Academia’s Impact on Industry

Vishnu Kotipalli graduated from NC State in 2018, having earned both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Master of Industrial Engineering (MIE) degree through the Poole College of Management’s dual-degree program. In this interview, Kotipalli discusses what […]

Jul 18, 2019

Rich Wachowski BS’19

Name: Rich Wachowski From: Charlotte, NC Course of Study: Supply Chain Management and Operations Graduation: December 2019 Why did you choose NC State? I came from a very small high school — my graduating class was only about 80 people. […]

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 […]

Jul 9, 2019  |  Articles

Lead Logistics Provider Capabilities Will Require Customized Innovation

With the onset of cloud computing, automation, and machine learning, organizations are integrating their global supply chains, and finding themselves with more transactional data than they could have ever imagined.  The question of how to convert this data to strategic […]

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). […]

Jun 27, 2019  |  Articles

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

Today’s guest blog is written by John Hinchey, VP of Sales for Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for plants, warehouses and distribution centers. John has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and warehouse automation, and shares his […]

Jun 21, 2019

Don Warsing: Focused on Improving Operational Outcomes

By Anna Rzewnicki “I definitely consider myself an engineer that crossed over into management,” says Don Warsing, Ph.D., associate professor of operations and supply chain management in the NC State Poole College of Management. He actually bridges the two disciplines, as […]

Jun 20, 2019

Graham Givens MBA’17: Leveraging the Power of the Supply Chain for a More Sustainable Future

Graham Givens is a purpose-driven Jenkins MBA supply chain alum with a passion for creating a more sustainable future. Givens graduated from NC State with his MBA in supply chain management in 2017, and is now the Sustainability Manager at […]