Supply Chain Management Articles Library

Apr 22, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Lessons Learned for Supply Chain Pandemic Planning Part 1: Governance and Risk Assessment

Oddly enough, the lessons learned from the Covid crisis are very similar to the lessons learned from the LAST major epidemic that hit the world, the H1N1 crisis.  At that time, I wrote a study for the IBM Business of […]

Apr 20, 2020  |  Articles

Supply Chain Disruption Amid COVID-19

The spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is a public health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen in many decades. It is also having a tremendous impact on businesses and their supply chains across the globe. The unprecedented challenges being faced are […]

Apr 17, 2020  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Predicts an Impending Meat Supply Hit

by Carson Powell Experts are predicting a shortage in the meat supply in the coming weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the conditions in meatpacking plants. Rob Handfield, executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and professor of operations […]

Apr 16, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Outcomes from our Post-Covid Seminar: Supply Chains Shifts, Leadership Communication, and a Rough Economic Forecast

The SCRC held our first webinar panel today (video embedded below), which was attended by over 90 people, with another 200 who signed up for the recording.  The webinar featured myself, commenting on some of the attributes of the global […]

Apr 14, 2020  |  Director's Blog

COVID19: An Update on Chicken, Meat, and Paper Products

Since I last wrote about the subject of shortages of grocery items on WRAL and on our video blogs, there has been considerably more concern about what is happening to the food supply chains.   I spent some time discussing this […]

Apr 6, 2020  |  Articles

COVID-19 Highlights the Importance of Agility for Supply Chains

This article was originally posted on April 6, 2020, on NC State News. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Tim Kraft, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management in NC State’s Poole College of Management. The recent COVID-19 crisis has […]

Apr 5, 2020  |  Director's Blog

NC State and North Carolina industries step in to provide massive production of new N95 mask and materials

The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University (funded by NWI) has stepped in to convert much of its equipment over to production of a new material that involves just a single ply mask, an important innovation that will allow […]

Apr 2, 2020  |  Articles

Need to Know: “Save Me a Roll”… Understanding Consumer Purchasing Behaviors in the Midst of COVID-19

By Shannon Morrison As soon as a snow flurry icon appears on a seven-day forecast, consumers flock to the stores to load up on bread and milk. Or, as seen more recently, as news of the coronavirus began to spread […]

Apr 2, 2020  |  Articles

Need to Know: Understanding Supply Chain Disruptions

by Carson Powell The impact of COVID-19 is seen far and wide, and few industries will be immune to its reach. Many business experts are saying that recent events will drive businesses to rethink global supply chain operations. So what […]

Mar 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

The Perilous State of Healthcare Supply Chains Today: How Did We End Up Here?

In my last couple of blogs, I spoke briefly about the current surge in demand for N95 masks, as well as the number of grocery stores that were experiencing severe shortages of paper products, hot dogs, and rice & beans…if […]