Tim Kraft, assistant professor of operations and supply chain management, sees the recent shortage of wood shipping pallets as detrimental to the supply chain of other essential products spanning from electronics to food. “The pallet, surprisingly, is the secret lifeblood of logistics and distribution,” said Kraft. “Any industry that ships a product, a component, raw
Over the last two days, I had the honor of attending a virtual C19 Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing Summit, hosted by COVAX, CEPI, DCVMN, IFPMA, and BIO. The speakers included a critical number of major vaccine manufacturers, suppliers, government agencies, and NGO’s. The summit was hosted by Chatham House, which of course ensured that
As we enter into the early stages of the second wave of COVID cases, hospitals and public health administrators are worried about the new influx of cases that will arrive before the development and deployment of COVID vaccines in 2021. During this period, we are continuing to experience a shortage of PPE’s, and multiple healthcare
Analyst Insight: The shipping and handling of lithium batteries has become a highly challenging and regulated endeavor. Given the fire risk associated with this hazardous material, heavy restrictions on transport and storage, from commercial aircraft bans to state-of-charge rules, have been imposed. As a result, organizations often struggle to cope with the impact of these requirements
Analyst Insight: There’s a supply-chain renaissance underway for enterprises, whether retailer or product-centric suppliers, who rely on a network of partners. We call them the networked enterprise, and they require a new type of technology that’s driving the growth of supply-chain application networks. Yet there’s confusion about what supply-chain networks are, and how they might differ.