Terrorism and the Supply Chain -- Strategies for Coping With a Form of Supply Risk We Can't Ignore -- Late last week, my hometown of Chicago was once again in the news (and no, this time it was not because we're sending yet another former politician to jail). Rather my city (and in fact, my neighborhood) was the target of an intended PETN-filled toner cartridge originating somewhere in the Middle East.
Piecing Together the Supply Chain Risk Management Puzzle -- At the Procurement Leaders forum in Boston late last month, David Simchi-Levi, a professor at MIT, gave a presentation that was a bit out of the ordinary for procurement conferences. I must say, it provided some interesting food for thought.
A Novel Way of Dealing With Apple Supply Shortages: Bring Component Production Back Onshore! -- As anyone who closely follows procurement and supply chain management knows, production for many supply categories has moved entirely offshore in the past decade. From certain textiles to TV/monitors to computer hardware and peripherals, it's all but impossible to find domestic sources of supply.