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A Blueprint for Agile Resilient Supply Chain Enablement

December 14, 2022
During their research for “Advancing E2E Agile Resiliency in Supply Chains,” GSCI Fellows Dave Demers and Brian Kolek leveraged 22 supply chain leaders from diverse industries. These leaders served as their think tank, providing a roadmap for how organizations can build a more agile resilient supply chain.
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The Top 10 Capabilities of Agile Resilient Supply Chains

December 7, 2022
The impact of COVID-19’s extreme and lengthy disruption of supply chain designs has been evident in the marketplace performance of many organizations. Supply chain designs that are end-to-end (E2E) and agile are now critical to enterprise performance. But with an agile global network comes complexity, cycle time constraints, and increased disruption risk. Disruptions are a logical expectation: natural disasters, political unrest, trade wars, and epidemics may be rare locally but common globally.
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How much are supply chain disruptions costing your organization?

December 1, 2022
Disruptions are coming harder, faster, and more frequently than before. And supply chain management professionals can no longer shoulder them with creativity and brute force. SCM design must be revamped to balance agility with resiliency. To convince executives and market analysts to act outside of a crisis situation, we need to connect supply chain performance and boardroom metrics.
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Haslam Professor to Help Inform U.S. Transportation Policy

November 8, 2022
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee recently selected Yemisi “Yem” Bolumole as a member of its Committee on Impacts of Alternative Compensation Methods on Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Retention and Safety Performance. Her first meeting with the committee will be Wednesday, November 9.
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End-to-End Supply Chain Planning

November 4, 2022
End-to-end involves the entire process of the supply chain, from product design and procurement of raw materials to delivery of the final product and after-sale customer service. Effective management of an end-to-end supply chain creates a strong competitive advantage for businesses in crowded markets.
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Q&A with Two Top Leaders in Supply Chain Industry

October 24, 2022
Barbara Melvin, president and CEO of South Carolina Ports, and Annette Danek-Akey, Penguin Random House’s chief supply chain officer, share their thoughts on their supply chain operations.
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Blockchain Implementation for Supply Chain Management

October 7, 2022
Wondering if your company should explore blockchain implementation for supply chain management? You’re not alone. The University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute spent over 18 months researching and interviewing industry-leading companies like Amazon, Mondelēz International and Pfizer on how they’ve pioneered the use of blockchain in their supply chains.
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Blockchain for Supply Chain: Evaluating the ROI of Blockchain Technology

September 30, 2022
Even if you haven’t explored, researched or experimented with using blockchain for supply chain management, you’ve likely heard of blockchain technology. One of the most hyped advancements of the last decade, the only thing harder to understand than blockchain itself is blockchain value. Or, more specifically, the return on investment (ROI) of blockchain for supply chain. 
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Blockchain 101 For Supply Chain Management

September 23, 2022
The Global Supply Chain Institute dug into blockchain technologies, their benefit for supply chain management and how to get started evaluating blockchain ROI for your company in the white paper, “When Is(n’t) Blockchain Right?” Consider this article a bite-sized blockchain tutorial, drawn from the white paper, to help take the mystery and intimidation out of this transformative technology.
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UT’s Haslam College of Business Rises in U.S. News Undergrad Rankings

September 15, 2022
The Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, rose four spots to No. 26 among public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Undergraduate Business Program rankings. The Department of Supply Chain Management held the No. 3 spot nationally and among publics for a second year.