Getting that “Swing” in Supply Chain Management

Talking Logistics

The answer varies by industry and company, but as Rob Handfield, the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, wrote in a blog post last year: The importance of selecting the right metrics or “measures” as I prefer to call them, is critical as we all know that metrics drive behaviors. Step 5: Measure Current Performance and Benchmark with Best-in-Class Competitors.

New Student Projects Suggest Greater Focus on Analytics

Supply Chain View from the Field

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (1) – Dairy Farming Project – Helping to create a transition plan to Austin Family Dairy Farm, a 75-Jersey cow conventional dairy farm located in Yancey County, North Carolina. John Deere (2) – Life Cycle Cost Benchmarking – The team will benchmark industry leaders to document and define best practices for measuring direct material cost over the lifecycle of a product.

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The WSJ Drucker Management 250 List: NC State’s Input into the Ratings


Based on several iterations of discussions, reviews of metrics, and benchmarking, the team settled on a system for assessing two important indications of supply chain performance. Through a process developed by North Carolina State University professor Robert Handfield, a review is conducted of publicly available information, as well as interviews and surveys of corporate procurement specialists.

Industry 4.0: Will Your Business Survive?

Murano Corporation

Connecting these machines through a network allows companies to more precisely allocate physical resources such as raw materials, track maintenance and efficiency benchmarks, remotely control production lines, and more. From Dubai and India, Padmansha’s employees run their daily manufacturing schedules on Supply Chain Manager using the most advanced American Cloud Infrastructure and Technology, which resides in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.