Towards More Resilient Supply Chains

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An Updated Perspective from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Nallan Suresh

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Friday, May 1, 2020
11 am.- 12 p.m. EST

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed some major weaknesses in global supply chains, most notably in the supply chains for every-day groceries, and for medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators.  This pandemic is different from natural disasters of the past. As a global event with a nation-wide demand surge, cross-regional shipments have not been possible as they are with events such as hurricanes or flooding. Pandemics also pose restrictions on the ability to scale up production quickly in supply networks. Having to redesign work routines and production processes with social distancing in all stages of the supply chain, and ensuring safer work environments are imposing constraints on the ability to scale up production. 

This webinar will attempt to systematically diagnose the underlying issues and resulting actions necessary to create more resilient supply chains. It will provide a review of techniques developed for mitigation and response to address supply chain disruptions. 

About Dr. Nallan Suresh
Dr. Nallan Suresh is a UB Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Operations Management & Strategy in UB School of Management. He is also Associate Director of Stephen Still Institute for Sustainable Transportation & Logistics.  He specializes in manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management. He is a leading researcher and educator in supply chain management, lean manufacturing, logistics management and production planning & control. His current research work is in the areas of supply chain agility, disruption risk mitigation and response, and application of blockchain and IoT technologies in supply chains.