COE keynote, supply chain expert joins latest ‘MFG TMW’ podcast

The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence’s partnership with the Ohio Manufacturing Institute continues with a new podcast featuring recent event keynote and supply chain expert Robert Handfield.

Handfield (pictured, right), who spoke at COE’s Oct. 20 Supply Chain Symposium, sat down with MFG TMW podcast host Kathryn Kelley while in town for the event. Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University and director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative who also co-authored the recently released book The LIVING Supply Chain.

Listen to the 17-minute interview here or check out MFG TMW’s nearly three-year archive on iTunes.

In the interview, Handfield tackles the changes he’s witnessed in his decades studying the global supply chain, chief among them an explosion of data that’s creating serious opportunity – and serious challenges – for companies.

Leveraging that data with today’s technology, Handfield says, can bring real-time visibility that can offer critical insight in an unpredictable world. To get true value from these tools, though, suppliers and customers throughout the chain need to learn how to coexist, Handfield tells Kelley.

“Companies need to work with their partners to solve problems collaboratively – and that’s the only way we’re going to survive,” he says.

COE regularly partners with OMI to bring speakers to Manufacturing Tomorrow. Past COE collaborations have resulted in podcasts interviewing Snap-On Inc. CEO Nick Pinchuk, Executive Director Peg Pennington, and more.

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