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Rob Handfield Discusses How Governments Can Better Prepare for Supply Chain Disruptions

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Supply chain interruptions related to COVID-19 continue to impact purchasing and acquisitions for both the private sector and government. In a discussion on how government supply chains can become more resilient, Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management at Poole College, offers insight.

In his opinion, governments could benefit from a shared service that provides access to data on potential risks of disruption, market intelligence, and experienced individuals in place with expertise to manage this kind of information.

Handfield adds, “The government is the biggest buyer in the world. Unfortunately, we are still seeing traces of many of the disruptions that occurred during COVID … and usually we don’t know about it until it’s too late [and] stuff stops showing up at our loading dock. We need to be more proactive about that.”

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