Logistics

Hospitals have long been notorious for their sluggish, antiquated supply chain management. But today, under intense pressure to cut costs while maintaining high-quality care, some are trying a new model — the consolidated service center. Supply Chain Management Professor Eugene Schneller and his colleagues examined three of these centers across the country and learned how they tamed the supply chain beast and transformed dysfunctional systems into models of efficiency and innovation.

Do you remember “You’ve Got Mail”? In the 1998 hit movie, the Internet enables romance to flower between Tom Hanks, who played a big box bookstore owner, and Meg Ryan, an independent bookstore owner. Ironically, that same Internet has now clobbered big box bookstores.

The recent surge of migrants from the war-torn North African coast and the devastating earthquake in Nepal has focused international attention on the needs of refugees and disaster victims. The W. P. Carey School’s Mahyar Eftekhar is helping charities deliver aid more effectively through his research into humanitarian logistics.

Thirty-some years ago, unwanted or unsold products often ended their all-too-brief lives by being dumped in landfills. Today they are the basis of what professor of supply chain management Dale Rogers calls a growing slice of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product: secondary markets.

W. P. Carey Supply Chain Management Professor Craig Carter hopes to bring the latest research to managers through a new podcast series based on articles in the Journal of Supply Chain Management.