Posts Tagged with “supply chain management”

The top supply-chain issues keeping U.S. executives awake

August 20th, 2012

"Business faces its own struggles in its own trenches trying to make goods cross borders, whether these are company, state or international borders," Michael Gravier, assistant professor of marketing, writes in this Providence Business News commentary. He and his co-author, Prof. Ted Farris of the University of North Texas, list 10 challenges businesses face today in trying to make trade work better:


Military health care offers lessons for civilian side, marketing professor says

July 10th, 2012


The civilian medical world could learn a lot from U.S. military medicine, whose operations allow doctors to deliver care with great efficiency, according to global supply chain expert Michael Gravier, assistant professor of marketing.

"The military in some ways is quite far ahead of the civilian world of health care. They have a plan, and they have the means to impose order on the many moving parts that are needed to deliver good health care," Gravier told Defense News. Gravier is a former U.S. Air Force major with 12 years in the service, and much of his research has focused on culling best practices from military health care.


A head for the brewing business: Two professors win award for case study on rebirth of Narragansett Beer

December 14th, 2011

Narragansett Beer ad

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  –  Should Narragansett Beer build a Rhode Island brewery?

An award-winning case study developed by two Bryant University management professors helps students explore this scenario and three others in order to learn about supply chain management and operations management.


Dean Cooper discusses plans for College of Business

October 9th, 2011

Michael R. Cooper, dean of the College of Business, discusses his plans to increase Bryant's recognition globally. The interview appeared in the Providence Business News.

NOTE: Some news sites require registration; some links may expire

9/11 left lasting impact on commerce

September 5th, 2011

In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States, trade has suffered, Ray Fogarty, director of the University's Chafee Center for International Business, tells the Providence Business News. At the same time, he notes, changes in supply chain management have made shipping more secure, which means "you don't lose packages as often."

NOTE: Some news sites require registration; some links may expire

Supply Chain Management Summit Aug. 25 offers opportunities to learn about trends, best practices from experts

July 26th, 2011

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - The aftermath of the March 2011 natural disaster in Japan highlighted the importance of supply chain management (SCM) to international businesses and demonstrated that the basics of SCM need to be applied in new ways.

That message is at the heart of the fourth annual Supply Chain Management Summit to be held at Bryant University on Thursday. Aug. 25. During this day-long conference, attendees will hear from executives of some of America's top corporations, who will discuss innovative SCM practices in the fields of technology, healthcare, aerospace and defense.


New research shows RFID is far from a failed technology

June 28th, 2011

Dismissed by some as an overpriced version of the bar code, RFID (radio frequency identification) has in fact been adopted by shippers and service providers as a useful tool in supply chain operations, according to research conducted by Bryant's John K. Visich, associate professor of management, and Suhong Li, associate professor of computer information systems.

In partnership with Pedro M. Reyes, associate professor of management at Baylor University, and DC Velocity magazine, they asked the magazine's readers whether they've deployed RFID and if they have, how they're using it, why they're using it, what barriers they've encountered, and what benefits they've gained (or hope to gain).

NOTE: Some news sites require registration; some links may expire

Annual Supply Chain Management Summit will be held at Bryant Aug. 26

August 19th, 2010


Lessons from military could help reduce cost of U.S. health care, Bryant professor says

April 5th, 2010

Michael Gravier

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - Some of the best practices in the delivery of health care are found in the U.S. military, and one Bryant University professor is gathering the examples into a report that could guide policy decisions and help implement a more cost-effective and efficient health care delivery system.

Michael Gravier, assistant professor of marketing at Bryant University, is researching health-care logistics. As the second highest cost after labor, medical logistics comprises one of the most controllable cost areas in health care. "With the U.S. currently spending 15.2 percent of its GDP on health care, getting a handle on medical logistics costs is an important public management problem," Gravier said.

Unlike the civilian health care delivery model, the military health care system was an early adopter of information technology and supply-chain management principles. As a result, some of the best health care outcomes per dollar spent per patient are found in military medicine, said Gravier, who served as an Air Force logistics specialist for 12 years before joining the faculty of Bryant University's College of Business in 2007.

"Civilian health care is sort of the last frontier" for modern business practices, Gravier said. "Health care workers are highly motivated to make changes, but they want to know where to turn."