CSCR® COVID-19 Supply Chain Management Resources

CSCR® weekly virtual hall COVID-19 update presentations, curated research, recordings, and additional COVID-19 SCM resources archive.

CSCR and the Penn State COVID-19 Response

Steve Tracey, the executive director of CSCR and Penn State Executive Programs, was interviewed by Charles Whiteman, Dean of the Smeal College of Business, about his and his colleagues' involvement in the evolution of Penn State's COVID-19 response during the Smeal Virtual Impact Day event. Enjoy the enlightening hour-long video, Leading the Way: How the Center for Supply Chain Research Helped Guide Penn State’s COVID-19 Response, by accessing this link.

COVID-19 Supply Chain Management Resources

The following COVID-19 related websites, research, articles, and recordings are provided for your review. If you have additional resources you would like to share, please contact us via this link so we can continue to enhance our COVID-19 Supply Chain Management Resources site.

General COVID-19 Resource Websites and Reports

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN)

ALAN is an industry-wide organization that exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations (and other non-profits).

Business Impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Dun & Bradstreet provides updates on supply chains and commercial associates (local and global) impacted by the outbreak. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Learn how to protect yourself and obtain important community resources.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Opening Up America Again

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have outlined criteria, preparedness, and phase guidelines for opening up America again.

Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (CIDD) of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State provides answers to your questions about the pandemic with short, informative videos and/or FAQs.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Transportation Intelligence

FTR Transportation Intelligence provides up-to-date information on the evolving COVID-19 situation and its impact on the freight markets: freight demand, equipment supply, economic outlook, and freight outlooks. 

COVID-19 Decision Support Dashboard

The dashboard provides data and insights to government and business leaders responsible for pandemic-related public guidance and policies. By the National Governors Association's Roadmap to Recover Report and the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition. 

COVID-19 MRO Resource Website

COVID-19 for the unpredictable and constantly changing MRO environment provided by SDI.

COVID-19 Impact on Transportation Update (March 27, 2020)

CLX Logistics' recap of key items impacting transportation.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Stay current on the ever so changing COVID-19 pandemic within Europe. 

Freight, Transportation & Logistics News & Data Analytics

Freight, Transportation & Logistics News & Data Analytics by FreightWaves.

General Safety Recommendations for Transporting Materials

The Penn State Smeal Center for Supply Chain Research® has compiled general safety recommendations for transporting materials during the COVID-19 crisis.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington providing up-to-the-minute COVID-19 resources and information by state.

John Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine are experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness that have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19. This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide response, improve care, and save lives.

LeanCor Supply Chain Group - Post COVID-19 Crisis Supply Chain - A Time to Rise

A white paper authored by Robert O. Martichenko, Founder and CEO of LeanCor Supply Chain Group, discusses supply chain assembling a ONE SYSTEM - ONE TEAM.

Penn State Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19

Penn State’s Manufacturing And Sterilization for COVID-19 (MASC) Initiative aims to leverage Penn State’s research enterprise to innovate potential solutions to address the healthcare needs caused by COVID-19.

Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Resource

The Pennsylvania COVID-19 resource website was created as a place for Pennsylvanians to quickly find the resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Next Normal: How companies and leaders can reset for growth beyond coronavirus

McKinsey & Company website collection of COVID-19 related articles, podcasts, interviews, special features, etc.

Supply Chain Brain's Coronavirus Forum

The latest supply-chain news and insights on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the global response to the outbreak by governments and businesses. A COVID-19 forum hosted by Supply Chain Brain.

Thomas Coronavirus Resource Hub For Manufacturers and Industrial Professionals

The United States, Mexico, and Canada business shutdown orders in addition to updated resources of essentials for mission-critical pharmaceutical and medical sourcing by Thomas WebTrax Help Center.

UPS Coronavirus Response

Identified among the government’s critical infrastructure, UPS is conducting business as usual with added safety measures by United Parcel Service of America.

UPS Rate Information

UPS will add temporary peak surcharge to meet increase air cargo capacity and associated service costs by UPS - United States.

World Economic Forum COVID-19 Platform

Communication platforms, strategic trends, research, and analysis of COVID-19 around the globe.

World Health Organization COVID-19 Platform

Access important COVID-19 information from around the world.

COVID-19 Impacts on Economy and Supply Chains

Consumer Sentiment and Behavior Continue to Reflect the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Crisis

McKinsey & Company article highlighting the five themes that have become evident among consumers across the globe: Shift to value and essentials, Flight to digital and omnichannel, Shock to loyalty, Health and “caring” economy, and Homebody economy.

Redrawing the Map of Global Trade

BCG reports by intensifying geopolitical and economic forces already at work, the pandemic’s disruptive impact on international trade will leave a lasting mark.  The global trade landscape will look dramatically different as companies shift their focus from fighting the pandemic to winning the post-COVID-19 future.

COVID-19 Survey: Round 3 Supply Chain Disruptions Continue Globally

Institute for Supply Management® examines the virus's adverse effects with a third wave of research reported by PRN Newswire.

Lessons From a Crisis: Gaps in Supplier Management Strategy and Technology

The webinar by Thomas for Industry, The Institute of Supply Management (ISM), and State of Flux, discuss lessons from a crisis and COVID-19 impacts on manufacturing and resources

COVID-19’s Impact on North American Manufacturing May/June 2020 Report

Thomas’s May/June 2020 COVID-19 Manufacturing Survey reveals four trends: stronger reshoring interest, need for skilled labor and apprenticeships, North America confidence in automation, digital marketing transformation.

Workplace and Worker Health and Safety

Now That We Know Remote Works, What’s Next?

Forced to work remotely, many companies have noticeably improved speed, innovation and employee satisfaction during Covid-19.  The Bain and Company Brief reports looking forward, companies will seek to maintain this success while striking a balance with in-person interaction.

Back to Work

Bain and Company Brief reports recovery from COVID-19 will require resilience as companies advance, retreat, adapt—and repeat as necessary.

The Post-Pandemic Warehouse & Distribution Center Workplace

As the economy begins to recover, distribution center and warehouse operators will be challenged with not just operating efficiently, but safely - emerging technologies may help in the effort as reported by SupplyChain24/7.

Freight Transport and Logistics

US Freight after COVID-19: What’s Next?

An in-depth look by McKinsey & Company into the data on intra-US freight in key transportation modes (road, rail, and water) for the past three decades to understand how each emerged from past recessions and the economic forces that really mattered for recovery.

The World’s Supply Chain Isn’t Ready for a COVID-19 Vaccine

The industries that shepherd goods around the world on ships, planes, and trucks acknowledge they aren’t ready to handle the challenges of shipping an eventual COVID-19 vaccine from drugmakers to billions of people, according to Supply Chain Brain.

Carriers Accelerate Tech Strategies to Emerge Stronger from Crisis

Commercial Carrier Journal reports, through the turmoil, motor carriers have become more reliant on critical technologies to respond faster to change and connect with equipment and human assets at deeper levels.  Four of the most critical areas of focus have been managing underutilized assets, responding to customer needs, digitizing the back office and training drivers remotely.

COVID-19 Resets: Logistics Draws the Line

According to InBound Logistics, the pandemic has brought out the best in many people and their organizations. Like Carhartt, supply chain organizations across multiple industries have donated generously, worked long hours, and crafted innovative ways to make and distribute essential supplies and food.

Supply Chain Responding Strategies

Preparing Supply Chain Operations for the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Response

This research by the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition provides an understanding of how the clinical requirements will change over time, and how these changes will drive shifts in the supply chain, which is critical for meeting the evolving needs of COVID-19 response.

Zero-based Supply ChainAccelerating COVID-19 Recovery

An Accenture report on applying a zero-based lens across the supply chain provides the visibility needed to make deployment and cost containment decisions, identify opportunities for immediate relief and risk balancing, and execute with resilience: All supported by a deep analytics backbone.

6 Strategies for a More Resilient Supply Chain

The rebalancing of efficiency and resiliency will not be easy. In most cases, increased resilience comes with additional costs.  But the cost of doing nothing can also be significant.  Supply chain leaders can pursue six major strategies to build greater resilience into their networks.

Moving Past COVID-19: Risk Mitigation Strategies to Drive Supply Chain Resilience

The Global Trade Daily reports, as the world begins to ease movement restrictions imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are wondering where they go from here and how they can reduce risks moving forward – from immediate actions to enhance supply chain resilience and reduce future supply bottlenecks, to longer-term strategies that require a greater investment of time and resources.

COVID-19 and Force Majeure: A Closer Look at the Supply Chain Clause of the Moment

Alert and systematic management of these disruptions and claims can preserve relationships that have been built over the years and avoid costly break-ups, according to Industry Week.

Major Predictions and Strategies for Creating a Resilient Supply Chain

Supply & Demand Chain Executive lays out the steps business leaders can take to create more resilient supply chains capable of withstanding disruption now — and in the years ahead.

Advanced Capabilities Can Boost Supply Chain Resilience

Across industries, companies have faced major shocks on both the supply side and the demand side.  According to PwC, all of these changes mean that the time is right to take a closer look at the overall supply chain strategy and make your supply chain both resilient and cost-effective.

What Safe Shopping Looks Like During the Pandemic

The Harvard Business Review article describes three general principles to help retailers implement social distancing. 

COVID-19: Which critical choices should businesses make next?
EY believes companies should increase agility and build resilience for a ‘saw-toothed’ economic recovery and a fast-changing environment.

CSCR COVID-19 Curated Research as of July 31, 2020

Current CSCR curated research on the following topics can be accessed by this link.

  • Return-to-Work Planning Team
  • Key Considerations in Devising a Return-to-Work Plan
    • Which Location to Re-open
    • Which Employees to Return to Work and When
    • Updated Safety Protocols, Communication and Training, and Physical Spaces
      • Safe Workplace Protocols
      • Communication, Education, and Training for Key Stakeholders
      • Physical Space Preparation
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Screening
  • Protocols for Employees Who Have Tested Positive, Demonstrated Symptoms or Identified as Close Contacts

CSCR Virtual Town Hall Weekly Updates (March - April 2020)

CSCR hosted a virtual platform bringing supply chain and higher education professionals together to share the challenges and the success stories navigating the quickly evolving Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic landscape.

Here are the CSCR Virtual Town Hall weekly snapshot highlights, presentations, and on-demand recordings.

Virtual Town Hall Weekly Update Highlights

Supply Chain Collaboration in Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Snapshot Highlights (April 20, 2020)

Emerge and Recover - Predicting the Response of the US Trucking Market to the COVID-19 Pandemic with CLX Logistics Snapshot Highlights (April 14, 2020)

Healthcare Supply Chain in Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Snapshot Highlights (April 7, 2020)

Supply Chain Scene in Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Snapshot Highlights (April 1, 2020)

Mobility with Care in Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Snapshot Highlights (March 27, 2020)

Supply Chain Management in Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Snapshot Highlights (March 20, 2020)

Virtual Town Hall Weekly Update Presentations and Recordings

Building Coalitions in COVID-19 Response - Presentation Deck (May 7, 2020)

Building Coalitions in COVID-19 Response - Zoom Meeting Recording (May 7, 2020)

Emerge and Recover - Predicting the Response of the US Trucking Marketing to the COVID-19 Pandemic with CLX Logistics - Presentation Deck (April 30, 2020)

Emerge and Recover - Predicting the Response of the US Trucking Marketing to the COVID-19 Pandemic with CLX Logistics - Zoom Meeting Recording (April 30, 2020)

The Healthcare Supply Chain - A Distributor Perspective in the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis (April 23, 2020) - Presentation Deck

The Healthcare Supply Chain - A Distributor Perspective in the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis (April 23, 2020) - Zoom Meeting Recording

Decision Making During Chaos: The Role of Leadership in Times of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis (April 16, 2020) - Presentation Deck

Decision Making During Chaos: The Role of Leadership in Times of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Presentation (April 16, 2020) - Dr. Thomas's prerecorded presentation

Decision Making During Chaos: The Role of Leadership in Times of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis Presentation (April 16, 2020) - Zoom Meeting Recording

Mobility with Care in COVID-19 Crisis Virtual Town Hall (March 27, 2020) - Presentation Deck

Mobility with Care in COVID-19 Crisis Virtual Town Hall Presentation (March 27, 2020) - Zoom Meeting Recording

Operational Best Practices Mitigating the Implication of COVID-19 (March 20, 2020) - Presentation Deck

Operational Best Practices Mitigating the Implications of COVID-19 (March 20, 2020) - Zoom  Meeting Recording