Research & News Updates

Center for Supply Chain Research articles and news updates.

Rockwell Automation Acquires Cloud Software Supplier for $2.2 Billion

CSCR® corporate partner Rockwell Automation recently made its first acquisition of this year, spending $2.22 billion to acquire Plex Systems, a software-as-a-service platform provider that specializes in cloud-based manufacturing execution systems.

Penn State Smeal’s SC&IS collaborates with CSCR® corporate sponsors to maintain curriculum leadership position

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A unique partnership between the Penn State Smeal College of Business Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems (SC&IS) and the college’s Center for Supply Chain Research® (CSCR®), the outreach arm of the department, is designed to make sure Smeal maintains its leadership position in both undergraduate and graduate supply chain education. 

Unilever, Cisco, J&J, Walmart, and Dell Featured in Gartner Top 25 for 2021

Gartner recently released the results from their 2021 global Supply Chain Top 25. We are pleased to announce that five of our corporate partners earned a ranking in the prestigious listing. 

Shannon receives the Smeal COVID Spot Award

Tracie Shannon, CSCR® administrative director, paves the road for students, corporate sponsors, faculty, and future Penn State alumni to make their mark in the world of supply chain through networking and career opportunities she fosters with a steady hand.

Introducing our newest team member, Kinzi Dorr

CSCR® welcomes Kinzi Dorr, the Center's new marketing communications specialist.

Going the extra 'milestone' - a thank you to our CSCR® Corporate Sponsors

We at the Center of Supply Chain Research® would not be the center of excellence we are today if it wasn’t for the outpouring of support from industry — our corporate sponsors. Our public and private sector partners share their resources, thought leadership, and guidance steering our center forward to unparalleled success.

CSCR® Welcomes Four New Corporate Sponsors

The Center continues to expand and move full speed ahead, welcoming five new corporate sponsors to its dynamic supply chain community.

Graduating supply chain seniors receive the MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award

Seven Smeal Supply Chain and Information Systems (SCIS) seniors are recipients of the MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award. The annual awards are given to outstanding supply chain and industrial engineering graduating seniors at select universities. The first-place and runner-up winners receive a tuition scholarship towards the MIT Supply Chain Management Master's Degree Program.

JWF Industries Earns Top 100 Recognitions

JWF Industries is proud to be recognized as a Top 100 Organization by PA Business Central. The company’s President and CEO, William Polacek, has also been named a Top 100 Leader for 2021.

The Role of Biomass in Supply Chain Sustainability

Fifteen years ago, in the verdant forests and grassy land of Pennsylvania, Dr. Evelyn Thomchick, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, and Dr. Kusumal Ruamsook, Assistant Research Professor for the Center of Supply Chain Research®, explored biomass crops offered in the woodlands and agricultural fields woodland, trekking through the soil and residue.

CSCR® Welcomes the 2021/2022 Board of Advisors

The new year has officially begun and with it the latest iteration of the Center for Supply Chain Research® Advisory Board. With the return of several current members and the welcome of our three newest members, CSCR® is ready to greet the 2021-2022 academic year with fresh expertise and leadership. Overall, it is an impressive array of talent and experience.

Supply Chain Short Courses You Can’t Miss this Season

Supply chain is a vast and copious field that reaches into many areas of your business —sustainability, leadership, operations and processes — that impact all goods and services your customer uses on the day to day.

CSCR® Welcomes NTT DATA Services as Newest Corporate Sponsor

What a better way to begin the first chapter of 2021 than by welcoming NTT DATA Services as CSCR’s newest corporate sponsor?

Procurement is Missing in Supply Chain Sustainability

Supply chain sustainability efforts are leaving out the procurement function. These efforts won’t succeed unless the procurement function becomes central.

This article's content was originally published on Network for Business Sustainability by Dr. Veronica H. Villena, an assistant professor of supply chain and information systems in the Smeal Business School at Pennsylvania State University. 

Smeal, GoChain agreement building blockchain, supply chain connections

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State is an early adopter and one of 50 organizations that will help power a project to bring the potential of a reputable blockchain to supply chain management. It’s a move that project backers say could take the University a step toward offering its researchers not just a new field to study, but possibly even offering a new way to fund research itself.

Penn State Smeal’s Bansal recognized with Wagner Prize

UNIVERSITY PARK — Saurabh Bansal, an associate professor of supply chain management in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, has been awarded the 2020 Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Advanced Analytics and Operations Research by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). 

JWF Industries and Penn State Center For Supply Chain Research® Enter Sponsorship Agreement

For over three decades, the CSCR® has successfully built a community of researchers and leading organizations in both the private and public sectors to further the supply chain management while providing a platform for academics, industry thought leaders, experts, and peers seeking to stay current with today’s supply chain trends and challenges.

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Joins GoChain Network as a Signing Node

SAN FRANCISCO/STATE COLLEGE, PA, OCTOBER 1st, 2020 — The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or PSU) and GoChain, a leader in enterprise and government blockchain solutions, today announced the signing of a Node Operating Agreement whereas the Center for Supply Chain Research® (CSCR®) at the Penn State Smeal College of Business is now operating a signing node in support of the GoChain blockchain network.

A glimpse into how CSCR® Corporate Sponsors are tackling virtual internships and co-ops

Remembering the days when huddles of people crowded over one desk for in person-conversation before lunch, or the idea of co-workers piling into conference rooms are realities that seem so distant now, like scenes from a movie you saw long ago. 

Associate Professor role provides opportunities for long-term research with world impact

CSCR® is excited to share Jason Acimovic’s new role as an associate professor and his journey into supply chain research. Acimovic has recently received tenure and has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems.

Penn State Smeal Supply Chain Career Fair Goes Virtual, Doesn’t Miss a Beat

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Nobody knows whether any students wore sweatpants and slippers to the Penn State Smeal College of Business Supply Chain and Information Systems Career Fair in early September.   

CSCR® Welcomes Sysco Foods, Infosys Consulting, NASPO, and Colas USA as Corporate Sponsors

This year has been as strenuous and as unprecedented as they come, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, always a silver lining. For CSCR, it’s the exciting news of welcoming Sysco Foods, Infosys Consulting, NASPO, and Colas USA as our latest corporate sponsors!

COVID-19 Cancelled Panama Immersion Transformed to Undergraduate Research Opportunity

During the Spring 2020 semester, we (Stephen Day and Elizabeth Weiland) were enrolled in BA497: Special Topics/Global Logistics Seminar: Panama Immersion through the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.

Algorithm aims to alert consumers before they use illicit online pharmacies

Hui Zhao, associate professor of supply chain and information systems and the Charles and Lilian Binder Faculty Fellow in the Smeal College of Business have taken part in a recent research study by Penn State.

Penn State Smeal welcomes 12 new faculty members

CSCR® will be welcoming new faculty this fall: Ho Cheung “Brian” Lee, In Joon Noh, Wael Jabr, and Kevin Linderman.

Dean Check-In: Penn State Smeal Dean Charles Whiteman on college’s changes over time

Charles Whiteman, the current dean of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, took over the position in 2012 and has continued the college’s pursuit of academic excellence — a trajectory that, despite the current pandemic, he looks forward to continuing.

Gartner ranks Penn State Smeal No. 1 in graduate supply chain education

Gartner, Inc., has once again ranked the Penn State Smeal College of Business as No. 1 in North American graduate supply chain programs in a recent report. 

Tracie Shannon Weighs in on First-Ever Virtual Career Fair: What Sponsors Need to Know

CSCR® has always looked forward to the spring and fall career fairs, seeing the faces of bright talent shake hands with our esteemed corporate sponsors. COVID-19, as with many things, has altered the event— but surprisingly the decision to make the fair virtual was made even before schools even knew if theyd return to the fall.

Open Enrollment Courses Now Offered Virtually By Penn State Executive Programs

We’ve all read countless articles by now about COVID-19. We’ve seen, empathized and learned deeper about the impact the virus had on various supply chain procedures, collaborative initiatives between top-tier companies, as well as Smeal’s involvement in coalitions that support hospitals and medical centers to fight the invisible war the best way possible. But perhaps there’s something you haven’t heard about yet: open enrollment short courses.

Dr. Kevin Linderman to Join Smeal as New SCIS Department Chair 

Dr. Kevin Linderman was developing software to coordinate shipments of inventory for General Motors when he realized supply chain management is the heart of all supplier and consumer relationships.

Penn State Executive Programs Now Offering Distance-based, Faculty-led Learning

Distance-based learning is exactly what the doctor ordered during COVID-19, and Smeal listened to the advice. Executive Programs at Smeal now offer supply chain management courses for businesses that want to increase their understanding of the industry, especially during a time when it's needed the most. 

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

Members of the C19HCC Supply Chain Working Group have just published a white paper on what they have learned about supply chain logistics during a pandemic, and how they will work to prepare supply chain operations for the next phase of COVID-19.

Exploring the Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Supply Chain Mobility

Our very own Steve Tracey, Sue Purdum and Kusumal Ruamsook worked together to produce an article for Penn State's Social Science Research Institute about how to maintain safety during the transportation of goods during COVID-19.

Walmart, J&J, and Unilever Featured in The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2020

Our corporate sponsors make us proud with every leap and bound they cross in a field where resiliency, versatility, and adaptability are key. It is therefore with great pride and purpose that we want to share that three of our sponsors made The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2020. 

Technology For Resilient Supply Chains

GoForGood podcasts are all about promoting companies that are doing well by doing good— companies that care about a more sustainable future. Our very own Steve Tracey was featured in the "Technology for Resilient Supply Chains" podcast (#2 podcast on the page) where he discusses the public and private sectors of the supply chain industry and the role that technology plays in both.

What Impact is the Pandemic Having on the U.S. Supply Chain?

WLVT - TV - The attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the United States has had ripple effects throughout the American economy."The country has been put into kind of a self-induced economic coma for the last six, eight weeks," said Steve Tracey, the executive director for Penn State University's Center for Supply Chain Research.

Behind the Front Line: Penn State Smeal’s Supply Chain Experts Support COVID-19 Response Initiatives

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The COVID-19 pandemic has shined the national spotlight on something most people don’t understand very well, if at all – supply chain management.

Penn State Executive Programs Now Offering Online ‘Supply Chain Accelerator’ Series

In response to our clients’ travel restrictions and need for social distancing, Penn State Executive Programs has created the Supply Chain Accelerator: six new online learning paths in our number-one ranked supply chain executive education program.  Each three-week learning path is structured to fit your schedule no matter where or when you’re logging on.

Behind the Scenes of the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition

It is no secret that the pandemic has changed not only the lives of every person in the world, but also how supply chains are operating and working together. The hands-on support of supply chain professionals has been astounding, and CSCR® is proud to join the efforts, along with other ambitious companies, to work and help the country respond and recover to the COVID-19 pandemic on the business side.

CSCR®’s Supply Chain Expertise Joins Penn State’s COVID-19 Response

Not many could have predicted a pandemic to hit the United States back in February.  Students and faculty at a college campus like Penn State were still shuffling between classes, graduation gowns were hanging in dorm room closets, and academic events filled a busy Spring calendar.

What is different about COVID-19 and other supply chain disruptions?

Sometimes the classroom really does mimic life. Brent Moritz, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, taught his first online class on Monday, March 16th, since Penn State moved to remote/online instructions. Dr. Moritz discovered his prescheduled class syllabus notes were covering supply chain management risk reflecting reality’s supply chain urgency for firms, industries, and society with the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about Moritz’s relevant research he shares in the classroom.

Professor Daniel Guide Named POMS Fellow for Sustainability Research

Professor Daniel Guide’s last name already gives it all away— the Smeal Chaired Professor of Operations & Supply Management is an inspiring and endowing leader who guides the center’s students, faculty and research initiatives to full success.

Top Five Smeal Lifelong Learning Webinars You Cannot Miss 

CSCR® is no stranger to lifelong learning. The very essence of the center’s excellence is its ability to provide the tools and resources necessary for the Smeal community to grow in their supply chain expertise.

Off the Cuff With Steve Tracey

Whether you’re graduating, rebranding or watching trends unfold, the only thing that is constant for us is change. To this end, the world is full of opportunity and the field of supply chain, in a nutshell, is one of opportunity’s many hubs— serving as a stage for community, leadership and research in both private and public sectors.

2020 Third-Party Logistics Study

Its that time of year again, where the Penn State Smeal College of Business partnered with Penske and Infosys Consulting to conduct a 3PL (third-party logistics) study to help stay current on shipper interrelationship and behavior trends.

The Cognitive Supply Chain

For generations, it’s been up to humans to keep supply chains running smoothly. But the past decade’s advances in artificial intelligence (AI), automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) have forever changed the way companies track and manage products, providing more information than ever about what’s happening at the ground level.

Smeal Lifelong Learning Encourages Growth in All Stages of Life

Too often, education is considered a finite tool, its culmination of degrees an end to the journey of arduous study and number two pencils. The Smeal College of Business, however, grasps the process of learning quite differently, where education is a limitless spiral of knowledge that caters to self-improvement as it ebbs and flows to the advancements of the world around us. 

The Longest Yard

For years, logistics professionals have referred to the final leg of the order delivery process as the last mile. It has always been important, but as the volume of e-commerce orders rises exponentially, last-mile logistics has taken on increased significance for delivery service providers, and is now front and center in the minds of shippers.

Penn State Smeal to open Center for the Business of Sustainability in 2020

The Penn State Smeal College of Business will launch the Center for the Business of Sustainability (CBoS) in 2020 to support how business meets the growing demand for resources in a socially just and environmentally sustainable manner.

CSCR®️ welcomes Lockheed Martin and Retail Business Services as Newest Corporate Sponsors

At first glance, Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, and Retail Business Services, the services company of Ahold Delhaize USA, might not have a lot in common. A closer look, however, allows The Center for Supply Chain Research® to reveal the exciting news that both are now the newest corporate sponsors.

CIO REVIEW features CSCR Research on AI and Supply Chain Management

Center for Supply Chain Research research featured in CIO Review's Supply Chain Management Special Edition looks at how companies are looking to artificial intelligence to conquer their Big Data analysis challenges in supply chain planning, sourcing, production, distribution and logistics.

Four SC&IS Seniors Awarded 2019 MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award

Four Smeal College of Business Supply Chain students were awarded the MIT Supply Chain Excellence Award, recognizing top seniors studying supply chain.

CSCR Welcomes FreightWaves and Capital One as Corporate Sponsors

Freight industry expert FreightWaves and Fortune 500 firm Capital One join the Center of Supply Chain Research as corporate sponsors.

Researchers study mobile money system to help developing world’s entrepreneurs

Chris Parker and Jason Acimovic, fellow Smeal College of Business Supply Chain and Information Systems assistant professors along with Harvard Business School’s David Drake and Karthik Balasubramanian co-author research in mobile money systems in developing countries.

Penn State Executive Programs’ offerings can strengthen your business and advance your career

Learn how the newly revamped Penn State Executive Programs can transform your business's supply chain, management and leadership objectives.