The Supply Chain Snafu – Why You Should Buy Holiday Gifts Now

Not to stress you out, but if you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, you’re way behind. Thanks to manufacturing holdups, shipping delays and labor shortages throughout the supply chain, it’s going to take longer – and cost more – for retailers and consumers to get the items they want this year. The best way to tackle this year’s Christmas list is to shop as early as possible, and with an open mind and an open wallet, say Maryland Smith experts.

Why 2021’s Labor Day Sales Are Likely to Disappoint

Labor Day weekend shoppers might have a little extra money to spend, but they will have to work harder to find discounts this year. Supply chain disruptions caused by the continuing pandemic and a series of severe weather events have had retailers struggling to maintain inventories and subsequently less-incentivized to discount items in stock – even for the usual Labor Day sales bonanzas on appliances, mattresses and autos, said Maryland Smith marketing experts Amna Kirmani and Jie Zhang.

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The Supply Chain Management Center at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is dedicated to conducting research and education designed to further the discipline of supply chain management.

The center operates under a single strategic vision for supply chain management: The real-time, risk-tolerant, collaborative, end-to-end, tech-enabled supply chain.

The Ever Given Is Unstuck, But the Ripple Effects Remain

Strong U.S. economy, consumer demand and the need for raw materials amplify the effects of the recent shipping turmoil.

Annual retreat for Centers of Excellence leadership to meet with each other and the Dean's Office to share and discuss concerns and ideas. Event details: Friday, March 27, 2020 - 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - 2333 VMH. An agenda will be emailed prior to the event.

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Maryland Smith Researchers to Present Supply Chain Climate Vulnerability Index in May 8 Webinar

A University of Maryland research team, including representatives of Maryland Smith’s Supply Chain Management Center, will present findings supporting their recently completed "Climate Change Variability/Vulnerability Index” in a free webinar, hosted by software firm and project partner Resilinc, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8. Register via https://go.umd.edu/UFk.

UMD Researchers and Resilinc Corp. Create Index of Climate Change Risk to Company Supply Chains

Maryland Smith’s Supply Chain Management Center is Helping Drive an Initiative for Businesses to Better Measure and Mitigate Risk COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Last year a series of severe weather events including the late-winter storm that hit the U.S. Northeast, followed by weather-related damage that closed the U.S.-Mexico Laredo border, and subsequent U.S. landfall hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria contributed to a doubling of global supply chain disruption and, for the first time, made the United States the region most-impacted by such disruption.

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