The Boeing Center was pleased to host Marcia Howes, Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Executive at BJC HealthCare, for the final BCTIM Operational Excellence seminar of the semester.  Her presentation, titled “Navigating the Healthcare Supply Chain,” focused on the challenges of inventory management in the healthcare industry.

As evidence of their supply chain innovation initiatives, BJC was recently named the 2015 national healthcare provider Supply Chainnovator award winner by Gartner, Inc., a leading global research and advisory company. For more information on this impressive achievement, click here.

More about Marcia

Marcia has been with BJC since January 2015 and has been a Supply Chain professional for over 25 years.  She has broad-based experience in Supply Chain Operations, including past assignments as Executive Director, Supply Chain & Operations Improvement for Amgen, Inc., and Director, Supply Chain and Quality Processes for Honeywell’s Specialty Mate­rials.  She has developed and implemented Sales, Operations and Inventory Planning processes; led on-going service, inventory and cost optimization programs; and led multiple acquisition due diligence activities and integration planning.

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In part two of his BCTIM Operational Excellence seminar, Dana Hullinger, Director of Supply Chain Strategy, Architectures & Analytics at Boeing Defense, Space & Security, speaks about BDS Supplier Management’s role in supply chain strategy and using financial and operational risk reduction to affect a transformation from cost center to value creator.

Hullinger also explains how creating a strategic approach to supply chain management in the defense industry is instrumental to top-line growth and bottom-line profitability.  One strategy mentioned by Hullinger was the introduction of a third supplier for the landing gear on the Boeing 777X. This increased competition for Boeing’s business, he said, encouraged innovation, investment, and excitement in the company. Such strategies, Hullinger said, allow BDS to look further down the road and orchestrate supply chain solutions instead of simply negotiating in the existing supplier climate.

For part one of Hullinger’s presentation, click here.

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The Boeing Center was pleased to host Dana Hullinger, Director of Supply Chain Strategy, Architectures & Analytics at Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the second BCTIM Operational Excellence seminar of 2016. His presentation, titled “Transforming the Supply Chain Organization: Tackling the Biggest Supply Chain Risk of Them All,” focused on the challenges of supplier management in the aerospace and defense industry. Hullinger, responsible for supply chain architecture and investment, reduces operational and financial risk by analyzing the current supplier landscape and making strategic decisions about sourcing and procurement.

BCTIM-Hullinger2As one might expect, Boeing’s supply chain is amazingly complex. With over 5,000 suppliers in 30+ countries, handling more than 120,000 purchase contracts, efficient and organized supply chain management is essential.  Naturally, such complexity introduces risk when operating in a global market.  Some of the challenges highlighted by Hullinger regarding the globalization of Boeing’s supply chain are:

  • ensuring that suppliers do not use conflict minerals in their manufacturing processes
  • protecting against information theft by cyber criminals
  • managing obsolescence due to technological innovation

These challenges are particularly important for Boeing as it strives to reduce risk BCTIM-Hullinger3and increase visibility across its entire supply chain.  Effective risk management and communication with suppliers, Hullinger claimed, are vital to the company’s future growth. A collaborative process will enhance Boeing’s ability to manage supply chain risk and maintain its position as the preeminent company in defense and aerospace.

We thank Mr. Hullinger for sharing his expert knowledge with the supply chain and logistics community. Also, we congratulate Boeing on 100 years of innovation and excellence, and look forward to the next 100.

By Evan Dalton

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In part two of the 2016 Rosenblatt Lecture series, Jan Van Mieghem, the Harold L. Stuart Professor of Managerial Economics and Professor of Operations Management, Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business, explains how the prioritization of individual preferences (i.e., the way in which tasks are performed by healthcare professionals) can reduce throughput, or the number of patients serviced.  This lack of emphasis on collaboration and multitasking can result in decreased efficiency and, therefore, increased costs in the healthcare process.   Read full article  •  Watch part I

The Rosenblatt Lecture series was established in 2003 to honor the memory of Meir J. Rosenblatt, who taught from 1987 to 2001 at Olin Business School as the Myron Northrop Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management. A leader among faculty, Rosenblatt often won the Teacher of the Year award at Olin and authored the book “Five Times and Still Kicking: A Life with Cancer,” having battled cancer multiple times throughout his life.

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The Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), a leading professional society in the field of production and operations management, has selected Dr. Panos Kouvelis to receive the POMS Fellow Award of 2016.  Kouvelis, Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management and Director of the Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing at Washington University’s Olin Business School, was given the news by the chair of the selection committee earlier this week.  Considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in the operations management community, the POMS Fellow Award is given as a recognition of lifetime achievement to individuals who have made exceptional intellectual contributions through research and teaching.



“Although loyal service to the Society, in administrative, elected, or editorial assignments, is not by itself a sufficient qualification for this award, it can strengthen the case of a member who has also become a thought-leader in our field. To be eligible a candidate must have demonstrated commitment to furthering the objectives of POMS (as evidenced by such indicators as membership in the Society, and active participation in POMS Colleges and meetings).”   ~  POMS website

Kouvelis will be welcomed into this highly-esteemed group at the official ceremony, which will be held at the POMS annual conference in Orlando, Florida on May 8.  The Olin community is very thankful for Kouvelis’ contributions to research and teaching, and congratulates him on this wonderful accomplishment!