Where's My Stuff? Understanding global supply chain disruptions

Friday, December 3, 2021

Back in spring 2020, consumers had trouble finding toilet paper and hand sanitizer while trampolines and exercise equipment became scarce. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, some of the shortages of supplies and delays on certain goods seemed reasonable. But now, nearly two years into the pandemic, there is still lag time on getting everything from new cars to new furniture. 

Black Friday shoppers may see higher prices and emptier shelves this year

Monday, November 29, 2021

Black Friday may not have as many saving opportunities as in years past, according to University of Iowa Tippie College of Business professor Jennifer Blackhurst.

Labor, supply shortages in retail persist for Black Friday

Monday, November 29, 2021

Disruptions in the supply chains of many businesses continue and they mean there is an increased need for consumer flexibility when holiday shopping this year.

US retailers cheery about holiday season despite inflation

Monday, November 22, 2021

After nearly two years of pandemic gloom, American consumers appear primed to spend generously for the holidays despite worries over inflation and item availability.

 

Pro tip for 2021 holiday shopping: Stay flexible and don’t panic buy

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Some listeners might have thought she was crying wolf, when they heard a logistics and supply chain expert from the University of Iowa say to buy their Christmas gifts back in July.

The predictions were correct from Jen Blackhurst, a UI professor of business analytics, and we’re now seeing products ranging from video games to sirloin steaks have vanished from store shelves.

UAW's John Deere strike threatens supply chain, food supply

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tippie's Jen Blackhurst says the stricke could spark significant disruption to already-strained systems.

Experts at UI suggest ordering holiday presents early to avoid shipping delays

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

If you want your holiday gifts to arrive in time to be under the tree Christmas morning or the first night of Hanukkah, a logistics and supply chain expert at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business suggests you order them now.

To ensure on-time delivery, order your holiday gifts well in advance this year. Like, now.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

If you want your holiday gifts to arrive in time to be under the tree on Christmas morning, a logistics and supply chain expert at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business suggests you buy them now.

Redesigning the supply chain

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Associate Dean of Graduate Management Programs Jennifer Blackhurst weighs in on how many automotive companies are rethinking their supply chains, which seem to be shifting away from China.

University of Iowa expert: Expect economic impact from coronavirus

Monday, March 23, 2020

As with other disease outbreaks and national disasters, the coronavirus has disrupted the supply chains U.S. companies rely upon, Business Analytics professor Jennifer Blackhurst told the Des Moines Register.