Uncertainty in blood supply chains creating challenges for industry

By Anna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Donors give blood in Rutland, Vermont, Dec. 20, 2011. AP Photo/Toby Talbot When we talk about supply chains, we may conjure up images of manufacturing plants, warehouses, trucks and shipping docks. There is another, truly unique supply chain for a product…