Senior Associate Dean
Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management
Supply Chain and Operations Management
Ph.D., Ind. and Sys. Engineering, Georgia Tech
M.S., Ind Eng and O R, Syracuse University
B. Tech., Mech Eng, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Professor Iyer is the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management. He is the Department head of the management department and Senior Associate Dean in the Krannert School of Management. He is currently the Director of DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises) and the GSCMI (Global Supply Chain Management Initiative). From 2012 to 2016, he was the Director of Purdue NExT - a University wide modular online interactive courses for global distribution. He was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs (2011-2013) and Director of DCMME and the founding Director of GSCMI (2006-2011) at the Krannert School of Management. Previously, he was Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 1999-2004.
His teaching and research interests are operations and supply chain management. Professor Iyer's research currently focuses on analysis of supply chains including the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building.
He is the author of five books ranging from a textbook on Managing Supply chains, to trade books on Toyota Supply Chains, Smart Manufacturing the New Normal: A TP3 Strategy, Supply Chains on the Silk Road and Orchestrating Supply Chain Opportunities. His published works (with co-authors listed in the publications list) include Revenue Sharing Contracts under Quality Uncertainty in ReManufacturing POMS 2021, Capacity Investment under Bayesian Updates at Reporting Periods: Model and Application POMS 2021, "Contract Design for the Stockist in Indian Distribution Networks" MSOM 2019, "Information Visibility and its Impact on the Supply Chain", Operations Research Letters 2016, "An Approach to Identifying Beneficial Collaboration Securely in Decentralized Logistics Systems, MSOM 2008,"Efficient Supply Chain Management at the US Coast Guard using Part Age Dependent Supply Replenishment Policies", Operations Research, 2006, 'A Principal Agent Model for Product Specification and Production", Management Science, 2005,"The Logistics Impact of a Mixture of Order Streams in a Manufacturer-Retailer System", Management Science, 2003,"The Supply Chain Impact of Smart Customers in a Promotional Environment" with Huchzermeier and Freiheit, MandSOM, 2002; "Inventory Cost Impact of Managing Lead Times using Priority Queues based on Demand Uncertainty," Naval Research Logistics, 2002; "A Logistics Model in a Promotion Sensitive Grocery Environment" with J. Ye, Networks, 2001; "Assessing the Value of Information Sharing in a Promotional Environment" with J. Ye, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2000; "Quick Response in Manufacturer Retailer Channels" with Mark Bergen, Management Science, 1997; "Backup Agreements in Fashion Buying - The Value of Upstream Flexibility" with G. Eppen, Management Science, 1997; and "Separating Logistics Flows in the Chicago School System" with D. Elsenstein, Operations Research, Vol. 44, No. 2, 1996. He was the FMC Scholar in 1990-91. He has served as a Department Editor of Management Science, Associate Editor of Operations Research, is on the editorial boards of Operations Research Letters, IIE Transactions, the ECR Journal and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management editorial board, and member of INFORMS.
He was president-elect of the MSOM Society of INFORMS in 2001-02 and served as president for the year 2002-03. Prior to joining the Krannert faculty in 1996, Professor Iyer taught at the University of Chicago. He has been affiliated with the Production and Distribution Research Center at Georgia Tech, and a consultant to Daymon Associates, Sara Lee, Turner Broadcasting and others. He served his Chicago community as a pro bono consultant to the Chicago School System and the Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department.
He blogs about Global Supply Chain Management at http://aviyer2010.wordpress.com/author/aviyer2010/
Understanding the Stockist's Contract: How Millions of Small Stores in India Get Their Goods
If you're out of laundry detergent in America, you're likely to get into your car and drive to a big-box or mid-sized store that's part of a national or regional chain. If you're in India, you'll probably take a stroll to a tiny store in your neighborhood, where hundreds of consumer goods are within reach of a storekeeper eager to serve you. About 12 million small stores operate in India, occupying street corners and other spaces in residential areas and generating more than 90 percent of retail sales.
Contract design for the Stockist in Indian Distribution Networks
Aluminum-cerium alloy recycling
Ananth Iyer discusses Aluminum-Cerium Alloy Recycling
Leaders of the business world and academic community came together at the 30th annual fall conference of the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises, which has long been a focal point within Purdue University's Krannert School for promoting education, research and industrial engagement, manufacturing management and supply chain management.
Impact of using freight apps
Ananth Iyer discusses the impact of using freight apps
Global Health Supply Chains
Professors Iyer and Berenguer on Global Health Supply Chains
Improving world health with supply chain
Professor Iyer discusses a project he took part in to improve access to medicine in other parts of the world
Solving global challenges
Widespread Applications: Supply Chain
Widespread application of supply chains
All Electric Cars by 2035? Is it Possible?
With gas prices soaring, some drivers and companies may be turning to electric vehicles for refuge. General Motors plans to phase out making gas cars by 2035. “This was happening before this war and this crisis,” said Ananth Iyer, senior associate dean in Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. “How do we bring the community along? You look at the price of a fully battery operated vehicle, and it’s pretty steep compared to the regular car.”
- GSCMI Conference Speakers Share Insights on Managing Supply Chain Disruption
More than 120 people attended the virtual conference on Feb. 18, gaining insight from nine industry leaders and experts on the topic of “Managing Supply Chain Disruption.”
- Noticing high prices? It’s not just Austin
Noticing higher prices at stores? You’re not alone. November saw the highest annual inflation from the previous year since June 1982. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index is up nearly 7% compared to this time last year.
- What Works to Retain Staff: Purdue study finds commonalities in Indiana manufacturers with low turnover
For the past three years, DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises) at Purdue University have been surveying human resources managers at manufacturing companies in the 10-county area around Purdue. Eighty-three percent of more than 100 surveyed companies reported staff turnover as their leading concern. The most common figure for staff turnover is 40% per year, with most in shop-floor, hourly paid jobs.
- These Pandemic Food Shortages Caught Everyone By Surprise. Here’s How They Happened
As COVID-19 spread and communities began enacting stay-at-home orders last spring, many of us went straight to the grocery store and filled our carts with toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, eggs, bread, milk, canned goods, and just about any other household staples we could get our hands on. But as that initial wave of fear and panic-buying subsided certain shelves remained—or became—curiously empty. Over the last year or so, many seemingly random foods disappeared overnight or were unusually difficult to find. But why?
- Paltry poultry: consumers cry fowl over a national chicken shortage
Poultry processors are struggling to keep up with demand for chicken sandwiches and hot wings. Then there are the supply chain disruptions lingering from the depths of the COVID pandemic, and problems with the meat processing work force. All of which means chicken might be in short supply and more expensive, says Ananth Iyer, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.
- SIA and Toyota Tsusho in Lafayette point to global supply chain issues as reason for production pause
Two automotive manufacturers are idling production until May 3, resulting in some employees being furloughed. Subaru of Indiana Automotive and Toyota Tsusho in Lafayette are pointing to global supply chain issues as the reason for the pause. The disruption has shut down automotive plants far beyond Lafayette and has affected international automakers like Ford, and Jaguar Land Rover.
- Why Some Employers Are Paying Workers Extra to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Get the COVID-19 vaccine and get paid for it. That may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. Krannert expert Ananth Iyer offers his thoughts.
- How to Manage Your Supply Chains Now and After COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, key retailers including Walmart, Kroger, and Bed Bath & Beyond are keeping their businesses operational and protecting their employees and customers by leveraging three key strategies: virtual inventory pooling, last-mile delivery and omnichannel technology.
- Purdue University livestreams panels on COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and economic implications
Professors in the Krannert School of Management and College of Agriculture at Purdue University participated in an hourlong panel discussion and Q&A on May 18 about the disruptions to supply chains caused by COVID-19 and implications for consumers. Earlier in May, three Krannert faculty affiliates from the Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) hosted a Facebook Live event on the economic implications of COVID-19.
- Purdue University to livestream panel on COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and implications for consumers
Professors in the Krannert School of Management and College of Agriculture at Purdue University will participate in an hourlong panel discussion and Q&A about the disruptions to supply chains caused by COVID-19 and implications for consumers.
- Sensors, robots and social distancing: What will factories look like in the post-pandemic era?
Manufacturing will look strikingly different in the post-pandemic era, says a Purdue University expert in supply chain and manufacturing management. “But we’re really bullish on the future of manufacturing,” said Ananth Iyer, senior associate dean in the Krannert School of Management and director of the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME). “We want manufacturers everywhere to come out swinging because that’s the only way the supply chain will ramp back up.”
- Hoosier Manufacturing Takes Hit; How Will it Rebound?
Indiana is a national manufacturing powerhouse, both in employment and output. But the COVID-19 pandemic is putting the brakes on the state's industrial prowess, according to Ananth Iyer, a professor of supply chain and operations at the Purdue University Krannert School of Management and director of the Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises.
- No, We’re Not Going to Run Out of Groceries
If empty shelves are now a fact of life, are food supply chains straining? Yes—but experts including Krannert professor Ananth Iyer say that, although there are a few signs of trouble, they’re still able to supply stores with plenty of food, and that they should soon adjust to the new normal
- The workers feeding America
Krannert professor Ananth Iyer says that food companies must adopt new policies to enforce social distancing at work, even if they're slightly less efficient. "I'm hopeful that a lot of the manufacturing side and the supply-chain side can be managed in such a way to protect the employees and continue to get the product out," Iyer says. "This needs to happen yesterday."
- Why there will soon be tons of toilet paper, and what food may be scarce, according to supply chain experts
Stuck rationing toilet paper because you didn’t stockpile during the coronavirus panic over the last few days? Don’t worry, according to supply chain experts including Purdue's Ananth Iyer.
- Empty shelves will soon be ‘a thing of the past,’ says grocery supply expert
To better understand the grocery supply chain and how stores are stocked, FERN turned to Dr. Ananth Iyer, a professor of supply chain management at Purdue University and director of the university’s Global Supply Chain Management Initiative.
- Purdue professor urges calm, patience while shopping amid coronavirus pandemic
Ananth Iyer, a professor of supply chain management at Purdue University, says he understands that many shoppers are tense right now. Situations like this can lead to frustration at stores and “panic buying.”
- Shelves are empty — when will they be restocked?
If stores cut hours excessively or if hourly employees like shelf stockers or cashiers self-quarantine and don't show up for work, lines could grow, a retail consultant said.
- Six ways businesses can remain resilient amid coronavirus disruption
Coronavirus quarantines have shuttered Chinese factories and shocked global supply chains. Flexibility to continue production is crucial for manufacturers that rely on components made in China, says Ananth Iyer, senior associate dean in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and director of the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative.
- Annual DCMME manufacturing conference to focus on operational agility
The Krannert School of Management’s Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (DCMME) is hosting its fall 2019 Conference on Friday, Sept. 27, at Fowler Hall in Purdue University’s Stewart Center in West Lafayette. This year’s event will take the theme “Managing Manufacturing Agility," which is the ability to synchronize manufacturing capability to deliver on a mix of orders, with different margins and lead times, to maximize profitability. The event is free and open to industry professionals, faculty and students.
- Alaskan halibut, caught by a century-old Seattle boat, provides a glimpse of Amazon strategy with Whole Foods
Whole Foods’ halibut deal opens a window into Amazon’s grocery strategy as it seeks to combine the defining characteristics of each brand, leverage its juggernaut Prime membership program and take a larger share of the grocery business from competitors such as Walmart, Kroger and Costco. Purdue professor Ananth Iyer is interviewed by The Seattle Times about the issue.
- WHIN, Purdue lead the way into the future of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing
Can you picture a Silicon Valley … in Indiana? Within the next five years, north-central Indiana is aiming to make its mark as a developing global epicenter, technologically revolutionizing agriculture and manufacturing. Community leaders and local economic developers are collaborating with Purdue University and the Krannert School to advance the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN), a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana that already is leading the state in agriculture and manufacturing.
- Could warehouse robots replace workers? The answer is mixed.
During a recent visit to Plainfield, Indiana, Locus Robotics CEO Rick Faulk drove past maybe two dozen “help wanted” signs along a short stretch of Perry Road and saw sheer opportunity in robotic manufacturing. Ananth Iyer, senior associate dean at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, says its an issue that needs further analysis.
- Industry leaders discuss supply chain risk at global conference
Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management brought industry leaders to campus Feb. 23 for the spring 2018 Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) Conference in the Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus. The theme of this year’s conference was “Supply Chain Risk — Business Continuity Planning.” Attendees included industry leaders, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students.
- Industry leaders to discuss supply chain risk at global conference
Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management will bring industry leaders to campus Feb. 23 for the spring 2018 Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) Conference, to be held in the Purdue Memorial Union.The theme of this year’s conference is “Supply Chain Risk — Business Continuity Planning.” Industry leaders, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend.
- Krannert’s Ananth Iyer comments on MBA student mistakes and professors’ advice for avoiding them
Wouldn’t it be great if someone would share with you typical MBA student mistakes and give you practical advice for how to avoid them? This article is a collection of responses from experienced business school deans, professors, and program directors who answered the following question: What is the #1 mistake you see new MBA students making? What advice would you give them to address this problem?