Happy New Year 2011

December 31, 2010

This New Year, like the last, will find many people struggling with the tight-fisted consequences of a lingering recession. Perhaps … Continued

Consumer Trends to Watch in 2011, Part 2

December 30, 2010

In yesterday's post, I began discussing a list of "11 Crucial Consumer Trends for 2011" offered up by www.trendwatching.com, "one … Continued

Consumer Trends to Watch in 2011, Part 1

December 29, 2010

A company called trendwatching.com labels itself as “an independent and opinionated trend firm,” that scans “the globe for the most … Continued

Top Supply Chain Opportunities and Challenges in 2011

December 28, 2010

As supply chain management analysts look forward to the New Year, two of them have offered their views on what … Continued

BusinessWeek’s Top Young Entrepreneurs for 2010

December 27, 2010

Studies have shown that most entrepreneurs are over the age of 30; but with the rise of companies like Facebook … Continued

Happy Christmas 2010

December 24, 2010

Tomorrow most of the Christian world celebrates the Christmas holiday. Even some non-Christian countries join in the festivities because the … Continued

Truck Transportation Safety and the Supply Chain

December 23, 2010

Barring some action, 2011 will see some important changes in the truck transportation industry as a result of "a shift … Continued

Looking for Economic Growth Among African Lions

December 22, 2010

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the passage of The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a U.S. scheme … Continued

Knowing Your BRICs and CIVETS

December 21, 2010

As emerging market countries increase in importance with regards to the global economy, identifying them has become an interesting game … Continued

“Conflict Minerals” and the Supply Chain

December 20, 2010

The general public has not paid a lot of attention to the portion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and … Continued

‘Tis the Season for Returns — Is Your Reverse Logistics Strategy Up to the Task?

December 17, 2010

As you open the plaid socks and matching tie given you by your Uncle Fergus this Christmas, your first thought … Continued

Drug Safety and the Supply Chain

December 16, 2010

There are several mega-trends beginning to interweave that will draw continued attention to the pharmaceutical industry and the safety of … Continued

Predictions Concerning the Future of Supply Chains

December 15, 2010

The end of the year is always a joyful time for tabloid newspapers. They don’t have to wrench their minds … Continued

The Split Second Disruption to the Supply Chain

December 14, 2010

In 2005, Professor Yossi Sheffi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote a seminal work entitled The Resilient Enterprise that … Continued

Supply Chains and the Northwest Passage

December 13, 2010

Since European explorers first pushed out to sea centuries ago, one of their goals was to find a shorter ocean … Continued

A Few More Thoughts on Innovation

December 10, 2010

In yesterday’s post entitled Time for Some Innovation, I discussed the importance of leadership and having a team committed to … Continued

Time for Some Innovation

December 9, 2010

Edmund S. Phelps, 2006 Nobel laureate in Economics and the director of the Center on Capitalism and Society at Columbia … Continued

Global Entrepreneurship

December 8, 2010

I have repeatedly asserted that fostering a favorable environment for entrepreneurs is a good way for countries to encourage economic … Continued

Improving Customer Service

December 7, 2010

Noted supply chain analyst Lora Cecere flies a lot. I suspect that most of her flights are uneventful. Occasionally, however, … Continued

In the Pursuit of Happiness — Part 2: Personal Happiness

December 6, 2010

In my last post, In the Pursuit of Happiness — Part 1: National Happiness, I discussed a number of articles … Continued

In the Pursuit of Happiness — Part 1: National Happiness

December 3, 2010

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch … Continued

All Things Google: Beyond the Search Engine

December 2, 2010

Search engine giant Google has recently been in the news for past, present, and future actions. Company executives continually strive … Continued

Looking Ahead in Science

December 1, 2010

The end of the year is always an interesting time. In addition to the holiday excitement it brings, the end … Continued

Building Credibility and Trust When Starting a Business

November 30, 2010

Raman Kumar, vice-chairman and chief executive officer of an Indian healthcare business process outsourcing (BPO) business called CBaySystem, wrote this … Continued

Better Hospital Management — Better Health Care

November 29, 2010

In a post entitled Hospitals and Supply Chains, I discussed cost savings and improved patient care resulting from better planning and … Continued

Fears Grow Concerning Possible Food Price Increases

November 26, 2010

The Thanksgiving holiday in America is celebrated in November following the harvesting of crops and before the onset of winter. … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

November 25, 2010

Edward Sandford Martin once wrote, "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as … Continued

Making a Call from Mount Everest

November 24, 2010

Conservative business analyst Holman W. Jenkins, Jr., asserts, "Except for computers and the Internet, the idea that we're experiencing rapid … Continued

Beyond Being a Start-Up

November 23, 2010

Every entrepreneur begins a new endeavor with dreams of success. Some entrepreneurs, however, never ask themselves what success will look … Continued

Corruption Around the World

November 22, 2010

In numerous past posts that focused on development, I have stressed that progress can seldom be made when a country … Continued

An Update on Microfinance

November 19, 2010

Having written a number of posts concerning the benefits and pitfalls of microfinance, I continue to monitor the subject with … Continued

Two Views on the Future of RFID Tags

November 18, 2010

Back in August of this year, I wrote a post entitled RFID Tags: Where They’ve Been and Where They’re Going. … Continued

Some Thoughts Concerning Sales & Operations Planning, Part 2

November 17, 2010

In yesterday’s post, I provided a bit of a primer on Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) by focusing on some … Continued

Some Thoughts Concerning Sales & Operations Planning, Part 1

November 16, 2010

In a post concerning Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Lora Cecere wrote, "Supply is tightening, international currency is changing, prices … Continued

Wall Street Journal Announces 2010 Technology Award Winners

November 15, 2010

For the tenth straight year, the Wall Street Journal has empanelled a group of experts to judge the latest technologies. … Continued

Maritime Shipping Forecasts Remain Positive Despite Slowing Growth

November 12, 2010

In a couple of posts published earlier this year (Stormy Seas Seem to Be Calming for Shipping Lines and Shipping … Continued

Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets

November 11, 2010

A couple of ways that you can determine if a country is headed in the right direction is by looking … Continued

Next Generation Procurement

November 10, 2010

According to Neil Deverill, a columnist for a magazine called Procurement Leaders, today's procurement systems suffer from the same kind … Continued

The On-line Supply Chain: Google Eliminates Competition through Acquisition

November 9, 2010

Last month the cover story in an issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek asked, “Can two guys from Jersey outsell Amazon?” [“What … Continued

Has Supply Chain Innovation Stagnated?

November 8, 2010

Supply chain analyst Lora Cecere reports that over the past year supply chain executives have indicated to her that the … Continued

Demographics and Economic Growth

November 5, 2010

Demographics and economics have always had a connection. For years, uncontrolled growth in the developing world was pointed to as … Continued

CEOs Recommend the U.S. Government Transform Its Supply Chain

November 4, 2010

In a report entitled One Trillion Reasons, executives from prominent technology companies provided a series of recommendations to the U.S. … Continued

Terrorism and the Supply Chain

November 3, 2010

The latest terrorist scare that involved packages hair wigs for african american women found onboard cargo aircraft is a good … Continued

Sense and Respond Supply Chains

November 2, 2010

A number of supply chain analysts believe that, to remain competitive, companies will eventually have to transform their supply chains … Continued

Hard Times for Inventors

November 1, 2010

According to the Wall Street Journal, inventors are having a difficult time getting their inventions to market ["Slim Odds for … Continued

Should You Become an Entrepreneur?

October 29, 2010

John Seely Brown, the former chief scientist at Xerox Corp. and former director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center … Continued

Rethinking Supply Chains

October 28, 2010

I've written a number of posts over the past few years about the importance of breaking down silos of activity … Continued

PRTM Identifies Five Supply Chain Challenges

October 27, 2010

A study by PRTM Management Consultants titled Lessons Learned from the Global Recession identifies five key challenges that manufacturing and … Continued

Supply Chain Digest Highlights the Enterra Supply Chain Assurance Platform™ (ESCAPE™)

October 26, 2010

Last month I posted a blog about the 2010 CSCMP annual conference held in San Diego at which I served … Continued

Lake Kivu: Exploiting One of Africa’s Exploding Lakes

October 25, 2010

Three lakes in Africa (Lake Monoun, Lake Nyos, and Lake Kivu) are infamous for being subject to limnic eruptions. A … Continued

China and the Rare Earths Conundrum

October 22, 2010

There have been a number of articles written over the past few months discussing China's stranglehold on the rare earth … Continued

Luring Customers in the Information Age

October 21, 2010

In several past posts, I've noted how on-line sales have affected the future of traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Bookstores have perhaps … Continued

A Few Thoughts on Order Management

October 20, 2010

In blog she wrote while with AMR Research, Lora Cecere talked about the vision of Brad Blizzard, Senior Director of … Continued

Update on Masdar City

October 19, 2010

Back in early 2009, I wrote a post about the zero-carbon city that was being planned in the United Arab … Continued

Critical Infrastructure and Worms

October 18, 2010

Perhaps you have been following the story about “computer systems at Iran’s first nuclear-power plant [that] have been infected with … Continued

Two Views of the Millennium Development Goals

October 15, 2010

An editorial in the New York Times last month noted that “ten years ago, leaders of rich and poor countries … Continued

An Update on Africa, Part 2: Mining, Oil and Gas, and Telecommunications

October 14, 2010

In yesterday's post, I discussed four of seven economic sectors examined by McKinsey & Company analysts in a report issued … Continued

An Update on Africa, Part 1: Agriculture, Banking, Consumer Goods, and Infrastructure

October 13, 2010

Although many people still place all African countries into the same basket, analysts at McKinsey & Company remind us that … Continued

A Little Good News Concerning the World’s Poor

October 12, 2010

With the effects of the Great Recession continuing to cling unmercifully to many economies around the world, it might surprise … Continued

Shipping News Keeps Getting Better

October 11, 2010

Back in July I wrote a post entitled Stormy Seas Seem to Be Calming for Shipping Lines. I concluded that … Continued

Let’s Talk Jobs, Conclusion

October 8, 2010

This week, the U.S. Government announced that the private sector had shed another 39,000 jobs in September [“US private sector … Continued

Let’s Talk Jobs, Part 1

October 7, 2010

Back in January of this year some analysts still held out hope that the job market would dramatically improve as … Continued

Update on Education in America

October 6, 2010

In a post entitled Is America Undergoing a Creativity Crisis? Part 1, it was pointed out that "in China there … Continued

James Dyson’s 2010 Short-List of Contestant Designs

October 5, 2010

Each year James Dyson, the English inventor and designer known best for his line of vacuum cleaners, sponsors a contest … Continued

Investing in Energy

October 4, 2010

The Wall Street Journal claims that there is a lot of money to made (and lost) through investments in the … Continued

Flexible and Lean Supply Chains

October 1, 2010

There are a number of phrases one finds in articles and blogs about logistics. Two of the most common are … Continued

2010 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference, Day 2

September 30, 2010

Yesterday’s post discussed the first day of the 2010 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference held in … Continued

2010 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference

September 29, 2010

On Monday morning, I was a speaker at the 2010 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) annual conference being … Continued

Implementing Supply Chain Solutions

September 28, 2010

Noted supply chain analyst Lora Cecere wrote last month about an exchange she had with a corporate supply chain executive … Continued

Work Less, Do More

September 27, 2010

Blog reader Nina Martin, who works for a life coach and entrepreneur named Stever Robbins, sent me Robbins’ latest book, … Continued

Shortages of General Practice and Family Doctors are Impacting Emergency Health Care

September 24, 2010

If you don’t think that the health care system in the United States is already in crisis, there are several … Continued

Entrepreneurship: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Partnering

September 23, 2010

In a post entitled Avoiding Mistakes that Lead to Failure, I discussed a Wall Street Journal article by Rosalind Resnick, … Continued

Packaging and the Supply Chain

September 22, 2010

In yesterday’s post entitled The Packaging Challenge, I discussed a number of issues surrounding product packaging. Supply chain blogger Steve … Continued

The Packaging Challenge

September 21, 2010

Decisions about how a product is packaged can have enormous consequences. Consumers rarely think too much about the packaging products … Continued

Smart Supply Chains

September 20, 2010

The information age ushered in a lot of new terms — many of them beginning with “e-” (e.g., e-commerce, e-books, … Continued

Food: The Risky, the Rare, and the Re-engineered

September 17, 2010

Voltaire once wrote, "Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure … Continued

Avoiding Mistakes that Lead to Failure

September 16, 2010

Stefan Stern begins a review of the book How They Blew It with these words: “All the management gurus are … Continued

An Update on Jugaad

September 15, 2010

"Jugaad" (pronounced jewgard) is an Indian term used to describe a unique innovation process. Literally, "jugaad" means " somehow get … Continued

The End of Management

September 14, 2010

In a provocative article in the Wall Street Journal, Alan Murray, argues that methods that have served corporate America well … Continued

Wealthy Philanthropists: People We Love to Hate

September 13, 2010

"Every July 1, [Warren] Buffett hands over massive chunks of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates … Continued

Update on Urban Farming

September 10, 2010

I have written a number of posts about food security and the growing concern that as the global population increases … Continued

Doing Business 2010

September 9, 2010

Every year around this time, the World Bank publishes its Doing Business Report. The report ranks 183 countries on how … Continued

Supply Chain Helps Nordstrom’s Bottom Line

September 8, 2010

Most articles you read about the supply chain seem to be focused on how cuts and efficiencies in supply chains … Continued

Dissing Corporate Social Responsibility

September 7, 2010

Dr. Aneel Karnani, an associate professor of strategy at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, asked … Continued

Labor Day in the U.S.

September 6, 2010

This is the second Labor Day holiday in a row where many workers have little to celebrate. The unemployment rate … Continued

Innovation and Child’s Play: Those Wild and Crazy Engineers

September 3, 2010

Back in the 1950s when coonskin caps and hoola hoops were all the rage, it was almost cliché to hear … Continued

Supply Chain Management Trends

September 2, 2010

In a recent post entitled The Importance of Identifying Trends, I discussed an article that asserted that companies that identify … Continued

Angels Investing in America

September 1, 2010

When Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) started his push for financial reform, many analysts were concerned that the legislation he proposed … Continued

Solar Power: Taking Advantage of Desertification?

August 31, 2010

Many emerging market countries have notable deserts that historically have been more of a curse than a blessing. In past … Continued

Hospitals and Supply Chains

August 30, 2010

Recently Enterra Solutions has been doing some consulting with a hospital that is part of a larger hospital system. Hospitals, … Continued

The Future of Books

August 27, 2010

Edward P. Morgan once wrote, "A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without … Continued

The Importance of Identifying Trends

August 26, 2010

Scott Cook, a founder and former CEO of Intuit, once stated, "Even some of the greatest technology-led revolutions, or allegedly … Continued

Entrepreneurship: Of Fear and Faith

August 25, 2010

Almost everyone who writes about entrepreneurs and the enterprises they start discusses the fact that entrepreneurs are risk takers. Rajiv … Continued

Language and Globalization

August 24, 2010

Confucius reportedly wrote, “If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is … Continued

Change and Innovation

August 23, 2010

In 1927, Werner Heisenberg published his famous uncertainty principle which states “that it is impossible to determine simultaneously both the … Continued

Modern Manufacturing Methods and the Supply Chain

August 20, 2010

Fellow blogger Stephen Jannise from The Manufacturing Blog recently pointed me to one of his posts that discusses the interconnection between … Continued

Not All Small Businesses are Created Equal

August 19, 2010

I have written a number of posts that have asserted that entrepreneurs are critical to help grow America's economy and … Continued

Is America Undergoing a Creativity Crisis? Part 3

August 18, 2010

This is the final post in a series dealing with creativity — specifically, in America. The first post (Part 1) … Continued

Is America Undergoing a Creativity Crisis? Part 2

August 17, 2010

In the first of this two-part post [Is America Undergoing a Creativity Crisis? Part 1], I discussed an article by … Continued

Is America Undergoing a Creativity Crisis? Part 1

August 16, 2010

An article in Newsweek claims that "for the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining" ["The Creativity Crisis," … Continued