Walmart Isn’t Resting on Past Success

June 30, 2010

Walmart catches a lot of grief in the press for using strong-arm tactics, questionable labor relations, and putting mom & … Continued

Silos in the Supply Chain

June 29, 2010

One of the business challenges I have addressed since founding Enterra Solutions is the disruption in the flow of critical … Continued

Africa’s Growing Economic Fortunes

June 28, 2010

A recent study published by the McKinsey Global Institute indicates that "the rate of return on foreign investment is higher … Continued

Carrefour’s Global Presence

June 25, 2010

Most people in the United States are familiar with Walmart, the world's largest retailer, but few of them know anything … Continued

The Mind — it is a-changin’

June 24, 2010

In three earlier posts [When does Connectivity Narrow Thinking?, Books Forever, and Is Google Rewiring our Brains?], I discussed how … Continued

Walmart Continues to Squeeze Suppliers

June 23, 2010

An article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently announced that Walmart "wants to grab control of deliveries from manufacturers" ["Why Wal-Mart Wants … Continued

The “China Price” Continues to Rise

June 22, 2010

Troubled Chinese labor relations have been a recent mainstay in the media. For anyone who has followed Chinese commerce, labor … Continued

Is That Unemployment or Opportunity Knocking?

June 21, 2010

Robert B. Reich, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former Secretary of Labor, … Continued

Food Security Crises in Africa and Mongolia

June 18, 2010

You may have never heard of the cassava plant, which is also called a yuca or manioc plant, but it … Continued

Reducing Retailer Compliance Penalties

June 17, 2010

Last month Enterra Solutions hosted a webinar entitled Retailer Compliance: Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Penalties. Highlights from that web … Continued

Hope for Somalia?

June 16, 2010

Whenever one hears discussions about failed states, the poster child referred to first is generally Somalia. That ravaged country has … Continued

Integrating Your Business Isn’t Easy: Ask Cargill

June 15, 2010

In several past posts, I've predicted that the multinational companies that will do the best in the future are those … Continued

Russia Wants to Get Innovative

June 14, 2010

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union was known more for its engineers and its scientists than its economists. Soviet … Continued

The Future of Lithium

June 11, 2010

You can hardly go anywhere without seeing someone with a mobile phone. Like so many other products, those phones are … Continued

On Interns

June 10, 2010

With Memorial Day over and summer unofficially here, the media has run a number of stories on summer interns. Interest … Continued

Origami as Science

June 9, 2010

Occasionally, I like to remind myself that life is not all business. But, if you enjoy what you do, then … Continued

Going Green: Cradle to Cradle Supply Chain

June 8, 2010

Based on the increasing number of articles that focus on sustainability, I can only conclude that cleantech initiatives are here … Continued

Optimists Make Better Prophets

June 7, 2010

Optimism is topic to which I have returned time and again since I started writing this blog (see, for example, … Continued

Corruption Remains a Problem Around the Globe

June 4, 2010

Over the past couple of years, I've written several posts about the deleterious effects that corruption has on development efforts … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management

June 3, 2010

A Supply Chain Digest article earlier this year indicated that, when CEOs think about supply chains, “cost cutting and risk … Continued

Customer-centric Supply Chains

June 2, 2010

Companies need customers. I realize that is not a shocking revelation. Karl Albrecht once said, "If you're not serving the … Continued

Killing Ideas as Part of the Innovation Process

June 1, 2010

In an interview with one of the author's of the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard … Continued