Let’s Talk Water, Part 2

June 30, 2011

In the first segment of this 3-part series, I discussed some of the reasons that there is likely to be … Continued

Let’s Talk Water, Part 1

June 29, 2011

With all of the recent flooding in the United States, shortages of water may seem like a strange subject with … Continued

Supply Chain Opacity: Looking through a Glass Darkly

June 28, 2011

David Manners, a blogger who focuses on the semiconductor industry, asks, “Why is the Supply Chain so Opaque?” [Mannerisms, 28 … Continued

Assessing Supply Chain Risk Events

June 27, 2011

Before jumping into today's topic, I hope you will pardon a little horn-blowing. I was recently contacted by Tracy Myers … Continued

Emerging Market Consumers, Part 2

June 24, 2011

In yesterday's post, I discussed the growing amount of wealth that is being generated in emerging market countries. I also … Continued

Emerging Market Consumers, Part 1

June 23, 2011

In several past posts, I've made the assertion that economic progress generally precedes political transformation. The logic for that is … Continued

The Age of Mobile Payments is Upon Us

June 22, 2011

Mobile phone customers in developing countries have for years used that technology as a way to make financial transactions. I … Continued

More Discussion about Sales and Operations Planning

June 21, 2011

As I noted in a recent post [Is S&OP a Guiding Light or a New Religion?], there is an ongoing … Continued

Kimberly-Clark and Reducing Supply Chain Complexity

June 20, 2011

Dan Gilmore, Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest, writes that he once heard a PepsiCo supply chain executive declare, “Complexity is … Continued

Shapeshifters: The Coming Age of Smart Materials

June 17, 2011

You might be asking yourself what a post about shapeshifting materials has to do with the business topics about which … Continued

Gartner Publishes Its Supply Chain Top 25

June 16, 2011

Each year Gartner releases a list of the Top 25 corporations noted for their supply chain excellence. In an article … Continued

How Safe is Our Food?

June 15, 2011

The recent Escherichia coli (or E. coli) outbreak that killed dozens and sickened thousands of people in Europe has once … Continued

Is S&OP a Guiding Light or a New Religion?

June 14, 2011

Robert J. Bowman, from SupplyChainBrain, wonders aloud if sales and operations planning (S&OP) is setting itself up to be another … Continued

How Important is Supply Chain Forecasting?

June 13, 2011

Dan Gilmore, Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest, has stated that his favorite vision of the future supply chain is one … Continued

Interesting Students in a Career in Supply Chain Management

June 10, 2011

Earlier this year, Dan Gilmore, Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest, was asked to give a speech in Columbus, OH (I’m … Continued

How Important it is To Relax As An Entrepreneur?

June 9, 2011

With loads of matters on your hand and tons of projects to supervise on a 24/7 basis, taking time to … Continued

Free Shipping: Pros and Cons

June 9, 2011

An employee of mine recently ordered replacement batteries online for the cordless phones in his home. He found a site … Continued

Big Data Supply Chains

June 8, 2011

Supply chains come in all shapes and sizes. Supply chain complexity increases as it becomes larger or more geographically extended … Continued

Search for Resources at the Top of the World

June 7, 2011

Joseph Spears reports that the Arctic region "includes a rich basket of natural resources." ["The Snow Dragon Moves into the … Continued

Supply Chain Evolution and Transformation

June 6, 2011

In a post entitled On the Bandwagon: Supply Chain Orchestration, among other discussed topics was Gartner's Four-Stage Maturity Model. The … Continued

The Resilience of Somaliland

June 3, 2011

About once a year, something comes along that draws my attention to Somalia. This year it was piracy [see my … Continued

More Thoughts on Educating Yourself in Business

June 2, 2011

Back in March I wrote a post entitled Entrepreneurism and Self-Education. In that article, I discussed ways that entrepreneurs (or … Continued

Information Sharing and Collaboration

June 1, 2011

Supply chain analyst Trevor Miles insists, "Collaboration can bring tremendous value to outsourced supply chains, such as we see in … Continued