Service-Oriented Architecture and Event-Driven Warehouse Management

August 31, 2011

One of the earliest blogs I posted was about service-oriented architecture (SOA) [Great Article on Service-Oriented Architecture]. I published it … Continued

Globalization, Trust, and the Supply Chain

August 30, 2011

Charles Mann, author of the new book 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, recently wrote an op-ed piece in … Continued

Black Swans, Dark Clouds, and Silver Linings

August 29, 2011

Russ Banham writes, "Thanks to the global financial meltdown, we now know what a 'black swan' is. But do we … Continued

The Holes in Globalization’s Fabric

August 26, 2011

Overall globalization has been a good thing for the world. Millions (if not billions) of people have emerged from poverty’s … Continued

Surmounting the Last Mile Challenge in Urban Areas, Part 2: Small and Clean Vehicles

August 25, 2011

Yesterday, I discussed a couple of pipe systems whose creators envision using to move freight underground to help relieve street … Continued

Surmounting the Last Mile Delivery Challenge is Urban Areas, Part 1: Pipe Dreams

August 24, 2011

Delivering goods to final destinations (i.e., the "last mile" challenge) remains problematic for freight haulers in many urban environments. Towns … Continued

Supply Chain Risks: Who’s in Charge and What are They Looking At?

August 23, 2011

Bill McBeath, chief research officer at ChainLink Research, has stated, “Most companies fail to take a holistic approach to supply … Continued

Entrepreneurs: Hares versus Tortoises

August 22, 2011

British entrepreneur Luke Johnson writes, “I used to think Mark Zuckerberg’s achievement with Facebook was a fabulous inspiration to entrepreneurs … Continued

Playing (and Working) Out of the Box

August 19, 2011

A year ago I posted a two-part series about a so-called "creativity crisis" in America. In Part 1 of the … Continued

IBM Recommends New Rules for Supply Chain Management

August 18, 2011

IBM analyst Karen Butner writes, “The complexities of today’s economic environment and ever-expanding global supply chains mandate new guidelines for … Continued

Reducing the Operating Costs of Truck Transportation

August 17, 2011

The cost of a gallon of diesel fuel remains high and it doesn't look like prices will be reduced dramatically … Continued

Global Hunger: The News is both Good and Bad

August 16, 2011

Unless you don't follow the news at all, you are aware that the Horn of Africa is once again struggling … Continued

The Future of Innovation Appears Secure

August 15, 2011

Sharon Daniels, chief executive of AchieveGlobal, claims that “continual innovation may be the most powerful of any competitive advantage for … Continued

Reducing Healthcare Costs

August 12, 2011

Despite all of the heated debate that has taken place in the U.S. about healthcare insurance over the past few … Continued

You Can Almost Hear the Bullwhip Effect Cracking

August 11, 2011

In early June 2011, Acer Inc., the world's second-largest personal computer vendor by unit shipments after Hewlett-Packard, took "a one-time … Continued

Innovating by Mimicking Nature

August 10, 2011

Since our earliest ancestors began pondering the world about them, humankind has undoubtedly been fascinated with the amazing things that … Continued

China Plies the Oceans’ Floors Looking for Resources

August 9, 2011

Last summer "three Chinese scientists plunged to the bottom of the South China Sea in a tiny submarine" and planted … Continued

America’s Infrastructure

August 8, 2011

Following the publication of my post entitled Analysts Raise Warnings about the Fragility of Logistics (which, among other things, discussed … Continued

Supply Chain Recovery from Japan’s Earthquake/Tsunami: An Update

August 5, 2011

Back in March 2011, supply chain professionals were just beginning to grapple with the effects of the devastating earthquake/tsunami combination … Continued

Who Will Win the Tagging Wars: RFID or Barcodes?

August 4, 2011

I have written several posts about the future of product tagging in the supply chain and have noted that the … Continued

Entrepreneurs: Many Jobs and Multiple Careers

August 3, 2011

Entrepreneurs face a lifetime of career decisions. In the beginning, they must decide whether to wander out far and in … Continued

Do Your Customers Really Matter?

August 2, 2011

Michael LeBoeuf claims, “A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all.” [“Business Strategies of Companies,” by Michael Kerr, … Continued

Learning About Entrepreneurs Can Help Break Stereotypes

August 1, 2011

Stefan Thiel believes that the world now holds a stereotypical view of an entrepreneur as someone who is “youthful, brash, … Continued