Datasharing is Big Business

December 31, 2012

You would have to be technically illiterate or remarkably naive not to know that your online activity is being tracked … Continued

Supply Chain Disruptions Are Growing More Serious but Risk Management isn’t Keeping Pace

December 28, 2012

Sean Kilcarr reports that “the 2013 Third-Party Logistics Study: The State of Logistics Outsourcing compiled under the auspices of Penn … Continued

Copycatting: Is it Creative or Cheating?

December 27, 2012

"True entrepreneurs are supposed to shun imitation and try to be authentic and original," writes entrepreneur Luke Johnson. "I'm not … Continued

Targeted Marketing: Understanding the Individual

December 26, 2012

The website, calls targeted marketing "the Holy Grail of marketing!!" It goes on to say: "Targeted marketing can be … Continued

Merry Christmas 2012

December 25, 2012

We have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. Among our blessings is the fact that we didn’t all perish … Continued

North Pole Supply Chain and Risk Management Strategies

December 24, 2012

"Gartner likes to publish the Top 25 Supply Chains every year," writes SAP's Richard Howells. "Unfortunately, there’s one supply chain … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 4

December 21, 2012

I love this time of year. Brave pundits sharpen their pencils and their wits predict what the coming year might … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 3

December 20, 2012

Bill Vaughn once said, "The groundhog is like most other prophets; it delivers its prediction and then disappears." No supply … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 2

December 19, 2012

In yesterday's post, I discussed the first five of ten supply chain management predictions that Robert J. Bowman, managing editor … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 1

December 18, 2012

Recently, Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, discussed some predictions about the future of supply chain management that he … Continued

Countries and Cities Need to Get Smarter About Natural Disasters

December 17, 2012

Erwann Michel-Kerjan, managing director of the Wharton Risk Center at the University of Pennsylvania, argues that "extreme events are on … Continued

Big Data Dilemmas

December 14, 2012

We've all heard the old saying, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." The adage has … Continued

McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013

December 13, 2012

The end of the old year and beginning of the new year traditionally finds pundits offering their predictions about what … Continued

Artificial Intelligence: Is there Peril in Deep Learning?

December 12, 2012

There have been cinematic depictions of evil robots ever since Fritz Lang's 1927 science-fiction film entitled "Metropolis." More recent depictions … Continued

Woven into a Web of Arts

December 12, 2012

We live in an age of constantly-available entertainment — but particularly in the sense of an artistic renaissance: talented artists … Continued

Artificial Intelligence: The Promise of Deep Learning

December 11, 2012

“Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns,” writes John Markoff, “technology companies are … Continued

There’s Room for More Globalization

December 10, 2012

Pundits have claimed that globalization has swept over the world and that, as a result, the world is a flat … Continued

Managing Robots

December 7, 2012

"In Isaac Asimov's classic series of short stories I, Robot," writes Tim Criswell, President of Wynright Robotics, "he lists the … Continued

More Supply Chain Talent Needed

December 6, 2012

“Members of today’s supply chain teams are busy,” writes Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain Insights. “Business complexity is rising … Continued

3D Printing Comes of Age, Part 3

December 5, 2012

TechShop is “a three-story workshop in [San Francisco] city outfitted with 3-D printers, laser cutters and other sophisticated tools to … Continued

3D Printing Comes of Age, Part 2

December 4, 2012

In Part 1 of this series, I asserted that 3D Printing (or additive manufacturing) is likely to be one of … Continued

3D Printing Comes of Age, Part 1

December 3, 2012

I have written several articles on the impact that 3D printing (sometimes called additive manufacturing) will have on the future … Continued

Causes of Major Supply Chain Disruption

November 30, 2012

In a post about the causes of major supply chain disruptions, analyst Bob Ferrari discusses insights gained from an E2open-sponsored … Continued

Handling Big Data

November 29, 2012

“Raw data are like raw sewage,” writes Andrew Hill, “toxic if not handled properly.” [“Less is more when it comes … Continued

Multi-channel Marketing Hits Its Stride

November 28, 2012

If this past week has demonstrated anything, it's that many shoppers are now fully embracing multi-channel shopping. According to Kara … Continued

Fostering an Innovative Environment, Part 2

November 27, 2012

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed an interview conducted by Gwen Moran with Jeffrey Phillips, co-founder of … Continued

Fostering an Innovative Environment, Part 1

November 26, 2012

Gwen Moran reports that results from a survey conducted earlier this year by CapGemini Consulting, indicated that "two-thirds of respondents … Continued

Ray Kurzweil Heats Up Artificial Intelligence Discussions

November 23, 2012

Ray Kurzweil is a very bright and entertaining individual. He is also, at times, controversial. His new book, How to … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

November 22, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday in America traces its origins back to 1621 when Plymouth colonists broke bread with Wampanoag Indians in … Continued

Geography and a Sense of Place

November 21, 2012

I first wrote about the importance of geography back in 2009 in a post entitled The Importance of Geography. The … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Prevention is Better than Cure

November 20, 2012

Some adages contain only situational verity. There are times, for example, that it makes sense that "if at first you … Continued

Are We in the Midst of the Century of Software?

November 19, 2012

While reporting on topics covered at the October 2012 World Resources Forum in Beijing, student Anna Leijonhufvud wrote about a … Continued

Corporate Silos: Obstacles to Supply Chain Transformation

November 16, 2012

“Supply chains are driving fundamental and transformational changes in today’s organizations,” writes Pat McLagan, CEO, GoalStreams LLC. “More than that, … Continued

Innovation and Process

November 15, 2012

"Until recently," writes John Gardner, "I was the guy who preached innovation processes were the key to making big things … Continued

Thinking Machines and the Future

November 14, 2012

Very few, if any, futurists doubt that machines are going to get smarter in the decades ahead. "Smartphones that talk. … Continued

Dealing with Big Data

November 13, 2012

“What search algorithms were to the 1990s,” writes Holly Finn, “big data is today: a game changer.” [“New Gumshoes Go … Continued

Aging and Asia: Implications for Marketers and Retailers

November 12, 2012

In a book entitled 100 Plus, author Sonia Arrison writes, “We are at the cusp of a revolution in medicine … Continued

Technologies that Could Change the World, Part 2

November 9, 2012

In Part 1 of this 2-part series, I discussed the first five of nine technologies that Bryan Nelson identifies as … Continued

Technologies that Could Change the World, Part 1

November 8, 2012

Bryan Nelson, from, a "leading green technology site [that] serves up the latest in clean energy innovation, science, and … Continued

Retailing Faces a Brave New World

November 7, 2012

"Retailers will have to rethink their position in the market," writes Allison Cerra, "along with strategies they have used thus … Continued

Globalization: Retreating or Transforming?

November 6, 2012

A recent headline in the Wall Street Journal stated with some certainty that globalization is retreating. [“The Retreat of Globalization,” … Continued

Hurricane Sandy and the Resilience of Cities

November 5, 2012

"New Yorkers are known for their resilience," writes Deborah L. Jacobs. "But Hurricane Sandy was a whack on the side … Continued

Accurate Container Weights Remain a Safety Concern

November 2, 2012

Everyone involved in the maritime container shipping industry understands that declaring accurate container weights improves "the safety of container ships, … Continued

Philosophy and Artificial General Intelligence

November 1, 2012

Proponents of artificial intelligence (AI) seem to separate into two camps. The first camp includes those who are trying to … Continued

Supply Chain Management Trends

October 31, 2012

Supply Chain Management has changed significantly over the past several decades. Robert Gifford, executive vice president of global logistics with … Continued

Improving S&OP Processes

October 30, 2012

"Everybody does it," writes the editorial staff at SupplyChainBrain, "but few really understand it." What is "it"? The answer is: … Continued

It’s Becoming an Omnichannel Sales World

October 29, 2012

A recent SupplyChainBrain article asserts that omnichannel (or multi-channel) sales are becoming so important that they are transitioning the retail … Continued

Even in the Era of Big Data, Document Accuracy Matters

October 26, 2012

"Documentation accuracy isn't exactly the most goose bump-inducing topic," writes Eric Johnson. "But it may well be one of the … Continued

Critics Pile On Criticism of P&G Innovation

October 25, 2012

Two years ago things were looking up for Procter & Gamble (P&G). Jonathan Birchall reported, "Bob McDonald, who took over … Continued

Food Deserts and Big Data

October 24, 2012

In a developed country like the United States, most people assume that nearly everyone has access to markets where they … Continued

What Does the Future Hold for Air Freight?

October 23, 2012

"The U.S. airfreight market generated revenues of $28 billion in 2011," writes blogger Kforsythe, "a 7.4 percent, year-over-year, increase." While … Continued

Tapping the Economic Power of Mega-Cities

October 19, 2012

In a post entitled Emerging Markets and the Global Middle Class, I wrote: "Back in early 2011, some analysts believed … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management and World Events

October 19, 2012

"In case you haven't noticed," writes Dan Gilmore, Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest, "the world is growing crazy – and … Continued

Walmart Gets Aggressive

October 18, 2012

When it comes to brick-and-mortar stores, nobody is bigger than Walmart. The company is also keenly aware of trends that … Continued

Wall Street Journal Names 2012 Technology Innovation Winners

October 17, 2012

The Wall Street Journal recently announced the list of winners for its 2012 Technology Innovation Awards. Scott D. Anthony, managing … Continued

U.S. Manufacturing: Reviving or Not?

October 16, 2012

"The US is on course to regain its status as a global industrial powerhouse," writes Peter Marsh. ["US set for … Continued

Will Cities Save Us?

October 15, 2012

With companies like FedEx and Maersk forecasting decreased revenues over the coming months as a result of the repressed global … Continued

Innovation Requires Effort in Both Public and Private Sectors

October 12, 2012

In a couple of previous posts on innovation, I've quoted Sam Shuttleworth, who wrote, "Innovation: everyone is talking about it, … Continued

Educating Tomorrow’s Supply Chain Professionals

October 11, 2012

In a recent interview with the editorial staff at SupplyChainBrain, John L. Kent, director of logistics and supply-chain management programs … Continued

Future Jobs: The Times They are a Changin’

October 10, 2012

In a post entitled Robots and the Future of Manufacturing, I noted that many jobs now being done by humans … Continued

When Innovating or Developing Strategy, Think Differently

October 9, 2012

Holly Green insists, "Great leaders think strategically." ["How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types," Forbes, 27 March 2012] She continues: … Continued

Targeted Marketing Will Change Consumer Behavior

October 8, 2012

Al Ramadan & Christopher Lochhead, co-founders and partners at Play Bigger Advisors, claim that "social, mobile, and cloud technologies are … Continued

Nine Technologies Transforming the Supply Chain, Part 3

October 5, 2012

Over the past two days, I have discussed the first six of nine technologies identified by Gartner analyst Tim Payne … Continued

Nine Technologies Transforming the Supply Chain, Part 2

October 4, 2012

In yesterday's post, I discussed the first three of nine technologies identified by Gartner analyst Tim Payne that he claims … Continued

Nine Technologies Transforming the Supply Chain, Part 1

October 3, 2012

Gartner analyst Tim Payne writes, “After years of a cost-cutting focus, SCM continues its rise up the corporate agenda.” [“Hype … Continued

Business Intelligence and Smart Supply Chains

October 2, 2012

Successful supply chain processes are collaborative in nature. Mountains of information must be exchanged and understood to keep things moving … Continued

Turbo-charged Supply Chain Visibility

October 1, 2012

Dan Gilmore, editor-in-chief of Supply Chain Digest, predicts, “While companies have been pursuing increased visibility over the last 10 years, … Continued

Meet Baxter — Your New Co-worker

September 28, 2012

In yesterday’s post (Robots and the Future of Manufacturing), I discussed the impact that robots are having (and will likely … Continued

Robots and the Future of Manufacturing

September 27, 2012

British entrepreneur Luke Johnson writes, "Modern plants use robots and increasingly few workers and run day and night, 365 days … Continued

Walmart Strikes a Blow Against Showrooming

September 26, 2012

Big retailers remain concerned about the practice of “showrooming,” which involves customers coming into their stores to check out merchandise … Continued

Algorithms and Targeted Marketing, Part 2

September 25, 2012

"Increasingly, the largest retailers in markets across the country are employing sophisticated personalized marketing," writes Gary Hawkins, CEO of Hawkins … Continued

Algorithms and Targeted Marketing, Part 1

September 24, 2012

In a review of the book Automate This, Richard Waters writes, "Christopher Steiner makes a big claim for the mathematical … Continued

Real Innovation versus Continuous Improvement

September 21, 2012

“Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, and other variations on continuous improvement can be hazardous to your organization’s health,” writes Ron Ashkenas, … Continued

Green Supply Chains

September 20, 2012

Jason Mathers, project director for the Environmental Defense Fund, told the editorial staff at SupplyChainBrain that "there are four driving … Continued

Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency

September 19, 2012

"In a way, it's laughable," writes Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, "that we would even attempt to identify … Continued

Guest Post: Will IBM Revolutionize Business Analytics With Watson?

September 18, 2012

Today's post was written by Carol Wilson, a guest blogger, professional writer, and business owner who frequently freelances for Carol … Continued

Globalization Increases Supply Chain Risk

September 17, 2012

Paul Vanderspek, a clinical professor at Colorado State University, insists that "a number of factors have contributed to an increase … Continued

Using Mobile Phones to Gain Real-Time Customer Insights

September 14, 2012

“Few marketing challenges are tougher than identifying and influencing what drives customers’ attitudes and behavior,” write Emma K. Macdonald, Hugh … Continued

Social Media and the Supply Chain, Part 2

September 13, 2012

In yesterday's post, I discussed the views of three supply chain analysts regarding the impact that social media capabilities can … Continued

Social Media and the Supply Chain, Part 1

September 12, 2012

Social media is a phenomenon that people are still trying to figure out how best to exploit. For example, in … Continued

Vulcanized! — In Search of an AI Mind Meld

September 11, 2012

In the famous sci-fi series Star Trek, a race of people known as the Vulcans had the ability to meld … Continued

Supply Chain Sustainability and the Move towards a Circular Economy

September 10, 2012

Douglas Alexander, Principal Consultant at Component Engineering Consultants, writes, "When I think of the word 'sustainability,' I imagine lasting value … Continued

Computers Get Creative, Part 2

September 7, 2012

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I began the discussion about whether creative computers can be labeled intelligent. I … Continued

Computers Get Creative, Part 1

September 6, 2012

"No computer can yet pass the 'Turing test' and be taken as human," writes Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi professor for … Continued

Social Media and Mobility are Changing the World

September 5, 2012

The folks at recently wrote, “Where were you when news of the tsunami hit Japan in 2011? How about … Continued

Auditing Working Conditions in the Supply Chain

September 4, 2012

Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres and director of Ceres' Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), writes, "A supply chain … Continued

Labor Day 2012

September 3, 2012

Labor Day in the U.S. marks the unofficial end of summer. For the past few years, the holiday hasn't been … Continued

The Mittelstand Model Remains Desirable

August 31, 2012

In a post entitled Entrepreneurs, Medium-Sized Companies, and the Global Supply Chain, I discussed how mid-sized German companies (called Mittelstand) … Continued

Demographics and Destiny

August 30, 2012

Demographic concerns differ widely depending on where you live. For example, two articles published in the Financial Times on the … Continued

Machine-to-Machine Communication

August 29, 2012

Ericsson, the Swedish technology firm, has a vision of the world in which 50 billion devices are continuously connected and … Continued

New Directions for Retailing, Part 2

August 28, 2012

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed some new tactics being tried by brick-and-mortar retailers to halt the … Continued

New Directions for Retailing, Part 1

August 27, 2012

You only need to look at empty storefronts in some malls to know that brick-and-mortar retailers have been going through … Continued

Update on Conflict Minerals and the Supply Chain

August 24, 2012

Back in December 2010, I wrote: "The general public has not paid a lot of attention to the portion of … Continued

Kinaxis Continues Its SCM30 Series

August 23, 2012

In a post entitled Thirty Years of Supply Chain Management, I noted that Kinaxis bloggers are writing a series of … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Supply Chain

August 22, 2012

The human race has progressed in fits and starts. Great leaps forward can always be traced to advances in technology. … Continued

Vendor Relationship Management: Making the Customer King

August 21, 2012

According to Harvard University's Project VRM, vendor relationship management "is the customer-side counterpart of CRM (or Customer Relationship Management). VRM … Continued

Interest in Mobile Payments Increasing

August 20, 2012

A year ago the question was being asked, "Will It Be Years Before Mobile Payments from Digital Wallets Take Off … Continued

China and Innovation

August 17, 2012

Over the past couple of years a number of articles about innovation in China have been written. The reason for … Continued

Market Driven Supply Chains

August 16, 2012

I suspect that many (if not most) readers of this blog know that supply chain analyst Lora Cecere has started … Continued

Technology in the Aisles

August 15, 2012

Manufacturers try almost anything they can to get shoppers to pay attention to the products they offer on store shelves. … Continued