Artificial Intelligence: The Quest for Machines that Think Like Humans, Part 2

January 31, 2012

In Part 1 of this 3-part series, I discussed work being done at IBM, supported by funding from DARPA, related … Continued

Artificial Intelligence: The Quest for Machines that Think Like Humans, Part 1

January 30, 2012

Paul G. Allen, chairman of Vulcan and cofounder of Microsoft, and Mark Greaves, a computer scientist at Vulcan, believe that … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management and Climate Change

January 27, 2012

Munich Re, one of the world's largest reinsurers, is paying an increasing amount of attention to climate change. ["How Munich … Continued

Supply Chains: Lean, Mean, or In Between

January 26, 2012

As last year was ending and the new one beginning, the folks at SupplyChainBrain featured a number of articles about … Continued

Showrooming and Product Customization

January 25, 2012

Radio and television personality Clark Howard writes, “A new trend called ‘showrooming’ can hurt brick-and-mortar retailers in an age when … Continued

Building Sustainability into Your Supply Chain

January 24, 2012

Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder and CEO of Source4Style, a New York-based online fabric marketplace, told Gabrielle M. Blue that "it's … Continued

S&OP: Gaining a Competitive Edge

January 23, 2012

Donald Sheldon, president of D.H. Sheldon and Associates, told the staff at SupplyChainBrain that “competing successfully is all about providing … Continued

Order Fulfillment: Potential Source of Embarrassment

January 20, 2012

Just before Christmas, Best Buy told some of its customers that it was canceling their online orders because they wouldn’t … Continued

Technologies for Tomorrow: CES 2012

January 19, 2012

For the past two posts, I’ve looked at technologies and innovations that were recognized for their significance and impacts last … Continued

Innovation and Technology Review 2011 continued

January 18, 2012

Before looking ahead at technologies that could emerge this coming year, I'd like to continue my look back at this … Continued

Technology Review 2011

January 17, 2012

Gizmag is an online magazine that "covers invention, innovation, and emerging technologies in all fields of human endeavor – everything … Continued

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2012

January 16, 2012

Today America celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is always observed on the third Monday of January each year, … Continued

Technologies that Could Change Your Life

January 13, 2012

For five years running, IBM has published what it calls The Next 5 in 5 list. The list contains five … Continued

Innovation: Learning from both Successes and Failures

January 12, 2012

All companies want to win in the marketplace and one way to do that is to continue providing innovative products … Continued

Big Data gets Bigger

January 11, 2012

Back in 2009, IBM made news with its announcement of System S software that could "suck up huge volumes of … Continued

Assessing the Potential Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions

January 10, 2012

In the introduction to a study on supply chain risk management, Stephan M. Wagner, from the Swiss Federal Institute of … Continued

S&OP Implementation: How are Companies Doing?

January 9, 2012

An article in SupplyChainBrain, noted that "a report by Gartner revealed that two-thirds of businesses do not progress beyond the … Continued

More Supply Chain Predictions for 2012, Part 2

January 6, 2012

In part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed some predictions that have been made about the manufacturing sector. In … Continued

More Supply Chain Predictions for 2012, Part 1

January 5, 2012

In an earlier post [Supply Chain 2012: What Lies Ahead?], I discussed some predictions made by analysts Bob Ferrari and … Continued

Trucking Outlook for 2012

January 4, 2012

Just before the Christmas holiday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a new hours-of-service (HOS) rule that "reduces … Continued

U.S. Manufacturing in the Coming Year

January 3, 2012

Back in 2008, former U.S. Senator and presidential aspirant Gary Hart called on his party's presidential candidate, Barack Obama, to … Continued

Unless the Mayans Were Right — Welcome to the New Year

January 2, 2012

G. Jeffrey MacDonald noted, "Authors disagree about what humankind should expect on Dec. 21, 2012, when the Maya's 'Long Count' … Continued