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

Making the Web More Intelligent

August 14, 2012

About a year and a half ago, Steve Lohr wrote, "When problems are nuanced or ambiguous, or require combining varied … Continued

Pallet Problems

August 13, 2012

Last December I wrote a blog about pallets and assumed it would be the last time I discussed the subject … Continued

Google’s Knowledge Graph Brings Semantic Web a Step Closer

August 10, 2012

This past May Google quietly introduced the world to its "Knowledge Graph." Gary Marcus writes, "In the short-term, Knowledge Graph … Continued

Risk Management: The Ides of August

August 9, 2012

Nat King Cole used to sing about "those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" and concluded, "You'll wish that summer … Continued

“Winning” Companies Improve Supply Chain Visibility

August 8, 2012

In American Shipper's third annual International Transportation Management Benchmark Study, author James Blaeser asserts that the best international transportation management … Continued

Rising Concern about Cargo Thefts

August 7, 2012

According to an article published in Supply Chain Standard, in 2011, “the United States, Mexico, Brazil and other South American … Continued

Beyond QR Codes: Augmented Reality Shopping

August 6, 2012

Back in March 2012, Alex Cocotas reported that a new study from Nielsen, estimated that “just under half of American … Continued

Infographic about Supply Chain Traceability

August 3, 2012

In a post entitle Supply Chain Traceability is Important but Confidence is Lacking, I discussed results from a RedPrairie survey … Continued

Are Social Media Sites Replacing Focus Groups?

August 2, 2012

In a post entitled Changing Tastes in Food are Challenging Food Providers, I noted that food companies are racing to … Continued

Innovations in Trucking

August 1, 2012

In several past posts, I have discussed products and designs related to the trucking industry that are aimed at reducing … Continued