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