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