Predictions for the Coming Year: Consumer Packaged Goods, Part 2-Retailing

December 31, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part post, I noted that the area of consumer packaged goods (CPG) involves both manufacturers … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Consumer Packaged Goods, Part 1-Manufacturing

December 30, 2013

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector involves both manufacturers and retailers and, therefore, predictions involving this sector normally include both. … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Technology, Part 2

December 27, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part post, I discussed some technology trends that analysts at TheAppTimes and others identified for 2014. … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Technology, Part 1

December 26, 2013

The transition from year to the next is always an interesting time. In addition to the hustle and bustle of … Continued

Christmas 2013

December 25, 2013

Charles Dickens, the author famous for writing A Christmas Carol, once wrote: “I have always thought of Christmas time, when it … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Marketing

December 24, 2013

Predictions being made for 2014 in the marketing arena include prognostications about targeted marketing, data analytics, customer experience, and data … Continued

Creating Useful Personas for Targeted Marketing

December 23, 2013

Leslie Ayers writes, “You wouldn’t be in business without a clear understanding of your target audience.” [“Why and How to … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Big Data Analytics

December 20, 2013

Pundits have been predicting that Big Data is going to be Big Business for a few years now. Lisbeth McNabb … Continued

Four Lenses and Ten Types of Innovation

December 18, 2013

In a post entitled Innovation Variety: Doblin’s Ten Types of Innovation, I discussed the ten types of innovation identified by … Continued

Fraud and Theft in the Supply Chain

December 17, 2013

Earlier this year, the Bureau Van Dijk reported, “Fraud cases around the world have seen a significant increase in the … Continued

Advances in Cognitive Computing

December 16, 2013

With a plethora of daily headlines available touting the benefits and/or challenges associated with Big Data analytics, most people understand … Continued

Digital Path to Purchase Holiday Shopping Trends

December 13, 2013

The folks at Hubspot put together an informative slideshare presentation for this holiday shopping season entitled “47 Stats for Remarkable … Continued

Pre-School Education: Will Congress Invest in Our Children and in America’s Future?

December 12, 2013

In two previous posts (Educating Our Children: The Earlier the Better and The Importance of Pre-School), I discussed how study … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Food, Part 2

December 11, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part post about food predictions for the coming year, I discussed trends in foods and … Continued

Predictions for the Coming Year: Food, Part 1

December 10, 2013

For over a dozen years, McCormick & Company has annually released its McCormick® Flavor Forecast®. The Forecast is created by McCormick … Continued

Education and Manufacturing

December 9, 2013

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I formed a non-profit organization called The Project … Continued

Book Review: Global Tilt

December 6, 2013

Earlier this year Ram Charan wrote, “When news broke recently that Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital was teaming with Berkshire … Continued

The Importance of Pre-School

December 5, 2013

In a previous post entitled Educating Our Children: The Earlier the Better, I quoted Nicholas D. Kristof, who wrote, “Growing … Continued

Exploring the Digital Path to Purchase

December 4, 2013

The digital age has dramatically changed the path to purchase used by many consumers. Consumers have found it convenient to … Continued

The Taste of Umami

December 3, 2013

“Sweet, bitter, salty and sour are the four taste qualities upon which the human sense of taste is based,” Bernd … Continued

A Brief Big Data/Analytics 3.0 Primer

December 2, 2013

“We are now in the midst of a big data bubble where everything and anything seems to be touted as … Continued

From Black Friday to the Boy on the Bike

November 29, 2013

Today you may be one of the millions of Americans who goes shopping. You may venture out to local stores … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

November 28, 2013

Traditionally, Thanksgiving Day has marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season — not any more. In many stores, Christmas … Continued

Use of Digital Coupons is Growing

November 27, 2013

Earlier this year I posted an article entitled Americans Love Their Coupons. In that article, I quoted Emma Rosenblum who … Continued

Supermarkets and Digitalization, Part 2

November 26, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series on the digitalization of supermarkets, I discussed the increased use of mobile apps, … Continued

Supermarkets and Digitalization, Part 1

November 25, 2013

About a year and a half ago, Annie Gasparro and Timothy W. Martin wrote, “Americans still shop for groceries. They’re … Continued

Innovation Variety: Doblin’s Ten Types of Innovation

November 22, 2013

Larry Keeley, Ryan Pikkel, Brian Quinn, and Helen Walters, innovation consultants at Doblin, created quite a stir when earlier this … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

November 21, 2013

“A new type of mobile app is departing from a long-standing practice in computing,” writes Tom Simonite. “Typically, computers have … Continued

The Rise of the Chief Digital Officer

November 20, 2013

Two years ago, Tim Bourgeois wrote, “With spending on digital-related initiatives and activities accounting for 10% or more of all … Continued

Our Quirky Sense of Taste

November 19, 2013

The cover story for the November issue of CGT Magazine discusses how McCormick’s FlavorPrint program is inspiring consumers. The article … Continued

The Real-time Supply Chain is Demanding New Management Strategies

November 18, 2013

“We are entering into a new era where systems are enabled by live, real-time data such as GPS, sensors, mobile, … Continued

Preventing and Mitigating Food Waste

November 15, 2013

“Around the world some 1.3 billion tonnes of food waste is produced annually,” reports Peter Harrison. He states that this … Continued

Big Data and the Big Picture

November 14, 2013

In past posts, I’ve discussed how geographical-based Big Data can be used to help companies better understand the communities in … Continued

Risk Management and Sustainability Are Becoming Fellow Travelers

November 13, 2013

Earlier this year, Steve Culp, Accenture’s lead in its global Risk Management practice, wrote, “In recent years, supply chains have … Continued

Education and Technology

November 12, 2013

Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, laments the fact that American technology companies are just as … Continued

Veteran’s Day 2013

November 11, 2013

Veteran’s Day is one of America’s “minor” holidays — meaning that not all businesses or schools close to celebrate it. Businesses … Continued

Educating Our Children: The Earlier the Better

November 8, 2013

“Growing mountains of research suggest that the best way to address American economic inequality, poverty and crime is — you … Continued

Quantum Computing and Big Data

November 7, 2013

Jennifer Ouellette reports that systems like CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) create such enormous amounts of data in such a … Continued

Revitalizing Globalization

November 6, 2013

“Globalization isn’t what it used to be,” writes Robert J. Samuelson. “In its heyday, trade and international investment (‘capital flows’) … Continued

Reminding Ourselves of the Importance of Basic Scientific Research

November 5, 2013

In a post entitled Fostering Genius, I discussed a number of research and academic organizations in and around the Princeton, … Continued

Is There a Difference Between Segmentation and Personalization?

November 4, 2013

Judy Bayer, Director of Strategic Analytics for Teradata International, and Marie Taillard, a professor of marketing and Director of the … Continued

SAP Discusses the Future of Business, Part 2

November 1, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I indicated that I divided the facts presented in an interesting SAP slideshow entitled “99 … Continued

SAP Discusses the Future of Business, Part 1

October 31, 2013

In an interesting slideshow entitled “99 Facts on the Future of Business,” the folks at SAP paint a picture of … Continued

Enterra’s Cognitive Reasoning Platform™ Brings Era of Big Data to Consumer Packaging Industry

October 30, 2013

As of today, I’m transitioning the Enterra Insights blog to a new platform that will be hosted on Enterra Solutions’ … Continued

Order Fulfillment in an Omnichannel Environment

October 29, 2013

A year ago, Dan Gilmore, Editor in Chief of Supply Chain Digest, wrote, “In case you haven’t noticed, e-commerce is … Continued

The Future of Retailing is All About Personalization

October 28, 2013

“The individualization of customer relation,” writes Bertrand Duperrin, Consulting Director at Nextmodernity, “is the new concern of marketing departments.” [“The … Continued

Fostering Genius

October 25, 2013

Eliza Gray tells the fascinating story of The Institute for Advanced Study in an article published in Time. [“The Original … Continued

Avoid Competitive Obsolescence Using Technology

October 24, 2013

Michael Fitzgerald, Nina Kruschwitz, Didier Bonnet, and Michael Welch, report, “A study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Capgemini Consulting … Continued

Globalization and the Supply Chain

October 23, 2013

Although globalization isn’t quite the hot topic it used to be, the subject is still a vital one. Historically, discussions … Continued

Get Personal with Your Customers

October 22, 2013

“In a climate where companies send mass, generic emails to entire mailing lists on a regular basis,” writes Malcolm Duckett, … Continued

Attracting Supply Chain Talent

October 21, 2013

One of the topics at the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit I attended in Scottsdale, AZ, last month was entitled … Continued

Self-education and Deep Learning

October 18, 2013

One of things that really stood out to me while reading James Gleick’s wonderful biography of Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman … Continued

Working on Top of the World: The Arctic Opens Up

October 17, 2013

A couple of years ago, Andrew E. Kramer wrote a story in the New York Times about an “an ice-free … Continued

The Impact of Omnichannel Operations on the Supply Chain

October 16, 2013

At the end of my post entitled Surviving in the Omni-channel World, I indicated that, in a later post, I … Continued

Personal Data: Who Should Own It and How Much Should It be Worth? (Part 2)

October 15, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed the general topic of data ownership and why it is becoming … Continued

Personal Data: Who Should Own It and How Much Should It be Worth? (Part 1)

October 14, 2013

“Data is the issue du jour,” writes Jack Marshall, “CEOs are now frequently asked what their ‘big data strategies’ are, … Continued

Intelligent Robots: Should We be Frightened?

October 11, 2013

“Are you prepared to meet your robot overlords,” asks Tia Ghose. “The idea of superintelligent machines may sound like the … Continued

Surviving in the Omni-channel World

October 10, 2013

Erik Brynjolfsson, Yu Jeffrey Hu, and Mohammad S. Rahman believe that mobile technology is forever changing the face of retailing. … Continued

Millennials: Getting to Know You

October 9, 2013

Back in 1951, when Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rogers wrote their now-famous tune “Getting to Know You,” they weren’t … Continued

Web 3.0: Does Anybody Really Know What It Will Be?

October 8, 2013

Half a dozen years ago I wrote a post entitled Web 3.0 Still Advancing — Even if People Don’t Know … Continued

Big Data is a Big Deal in Healthcare

October 7, 2013

Sharon Terry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Genetic Alliance, asserts, “I find myself becoming increasingly optimistic that we are … Continued

Getting to Know Emerging Markets, Part 2

October 4, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I noted that many respected analysts believe that the future of the global … Continued

Getting to Know Emerging Markets, Part 1

October 3, 2013

"Emerging markets are more important than ever," according to Boston Consulting Group analysts, "and they make up a large share … Continued

Keeping Up with Changing Tastes

October 2, 2013

IBM has been trying to demonstrate how its Watson computer can be useful in a number of fields. Earlier this … Continued

Cyber Security: A Growing Risk to Supply Chains

October 1, 2013

Guy Carpenter, a reinsurance brokerage firm, recently published a report highlighting emerging risks facing the (re)insurance sector. One of the … Continued

Do You Know Who Your “Influentials” Are?

September 30, 2013

“Online influentials who provide sole or ‘exclusive’ influence over consumers are the most valuable to companies,” reports Robert Berkman. [“Valuing … Continued

Cities from the Ground Up

September 27, 2013

Every designer dreams of seeing something go from the drawing board to reality – that is, designing and building something … Continued

Getting a Handle on Returned Merchandise

September 26, 2013

Retailers and manufacturers never like to see products returned; but, it happens. Evan Schuman contends, “One of the worst parts … Continued

Big Data Continues to Raise Privacy Concerns

September 24, 2013

“Every step in the big data pipeline is raising concerns,” writes Cynthia Dwork, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. and Deirdre … Continued

Are Space and Time Real?

September 23, 2013

“Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space … Continued

Teaching STEM Subjects Using a Mission to Mars

September 23, 2013

In a recent two-part series entitled “Getting Kids Hooked on STEM Subjects” [Part 1 and Part 2], I discussed how … Continued

CPG Executives Identify Two Industry Megatrends

September 20, 2013

Earlier this year “more than 200 executives from leading consumer goods and retail organizations” came “together to focus on how, … Continued

Sensing Food: The Role of Color

September 19, 2013

Back in the fall of 2000, three researchers, Lawrence L. Garber, Jr., Eva M. Hyatt, and Richard G. Starr, Jr., … Continued

Understanding Quantum Computing

September 18, 2013

Let’s face it quantum computing is not an easy subject. Understanding, for example, that a qubit can simultaneously represent both … Continued

Digital Consumers and Their Path to Purchase

September 17, 2013

A recent study by GroupMNext and Compete indicates that “there are six distinct segments of consumers who exhibit similar behaviors … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

September 16, 2013

These days, most of the arguments that involve the subject of artificial intelligence (AI) and whether it will ever be … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Judging Appetite and Capacity

September 13, 2013

SCE Magazine reports “that company executives are coming under increasing pressure from customers, shareholders and regulators, to better address the … Continued

Getting Kids Hooked on STEM Subjects, Part 2

September 12, 2013

In Part 1 of this two-part series, I discussed why it’s important to get students involved in science, technology, engineering, … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Research Gaining Momentum

September 11, 2013

On Monday, the National Science Foundation announced that it had awarded a 5-year, $25 million grant “to Harvard and Massachusetts … Continued

Healthcare is Forecast to Get Even More Personal

September 10, 2013

Current debates about healthcare cover topics ranging from how to rein in costs to how to make it more personalized. … Continued

Getting Kids Hooked on STEM Subjects, Part 1

September 9, 2013

“The idea that the nation faces a crisis in science education has more than hit home,” writes Terence Monmaney. “Many … Continued

Packaging and Sustainability

September 6, 2013

Manufacturers and retailers know that packaging serves a number of functions. Good packaging protects the products they contain, attracts the … Continued

The Growing Influence of the Digital Path to Purchase

September 5, 2013

Jeremy Hanks reports that when Jessops, Britain’s largest camera chain, went out of business, “the staff at one specific store … Continued

Fellow Travelers: Big Data and the Internet of Things

September 4, 2013

“Bland by name and superficially viewed as gee-whiz technology never to be realized, the IoT (Internet of things) has significant … Continued

What Makes a Smart City Smart?

September 3, 2013

The staff at ITBusiness writes, “We hear the term ‘smart city’ a lot these days, and it can mean different … Continued

Labor Day 2013

September 2, 2013

In the United States, the first Monday each September is set aside to honor the contribution that working people have … Continued

Preparing for Supply Chain Disruptions

August 31, 2013

“After tsunamis, protests, wildfires, and riots — to name just a few recent major disruptions — few managers can be … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Predictive Analytics, Part 2

August 31, 2013

In the first segment of this two-part series on predictive analytics, I discussed the potential of analytics for providing a … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Predictive Analytics, Part 2

August 30, 2013

In the first segment of this two-part series on predictive analytics, I discussed the potential of analytics for providing a … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Predictive Analytics, Part 1

August 30, 2013

Seth Gottlieb believes that using predictive analytics to target customers “is going to feel invasive” as it becomes more common. … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Predictive Analytics, Part 1

August 29, 2013

Seth Gottlieb believes that using predictive analytics to target customers “is going to feel invasive” as it becomes more common. … Continued

Some Thoughts About Disruptive Innovations

August 28, 2013

Helge Tennø, a Digital Director at Dinamo AS in Oslo, Norway, recently penned an interesting blog in which he connected … Continued

Messing with Your Mind

August 27, 2013

“The era of robots learning and reacting the same way humans do may still be in the realm of science … Continued

Preparing for Supply Chain Disruptions

August 26, 2013

“After tsunamis, protests, wildfires, and riots — to name just a few recent major disruptions — few managers can be … Continued

Nasdaq Technical Glitch Highlights System Vulnerabilities

August 22, 2013

Trading today came to a sudden halt on the Nasdaq exchange as the result of a technical glitch. Jacob Bunge, … Continued

Quantum Computing and Machine Learning

August 22, 2013

“The brain performs its canonical task — learning — by tweaking its myriad connections according to a secret set of … Continued

Supply Chain Management and the Future

August 21, 2013

“Supply chain management, as a practice in commercial operations,” writes Lora Cecere, “is now thirty years old.” [“Why?” Supply Chain … Continued

Additive Manufacturing and the Future of the Supply Chain

August 20, 2013

Sweeping statements are rarely true. That’s why a headline that declared “Today’s complex global supply chains are poised to be … Continued

The Next Billion Consumers

August 19, 2013

Bain & Company analysts Wlademir Gomes, Louis Lim, Robert Schaus, and David Cooper, report, “The global marketplace is minting a … Continued

Saving the World with Big Data, Part 2

August 16, 2013

In the first part of this discussion about how Big Data can help save the world, I cited a number … Continued