Digitalization and Disruption in Business

April 24, 2014

Lora Cecere reports, “Today, 63% of consumer manufacturing organizations have a digital path to purchase initiative.” [“Digital Path to Purchase: … Continued

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Globalization: Where do We Go from Here?

April 23, 2014

Russia’s intervention into the Crimean Peninsula has stirred up a conversation about globalization’s future. After all, the G8 quickly became … Continued


Supply Chain Risk Management Teams are between a Rock and Hard Place

April 22, 2014

“Most managers know that they should protect their supply chains from serious and costly disruptions,” write Sunil Chopra and ManMohan … Continued

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The Internet of Things Requires Smart Sensors and Smart People

April 21, 2014

Nearly everybody has heard about the Internet and the World Wide Web. They have helped connect the world and have … Continued

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Will 2014 be the Year You Fall in Love with Cognitive Computing?

April 18, 2014

In the Oscar-winning film “Her,” the character played by Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his smartphone’s artificial intelligence personal … Continued

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Improving the Flavor of Food: Do You Add Balance or Bytes?

April 17, 2014

“It’s happened to us all at one point or another,” writes Melanie Pinola, “the dish you’ve cooked is too salty, … Continued

Black Swans and Big Data

Supply Chain Risk Management: Big Data and Black Swans

April 16, 2014

I have written about so-called “Black Swan” events in the past (see, for example, a post entitled “Black Swans, Dark … Continued

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Quantum Computing: The Search for Schrödinger’s Cat

April 15, 2014

“Quantum computing may well represent the biggest breakthrough in computer technology since the invention of the microprocessor,” writes Lev Grossman. … Continued

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Breaking Down Corporate Silos with Tacit Knowledge

April 14, 2014

“Tacit knowledge (as opposed to formal, codified or explicit knowledge),” according to Wikipedia, “is the kind of knowledge that is … Continued


Sea-faring Drones: They’re not Ghost Ships

April 11, 2014

In a book attributed to George Barrington entitled “A Voyage to Botany Bay” (1795), the tale of the ghost ship … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence: Trying to Think Like a Human

April 10, 2014

According to Luke Dormehl, “The secret of human brains is pattern recognition.” [“The Algorithm That Thinks Like A Human,” Fast … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: On-Demand is Changing the Face of Marketing Forever

April 9, 2014

Consumers are becoming more empowered and are, therefore, changing their buying habits. Analysts contend that manufacturers and retailers need to … Continued

Talk and Grit

Improving Education: A Little More Talk and a Little More Grit

April 8, 2014

In a post entitled “Educating Our Children: The Earlier the Better,” I talked about the “readiness gap” experienced by low … Continued

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Supply Chain Risk Management: Fewer Risks or More Complacency?

April 7, 2014

Earlier this year, Allianz, a global insurer, reported, “Business interruption and supply chain risks remain atop a list of the … Continued

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The Changing Face of Cities: Getting Smarter, but are They Getting Better?

April 4, 2014

“Future cities, where infrastructure adapts to our needs, are an enticing prospect,” writes Dr. Gary Graham, a Lecturer in Operations … Continued

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Embracing a Circular Economy

April 3, 2014

“Linear consumption is reaching its limits,” states a World Economic Forum (WEF) report entitled “Towards the Circular Economy: Accelerating the … Continued

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Making Better Decisions Faster with Big Data Analytics

April 2, 2014

“Advanced analytics and predictive algorithms change both supply and demand chain processes,” asserts the editorial staff at Supply & Demand … Continued

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Emerging Markets: If China Sneezes, the World Catches Cold

April 1, 2014

China recently announced that its goal for economic growth for the coming year is 7.5 percent. [“China sets 7.5% growth … Continued

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Big Data and Small Business

March 31, 2014

“Here’s a wishful vision of the future,” writes Christina Donnelly and Geoff Simmons, “One day, small businesses will have access … Continued

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Creating a Culture of Innovation in Your Company

March 28, 2014

If you want a creative company, you have to do more than hire creative people. You have to provide those … Continued

Supply Chain Collaboration

Supply Chain Collaboration and Secure Information Sharing

March 27, 2014

Over the past several years, the subject of supply chain collaboration has garnered increased attention. Leonie Barrie reports that last … Continued

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Tech Toys Can Help Prepare Pre-schoolers for STEM Education

March 26, 2014

Last fall, Michael D. Rich, president and chief executive officer of the RAND Corporation, wrote: “As schoolhouse doors swung open, … Continued

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The Project for STEM Competitiveness Sponsors STEM Speakers Series

March 26, 2014

Last September I announced that, along with some colleagues, I had founded a non-profit organization called The Project for STEM … Continued

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The Digital Path to Purchase is not a Straight and Narrow Way

March 25, 2014

“Growth has slowed. Complexity has increased. At least this is the story for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in North … Continued

Food science

Our Sense of Taste and the Future of Food Security

March 24, 2014

The world population is predicted to reach 9 billion people by the year 2050. Bill Gates, Microsoft mogul and co-founder … Continued

Machine Learning

New Approaches and Tasks for Machine Learning

March 21, 2014

“We all know how difficult it can be using a text term to search for multimedia content online,” writes Darren … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Millennials are Moving Targets, Part 2

March 20, 2014

In the first post of this two-part series, I cited a number of sources who tried to explain the characteristics … Continued

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As Food Prices Surge, Increases in Hungry People Can’t be Far Behind

March 19, 2014

An article in the Wall Street Journal reports, “Surging prices for food staples from coffee to meat to vegetables are … Continued

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Targeted Marketing: Millennials are Moving Targets, Part 1

March 18, 2014

“With the constant use of social media and digital outlets by the millennial generation (born 1980 to the early 2000s),” … Continued

Supply Chain Weak Link

Supply Chain Risk Management: A Company’s Weak Link?

March 17, 2014

The data breach involving the giant retailer Target has been all over the news for weeks. There was lots of … Continued


STEM Education: Why It’s Important

March 14, 2014

There continues to be debate about whether too much emphasis is being placed on STEM education. Critics believe that proponents … Continued

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The Supply Chain’s Role in Food Security

March 13, 2014

“If current growth patterns continue,” writes Doug Austin, Senior Vice President of Growth & Innovation, “‘extra mouths to feed’ will … Continued

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Artificial Intelligence Over the Next Four Score and Seven Years

March 12, 2014

“The advances we’ve seen in the past few years — cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and … Continued

Big Data in Business

Big Data Analytics Continue to Penetrate Business Operations

March 11, 2014

About a year ago, Mike Wheatley wrote, “Big Data has become such a big buzzword in tech these days that … Continued

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Location-based Marketing: Shoppers Won’t Ever Be Alone Again

March 10, 2014

“Ever since smartphone makers began incorporating GPS receivers into their handsets,” writes Brad Howarth, “marketers have dreamed about making use … Continued

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High Tech Agriculture

March 7, 2014

“The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet will greatly affect agricultural machines such as tractors, agricultural sprayers, harvesters, soil … Continued

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Smart Cities, Smart People, Smart Future

March 6, 2014

Alex Steffen, an author and futurist who writes a lot about smart cities and sustainability, insists that for most people … Continued

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Retail Stores and the Digital Path to Purchase

March 5, 2014

You don’t have to be involved in the retail business to know that online shopping and mobile devices have changed … Continued

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Robots and Jobs, Part 2

March 4, 2014

In Part 1 of this article, I discussed the widespread concern that the growth of artificial intelligence systems will create … Continued

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Robots and Jobs, Part 1

March 3, 2014

At the 2014 World Economic Forum, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, stated, “The race is between computers and people … Continued

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Technology and Education

February 28, 2014

In several past articles on education, I’ve mentioned the work being done by the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation on a … Continued


Innovation: Geniuses and Perseverers

February 27, 2014

In past posts about innovation, I’ve discussed the so-called “myth of the lone genius.” Creativity gurus point out that even … Continued

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Targeted Marketing and More Granular Segmentation

February 26, 2014

Back in 2000, Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt starred in a movie entitled “What Women Want.” The movie was about … Continued

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Taking Advantage of the Tetherless World

February 25, 2014

To what, you might ask, does the term “Tetherless World” refer? Currently, the Tetherless World is mostly a concept. According … Continued

Risk and Opportunity

Global Supply Chain Risk Management

February 24, 2014

If you’ve ever watched ABC’s Shark Tank, you have probably heard one or more the sharks (i.e., angel investors) press … Continued

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3D Printed Food

February 21, 2014

In a post I wrote last year entitled “Trekkies Rejoice! Food Replicators are Coming Soon,” I discussed how culinary schools, … Continued

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The Global Literacy Collaborative Demonstrates the Power of Technology-assisted Education

February 20, 2014

You may never heard of the Global Literacy Collaborative; but, if you believe that education can help reduce poverty and … Continued


Food Security and Climate Change

February 19, 2014

At the end of a previous post entitled “Resilience in the Food Supply Chain,” I indicated that I would write … Continued

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The Age of Predictive Business

February 18, 2014

During the run-up to 2012 U.S. presidential election, a 34-year-old statistician named Nate Silver “used an elaborate series of calculations … Continued

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Big Data and the Pharmaceutical Industry

February 17, 2014

“Big data has grown to prominence in the pharmaceutical market over recent years,” writes Lucy Hill, “turning into a key … Continued

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Big Data Analytics Promise Big Insights

February 14, 2014

“Companies are getting more data,” writes, Michael Fitzgerald, “in fact, the typical company doubles the amount of data it stores … Continued

Big Data Farming

Old MacDonald had Big Data — EIEIO

February 13, 2014

“Big data. If you haven’t yet heard that term dropped in casual conversation with other farmers,” writes Jim Langcuster, “you … Continued


Smart Cities, Like It or Not, Will Require Technology in the Future

February 12, 2014

Back in 2008, University of Newcastle professor Robert G. Hollands, noted that the term “smart cities” suffers from “definitional impreciseness, … Continued

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The Disruptive Nature of 3-D Printing

February 11, 2014

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), wearable devices appeared to capture the most attention (see my post entitled Wearable Devices … Continued

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The Growing Importance of Natural Language Processing

February 10, 2014

Interest in natural language processing (NLP) began in earnest in 1950 when Alan Turing published his paper entitled “Computing Machinery … Continued

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Innovation: Is Less More?

February 7, 2014

A little over a year ago, Chuck Frey, Senior Editor at InnovationManagmenet.se, wrote, “Matthew E. May, author of the new book … Continued

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Targeted Marketing is Changing the Game

February 6, 2014

“Consumer marketing used to just be about ‘spray and pray’ tactics,” writes Hansen Lieu, a Director of Solution Marketing at … Continued

Global Risks 2014

The World Economic Forum Identifies Global Risks

February 5, 2014

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Swiss Re, Zurich Insurance Group, National University in Singapore, … Continued

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Resilience in the Food Supply Chain

February 4, 2014

A couple of years ago, Daniel Dumke wrote, “The food supply chain satisfies one of the most basic Maslowian needs. … Continued

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Cognitive Computing and Human/Computer Interactions

February 3, 2014

“Computers have entered the age when they are able to learn from their own mistakes,” writes John Markoff, “a development … Continued

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Education Reform in the Spotlight

January 31, 2014

This is the time of year when the President and state governors offer up their “state of” speeches. This year … Continued


Big Data and Epidemics

January 30, 2014

Matthew Braga reports, “There exists an organization that, using nothing more than the cellphone in your pocket, can track where … Continued

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The Growing Importance of Supply Chain Risk Management

January 29, 2014

“In uncertain times,” writes Gavin Hinks, “risk management shoots to the forefront of every business mind, but recently, supply chains … Continued

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Google’s Acquisition of Artificial Intelligence Firm Points Way to the Future

January 28, 2014

“Our brains don’t need to tell our lungs to breathe or our hearts to pump blood,” writes Ravi Arimilli. “Unfortunately, … Continued


Big Data and You

January 27, 2014

I’m a businessman; so, it is not difficult for me to see the beneficial side analyzing Big Data. I’m also … Continued

Quantum computing

Latest Advances toward Quantum Computing, Part 2

January 24, 2014

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed, inter alia, how researchers are working to create more stable qubits. Philip … Continued

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Latest Advances toward Quantum Computing, Part 1

January 23, 2014

It seems as though breakthroughs leading towards a traditional quantum computer occur almost daily. I say “traditional” quantum computer because … Continued

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Mobile Technology and Healthcare

January 22, 2014

Dr. Bonnie Feldman, Ellen M. Martin, and Tobi Skotnes report, “In healthcare, the data generated by mobile phones and sensors … Continued


Transporting Chemicals Safely Through the Supply Chain

January 21, 2014

The recent leakage of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) from a storage tank owned by Freedom Industries Inc. into the Elk River … Continued

Location Still Matters in Marketing

January 20, 2014

Kirk Goldsberry reports, “In its 375 years, Harvard has only ever eliminated one entire academic program. If you had to … Continued


The Rise of the Internet of Things

January 17, 2014

Chet Namboodri predicts that 2014 is going to be a big year for the Internet of Things (IoT) or, as … Continued

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Value Chains and Emerging Markets

January 16, 2014

In his book entitled Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift, Ram Charan persuasively argues that … Continued


Will Smart Homes Contribute to Smart Cities?

January 15, 2014

Google recently announced that it was going to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc. [“Google to acquire … Continued

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Medicine and Cognitive Computing

January 14, 2014

Last fall an article in The Hindu reported, “Computer programs and algorithms developed in the last three decades are making … Continued

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Predictions for the Coming Year: Digital Path to Purchase

January 13, 2014

“Gone are the days,” writes Deepa Krishnan, “when ‘digital’ primarily meant ‘email’ and ‘social’ was synonymous with Facebook and Twitter. … Continued

Smart cities 2014

Predictions for the Coming Year: Smart Cities

January 10, 2014

Aaron Stern reports, “The number of people living in cities worldwide more than doubled between 1950 and 2010, meaning that more than … Continued

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Monetizing Cognitive Computing

January 9, 2014

IBM has great hopes that its Watson computer system will someday become a huge profit center. According to Spencer E. … Continued

Wearable devices

Wearable Devices and the Quantified Self

January 8, 2014

Troy Wolverton reports, “If Big Brother — or at least Little Cousin, aka your smartphone — isn’t watching yet, he … Continued

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Predictions for the Coming Year: Supply Chain Management, Part 2

January 7, 2014

In Part 1 of this post, I discussed some of the predictions about the supply chain sector made by “a … Continued

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Predictions for the Coming Year: Supply Chain Management, Part 1

January 6, 2014

Over the past couple of months, SupplyChainBrain has published several articles offering views about what lies ahead in 2014 in … Continued

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Companies Still Struggling with the Digital Path to Purchase

January 3, 2014

Susan Gunelius, President & CEO at KeySplash Creative, Inc., reports that a recent report released by the Chief Marketing Office … Continued

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Feigenbaum Predicts that Artificial Intelligence Will Provide “Wow”

January 2, 2014

I recently attended a conference at which Professor Edward Feigenbaum delivered a presentation entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Creativity: Then, Now, … Continued

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

January 1, 2014

Throughout much of the world, New Year’s Day is observed on January 1, the first day of the year on … Continued

Retail 2014

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

Manufacturing 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Big Data Predictions

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

5 in 5 2013

IBM’s Latest 5 in 5 Predictions

December 19, 2013

Since 2006 IBM has offered up its “5 in 5″ predictions that discuss five “Innovations that will change our lives … Continued

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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