Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

November 2, 2017

As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued

The Consumer is Boss on the Digital Path to Purchase

October 30, 2017

Sam Walton once stated, “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from … Continued

Machine Learning Steps into the Limelight

October 26, 2017

Machine learning (ML) is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). In recent years, however, ML has taken center stage in … Continued

Jobs Sustainability and Mobility

October 25, 2017

There have been myriad articles written about the coming robotics apocalypse during which masses of workers will lose their jobs … Continued

Is Artificial Intelligence Really Ready for Business?

October 24, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) and its offshoot — cognitive computing — have been hyped as the future of business. For example, … Continued

The Intelligent Internet of Things

October 23, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been heralded as the future of business and has been criticized for some glaring … Continued

Target Marketing to Millennials this Holiday Season

October 19, 2017

For retailers focusing on Generation Y (aka millennials), the 2017 holiday shopping season could prove profitable. The consumer engagement firm … Continued

Cognitive Computing is More than a Gimmicky Name

October 18, 2017

The term cognitive computing was first adopted by IBM as an alternative to the term artificial intelligence (AI). When Bloomberg … Continued

Outside-In Demand-driven Supply Chain Planning

October 17, 2017

The Big Data Era has changed how organizations conduct planning. Although companies have always attempted to forecast what the future … Continued

Personal Data and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation

October 16, 2017

The massive Equifax data breach once again hammered home the importance of protecting personal data from hackers. Some critics are … Continued

Blockchain Technology: Heating Up or Cooling Off?

October 12, 2017

Blockchain is a hot topic; especially among supply chain professionals. According to Kim S. Nash (@knash99), much of what is … Continued

Does Targeted Marketing Work? Ask the President.

October 11, 2017

Targeted marketing gains more traction every day. Why? Because it provides a better customer experience and greater return on investment. … Continued

Are Supply Chain Risks Making You Restless and Nauseous?

October 10, 2017

“Risk permeates supply chains,” writes Adam Robinson, a marketing strategist for Cerasis.[1] You don’t have to remind supply chain risk … Continued

Partnering Humans and Robots together in the Workplace

October 6, 2017

“Perhaps no company embodies the anxieties and hopes around automation better than Amazon,” writes Nick Wingfield (@nickwingfield) in the New … Continued

The Digital Age Demands a Digital Supply Chain

October 5, 2017

Evidence we live in a digital age is all around us. Established businesses are losing out to their more agile … Continued

Targeted Marketing: Location, Location, Location

October 4, 2017

“When someone picks up their mobile device,” Google analysts assert, “chances are they want to learn, do, find, or buy … Continued

The Competitive Advantage of the Digital Enterprise

October 3, 2017

“How might the strategies [of today’s struggling retailers] have changed,” asks David Pate, managing director of business development at TBM … Continued

Analytics and the Digital Path to Purchase

October 2, 2017

Consumers are increasingly using the digital path to purchase as they shop for goods and services. That means, among other … Continued

Cognitive Computing and Innovation

September 29, 2017

Whether you call it the Digital Age or the Information Age, we live in an era in which data and … Continued

Machine Learning and the Future of Everything

September 28, 2017

Calling the era in which we live the Information Age is a bit presumptuous. If information can be equated to … Continued

Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: How Long will It Take?

September 27, 2017

For years pundits have hailed the virtues of achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility. For example, Jett McCandless (@JettMcCandless) CEO of … Continued

The Requirement for Ethics in the Age of Big Data

September 25, 2017

The Equifax data breach affecting 143 million American citizens and hundreds of thousands of other people around the globe focused … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Intelligent Enterprise

September 21, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are maturing rapidly. Most of the progress has been made in the field of narrow (or … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation and the Collaborative Workplace

September 20, 2017

Humans have always had a love/hate relationship with machines. People who labored performing routine, tedious tasks but wanted to do … Continued

Digitalization and the Ever-changing Supply Chain

September 19, 2017

One hears and reads so much about the digital supply chain and digital transformation you might erroneously conclude they are … Continued

Waiting for the Robotics Apocalypse

September 18, 2017

Golden anniversaries are generally something to celebrate. You can be forgiven, however, if you missed the 50th anniversary of the … Continued

What Harvey and Irma Teach Us about Supply Chain Risk Management

September 15, 2017

The double punch of hurricanes Harvey and Irma on the U.S. economy will be felt for years. Supply chain risk … Continued

Leveraging an Intelligent Internet of Things

September 13, 2017

“Few technology trends have gotten as much publicity over the past few years as the Internet of Things (IoT) — … Continued

The Digital Enterprise in the Digital Age

September 12, 2017

The historical period in which we live has been given a number of labels including the Digital Age and the … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and Targeted Marketing

September 11, 2017

By now most people understand they generate data whenever they use their computer, tablet, or smartphone. They also understand companies … Continued

Dawn of the Cognitive Computing Era

September 7, 2017

More and more commentators are talking about the dawn of the Cognitive Computing Era. An “era” isn’t something one should … Continued

Barcelona Rightfully Claims Smart City Label

September 6, 2017

Travel writers love painting a picture of the world they see with words; and, Barcelona, Spain, has a lot to … Continued

Omnichannel versus Multichannel Supply Chains and Marketing

September 5, 2017

I would venture to say most people use the terms omnichannel and multichannel interchangeably. For casual conversations, using them interchangeably … Continued

Moving towards Industry 4.0

August 31, 2017

The commercial world is being roiled by new technologies. Old business models are being replaced by new ones and essential … Continued

Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

August 30, 2017

We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued

Will there be Jobs for Humans in the Years Ahead?

August 29, 2017

One of the pressing questions of the digital age is whether humans will have a place in the workforce of … Continued

There is No Golden Path to Innovation

August 28, 2017

Most pundits agree, if companies want to be long-lived, they need to foster continual innovation. In their quest to be … Continued

Adding Intelligence to the Digital Supply Chain

August 25, 2017

The digital supply chain is often touted as the next step in supply chain evolution. Many pundits, however, are looking … Continued

Targeted Marketing in the Digital Age

August 24, 2017

No one argues with the fact we live in a digital age characterized by big data and advanced analytics. Marketers … Continued

The Digital Age Demands Master Data Management

August 23, 2017

The digital age is data driven. That fact should come as no surprise. It stands to reason, therefore, that any … Continued

The Value of Artificial Intelligence

August 22, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) has stirred a lot of discussion in recent years. Some pundits insist AI is an existential danger … Continued

Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

August 21, 2017

Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued

Confronting Supply Chain Disruptions

August 17, 2017

“Even the biggest players in manufacturing are not immune to supply chain disruptions,” writes Kasey Hall. “Severe weather, factory fires, … Continued

Dealing with Inventory Shrink

August 16, 2017

Inventory shrink remains a problem for every retailer. How big of a problem? A year ago Joel Griffin (@SecInfoWatch) reported, … Continued

Winning Supply Chain Teams Need to Collaborate

August 15, 2017

For years subject matter experts have touted the benefits of closer supply chain collaboration. For example, back in 2013 Leonie … Continued

Getting to Know the Internet of Things

August 14, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a big concept that will be uniquely implemented in various economic and government sectors. … Continued

Horseless Carriages and Humanless Workplaces

August 10, 2017

Earlier this year, I reported on the results of a study conducted by Daron Acemoğlu (@DrDaronAcemoglu) of MIT and Pascual … Continued

Chargebacks: Walmart Raises the OTIF Stakes

August 9, 2017

Retailers and suppliers have a symbiotic, but often tense, relationship. One source of tension is retailer chargebacks (or fines). Last … Continued

The Unstoppable Digital Supply Chain Movement

August 8, 2017

In many aspects of life — from politics to criminal investigation to investment — the advice you often hear is … Continued

Targeted Marketing aimed at Generation Z is Coming of Age

August 7, 2017

For manufacturers and retailers, there are a lot of generations currently in play — Baby Boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, … Continued

Supply Chain Cyber Security Risks Rising

August 3, 2017

Concerns about cyber security are nothing new. Elena Kvochko (@elenakvochko), a cyber security expert, observes, “Cyber security has long become … Continued

The Internet of Things and the Rise of the Digital Supply Chain

August 1, 2017

“Few technology trends have gotten as much publicity over the past few years as the Internet of Things (IoT) — … Continued

The Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise

July 27, 2017

We live in the digital age. The World Economic Forum has declared data is a resource as valuable as oil. … Continued

Time to Take Part in the Digital Enterprise Revolution

July 24, 2017

Revolutions occur when people are dissatisfied with the status quo and rise up to change things or when disruptive technologies … Continued

Don’t Lose the Consumer on the Digital Path to Purchase

July 20, 2017

“In the era of machine learning, intelligent assistants, and artificial intelligence, the customer journey is often an afterthought,” writes Adam … Continued

Is the Digital Supply Chain the New Reality?

July 19, 2017

Companies taking a wait-and-see approach to digitizing their supply chain shouldn’t wait very long according to George W. Prest (@mhi_ceo), … Continued

Concern, not Panic, Over Jobs Sustainability, Part 2

July 18, 2017

“Throughout our history we Americans have stood out by embracing the future and rising to big challenges,” write MIT’s Andrew … Continued

Concern, not Panic, Over Jobs Sustainability, Part 1

July 17, 2017

The discussion about future jobs sustainability continues to heat up. On one side are prognosticators who predict artificial intelligence (AI), … Continued

Blockchain and Trust

July 13, 2017

“A new technology is redefining the way we transact,” assert analysts from Goldman Sachs. “If that sounds incredibly far-reaching, that’s … Continued

Artificial Intelligence: Misunderstood and Underappreciated

July 12, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that frightens many people but excites others. For most people, AI conjures up images … Continued

Decision-making and Cognitive Computing

July 11, 2017

Enterra Solutions recently sponsored a Cognitive Computing Summit with the intention of making it an annual event. Over the next … Continued

Machine Learning, the Cloud, and Your Business

July 10, 2017

Hollywood has done a terrific job warning us about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). There is a much more … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Machine Learning

July 7, 2017

From movies to markets, artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic. In the retail and marketing sector, the staff at … Continued

The Bumpy Ride to Digital Enterprise Transformation

July 6, 2017

Does change frighten or concern you? If it does, “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”[1] According … Continued

The Digital Supply Chain — Building Block of the Future

July 5, 2017

Pundits have argued for years that the term “supply chain” inaccurately depicts the real world. “The supply chain, as the … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Requires a Resilient Enterprise

July 3, 2017

We’ve all heard the adage “nothing is certain except for death and taxes.” In the business world, Jeff Thomson (@IMA_JeffThomson), … Continued

Using Robots, Automation, and Artificial Intelligence to Augment Jobs

June 29, 2017

The world suddenly seems a bit gloomier place with many countries turning inward and taking a narrow, national view of … Continued

Exploring Artificial Intelligence through Co-Innovation

June 28, 2017

NOTE: This article was written by David Cruickshank (@binarimon), Senior Director of Strategy and Operations at the SAP® Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) … Continued

China and the Digital Path to Purchase

June 27, 2017

In the United States, you read a lot about the Amazon Effect and how it is driving the consumer digital … Continued

Why do Companies need the Internet of Things? Let Me Count the Ways

June 26, 2017

“When most people think about the Internet of Things (IoT),” writes Michael Wilson, AFFLINK’S Vice President of Marketing and Communications, … Continued

Disruption and Supply Chain Management

June 22, 2017

The term “disruption” has been used so often over the past couple of decades many pundits are now calling for … Continued

Digital Enterprises Require Disruptive Technologies

June 21, 2017

There remains a lot of talk about digital disruption and the imperative for industrial age companies to transform into digital … Continued

The Conundrum Facing Targeted Marketing

June 20, 2017

Common sense leads one to the conclusion that targeted marketing (i.e., providing ads based on consumers’ tastes, preferences, and buying … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation and Job Augmentation

June 19, 2017

“Robotic process automation has been tipped as one of the most important strategic priorities for global business services,” writes the … Continued

The “Last Mile” Challenge and the Future of Logistics: Part 2

June 15, 2017

“The last mile is extremely inefficient,” writes Edwin Lopez (@EdwinLopezT37). “It is the final frontier of logistics, a cost so … Continued

The “Last Mile” Challenge and the Future of Logistics: Part 1

June 14, 2017

Some logistics professionals may long for the good old days when the last mile challenge primarily involved getting goods to … Continued

You Need more than a Kit to Manage Supply Chain Risk

June 13, 2017

Disruptions to supply chain operations are inevitable. Over the years I’ve read a lot of articles discussing the kind of … Continued

Big Data and the Digital Enterprise

June 12, 2017

Big data is big business. A study by Hexa Reports concludes, “In 2017, ‘Big Data’ vendors will pocket over $57 … Continued

Fostering a Culture of Innovation

June 8, 2017

Most business experts insist (and most corporate leaders believe) developing a culture of innovation is essential for long-term success. They … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase Often Involves Brick-and-Mortar Stores

June 7, 2017

To say it’s been a bad year for traditional brick-and-mortar stores is to understate the situation. Suzanne Kapner (@SuzanneKapner) reports, … Continued

Why Transforming into a Digital Enterprise is an Imperative

June 6, 2017

Time and again you read articles about the need for any organization founded on industrial age principles to transform into … Continued

Big Data and the Digital Supply Chain

June 5, 2017

An increasing number of supply chain analysts are stressing the importance of creating a data-driven supply chain (aka a digital … Continued

Are the Clouds on the Jobs Sustainability Horizon Dark or Billowy?

June 1, 2017

“We need to discuss how smart computers might affect the workplace and ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits,” writes Peter … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Cognitive Computing

May 31, 2017

“It’s not a coincidence that artificial intelligence is rapidly colonizing marketing tools designed for business sales,” writes Barry Levine (@xBarryLevine). … Continued

Logistics in a Changing World

May 30, 2017

“From siloed behavior to data-sharing and collaboration across disciplines — that’s the journey that companies are making today, as they … Continued

Supply Chain Climate Change Risks Poised to Worsen

May 26, 2017

“For the last 4 years,” report PwC analysts Brian Dunch (@Brian_Dunch) and David Sapin (@drsapin), “‘Extreme Weather Events’ has ranked … Continued

Machine Learning and Smart Business

May 25, 2017

“In the context of business,” writes David Linthicum (@DavidLinthicum), a consultant at Cloud Technology Partners, “artificial intelligence is called ‘machine … Continued

Innovation begins (and ends) with the Right Questions

May 24, 2017

Asking questions is one of the traits that makes humans an interesting and creative species. Kevin Kelly (@kevin2kelly), founding Executive … Continued

The Internet of Things is still Suffering Growing Pains

May 23, 2017

“Some call the Internet of Things (IoT), the Intelligence of Things, or the Internet of Everything,” explain analysts from Hewlett … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Enterprise

May 22, 2017

One thing most pundits seem to agree on is that any organization designed around industrial age principles needs to transform … Continued

The Millennial Supply Network

May 18, 2017

The generation receiving the most press right now is Generation Y (aka Millennials). For the most part, millennials are digital … Continued

How Businesses can Foster Jobs Sustainability in the Age of Automation

May 17, 2017

There has always been tension between some humans and automation. No one likes to lose their job — especially to … Continued

Big Data: Disappointment or Delight?

May 16, 2017

Big Data was supposed to help businesses solve many of their nagging problems; but, article after article over the past … Continued

Content Marketing is All About the Message

May 11, 2017

“It’s hard to imagine a world where advertising is perfectly targeted to know exactly how you feel and what you … Continued

Omnichannel Operations Remain Frustrating

May 10, 2017

While moderating a panel discussion earlier this year on the subject “The Science and Art of Modern Retail,” Lauren Sherman … Continued

A Call to Arms for the Supply Chain Revolution

May 9, 2017

One of our mottos at Enterra Solutions® is “Revolution not Evolution.” Bill DuBois, Director of Marketing Content at Kinaxis, appears … Continued

The Future of the Brick-and-Mortar Retail Sector

May 8, 2017

Almost every week another retailer seems to announce it is either closing hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores and/or filing for bankruptcy. … Continued

Visibility is Essential for Supply Chain Risk Management

May 4, 2017

“Supply chains are driven by data,” writes Susan Fourtané (@SusanFourtane). The right types of data provided at the right time … Continued

Digital Supply Chains: Do or Die Imperative?

May 3, 2017

“Supply chain professionals are now told on an almost daily basis that their next challenge is to digitise the supply … Continued

Cognitive Process Automation™ and Tomorrow’s Workplace

May 2, 2017

“Eighty percent of IT’s effort is focused on mundane grunt work — ditch-digging to keep the lights on with barely … Continued