Veterans Day 2017

November 10, 2017

Although tomorrow is officially America’s Veterans Day, many people will enjoy a day off today since the holiday falls on … Continued

Halloween 2017

October 31, 2017

Some people (even some communities) take Halloween very seriously. “Halloween has become a destination holiday,” writes Anne Marie Chaker (@AnneMarieChaker). … Continued

Kurds Deserve a Country of Their Own

September 26, 2017

Enterra Insights is not a political blog; so this article is a bit of an outlier from my normal posts. … Continued

Labor Day 2017

September 4, 2017

Although most Americans celebrate Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer and see it as a final opportunity to … Continued

Independence Day 2017

July 4, 2017

Independence Day is a good time to remember that the Revolutionary War might not have been won without the help … Continued

Memorial Day 2017

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day finds its genesis in America’s Civil War. That war affected nearly every community in America with the loss … Continued

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

March 17, 2017

Retailers love holidays. Holidays provide a focal point for promotions and sales. St. Patrick’s Day is no different. Kristen Cloud … Continued

Presidents’ Day 2017

February 20, 2017

Today in America we celebrate what has come to be known as Presidents’ Day. Officially, however, the holiday is still … Continued

Happy New Year 2017

January 2, 2017

The late John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter, reported, “In certain savage tribes in New Guinea, they … Continued

Christmas before Email

December 23, 2016

Today, a communication (aka letter) sent through the traditional mail system is often referred to as “snail mail” in order … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

November 24, 2016

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the United States. High on the list of things for which Americans are thankful … Continued

Veterans Day 2016

November 11, 2016

One of the bitterest U.S. presidential elections ever held is now over; but, the divisiveness it fomented will likely linger … Continued

Don’t be Afraid — Halloween 2016 Could be a Record Year

October 31, 2016

Halloween has become big business and, in recent years, has also marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season (a … Continued

Labor Day 2016

September 5, 2016

The labor scene has changed a lot since Labor Day first began to be celebrated back in the late 19th … Continued

Independence Day 2016

July 4, 2016

Younger generations might be surprised to learn that Independence Day (i.e., the Fourth of July) only became a Federal Holiday … Continued

Memorial Day 2016

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and dreams of vacations, picnics, and outdoor activities. We should never forget, … Continued

Andy Grove, Innovation, STEM Education, and Jobs

April 8, 2016

In March Andy Grove, the former CEO and Chairman of Intel, passed away. Eulogies praising his remarkable life called him … Continued

Presidents’ Day 2016

February 15, 2016

Today is a uniquely American federal holiday that was first established to honor President George Washington. When he was born … Continued

New Year’s Day 2016

January 1, 2016

I’ve read that New Year’s Day is probably the most celebrated public holiday around the world with celebrations commencing at midnight … Continued

Old Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve: Looking Back on the Supply Chain

December 31, 2015

Nowadays you don’t often hear anyone refer to Old Year’s Day (i.e., the last day of the old year); rather, … Continued

Christmas 2015: Wise Men and Gift Giving

December 25, 2015

In yesterday’s article, I cited the editorial staff at The Week, which wrote, “Christians see gift giving as a symbolic … Continued

Twas the Night Before Christmas

December 24, 2015

If you celebrate Christmas, are you wondering what’s resting under your tree this year? Kristen Cloud (@KCloudShelby) reports, “Based on … Continued

Thanksgiving 2015

November 26, 2015

A majority of Thanksgiving tables this year are likely to find turkey being served as the main protein; but, the … Continued

Happy Halloween 2015

October 30, 2015

Although not uncommon nowadays to see Christmas decorations go on sale before Halloween, manufacturers and retailers know that Halloween is … Continued

Independence Day 2015

July 3, 2015

Almost every country in the world celebrates a national holiday that recognizes its independence, founding, or heritage. In the United … Continued

John Nash: Tribute to a Beautiful Mind

May 26, 2015

By now most people know that Dr. John Forbes Nash, Jr., and his wife Alicia were tragically killed in an … Continued

Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer and, even though it began as a solemn day of remembrance back … Continued

The Valentine’s Day Supply Chain: Bringing You Love

February 13, 2015

Confectioners, card companies, and flower shops love holidays. Valentine’s Day is no exception. The day, of course, is named in … Continued

Happy New Year 2015

January 1, 2015

The older one gets the faster time seems to fly. Each New Year’s Day reminds us that time stops for … Continued

Christmas 2014

December 25, 2014

Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn CBE, a British journalist, writer, and columnist, once wrote, “From a commercial point of view, if Christmas … Continued

2015 Predictions: Transportation and Logistics

December 15, 2014

The world is on the move. Gone are the days when a majority of humankind could walk to their jobs … Continued

Santa Claus: The Best Salesman in History

December 12, 2014

Santa Claus has become a worldwide sales phenomenon who hypes everything from cars to candies. His rise to “Best Salesman … Continued

2015 Predictions: Food and Flavors

December 9, 2014

Although the end-of-the-year prediction season generally involves prognostications about things like emerging technologies, the economy, political events, and the like, … Continued

Thanksgiving 2014

November 27, 2014

The Pilgrims, Native Americans (specifically the Wampanoag tribe), and the Thanksgiving celebration are inextricably linked. Each Thanksgiving Americans recall the … Continued

Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014

In the United States, Veterans Day annually falls on November 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that … Continued

Labor Day 2014

September 1, 2014

Few people look forward to end of the summer. That may be the reason that the first Monday in September … Continued

Independence Day 2014

July 4, 2014

America’s Independence Day holiday doesn’t actually celebrate the day that colonial independence was declared (that occurred on July 2nd). It … Continued

Memorial Day 2014

May 26, 2014

As you know, Memorial Day’s roots were planted after America’s Civil War. Nearly every community in America suffered the loss … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

Independence Day 2013

July 4, 2013

On this day each year, the United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. … Continued

Memorial Day 2013

May 27, 2013

Although Memorial Day was first celebrated to remember the war dead from the U.S. Civil War, it was eventually celebrated … Continued

Enjoying Food: Taste, and Our Other Senses

May 13, 2013

Any true connoisseur of food understands that all of our senses (taste, smell, sight, touch, and hearing) play a role … Continued

Happy New Year 2013

January 1, 2013

Traditionally at the beginning of each new year one takes stock of his or her circumstances and makes resolutions that will … Continued

Merry Christmas 2012

December 25, 2012

We have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. Among our blessings is the fact that we didn’t all perish … Continued

North Pole Supply Chain and Risk Management Strategies

December 24, 2012

"Gartner likes to publish the Top 25 Supply Chains every year," writes SAP's Richard Howells. "Unfortunately, there’s one supply chain … Continued

McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013

December 13, 2012

The end of the old year and beginning of the new year traditionally finds pundits offering their predictions about what … 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

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

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

Language and Business

July 20, 2012

"Would it surprise you to learn," writes Mel Eatherington, "that a third of all workers fall short of employers' expectations … Continued

Independence Day 2012

July 4, 2012

Like many countries, the United States celebrates a national holiday to recognize its birth as a sovereign nation. In America's … Continued

A Matter of Taste

June 15, 2012

In several past posts, I've noted that companies with international ambitions need to be cognizant of cultural differences that could … Continued

Memorial Day 2012

May 28, 2012

Once again America marks the unofficial beginning of summer by remembering men and women who fought and died during conflict. … Continued

Big Data and Language

April 20, 2012

Since Enterra Solutions uses an ontology in most of its solutions, the topic of language is of interest to me … Continued

Enterra Solutions Repeats as CGT Editor’s Pick Selection

February 7, 2012

For the second straight year, Enterra Solutions, LLC, has been selected as one of 25 companies featured in the Editors’ … Continued

Technologies for Tomorrow: CES 2012

January 19, 2012

For the past two posts, I’ve looked at technologies and innovations that were recognized for their significance and impacts last … Continued

Innovation and Technology Review 2011 continued

January 18, 2012

Before looking ahead at technologies that could emerge this coming year, I'd like to continue my look back at this … Continued

Technology Review 2011

January 17, 2012

Gizmag is an online magazine that "covers invention, innovation, and emerging technologies in all fields of human endeavor – everything … Continued

Unless the Mayans Were Right — Welcome to the New Year

January 2, 2012

G. Jeffrey MacDonald noted, "Authors disagree about what humankind should expect on Dec. 21, 2012, when the Maya's 'Long Count' … Continued

Christmas 2011

December 23, 2011

Although Sunday is the Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus, it is part of larger holiday season that marks … Continued

Supply Chain Management Education, Part 2

December 16, 2011

Part 1 of this two-part series discussed the rising interest in Supply Chain Management (SCM) education. In this post, I'll … Continued

Supply Chain Management Education, Part 1

December 15, 2011

Some interesting articles and posts have been written recently about supply chain management (SCM) education. Victoria Taylor is even bold … Continued

Thanksgiving 2011

November 24, 2011

Today is the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the United States. Like the past several years, it finds many people in … Continued

Rebranding Your Company

October 17, 2011

Today, my company, Enterra Solutions, LLC, officially announced the launch of its new web site and a new slogan, "Welcome … Continued

Friendship, Happiness, and Courage in the Workplace

September 30, 2011

As an employer, I’m aware that job satisfaction is critical for retaining great employees. Employers would love to be able … Continued

Labor Day 2011

September 5, 2011

I would have liked to have titled this post “Happy Labor Day”; but, with an unemployment rate hovering over 9 … Continued

Happy Fourth of July

July 4, 2011

Almost every country in the world sets aside a day to celebrate its heritage and history. For the United States, … Continued

Search for Resources at the Top of the World

June 7, 2011

Joseph Spears reports that the Arctic region "includes a rich basket of natural resources." ["The Snow Dragon Moves into the … Continued

Memorial Day 2011

May 30, 2011

Each year America celebrates the start of the summer season by remembering those who have fallen during the conflicts in … Continued

Ethically Speaking

May 19, 2011

Do ethics matter in business? The obvious (and correct) answer is: “Of course they do.” A good follow-up question, then, … Continued

Life a Hundred Years from Now: Part 1

April 28, 2011

Earlier this year I posted a few blogs dealing with short-term predictions about the future. A few daring souls have … Continued

Happy New Year 2011

December 31, 2010

This New Year, like the last, will find many people struggling with the tight-fisted consequences of a lingering recession. Perhaps … Continued

Happy Christmas 2010

December 24, 2010

Tomorrow most of the Christian world celebrates the Christmas holiday. Even some non-Christian countries join in the festivities because the … Continued

In the Pursuit of Happiness — Part 2: Personal Happiness

December 6, 2010

In my last post, In the Pursuit of Happiness — Part 1: National Happiness, I discussed a number of articles … Continued

In the Pursuit of Happiness — Part 1: National Happiness

December 3, 2010

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

November 25, 2010

Edward Sandford Martin once wrote, "Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as … Continued

Update on Education in America

October 6, 2010

In a post entitled Is America Undergoing a Creativity Crisis? Part 1, it was pointed out that "in China there … Continued

Dissing Corporate Social Responsibility

September 7, 2010

Dr. Aneel Karnani, an associate professor of strategy at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, asked … Continued

Labor Day in the U.S.

September 6, 2010

This is the second Labor Day holiday in a row where many workers have little to celebrate. The unemployment rate … Continued

Happy Independence Day

July 5, 2010

Although yesterday (Sunday) was officially Independence Day in the United States, it is being observed today so that people can … Continued

The Future of Lithium

June 11, 2010

You can hardly go anywhere without seeing someone with a mobile phone. Like so many other products, those phones are … Continued

On Interns

June 10, 2010

With Memorial Day over and summer unofficially here, the media has run a number of stories on summer interns. Interest … Continued

Memorial Day

May 31, 2010

Although each new days brings with it stories of continued conflict from Iraq and Afghanistan, too many people find it … Continued

Understanding Data

April 30, 2010

For most people living in the developed world (and many people living in the developing world), the information age has … Continued

Making the World Safe for Women

April 8, 2010

One of the oldest objects of worship known to man is small figurine carved out of oolitic limestone that has … Continued

A New Year’s Look at Demographics

January 8, 2010

As each new year approaches, the ending year is pictured as an old man and the new year is pictured … Continued

The Rise of Hybrid Companies?

January 6, 2010

What's a hybrid company? According to The Economist, it's a company that operates "in the grey area between the public … Continued

Happy New Year

January 1, 2010

The late Bill Vaughan, who wrote a syndicated column for the Kansas City Star from 1946 until his death in … Continued

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009

Christmas is obviously a Christian holiday; but it reflects historical traditions of giving and celebrations of life that lie at … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

Whether you're religious or not, it's good to celebrate a season in which we can offer thanks — be it … Continued

The Forests and the Trees

November 19, 2009

The seemingly endless debates about global warming normally focus on how human activity releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. … Continued

In Praise of Optimism

November 5, 2009

In numerous posts about development and entrepreneurism, I have written about the optimistic nature of entrepreneurs. The Lebanese-born, American writer … Continued

Updates on Some Past Posts: Kurdistan Oil/One Laptop Per Child/Zimbabwe

October 21, 2009

A number of developments have occurred that touch on stories I've written about in the past. For the next couple … Continued

Have I Done Any Good

July 15, 2009

One of the recurring themes of this blog has been philanthropy. That might seem odd for a corporate blog, but … Continued

And the winner is …

July 4, 2009

The winner of the beautiful Knoll desk lamp (worth nearly $200) courtesy of is Jason Camlic. Have a happy … Continued

Of Bosses and Business

June 1, 2009

The current economic recession focused the harsh light of the media on chief executive officers of businesses that either helped … Continued