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

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

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

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

Smart Farming will Help Feed the World

June 23, 2017

It’s no secret that world’s population continues to grow and isn’t predicted to top out for several decades. All of … 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 “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Blockchain/Supply Chain Future

April 27, 2017

“The hype surrounding Blockchain — also known as Distributed Ledger Technology — is in overdrive,” writes Andrew Sohn (@Molsonix). “Many … Continued

Targeted Marketing: Easy as X, Y, Z

April 21, 2017

“Marketing has come a long way since the days of the one-size-fits-all radio jingle,” writes Samantha Christmann (@DiscountDivaSam). “Advertisers have … Continued

Mobile and IoT Driving Consumers’ Digital Path to Purchase

April 20, 2017

Consumers are increasingly using the digital path to purchase when they buy things. To be honest, the so-called digital path … Continued

Yossi Sheffi, a Supply Chain Leader

April 18, 2017

In addition to posting articles on this blog, I’m also a featured blogger for Supply Chain Insight’s Beet Fusion blog. … Continued

3D Printing is Coming of Age

April 13, 2017

For over half a decade, pundits have predicted 3D printing (also called additive manufacturing) would revolutionize industries and supply chains. … Continued

Blockchain and the Supply Chain

April 10, 2017

Blockchain technology has stirred a lot of interest over the past year and a new study from eft indicates that … Continued

Defining the Digital Supply Chain is no Easy Task

April 4, 2017

There is a general consensus among analysts that businesses organized around industrial age principles need to transform into digital enterprises … Continued

The Internet of Things and Cognitive Computing will Mature Together

March 30, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of networks that primarily facilitates machine to machine communication. “Imagine a world … Continued

Industry 4.0 comes into Clearer Focus

March 29, 2017

A few years ago, analysts from Source One wrote, “Many analysts would assert that the U.S. and the global manufacturing … Continued

Is Supply Chain Risk Management High Enough on Your Priority List?

March 27, 2017

According to the Dun & Bradstreet-produced CIPS Risk Index, “Global supply chain risk grew to a record high at the … Continued

Taking Advantage of Emerging Opportunities on the Consumer’s Digital Path to Purchase

March 20, 2017

The digital path to purchase is increasingly dominating retail sales. By that I mean consumers are increasingly using mobile devices … 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

Technology and Supply Chain Transformation

March 14, 2017

More and more articles are being written about the need for supply chain transformation and, as a result, supply chain … Continued

Cognitive Computing and the Digital Supply Chain

March 13, 2017

The term “supply chain” emerged because historically every step of the process that saw raw material converted into a product … Continued

Cognitive Computing is Raising the Bar in the Business World

March 10, 2017

As businesses venture deeper into the Digital Age, they are finding new technologies can help them analyze the oceans of … Continued

Category Management and Cognitive Computing

March 9, 2017

“Without the foundation of Category Management,” declare analysts from the Category Management Association, “shopper marketing is ‘a tale full of … Continued

Industry 4.0 Can Spark Growth but not without Skilled Workers

March 8, 2017

“Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years,” asserts Olivier Scalabre, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management in the 21st Century

March 7, 2017

Supply chain risk management is a complicated subject because the number of things potentially affecting operations is almost limitless. As … Continued

Use Cognitive Technologies to Reduce Offshoring and Create U.S. Jobs

March 3, 2017

The business world is in turmoil over President Donald Trump’s emphasis on reinvigorating manufacturing jobs in America. He pushed hard … Continued

Targeted Marketing to Millennials: Inform don’t Pander Them

March 2, 2017

I have heard people state that we live in a world in which everyone wants instant gratification. Some marketers may … Continued

Cognitive Computing in the CPG Sector = Efficiency and Innovation

February 27, 2017

Kraft-Heinz’ recent failed attempt to purchase Unilever for $143 billion dollars is unlikely to be the last news of mergers … Continued

The Transformative Potential of Blockchain Technology

February 22, 2017

Business leaders are always looking for the next big thing. One of those things might be blockchain technology. Thomas Cherian … Continued

Security Concerns Plague Internet of Things Development

February 21, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become the largest network of networks the world has ever seen (both … Continued

The Evolution of the Grocery Store

February 17, 2017

We’ve all seen western movies that include a scene in which a calico-clad frontier woman tells the owner of the … Continued

Valentine’s Day: Warm Hearts and Cold Chains

February 14, 2017

Valentine’s Day is a day of romance. You might have risen early this morning to prepare your significant other breakfast … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation is Blowin’ in the Wind

February 9, 2017

Change is one of life’s constants. The supply chain is no exception to this rule. According to Jonathan Webb (@j_p_webb), Head … Continued

Industry 4.0 won’t Bring Back Jobs; but Neither will It Eliminate Human Workers

February 8, 2017

Manufacturing is on the upswing in the United States and that trend was in the making before the tortuous presidential … Continued

Buttons and Keyboards on the Digital Path to Purchase

February 3, 2017

The two most important characteristics of the digital path to purchase are convenience and information. Although the consumer digital journey … Continued

Omnichannel Operations are the New Normal

February 1, 2017

This past holiday season was a paradox. Consumer spending was up; nevertheless, thousands of retail stores are shuttering their doors … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Grocery Shopping

January 24, 2017

Grocery shopping has been an activity in which humans have engaged since the first marketplaces were set up millennia ago. … Continued

Risk Management: A Business Priority Begging for Cognitive Computing

January 17, 2017

One hundred percent of businesses are concerned about the possibility of a disruption in their supply chain; yet, 40% of … Continued

Artificial Intelligence and the Digital Path to Purchase

January 10, 2017

Over a dozen years ago, Steven Spielberg’s movie Minority Report introduced viewers to a future in which marketing and advertising is … Continued

New Year’s Resolution: Transform Your Supply Chain

December 30, 2016

We are approaching the time of year when people pause to reflect on the past and resolve to do better … Continued

Why Winning Companies will Transform into Digital Enterprises

December 29, 2016

There seems to be a growing consensus among business analysts that organizations organized around principles developed during the industrial age … Continued

Trends & Predictions 2017: Supply Chain

December 27, 2016

“It has become apparent that in the decade since scholars such as Cranfield’s Martin Christopher first began talking about the … Continued

Targeted Marketing and Personalization

December 26, 2016

Marketers want customers to feel special. They want customers to feel they have a personal connection with advertised products. In … Continued

Risk Management Needed to Strengthen Fragile Global Supply Chains

December 22, 2016

“Supply chains keep making headlines around the world for the wrong reasons,” insists Boris Felgendreher (@FelgenTweets), Senior Marketing Director for … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase Requires Multiple Supply Chains

December 1, 2016

The digital path to purchase and omnichannel operations are complicating supply chain operations in a number of ways. The staff … Continued

How the Holidays will Impact Your Supply Chain

November 29, 2016

The holiday shopping season, which traditionally begins on Black Friday, tests even the best supply chain. “As the holiday season … Continued

‘Tis the Season for Cargo Theft

November 28, 2016

Nobody likes to get ripped off; but, experts note the holiday shopping season presents an almost irresistible opportunity for thieves. … Continued

Black Friday in a Post-modern Consumer-centric Era

November 25, 2016

A few years ago, an article in SupplyChainBrain asserted omnichannel sales are becoming so important they are transitioning the retail sector … Continued

7 Habits of Highly Effective Risk Management Professional

November 22, 2016

“Over the past 5 years, supply chain risk management has moved onto the radar of the C-level,” write analysts from … Continued

Globalization Still Needed to Bring Millions out of Poverty

November 21, 2016

“Globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries have been joined by tens of millions in the advanced countries,” … Continued

Digital Supply Chains Can Make the World Less Frightening

November 17, 2016

Pundits toss around a lot of names for times in which we live — the Computer Age, the Information Age, … Continued

Omni-channel Supply Chains and Retail’s Future

November 7, 2016

“The growth of internet-enabled commerce, mobile devices and social networks has led companies to be more digitally driven since the turn … Continued

Targeted Marketing: How Much Segmenting is Too Much?

November 3, 2016

When Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced it was going to do less targeted marketing on Facebook, it was big news. … Continued

Industry 4.0: How Long will the Revolution Take?

November 2, 2016

“Imagine a world,” writes Mary Shacklett (@MaryShacklett), CEO of Transworld Data, “where smart systems, Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, and … Continued

The Internet of Things and Beyond

November 1, 2016

The current buzz about the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) leaves the impression it is a single, humongous network into … Continued

The Digital Supply Chain Imperative

October 27, 2016

“Supply chain is one of the last places where you have all of these analog problems,” asserts Trae Stephens (@traestephens), … Continued

Jobs Sustainability: Little Time Remains to Implement Long-term Strategy

October 26, 2016

“By 2021,” writes Forrester Vice President Brian Hopkins (@practicingEA), “a disruptive tidal wave will begin. Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology … Continued

The Supply Chain IS Business

October 19, 2016

“The supply chain IS Business,” insists Lora Cecere (@lcecere), founder of Supply Chain Insights, and “not a department within a … Continued

Three Phases of Supply Chain Risk Management

October 18, 2016

There are a lot a moving parts associated with a good supply chain risk management program. First and foremost, a … Continued

Blockchain Technology: Silver Bullet or Simply Buzz

October 12, 2016

“Blockchain technology stands poised to rewrite how business is conducted if its potential is achieved,” declares Thor Olavsrud (@ThorOlavsrud).[1] But … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation and Digitization, Part 2

October 11, 2016

In the first part of this article, I discussed why so many analysts insist supply chain transformation (i.e., building a … Continued

Supply Chain Transformation and Digitization, Part 1

October 10, 2016

No shortage exists of pundits who insist corporate supply chains must transform over the coming decade. Although their transformation strategies … Continued

Digital Transformation and the Digital Path to Purchase

September 28, 2016

We live in the digital age; mobile technologies have penetrated deep into most societies; and, the digital path to purchase … Continued

Agriculture: The Jetsons Meet the MacDonalds

September 27, 2016

The topic of agriculture generally brings to mind scenes of waving grain, orchards of fruit trees, and/or animals grazing peacefully … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: You Can’t Outsource Responsibility

September 19, 2016

“There’s a saying,” writes Warrick Beaver (@WarrickBeaver), Managing Director of Customer & Third Party Risk at Thomas Reuters, “that you … Continued

Are “Psychopaths” Helping or Hurting Your Supply Chain?

September 16, 2016

“A new study shows supply chain executives demonstrate higher levels of psychopathic tendencies than any other role in the business … Continued

Some Do’s and Don’ts for Digital Enterprise Transformation

September 15, 2016

Many analysts have predicted that for companies to survive in the digital age they must transform into digital enterprises. What … Continued

Targeted Marketing Personas: More Catching Less Fishing

September 14, 2016

Have you ever gone fishing? If you have, then you understand your chances of catching something improve when you know … Continued

Smart Cities can’t be Dumb about Last Mile Logistics

September 13, 2016

As cognitive computing systems and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to mature, there will be more and more written … Continued

Supply Chain Visibility and Collaboration: Fellow Travelers on the Path to Excellence

September 8, 2016

“A lack of supply chain visibility and ineffective collaboration [are] often the reason[s] for poor supply chain performance,” asserts Antonia … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management Involves More than Hoping Your Luck Holds Out

September 1, 2016

Supply chain risk management is a full-time job. Logically that means chief executive officers (CEOs) must delegate that responsibility to … Continued

Jobs Sustainability and Robotics: An Endless Debate

August 29, 2016

“We always hear and read the same arguments again and again,” writes Maximilien Oberlis (@maximilienobrls), a digital innovation leader. “Will … Continued

Helping People at the Base of the Pyramid Obtain Water

August 26, 2016

“The world runs on water,” writes Betsy Otto, Director of the Global Water Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). … Continued

As Uses of Big Data in Business Grow, the Need for Ethics also Increases

August 25, 2016

“Big data is reshaping the world,” asserts Joe Lodewyck (@joelodeaz), dean of assessment at the University of Phoenix College of … Continued

The Disruptive Potential of Robotic Process Automation

August 23, 2016

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is not likely to be the focus of a Hollywood blockbuster film because it doesn’t involve … Continued

Combating Fraud in the Supply Chain

August 22, 2016

“It’s not enough just to manage your own company’s supply chain anymore,” writes Ben DiPietro (@BenDiPietro1).[1] By that he means … Continued

The Importance of Segmentation in Targeted Marketing

August 19, 2016

I have no idea when consumer segmentation was first introduced as a targeted marketing tactic. I suspect it may have … Continued

The Internet of Things will Help Transform the Supply Chain

August 17, 2016

There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT); but, most analysts agree that the IoT is … Continued

The Emergence of the Cognitive Supply Chain

August 16, 2016

Nearly a year ago I laid out my vision of what supply chains might look like in the future.[1] With … Continued

The Digital Path to Purchase is Becoming the Smartphone Path to Purchase

August 15, 2016

“Shopping is going digital,” assert analysts from UPS, “and digital is moving to smartphones.”[1] For years, the digital path to … Continued

Businesses Embrace Artificial Intelligence

August 12, 2016

Nearly half (48.5%) of executives surveyed by Narrative Science indicate that “automated communications that give business audiences data they can … Continued

Growing Risks Require Resilient Supply Chain Risk Management Process

August 8, 2016

“There is general unease about the state of the global economy with its increase in operational risk,” writes the staff … Continued