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

Does Brexit Vote Signal the End of Globalization?

July 8, 2016

“The historic ‘Brexit’ vote was about much more than a small island’s fear of immigration and a remote European government,” … Continued

Global Supply Chain Risk Management

May 9, 2016

“Resiliency,” writes Aaron Burman, “has become an overused buzzword. Every field seems to have their own need to talk about … Continued

Pressure Mounts for Better Safety at Both Ends of the Food Supply Chain

April 7, 2016

The food supply chain has received a lot of attention over the past few years — not all of that … Continued

Globalization in the Digital Age

April 1, 2016

The face of globalization is changing as global trade decreases, reshoring and/or near-shoring increases, and once hot economies cool down. … Continued

Innovation: Taking the Long View is a Key to Survival

February 5, 2016

Over the past couple of years there have been a number of reality television shows based on the art of … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management: Dealing with Length & Depth

October 14, 2015

“Risk isn’t a new topic in the supply chain,” writes Hailey Lynne McKeefry (@HaileyMcK), Editor in Chief of EBN, “but … Continued

Supply Chains are Adversely Affected by Global Complexity

September 21, 2015

“A study of cross-industry supply chain executives by Barloworld Supply Chain Software (Barloworld SCS), found 83 per cent of respondents … Continued

Risk Management in Global Supply Chains

August 24, 2015

Managing day-to-day operations in a global supply chain is no easy task. That’s certainly not news for supply chain professionals. … Continued

Kraft/Heinz Merger Highlights Need for Cognitive Value Chain™

August 20, 2015

The Kraft Heinz Co. recently announced that it was laying off 2500 employees in the U.S. and Canada (including 700 … Continued

Globalization, Capitalism, Technology, and Emerging Markets

August 10, 2015

“Capitalism is under attack,” Eric Beinhocker and Nick Hanauer write. “The financial crisis of 2008, the stagnation of the middle … Continued

Growing Attention Being Given to Consumers at the Base of the Pyramid

July 31, 2015

Business people understand that increasing the bottom line requires customers; and, for most businesses, those customers are going to be … Continued

Global Economic Growth and Prosperity

July 27, 2015

As devastating as natural disasters can be, they are generally localized. In today’s globalized world, economic disasters often affect a … Continued

Big Data Integration in a Transnational Business World

June 25, 2015

The landscape in which today’s transnational businesses must operate is complex. Challenges can be confronted at every level — national, … Continued

Fragmentation and Regionalization are Changing Globalization

May 29, 2015

To succeed in the world you have to understand the world. That’s a tall order since the world is in … Continued

Globalization is Moving Along Some New Roads

April 28, 2015

“A huge shift in trade and relations could be underway across Eurasia,” writes Douglas Bulloch (@douglasbulloch), “and China’s New Silk … Continued

Smart Cities Aren’t Smart if They Don’t Accommodate the Poor

April 24, 2015

“People move to urban areas in search of more jobs and a better life,” writes Axel van Trotsenburg, the World … Continued

Food Security and Science

April 21, 2015

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center released results from two polls that indicate a majority of scientists have confidence … Continued

Food Security: Overcoming Risks in the Food Supply Chain

March 26, 2015

Consumers in the developed world have come to expect supermarkets to offer all varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout … Continued

Africa: Emerging Markets’ Final Frontier

March 9, 2015

In a review of a book entitled Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter, Katrina … Continued

Food Security: A Growing Global Concern

February 16, 2015

Those of us residing in the United States consider ourselves blessed to be living in a land of plenty — … Continued

2015 Predictions: Emerging Markets

December 18, 2014

Sustained global economic growth primarily depends on continued growth in emerging markets. New middle class consumers in those markets will … Continued

2015 Predictions: Supply Chains, Part 2

December 11, 2014

In Part 1 of this two-part article focusing on 2015 supply chain predictions, I discussed two articles written by Robert … Continued

2015 Predictions: Supply Chains, Part 1

December 10, 2014

In this article, which continues a series of articles about predictions about the upcoming year, I want to discuss the … Continued

Doing Big Business in Emerging Markets often Means Thinking Small

November 12, 2014

“Farsighted companies have started to recognize that their next wave of growth [in emerging market countries] will come by fundamentally … Continued

Helping Connect People at the Bottom of the Pyramid

October 30, 2014

“No industry or household in the world will reach their future potential without access to broadband,” write Adie Tomer (@AdieTomer) … Continued

Bolstering Globalization

October 10, 2014

Shawn Donnan (@sdonnan) begins his book review of The Butterfly Defect: How Globalization Creates Systemic Risks, and What to do … Continued

Selling to Consumers at the Bottom of the Pyramid

September 22, 2014

“A decade ago,” writes Stephanie Strom (@ssstrom), “C. K. Prahalad, a University of Michigan business professor, in his book ‘The … Continued

How Ideas Spread and Take Hold, Part 1

August 4, 2014

“Good ideas and innovation travel easily — and far,” writes John Major. “Historically, these ideas spread along trade routes.” [“Silk … Continued

The Internet of Things: Saving Ourselves with Technology

July 23, 2014

I recently listened to a provocative presentation given by Gary Atkinson (@GaryA_ARM), Director of Emerging Technologies at ARM, entitled “Can … Continued

Globalization, Integration, and Big Data = Big Solutions

July 14, 2014

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort, an author and social entrepreneur, writes, “I think it is important [to] transition from today’s world to a … Continued

The Coming Evolution of Global Business

June 18, 2014

“Whether you trace them back to Assyrian trading networks in 2000BC, or only as far as the mid-19th century when … Continued

Bitcoins and Commerce

May 23, 2014

If you’ve paid much attention to financial news over the past few months, you can’t help but have heard about … Continued

Big Data Analytics in Emerging Market Countries

May 20, 2014

Deloitte Consulting, LLP, analysts Jim Lee, Phillip Savio, and Carey Carpenter know that big data analytics can have a significant … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saving the World with Big Data, Part 1

August 15, 2013

“We’re not asking enough of Big Data, and we’re still getting in its way,” writes Stephen Collins, Chief Executive Officer … Continued

The African Continent: Emerging Markets Full of Potential and Challenges

July 17, 2013

Last August, Andrew England and Xan Rice reported, “From Lagos in the west to Nairobi in the east and Lusaka … Continued

Globalization Continues to Define the Business Landscape, Part 2

July 2, 2013

Last March, Pedro Videla, an economics professor at the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra, told an audience … Continued

Globalization Continues to Define the Business Landscape, Part 1

July 1, 2013

Back in January Ernst & Young released its annual globalization report. Commenting on the report, Steve Varley, Ernst & Young … Continued

A Thought Probe Series on Tomorrow’s Population, Big Data, and Personalized Predictive Analytics: Part 5, Beyond Smart Cities

May 24, 2013

I borrow the tagline for this post from Dr. Tim Campbell, author of a book entitled Beyond Smart Cities. Explaining … Continued

Food Security Requires Implementing Complementary Strategies

May 6, 2013

Mankind has been trying to control the weather since the dawn of time. Historically, this intervention has taken the form … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 3

April 10, 2013

In the final segment of this three-part series, I want to discuss some of the technological breakthroughs that could help … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 2

April 9, 2013

In Part 1 of this three-part series, I discussed the overall problem of predicted water shortages. In this post, I … Continued

Water, Water, Every Where — What Can We do About It? — Part 1

April 8, 2013

In the Part Two of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," the bard discusses the distress of … Continued

Globalization’s Bed of Nails, Part 3: The Transformationalists and Traditionalists

March 22, 2013

In the first two segments of this series, I looked at the optimistic and pessimistic sides of globalization. In both … Continued

Globalization’s Bed of Nails, Part 2: The Pessimists

March 21, 2013

In my last post, I looked at the optimistic side of globalization. I used a post by an anonymous British … Continued

Globalization’s Bed of Nails, Part 1: The Optimists

March 20, 2013

"The globalization paradigm," David Brooks wrote half a decade ago, "leads people to see economic development as a form of … Continued

Supply Chain Resiliency: A Vague Concept?

March 13, 2013

“Supply-chain resiliency is something companies in the high-tech sector and other industries have been talking about for years,” writes Jennifer … Continued

Data Philanthropy and Global Resilience

March 8, 2013

"The digital revolution of the first decade of this new century has brought many wonders," writes Robert Kirkpatrick, "yet it … Continued

Supply Chain Management: Is It Still the Next Big Thing?

March 5, 2013

“Back in 2011, Victoria Taylor wrote an article entitled, “Supply Chain Management: The Next Big Thing?” [Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 12 September … Continued

Secure Information Sharing Has Never Been More Important

February 20, 2013

If you are concerned about cybersecurity, you probably read the New York Times‘ article about the Chinese military carrying out … Continued

Urbanization, Innovation, and Wealth

February 15, 2013

Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities, recently penned an article that focuses on two of … Continued

What Follows Globalization, Part 2

February 6, 2013

In yesterday's post, I cited a number of pundits who worry that no clear model has emerged as the obvious … Continued

What Follows Globalization, Part 1

February 5, 2013

David M. Smick, editor of International Economy magazine, believes that the globalization model is crumbling and, with no apparent model … Continued

Infrastructure, the Supply Chain, and Economic Growth

February 4, 2013

"Deficiency in transport and communications infrastructure is one of several supply chain barriers that act as obstacles for speeding up … Continued

Is U.S. Manufacturing on the Move? — Part 2

January 24, 2013

"The sharp slowdown in U.S. manufacturing that began last spring appears to be over," writes Don Lee, "setting the stage … Continued

Is U.S. Manufacturing on the Move? — Part 1

January 23, 2013

Financial Times' columnist Sebastian Mallaby asserts that "manufacturers using 'big data' are setting the scene for a revival" in the … Continued

Regionalization is on the Rise

January 15, 2013

"Globalisation isn't as simple – or as flat – as you might think," writes Andrew Bowman, "It's uneven and has … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 8

January 7, 2013

Mark Woodward, CEO of E2open, is another bold prognosticator willing to go on record with his predictions about the coming … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 7

January 4, 2013

The consulting firm IDC offers an array of predictions for the coming year as can be seen from the following … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 5

January 2, 2013

This post continues my series discussing forecasts about the business environment (and, more specifically, supply chain management) in the coming … Continued

Supply Chain Disruptions Are Growing More Serious but Risk Management isn’t Keeping Pace

December 28, 2012

Sean Kilcarr reports that “the 2013 Third-Party Logistics Study: The State of Logistics Outsourcing compiled under the auspices of Penn … Continued

The Future of Supply Chain Management, Part 1

December 18, 2012

Recently, Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, discussed some predictions about the future of supply chain management that he … Continued

Countries and Cities Need to Get Smarter About Natural Disasters

December 17, 2012

Erwann Michel-Kerjan, managing director of the Wharton Risk Center at the University of Pennsylvania, argues that "extreme events are on … Continued

There’s Room for More Globalization

December 10, 2012

Pundits have claimed that globalization has swept over the world and that, as a result, the world is a flat … Continued

Geography and a Sense of Place

November 21, 2012

I first wrote about the importance of geography back in 2009 in a post entitled The Importance of Geography. The … Continued

Aging and Asia: Implications for Marketers and Retailers

November 12, 2012

In a book entitled 100 Plus, author Sonia Arrison writes, “We are at the cusp of a revolution in medicine … Continued

Globalization: Retreating or Transforming?

November 6, 2012

A recent headline in the Wall Street Journal stated with some certainty that globalization is retreating. [“The Retreat of Globalization,” … Continued

Accurate Container Weights Remain a Safety Concern

November 2, 2012

Everyone involved in the maritime container shipping industry understands that declaring accurate container weights improves "the safety of container ships, … Continued

What Does the Future Hold for Air Freight?

October 23, 2012

"The U.S. airfreight market generated revenues of $28 billion in 2011," writes blogger Kforsythe, "a 7.4 percent, year-over-year, increase." While … Continued

Tapping the Economic Power of Mega-Cities

October 19, 2012

In a post entitled Emerging Markets and the Global Middle Class, I wrote: "Back in early 2011, some analysts believed … Continued

Supply Chain Risk Management and World Events

October 19, 2012

"In case you haven't noticed," writes Dan Gilmore, Editor-in-Chief of Supply Chain Digest, "the world is growing crazy – and … Continued

U.S. Manufacturing: Reviving or Not?

October 16, 2012

"The US is on course to regain its status as a global industrial powerhouse," writes Peter Marsh. ["US set for … Continued

Will Cities Save Us?

October 15, 2012

With companies like FedEx and Maersk forecasting decreased revenues over the coming months as a result of the repressed global … Continued

Educating Tomorrow’s Supply Chain Professionals

October 11, 2012

In a recent interview with the editorial staff at SupplyChainBrain, John L. Kent, director of logistics and supply-chain management programs … Continued

Business Intelligence and Smart Supply Chains

October 2, 2012

Successful supply chain processes are collaborative in nature. Mountains of information must be exchanged and understood to keep things moving … Continued

Green Supply Chains

September 20, 2012

Jason Mathers, project director for the Environmental Defense Fund, told the editorial staff at SupplyChainBrain that "there are four driving … Continued

Supply Chain Risk and Resiliency

September 19, 2012

"In a way, it's laughable," writes Robert J. Bowman, managing editor of SupplyChainBrain, "that we would even attempt to identify … Continued

Social Media and the Supply Chain, Part 2

September 13, 2012

In yesterday's post, I discussed the views of three supply chain analysts regarding the impact that social media capabilities can … Continued