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The World is About to Get Even More Connected through the Internet of Things

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Most of the world’s population is connected in one way or another: by land, by sea, by air, by cable, by airwave, and/or by satellite. As extensive as these human connections are, connections between almost everything else on Earth (i.e., machines and animals) are about to surpass them. A few years ago, Herman Morgan ( @hermanmorganUSA ), a Marketing Analyst at Tatvasoft, wrote, “The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming and it offers a lot of opportunities for organizations.

Logistics in the City

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Logistics in the city might not be as entertaining as the television show “Sex in the City,” however, topically it’s more important. Challenges, like urban air quality and traffic congestion, have increased calls for city planners to redesign cities and close some streets to vehicular traffic.


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Blockchain Hype and Reality in the Supply Chain

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The term “blockchain” is bandied about so often one tends to forget, when it comes to supply chain applications, the technology remains in its infancy. With so much be discussed and written about blockchain, John Walker, President at Holo Sail Holdings Incorporated, asks in a headline, “Is blockchain’s role in supply chain logistics overhyped?”[1] ”[1] In answer to that question, my first thought was: All new technologies are hyped?

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Cognitive Computing in the Digital Era

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People struggle to label, define, and describe new technologies. For example, when the car was first developed, people called it a horseless carriage. Today, we find the same phenomenon occurring with driverless cars. If the term “automobile” wasn’t already taken, it might well be the term used to describe autonomous vehicles.

Test Your Knowledge of Sales & Operations Execution

Many supply chain professionals have already taken this assessment spanning across multiple industries and 20 countries. The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your S&OE process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

The White House Shines a Light on Supply Chains

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By now, most people have heard that a shortage of computer chips has significantly affected automobile production. What they might not know is that the shortage of semiconductors affects almost every industry. The news certainly caught the attention of the White House. As a result, last week President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring a federal review of supply chain risks for chips and other critical items in the communication and pharmaceutical industries.

The Pandemic has Bolstered Supply Chain Transformation Efforts

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We’ve read a lot about how fragile supply chains proved to be when the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading. When you think about it, however, today’s global supply chains are a true marvel. Mark van Rijmenam ( @VanRijmenam ), founder of Datafloq writes, “In today’s complex world, it is short of a miracle how we have been able to create global supply chains that move products across the globe at breakneck speed.”[1]


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Climate change is becoming a hot topic (pun intended) in many corporate boardrooms. Companies are beginning to understand the negative impacts climate change can wreak on their business. They are also beginning to understand how their reputation can be negatively affected if they fail to do their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Most of those emissions are associated with corporate supply chains.

America Needs a Tune-up for Its Innovation Engine

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For a century or more, the United States has been known as one of the most innovative countries on Earth. Mir Sadat ( @Dr_Sadat_USN ), a former National Security Council Policy Director, observes, “From health care to finance, education to navigating space, agriculture to climate research, and from Hollywood to the Pentagon, innovation has been America’s lifeblood.”[1] ”[1] Many pundits now believe America’s innovation engine is sputtering and is in need of tune-up.

Trends 2021: Machine Learning

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In both the academic and business arenas, there is a lot of buzz about artificial intelligence (AI); however, many computer experts point out that the term applies to so many different techniques it is often meaningless. Eric Siegel ( @predictanalytic ), a former computer science professor at Columbia University, writes, “The much better, precise term would instead usually be machine learning — which is genuinely powerful and everyone oughta be excited about it.”[1]

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Webinar on Demand: 3 Ways to Make Your Operational Execution More Robust With S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

Is 2021 the Year of Supply Chain Planning?

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The late fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.” ” For supply chain planners, the challenge, of course, is knowing if any dragons are living in places that could disrupt their supply chains. As we learned last year, COVID-19 turned out to be a dragon no one saw coming — and it proved how difficult it is to plan for the unknown.

Can Your Supply Chain Afford to “Wait and See” Before Becoming Digital?

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In a volatile world characterized by rapidly changing technology, caution is often justified. Many analysts believe, however, that time for caution has passed when it comes to digital supply chain transformation. Nevertheless, “wait and see” seems to be the position of many supply chain professionals.

Trends 2021: Technology Part One, Deloitte

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Technology is defined as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. It’s a fool’s errand to believe that such a broad topic could be covered in a short article. To narrow the discussion, I will look at the technology trends identified by two of the world’s largest consulting firms — Deloitte and Gartner.

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Robotic Process Automation in the Supply Chain

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Recent studies have shown organizations are beginning to invest in robotic process automation (RPA) technologies for a wide variety of processes. If you are unfamiliar with the technology, journalist Janet Brice explains, “RPA, also known as ‘smart automation’ or ‘intelligent automation,’ is an umbrella term for advanced software systems that are programmed to perform tasks that previously required human intervention.

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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

Pandemic Accelerates Brands’ Move to Direct-to-Consumer

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Direct-to-Consumer (DTC/D2C) sales took off when e-commerce became a reality. As consumers increasingly use the digital path to purchase, DTC sales become an important channel for many brands. The pandemic accelerated this trend. Karl Lauri, Managing Team Member at MRPeasy, explains, “The disabling of many conventional wholesale/retail market channels during the Covid lockdown has prompted many brand-owning manufacturers to bring forward plans to build Direct-to-Consumer channels.”[1]

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Winter Can Turn All Supply Chains Cold

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The release of Coronavirus vaccines has shone a spotlight on the importance of cold supply chains; however, I want to discuss what happens to supply chains when the weather turns cold. When most of us think about the onset of winter, we envision shoveling sidewalks and driving on slippery roads. Supply chain managers, however, must think about much more than clearing away snow and poor road conditions. John Luciani, chief operating officer of LTL solutions at A.

Trends 2021: Retail

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Everyone knows the retail sector has experienced some tough going over the past couple of years. Last year was particularly difficult in light of lockdowns spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the pain is likely to continue. According to Susan Reda ( @Susan_Reda ), Vice President for Education Strategy at the National Retail Federation, “The U.S. can expect the long tail impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to be felt in the retail industry for months to come.”[1]

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Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management

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Today, much of the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. That hasn’t happened for nearly 100 years. Because … Continued. The post Solar Eclipses and Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

Trends 2021: Grocery Industry

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Like workers in the healthcare industry, workers in the food industry have served heroically on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic in order to meet the needs of the rest of us. Kari Hensien, President of RizePoint, observes, “The food industry has learned a lot this year — more than it bargained for. Specifically, COVID-19 has taught us some important lessons about modernizing quality, safety and vendor management.”[1]

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Making Supply Chains Fit for Function

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With so much being written and discussed about supply chain transformation, it’s good to remind ourselves what supply chain management is fundamentally about. Lora Cecere ( @lcecere ), Founder and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, bluntly states, “The best supply chains are fit for function.”[1] ”[1] She goes on to note that today’s supply chains need leadership not management. She quotes business guru Thomas J.

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Trends 2021: Consumer Packaged Goods

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One of the few bright spots during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector. Workers in this essential sector have heroically labored to ensure the goods consumers need have been available on store shelves. Analysts from IRi note, “COVID-19 continues to dramatically transform the CPG and retail landscape.

Trends 2021: Supply Chain

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Occasionally, a year comes along to which we gladly bid adieu — 2020 is one such year for many individuals and companies. Irish-American author Stewart Stafford summed up the feelings of many when he wrote, “You don’t need 20/20 vision to see that 2020 is a giant caca burrito getting forced down our throats.” ” The truth is, difficult times often require us to reassess how things are going — and that can be a good thing.

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Digital Order Fulfillment: The Game Has Forever Changed

Achieving cost-effective OTIF delivery across multiple channels requires a dynamic approach. Digital order fulfillment can help businesses adopt a more intelligent, agile, and holistic strategy that drives true optimization and customer loyalty.

Post-pandemic Supply Chains

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“As countries shut down, stock markets crumble and economic activity slows to a crawl,” writes Yossi Sheffi ( @YossiSheffi ), the Elisha Gray II Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “it is hard to believe that in a few months the coronavirus crisis may be over.”[1] ”[1] The pandemic may be over; however, consequences of the pandemic will remain.

Customer Service Aided by Cognitive Technologies

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “The customer is always right.” ” We also know it’s not a truism. Blake Morgan ( @BlakeMichelleM ), a self-described customer experience futurist, explains that the axiom reflects a philosophy more than a truth. She explains, “The customer is always right is a phrase pioneered by Harry Gordon Selfridge, John Wanamaker and Marshall Field.

Trends 2021: Big Data

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There is no denying we live in the Digital Age and that data is driving the economy. Back in 2014, Joris Toonders ( @joristoonders ), the entrepreneur behind Yonego, wrote, “Data in the 21st Century is like Oil in the 18th Century: an immensely, untapped valuable asset. Like oil, for those who see Data’s fundamental value and learn to extract and use it there will be huge rewards. We’re in a digital economy where data is more valuable than ever.

Industry 4.0: Driven by 5G and Cognitive Technologies

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Some things seem destined to go together; for example, a wink & a smile; bed & breakfast; cookies & milk; and fish & chips. Many pundits assert 5G and cognitive technologies — often referred to as artificial intelligence (AI) — should be added to the list of famous pairs.

Ocean Supply Chain Visibility: Adapting and Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Building off of the lessons and challenges of 2020, what are global businesses and supply chains doing in 2021 to go beyond survival and truly thrive?

Machine Learning and the Modern Business

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a frequently heard, and oft misunderstood, buzzword in business circles. Eric Siegel ( @predictanalytic ), a former computer science professor at Columbia University, writes, “A.I. is a big fat lie. Artificial intelligence is a fraudulent hoax — or in the best cases it’s a hyped-up buzzword that confuses and deceives.”[1]

Industry 4.0 Success Depends on Cognitive Technologies

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Like other economic sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the manufacturing sector has had to reevaluate past business strategies to ensure they remain on track to survive and thrive in the post-pandemic environment. Nick McGrane, Managing Director at K3 SYSPRO, asserts cognitive technologies (often referred to as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and/or cognitive computing) will play a central role in manufacturing’s future.

Is Globalization Changing or Dying? Part One.

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When media outlets like The Economist and Financial Times start publishing eulogies for globalization, you know something has changed on the world stage. Economist journalists bluntly ask, “Has covid-19 killed globalization?”[1] ”[1] They note, “Even before the pandemic, globalization was in trouble. The open system of trade that had dominated the world economy for decades had been damaged by the financial crash and the Sino-American trade war.

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The SolarWinds Fiasco

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According to Bob Dylan’s iconic ballad, “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” Many companies are undoubtedly wondering where they can find answers to the SolarWinds Orion hack. This extensive breach came to light when the cybersecurity company FireEye made public the fact that its system had been hacked by nation-state hackers (almost everyone agrees those hackers were acting on behalf of Russia).

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GEP Outlook 2021 Report

It’s 2021, and many enterprises are still reeling from the unprecedented disruption of last year. Get a leg up with the GEP Outlook 2021 Report, featuring eight critical leadership themes that will help you navigate uncertainty and thrive in the new normal.