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Manufacturing Day 2022

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“US manufacturing may be poised for an overhaul and a rebound,” according to analysts from McKinsey & Company, “with a potentially significant impact on the nation’s overall economy.”[1]

This Could Be Scary: A Halloween Candy Shortage

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If geopolitics, inflation, and climate change aren’t enough to worry about, there are now warnings that there could be a shortage of Halloween Candy. The first company to sound the alarm was Hershey.

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Christmas is Coming. Is the Goose Getting Fat for Retailers?

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Every year the holiday shopping season seems to come earlier. With just over four score days to go before Christmas, retailers, marketers, supply chain professionals, and consumers are all wondering how this holiday season is going to unfold.

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Trends 2022: Quantum Computing

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Quantum computing may sound like science fiction (especially the weird principles on which it relies); nevertheless, businesses are beginning to pay attention.

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Automating Freight Forwarding Processes with CargoWise Workflow

This training guide helps freight forwarders utilize the productivity capabilities of CargoWise. It covers 5 key CargoWise Workflow features, the importance of auditing your operation’s processes, and using automation for maximum productivity.

Consumers and Retailers Have Embraced Omnichannel Operations

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One of the big debates during the pandemic was whether new consumer shopping behaviors would be permanent or whether consumers would revert to old shopping behaviors once they felt safe to venture back into public.

It’s 2022. Fortunately, You’re Not Eating Soylent Green Wafers.

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In the 1973 movie Soylent Green , starring Charlton Heston, the world is over-populated and climate change has wreaked havoc on the agricultural sector. When was this dystopian world supposed to occur? In the year 2022.

Customer Experience and the Supply Chain

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In both the physical and online retail space, customer experience is crucial for fostering good will and repeat business.

How AI Can Help Alleviate the Global Food Security Crisis, Part 1

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I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Agro&Food Security Forum in Warsaw, Poland. The event gathered government representatives of Ukraine and Poland, leading Ukrainian experts and market operators, as well as the international agricultural community.

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De-carbonizing the Economy

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In a previous article, I discussed why I believe the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will spark decades of innovation in the area of climate change.[1]

5 Powerful Prescriptive Analytics Examples in Supply Chain

Prescriptive analytics is a type of advanced analytics that optimizes decision-making by providing a recommended action. Supply chain, with its complex planning questions, is typically an area where optimization technology is required. Read about 5 use cases.

Adapting to the Human/Machine Future

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The future of work is a fascinating subject to contemplate and discuss. Prior to the pandemic, many of the articles discussing the future of work raised concerns about artificial intelligence (AI) and automation taking over jobs now held by humans.

Paving the Digital Path to Purchase

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The past couple of years has been a remarkable time for e-commerce as more and more consumers have discovered the digital path to purchase.

Do Americans Really Want Splendid Isolation?

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Even as political battlelines in the United States harden, the push for “Made in America” products is being made from both the right and left. In some cases, support for “Made in America” is more show than actual support.

The Changing Consumer Packaged Goods Space

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Back in the era of general stores, decisions about which products were available to consumers were primarily made by store owners.

Getting Started With Scenario Modeling in Supply Chain Network Design

To build your supply chain’s agility and responsiveness, you need to look at scenarios more frequently instead of relying on a single plan. Let’s explore how you can apply scenario modeling in supply chain network design.

The Rise of the Agile Supply Chain

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The pandemic was an eye-opener for supply chain professionals. Despite all the bad press the supply chain has received, supply chain managers should be lauded for their ability to think on their feet.

The Rise of the Agile Supply Chain

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The pandemic was an eye-opener for supply chain professionals. Despite all the bad press the supply chain has received, supply chain managers should be lauded for their ability to think on their feet.

Artificial Intelligence in the Retail Sector

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Inflation is starting to impact the retail sector in significant ways. Some experts believe artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities will help retailers find their way through these volatile times.

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Policymakers and Artificial Intelligence

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Technology always outpaces policy. It’s inevitable. Policymakers don’t have a crystal ball enlightening them about what technologies are emerging or how those technologies could affect society. As a result, history is their only guide and history is not always reliable.

Best Practices to Model Carbon Costs in Supply Chain Network Design

How to model carbon costs in your supply chain design? Make conscious choices by comparing scenarios indicating at which points in the supply chain carbon emissions occur and achieve the right balance between sustainability and cost.

Blockchains and Trust

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One of the gravest disservices politicians, conspiracy theorists, and political commentators have perpetrated on society is the erosion the public’s trust. The late Stephen Covey once stated, “Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication.

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The Internet of Things and the International Telecommunication Union

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When a new communications protocol was implemented in January 1983 — called the Transfer Control Protocol/Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP) — a new era of connectivity was born. Although computer networks existed before that date, they did not have a standard way to communicate with each other.[1]

The Internet of Things and the International Telecommunication Union

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When a new communications protocol was implemented in January 1983 — called the Transfer Control Protocol/Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP) — a new era of connectivity was born. Although computer networks existed before that date, they did not have a standard way to communicate with each other.[1]

Innovation in the Supply Chain’s Last Mile

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Increased e-commerce sales during the pandemic brought last mile logistics into the limelight. The “last mile” is an umbrella term under which all of the processes involved in the delivery of ordered goods to the consumer rest.

Easily Build an Optimization App and Empower Your Data

Speaker: Gertjan de Lange

Solving complex business problems requires optimization modeling techniques and data to compare scenarios and make the best decisions. With AIMMS you can rapidly build an optimization app on top of your data and deploy it to the end-user in just a few clicks.

Innovation in the Supply Chain’s Last Mile

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Increased e-commerce sales during the pandemic brought last mile logistics into the limelight. The “last mile” is an umbrella term under which all of the processes involved in the delivery of ordered goods to the consumer rest.

Is the Retail Sector Poised for a Great Reset?

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Just when brick-and-mortar retailers thought the so-called “retail apocalypse” was ending, supply chain woes and rising inflation reined in their optimism. There had been good reasons to be optimistic.

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Is the Retail Sector Poised for a Great Reset?

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Just when brick-and-mortar retailers thought the so-called “retail apocalypse” was ending, supply chain woes and rising inflation reined in their optimism. There had been good reasons to be optimistic.

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Modernizing Your Supply Chain is Not Enough

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The late Thomas Samuel Kuhn, an American philosopher of science, introduced the term “paradigm shift” in his 1962 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. The term caught on.

New Research: The State of Supply Chain Network Design in 2022

This report explores how the state of supply chain network design has changed – including how the tools, maturity models, and market demands are transforming the network design practice.

Metaverses for Enterprises and Consumers

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According to analysts from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), “It has taken 30 years since the term was coined in 1992, but big money has now moved into the metaverse — accompanied by big hype.”[1]

Metaverses for Enterprises and Consumers

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According to analysts from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), “It has taken 30 years since the term was coined in 1992, but big money has now moved into the metaverse — accompanied by big hype.”[1]

Online Grocery Shopping’s Future Looks Secure

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Although grocery stores have remained open during the pandemic, at its height many regular in-store shoppers turned to online grocery shopping. Some of shoppers had their online purchases delivered to their homes while others opted to pick-up their orders curbside.

Online Grocery Shopping’s Future Looks Secure

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Although grocery stores have remained open during the pandemic, at its height many regular in-store shoppers turned to online grocery shopping. Some of shoppers had their online purchases delivered to their homes while others opted to pick-up their orders curbside.

Supply Chain Strategy (And Why Yours Isn't Working)

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain strategy in this post-pandemic era of uncertainty.

Food Waste: The World Can’t Afford It

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A growing population, intensifying climate change, and geopolitical tensions are creating conditions that are adversely affecting global food security. However, another, less obvious factor — food waste — is exacerbating the food security challenge.

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Food Waste: The World Can’t Afford It

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A growing population, intensifying climate change, and geopolitical tensions are creating conditions that are adversely affecting global food security. However, another, less obvious factor — food waste — is exacerbating the food security challenge.

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Supply Chain Planning in a VUCA World

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Planning would be a lot easier if the world were a less complicated and more predictable place in which to conduct business. Unfortunately, the business environment is constantly changing.

Will Reshoring Solve Supply Chain Woes?

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Current supply chain snarls, often associated with overseas factories and logjammed ports, have made manufacturing reshoring a hot topic.

Gain a Competitive Edge: The Importance of a Supplier Diversity Program

Speaker: Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence at Insight Sourcing Group, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs, and how you can gain unique competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.