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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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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.


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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.

Planning for Uncertainty in the Supply Chain

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The late President and five-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower once stated, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Perfect Your Back-to-School Strategy with End-to-End Ocean Visibility

Speaker: Mark Delaney and Steve Dowse

In this webinar, we discuss key challenges in product availability, ways to create agility in your supply chain operations despite ocean disruptions, and how end-to-end ocean visibility can mitigate key retail concerns this back-to-school season and beyond.

Retail Sales in an Omnichannel World

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Ready or not, retailers were shoved into the omnichannel world thanks to pandemic lockdowns beginning early in 2020. This created a new retail landscape — on both the consumer and supplier side.

Cinco de Mayo 2022

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In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate all there is to love about Mexican food and culture — like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, tamales, quesadillas, margaritas, cerveza, and fiesta.

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Ukraine Conflict Now Tops the List of Supply Chain Risks

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Half a decade ago, journalist Kevin O’Marah ( @komarah ) wrote, “Supply chain risk management has enjoyed a rise in prominence over the past decade as events like Japan’s tsunami, Thailand’s floods and the US west coast port strike have shone a light on the value of resilience.

Will America Go with the FLOW?

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Last March, the Biden Administration announced “the launch of Freight Logistics Optimization Works (FLOW), an information sharing initiative to pilot key freight information exchange between parts of the goods movement supply chain.”[1]

The Food Supply Chain and the War in Ukraine

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If you don’t think Russia’s unprovoked war in Ukraine will impact your life, you’re seriously mistaken. It already has.

How to Optimize Your Supply Chain in Times of Disruption

Disruptions expose gaps in the supply chain and amplify problems. What can be done? Research by GEP and North Carolina State University shows how tech can fix the gaps and ensure supply chain resilience and optimization. Download now!

Inflation is Changing Eating Habits and Grocery Shopping

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Food prices are rising rapidly and consumers are feeling the pinch. CNN correspondent Gabe Cohen ( @GabeCohenNews ) reports, “Grocery costs keep climbing. Prices of meat, seafood, produce, cereal and other kitchen staples shot up 9% in 2021.”[1]

Blockchain and the Food Supply Chain

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When most people hear the term “blockchain,” they think finance not food. The truth is, however, that just as many lives are likely to be affected by how blockchain is used in the supply chain as how it is used in the financial sector.

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Did the Pandemic Derail the Smart Cities Movement?

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We’re all aware of the disruptions that the pandemic created in our lives. We are also aware that the repercussions of the pandemic spread far beyond health concerns.

Trends 2022: Food and Beverage

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What we eat impacts our lives in myriad ways. According to the staff at Phrases.org, a French lawyer by the name of Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, published the first version of the phrase, “You are what you eat.”[1]

The Essential Supply Chain Network Design Tooling Checklist

Dedicated supply chain network design software is fuelled by intuitive scenario analysis capabilities and powerful mathematical optimization. Answer 10 relevant questions to see if advanced network design & scenario modeling technology can help you.

Are People Seriously Talking About a Fifth Industrial Revolution?

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As far as revolutions go, we remain in the infancy of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (aka Industry 4.0). A 2021 survey conducted by PTC found that the Industry 4.0 journey has been completed by fewer than half of the polled organizations.[1]

Companies Need to Avoid the Greenwashing Trap

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When younger generations think about the future, they often see a much bleaker picture than their parents saw. Warnings about climate change now seem prophetic as severe weather, droughts, and melting glaciers plague much of the globe.

Supply Chain Cybersecurity Risks are Increasing

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When Russia invaded Ukraine with its military might, there was nearly as much talk about cyberattacks as there were about physical assaults. If the world needed a wake-up call about global cybersecurity risks, the invasion set off all sorts of alarms.

St. Patrick’s Day is an Excellent Time for Supply Chains to Think Green

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When you think about St. Patrick’s Day, what color springs to mind? If you didn’t answer “green,” you would be among a very small minority of people. Journalist Shaylyn Esposito ( @ShaylynEsposito ) reports blue is actually a more historically-correct color.

Top 5 Supply Chain Processes That Need Better Collaboration Right Now

A lack of collaboration is a leading cause of supply chain headaches. GEP offers 5 remedies to ease your pain. Download this guide for must-have tools and processes for better supplier interactions.

Enhancing CPG Brands

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Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers made a run on some products (e.g., toilet paper) leaving store shelves empty and consumers looking for alternatives. As a result, e-commerce channels lit up as consumers hunted for products.

Digital Transformation: Saving the Supply Chain

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Supply chain snarls have generated headlines for months. As a result, numerous articles have been written about how supply chains must transform to avoid future headaches. The conundrum is that few pundits seem to agree on how that transformation should transpire. That’s not surprising.

An Observation on Corporate and Societal Resiliency and the Strength of the Human Spirit

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Last night, I returned home from Warsaw, Poland after a weeklong business trip in Europe. This was my second trip to the region in a month. During both trips, Vladimir Putin’s War against Ukraine dominated all conversations once business-specific discussions were concluded.

Supply Chains and the New Normal

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I confess I hesitated to use the term “new normal” in the headline of this article. In a previous post, I noted that “new normal” has been identified a buzzword (or buzz phrase) that annoys many people.[1]

Common Use Cases for Mathematical Optimization

What is mathematical optimization and what are some of the most common use cases for across industries? How can this type of prescriptive analytics be applied to lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, and build more resilient supply chains? Find out in this guide.

Are You Ready to Handle Blockchain Risks?

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“Nearly every day,” writes tech journalist Madhurjya Chowdhury, “it seems like we come across more and more applications for blockchain technology. More and more sectors are discovering that the blockchain will either push them to another level or will become their greatest threat.”[1]

Will Grocery Center Store Trends Persist After Covid?

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We all must eat to survive. As a result, there are few relationships more important for the well-being of modern humans than the one between consumers and the grocery stores from which they obtain their food. Prior to the pandemic, few of us gave much thought to this relationship.

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Is the Just-In-Time Supply Chain’s Time Over?

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“It’s the management theory that controls your life,” writes futurist and journalist Antony Funnell ( @antonyjfunnell ), “though you’ve probably never heard of it — or given it a moment’s thought.”[1] ”[1] What is it?

Artificial Intelligence is Going Mainstream in the Retail Sector

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In the years leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic, the most discussed topic in the retail sector was the Retail Apocalypse. A combination of the rise of e-commerce, overbuilding of stores, and too much debt-load resulted in thousands of physical retail locations going out of business.

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GEP Outlook 2022

The GEP Outlook 2022 report explores global business trends and features seven critical leadership themes that will help you proactively prepare for and power through the challenges ahead.

The Power of Predictive Analytics in the Supply Chain

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Humans have always been curious about what the future holds. As a result, they have visited oracles and soothsayers since the beginning of recorded history. One of the early tools used by soothsayers was the crystal ball.

Is Reinforcement Learning the Future of Artificial Intelligence?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a controversial subject — made all the more controversial by science fiction writers who often depict dystopian futures in which humans are hunted to distinction by artificial intelligence systems.

Omnichannel Operations at a Crossroads

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With many retail chains announcing the opening of new stores, the so-called “retail apocalypse” seems to be waning. This twist of events may surprise some observers considering the fact that the pandemic has hastened the growth of e-commerce.

Ukraine and the Supply Chain

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The world is rightfully concerned about Russia’s ruthless and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Not only is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack an assault on democracy, it is an assault on world order.

Guide to Mathematical Optimization & Modeling

What is mathematical optimization and how does it compare to other types of analytics? Which tool should you use to develop optimization applications and scale them across the business? What are best practices for successful adoption? Read now.