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Overcoming Challenges to IoT Implementation

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Numerous studies have concluded nearly half of all Internet of Things (IoT) projects end in failure. Unless you are playing baseball, batting less than.500 is not great. The failure rate demonstrates the IoT remains in its infancy and implementing it correctly remains difficult.

Supply Chain Management in a VUCA World

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Anyone who has served in the armed forces knows the military loves its acronyms. For years the military has used the acronym VUCA to describe what, in wartime, is often referred to as the fog of war. VUCA stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.

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

Eliminating Data Silos

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Silos have been symbols of farming for decades. Today, however, one is more likely to read about data silos in businesses than storage silos on farms. Business silos, and the data contained in them, are remnants of industrial age organizations. Half a dozen years ago Laurie Sullivan ( @LaurieSullivan ) wrote, “In the past the departments like sales, marketing, customer service, public relations, and supply chain typically used their own datasets, keeping the information in silos.”[1]

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How ClearMetal Customers Stay a Day Ahead of the Competition

Every shipper in the world receives alerts that their shipment arrived at port 1.5 days after it actually happened. ClearMetal customers get alerted 31 hours earlier. Learn how ClearMetal is giving their customers a competitive advantage nobody else can.

Surprise! Cyber Threats increase in Priority in Digital Supply Chains

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Okay, I admit the headline is sarcastic. It comes as NO surprise that in the digital age cyber threats are becoming a greater concern. The late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish once wrote, “Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.”

Machine Learning and the Business of Tomorrow

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Most often when people discuss artificial intelligence (AI), they are discussing a subset of that field known as machine learning. Louis Columbus ( @LouisColumbus ) explains, “Enterprises are striving to find greater meaning in the massive amounts of data they generate and save every day. Machine learning is providing the needed algorithms, applications, and frameworks to bring greater predictive accuracy and value to enterprises’ data sets and contributing to diverse strategies succeeding.”[1]

Supply Chain Packaging and the Circular Economy

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When members of the greatest generation and baby boomers were growing up, the milkman was a familiar early morning visitor to many homes. He would leave fresh milk on the porch and retrieve empty milk bottles for reuse. Milk bottles weren’t the only reused bottles. In the afternoon and on weekends, you could often children walking along roadsides looking for discarded soda bottles they could turn in to local grocers for deposit money to supplement their weekly allowances.

Omnichannel Operations and the Retail Apocalypse

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Nearly every week it seems another brick-and-mortar retailer declares bankruptcy and closes stores. The press has dubbed this the Retail Apocalypse and some pundits are openly wondering whether we are seeing the death of brick-and-mortar retail. Ken Cottrill, a Global Communications Consultant at MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics, believes the pessimists are wrong. He writes, “High street retailing is far from down and out.

Leveraging Big Data in Marketing

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When talking about big data, the modifier “big” could just as easily apply to its effect on business as it does to the amount of data being collected. The digital age is all about data and companies failing to leverage big data could find survival difficult. Big data touches almost every aspect of a business and marketing is no exception.

Taking S&OP to the next level with supply chain analytics

Many supply chain leaders realize the potential of analytics but need to see concrete examples. With our 30-year heritage in advanced analytics and our experience with Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, we have plenty of those to share. Sales and operations planning (S&OP) tools are increasingly being adopted by companies and while they enable data visualization and collaboration, they often miss the intelligence to recommend actions that improve your EBITDA. Find out how our self-configurable S&OP solution can help you take S&OP to the next level. This webinar covers: How to get more insights from your S&OP using analytics. How to get more "signals" to identify opportunities and risks which weren't traditionally visible. How to spend less time on data gathering, more time on reflection and discussion. How S&OP coupled with analytics will help you make better decisions than your competition.

Industry 4.0: The Emergence of Cognitive Manufacturing

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Industry 4.0 is the popular name given to the fourth industrial revolution ushered in by the digital age. Analysts from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) explain the first three revolutions were driven by steam, electricity, and automation. They write, “Industrial production was transformed by steam power in the nineteenth century, electricity in the early twentieth century, and automation in the 1970s.”[1] ”[1] The fourth revolution is being driven by data.

Supply Chain 4.0: The Supply Chain of the Future

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Industry 4.0, the name given to the Fourth Industrial Revolution involving robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), must be supported by Supply Chain 4.0. But what does Supply Chain 4.0 involve? The fact we live in the digital age should provide the biggest clue.

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Internet of Things Success is not Guaranteed

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Reading today’s headlines one might conclude the Internet of Things (IoT) — sometimes referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) — is a mature technology providing organizations with valuable and reliable service. One would be wrong. The IoT remains in its infancy and suffers the occasional growing pain.

Cognitive Technologies are Paving Stones on the Digital Path to Purchase

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There’s no denying the digital path to purchase is becoming more of a consumer highway than a path. A Forrester report predicts, “Fifty-eight percent of U.S. retail sales will be digitally impacted by 2023, meaning those sales either will occur online or may occur in-store but be influenced by digital technologies.”[1]

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Trends 2019: Business Technology

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Technology is an ambiguous word referring to a wide range of marvelous (and sometimes scary) man-made gadgets. Deciding what technological trends are important depends on the activities in which you or your organization are involved. Regardless of your area of interest, technology of some sort is going to impact it in the years ahead. Prolific inventor Dean Kamen once stated, “Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.”

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Surviving the Retail Apocalypse

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By now, most people are aware of the spate of retailer bankruptcies and store closures referred to in the press as the Retail Apocalypse. “For years now,” writes Ryan Lester, Director of Customer Engagement Technologies at LogMeIn, “traditional retail stores have been under attack. Consumers love the convenience and selection of shopping online, leaving brick-and-mortar stores to be dubbed a dying breed.

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Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World

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We live in a risky world. Supply chains, especially extended ones, are subject to an almost infinite number of risks. … Continued. The post Supply Chain Resilience in a Risky World appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Business Cognitive Computing Risk Management Supply Chain Enterra Solutions Stephen DeAngelis

Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management

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As the United States continues to recover from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it seems unnecessary to warn supply chain risk … Continued. The post Weather Disasters Usher in New Era of Supply Chain Risk Management appeared first on Enterra Solutions.

Get more “aha” moments in your S&OP Meetings

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Valentine’s Day 2019

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There are several different stories about the origins of Valentine’s Day (or St. Valentine’s Day); but, the story I prefer involves love and marriage. According to the BBC, “The popular belief about St. Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD. Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret.

All Eyes Remain Focused on the Last Mile

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The last mile of most traditional logistics’ journeys ended at a retail store. The exceptions were goods purchased from mail-order catalogs. With the rise of e-commerce, the last mile journey can end almost anywhere. Michael S. Kraus, Chairman and CEO of EXPAK Logistics, explains, “One of the businesses that technology has been slowly pushing itself into is the last mile delivery business.

The Internet of Things is Disrupting the Supply Chain

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Disruption is normally anathema in the supply chain. Formally defined as a disturbance or problem that interrupts an event, activity, or process, disruption means a supply chain that was once functioning smoothly is no longer doing so.

Big Data Analytics are Table Stakes for Digital Age Businesses

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Business executives are always looking for a competitive edge and many have turned to advanced analytics to find that advantage. In the digital age, they often gamble their company’s future on the decisions they make, which is why advanced analytics have become table stakes in business. Table stakes is a gambling term. It refers to a rule requiring a player to bet no more money than he or she had on the table at the beginning of that hand.

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Pundits Predict Blockchain has Bright Supply Chain Future

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Supply chains are complex and the more extended they become the more complex they get. Mark van Rijmenam ( @VanRijmenam ), founder of Datafloq, explains, “Global supply chains are complex processes. Different companies, with distinctive objectives, are working together to achieve a common goal; to bring something from A to B. For a supply chain to work, partners have to trust each other.

Big Data: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Big data seems like old news; but, it becomes more important every second of every day as humongous amounts of data are generated. Gillian Tett ( @gilliantett ) notes the word “data” comes “from the Latin verb ‘to give’, presented in the neuter past participle, which could be translated as ‘that which is given’ — or even ‘a gift’ ”[1] She believes the etymology of the word is entirely appropriate.

Omnichannel Operations are the New Retail Standard

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The past holiday season solidified the importance of omnichannel operations in the retail sector. Paul A. Myerson ( @Paul_A_Myerson ), a supply chain instructor at Monmouth University, notes, “An omnichannel retail strategy provides a consistent shopping experience across different channels and devices, requiring your supply chain to offer a smooth, positive experience for customers — no matter where and how they interact with your brand.”[1]

The Future of Supply Chain Planning

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Few people would argue that lack of planning is a good thing. Benjamin Franklin once declared, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ” Do things always work out according to plan? Absolutely not. Nevertheless, I’m reminded what Dwight D. Eisenhower once observed about planning. He said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics.

No Denying the Relentless Advance of the Digital Supply Chain

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Some people are simply intractable in their beliefs. There are still people who deny the Earth is round, that man landed on the moon, and that climate change is a reality. People who deny their companies must adapt to the Digital Age will be pigeonholed in the same slot as Flat Earthers. Analysts from Adelante SCM rhetorically ask, “Why all the fuss today about digital transformation?”[1]

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The Rise of Blockchain in the Supply Chain

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New technologies vary in how quickly they penetrate the economy. For a long time, blockchain technology was confined to the cryptocurrency arena. Recently, however, blockchain has made rapid inroads into other areas including the supply chain.

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Time to Think about Your Supply Chain’s Future

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With the approach of each New Year, business executives naturally start thinking about the future. Year’s end is a time to set goals and make resolutions — it’s a time to think about change. Over 2500 years ago, the famous Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu stated, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

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Agriculture, Logistics, and Advance Technologies

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Current projections have the global population surpassing 9 billion people by mid-century. Feeding all those people will be a major challenge and we have very few years available to find answers. There are no silver bullet solutions out there.

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The 2018 Supply Chain Software Buyer's Guide

Learn which supply chain applications are the best for your organization.