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The Coming Battle Over Infrastructure

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America is one of the globe’s richest countries; yet, its infrastructure is aging and crumbling.

The Consequences of Supply Chain Constipation

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As most adults know, constipation involves the difficult passage of necessary items through the tail end of the body’s supply chain. If you’ve been following the news, you know the world has had a bit of constipation problem in the Suez Canal.

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Enhancing Digital Customer Experience

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With so much commerce moving online, digital customer experience (CX) is becoming increasingly important. According to a 2018 Gartner survey, “Across all industries, at least 84 percent of consumers say their experiences with using digital tools and services fall short of expectations.”[1]

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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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What Happens When Machine Learning Meets Ocean Shipping?

Read how Unilever developed a first-of-its-kind digital Control Tower with ClearMetal that provides extremely accurate real-time visibility across their sea freight operations.

Digital Supply Chains and the New Normal

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Over the past year there has been a lot of talk about the “new normal.” With vaccines being rolled out, infection rates coming down, and an end of the pandemic within sight, it’s time to talk seriously about the new normal and how it will affect supply chains.

The Roaring Twenties and the Rise of Digital Enterprises

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Last century’s “roaring twenties” were characterized by economic growth and widespread prosperity, driven primarily by recovery from wartime devastation and deferred spending. Today, we are just starting the recovery from our war with the coronavirus. A war that wreaked economic devastation and also deferred spending. A century ago, the roaring twenties saw a boom in construction. Today, America may finally be addressing its infrastructure shortfalls. A century ago, rural U.S.

Supply Chain Management in a Post-pandemic World

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Experts tell us the virus causing COVID-19 is probably here to stay — along with all the variants of the virus. Shelly Xuelai Fan ( @ShellyFan ), a neuroscientist-turned-science writer, explains, “Coronavirus is almost synonymous with Covid-19, social distancing, and frustration.

Saint Patrick’s Day 2021

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For companies these are perilous times. A poor choice of words or the use of an image that can be misinterpreted can create unexpected and unwanted attention. Saint Patrick’s Day 2021. Stephen DeAngelis. March 17, 2021. For companies these are perilous times.

Predicting the Future is Neither Easy nor Certain

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The late philosopher Eric Hoffer and the late business guru Peter Drucker shared a common belief about the difficulty of predicting the future. Hoffer wrote, “The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.” Drucker wrote, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Few organizations, however, have the power to create the future; nevertheless, they still must do their best to anticipate it. That’s where forecasting and predictive analytics come into play.

The Business Costs of Supply Chain Disruption

Supply chains have weathered a lot recently: a pandemic, natural disasters, trade wars and more. The Economist and GEP surveyed 400 senior execs to find out their real business impacts. The results? Shocking, but not surprising. Read the report now.

Manufacturers Must Adapt to Changing CPG Landscape

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Like seasons of the year, business landscapes are constantly changing. Nolan Bushnell ( @NolanBushnell ), an entrepreneur best known for establishing Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese, asserts, “Today, companies have to radically revolutionize themselves every few years just to stay relevant.

Grandmas Have Discovered the Joys of eCommerce

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Long before the pandemic forced shoppers online, the trend was clear: Consumers were increasingly taking the digital path to purchase.

Industry 4.0 was Delayed, not Cancelled, by the Pandemic

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The late Beatle John Lennon once stated, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” ” If manufacturers didn’t believe that truism before, they certainly believe now it — thanks to 2020. Industry 4.0 was Delayed, not Cancelled, by the Pandemic.

Targeted Marketing in a Cookieless World

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Just over a year ago, Google announced it planned on stopping the use of third-party cookies in Chrome before 2022 — a move similar to what Apple did with its Safari browser and Mozilla did with its Firefox browser. Back in January 2020, journalists Bowdeya Tweh ( @BowKnowsBiz ) and Sahil Patel ( @sizpatel ) reported, “Google plans to restrict the use of third-party cookies in its Chrome internet browser, a move it says is aimed at bolstering users’ privacy while they visit websites.

Demystifying Control Towers: What Drives Effectiveness?

Speaker: Mauro Gonzalez, Founder and CEO of Alkimius Group & Andrew MacMillen, Principal Analyst at Nucleus Research

There are several competing definitions of supply chain control towers. Here to demystify their meaning and what it takes to have a successful implementation is Principal Nucleus Research Analyst, Andrew MacMillen in conversation with Alkimius founder & CEO, Mauro Gonzalez.

Reconsidering Global Supply Chains

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Rising nationalism, the protectionism it spawned, and the coronavirus pandemic forced many companies to reexamine their global supply chains. Even before protectionism and pandemic were considerations, I argued that globalization is evolving into regionalization. My reasoning is simple, regionalized supply chains place manufacturers closer to consumers and reduce transportation costs.

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Creating a Resilient and Agile Supply Chain

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The first lesson supply chain professionals learned at the outset of the pandemic was the importance of resilience. The second lesson was equally important — supply chains must be agile. A global study conducted by Gartner, proves the point. The study “discovered that 87% of respondents plan to invest in supply chain resilience in the next two years, while 98% are looking to invest in agility.”[1]

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

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.

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.

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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Will Globalization Bounce Back? Part One of Two

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Transition to a new administration in Washington has the world wondering what it means for globalization. Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and his colleague, and Arindam Bhattacharya, write, “We are living in a confusing, polarizing world of dizzying complexity and puzzling contradictions. For every one of us, these are unsettling times.

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sust[AI]nability

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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]

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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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.

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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New Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design

Many companies are looking to redesign their supply chain network to lower costs, improve service levels and reduce risks in the new year. Check out our updated Buyer's Guide for Supply Chain Network Design Software with research insights and learnings!