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Are You Flirting With Disaster if You're Not Involved in Global Online Markets?

Are You Flirting With Disaster if You're Not Involved in Global Online Markets?

There's a wake-up call for American digital marketers who aren't actively developing their international online markets. While there are many risks to taking your business online to other nations, the risk of not going global, or of waiting too long to make the move, almost certainly will be... »


Fueled by Cheap Natural Gas, Reshoring Predicted to Continue, But Pace Is Expected to Slow

Manufacturers typically evaluate seven critical areas when it comes to operational decision making: transportation and energy costs; market demand for their products; rising labor costs in China and other developing nations; access to talent, tax and regulatory policies; availability of capital;... »


How the Company Bean Counter Can Really Demonstrate His or Her Value

How the Company Bean Counter Can Really Demonstrate His or Her Value

Brian Holland, the CFO and president of Fleet Advantage, a truck leasing and big data firm, was trying to put his finger on what it means to be a finance chief at the kind of fast-growing, sales-driven companies that have employed him over his more than 20-year career. And then he thought of... »


How Sears Holding Company Optimized Online Fulfillment

Sears Holding Company needed to improve service to online shoppers, to stay competitive with both traditional and e-commerce rivals. Chief supply chain officer Bill Hutchinson and vice president Jeff Starecheski tell how it was done. A finalist in the SupplyChainBrain/CSCMP Supply Chain Innovation... »


Online Grocery Delivery Is Hard Business to Make a Buck In

The online grocery delivery business seems to get more crowded - and more competitive - by the minute. Tech giants Google and Amazon.com are offering it in some major cities, and so are upstarts such as Instacart, Postmates and FreshDirect. These newcomers are battling with more established... »


Social Media, the Supply Chain and How to Tackle Fast Fashion

Social Media, the Supply Chain and How to Tackle Fast Fashion

The holiday season has come to a close, but fashion brands and retailers are still faced with opportunities and challenges after the holiday gift rush. Social media can dramatically increase demand for particular styles and items within minutes or hours (think Pinterest or Instagram). »


Should Centralized Procurement Give Way to 'Specialist' Purchasing in Some Units?

Should Centralized Procurement Give Way to 'Specialist' Purchasing in Some Units?

Organisation-wide purchasing is often the responsibility of the procurement team with the business reliant on them to source the right goods and services at the best price. But different departments within an organisation will often have very specific and specialist requirements and there are... »


Political Upheaval, Cybercrime Top List of Supply Chain Risk Concerns

The globalization of today's economy means that businesses are more interconnected than ever, creating a greater risk of business interruption, supply chain disruption, and exposures that can quickly multiply. »


Supply Chains of the Future: Where Will We Get the Talent?

Supply Chains of the Future: Where Will We Get the Talent?

Companies are desperate for new talent to help them achieve supply-chain excellence, as they grapple with ever-larger volumes of data and increasing unpredictability in consumer markets. A SupplyChainBrain Roundtable discussion with Benji Green, director of global supply chain operations with... »


Combined Procurement Helps Pharma Distributors Stay in the Black

One of the most powerful middleman industries in the global economy pharmaceutical distributors is emerging from more than a half-decade of difficult transition. »


Research Says Global GDP Growth Rate May Drop Almost 40 Percent Over Next 50 Years

Research Says Global GDP Growth Rate May Drop Almost 40 Percent Over Next 50 Years

For the last 50 years, the world economy has benefited from a demographic boom that has contributed 1.8 percent to average annual global GDP increases, helping to generate an unprecedented level of growth. This demographic headwind is coming to an end. »


With All the Research, Innovation at Hand, CPG Companies Largely Clueless Which Products Will Succeed

Consumer packaged goods companies have a big problem: They have almost no idea which of their new products will end up being popular with consumers. Despite big data, despite a decade of heavy investment in innovation, despite chief innovation officers and efficient R&D, failure rates for new... »


New Performance Protocol Simplifies RFID Tag Buying and Selling

New Performance Protocol Simplifies RFID Tag Buying and Selling

You'd be forgiven for missing the most important development in RFID, or for dozing off if you did spot it. But earlier this month, GS1 announced the Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP), a new approach to testing tags that simplifies life for retailers, suppliers and tag vendors, and ensures... »


Schneider Electric: A Global Vision of Supply-Chain Excellence

Alain Huillet, program director with Schneider Electric, relates his company's journey toward achieving true end-to-end supply-chain visibility. »


Driver Shortage Leads to Thousands of Refused Loads Every Day

North America is facing a huge shortage of truck drivers, and the problem is expected to get worse. »


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