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Courage - the New World Order for Supply Chain Management Leadership

Courage  the New World Order for Supply Chain Management Leadership

There's one qualification - and I would go so far as to say that it's the defining qualification for today's supply chain leaders - that separates the highest performers from the herd. And that's courage. »


Boston Scientific: How the Life Sciences Sector Addresses Risk Management

Boston Scientific: How the Life Sciences Sector Addresses Risk Managementv

Michael Landberg, strategic global sourcing manager at Boston Scientific, describes how a major player in life-sciences approaches the critical issue of risk management. »


China - Now an Upper-Middle-Income Nation - Has Some Hard Economic Decisions to Make

China  Now an Upper-Middle-Income Nation  Has Some Hard Economic Decisions to Make

It won't be easy, but shifting to a productivity-led economy from one focused on investment could add trillions of dollars to China's growth by 2030. »


Analytics, Mobile, Sensors, Beacons, IoT Enable Retailers to Optimize Operations From End to End

Analytics, Mobile, Sensors, Beacons, IoT Enable Retailers to Optimize Operations From End to End

The Internet of Things (IoT) has finally matured to where frictionless retail is becoming real. »


The Maturing of Risk Management at IBM

The Maturing of Risk Management at IBM

Louis Ferretti, project executive for global procurement with IBM, traces the history of the company's risk-management initiative, to its current use of sophisticated technology and business processes. »


Scan-Based Trading Technology Isn't Going Away. Distributors Need to Adapt to That Reality

Scan-based trading (SBT) is often thought of as a process solely for larger big box retailers. This business model transitions the relationship with suppliers from purchased inventory to vendor-managed inventory, with the checkout scan data serving as the channel to pay for the goods to the... »


Not Designed for E-Commerce, Logistics Networks Begin to Feel Strain

One of the major findings from the 27th Annual State of Logistics report is that "gaps" in infrastructure and "accelerating trends for speed" will increasingly put pressure on a logistics system not designed for e-commerce driven "last mile, last minute" delivery service. »


Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Food and Beverage Companies-2016

Food and beverage supply chains serve local markets. Regional tastebuds drive localized assortment. While many are attempting to be global, they have strong regional governance drivers. As a result, growth agendas drove an increase in items by 32% since 2010. Product complexity grew faster... »


Improving Supplier Reliability

In this report, we share the current state of supplier development programs. Contrast how they are different than supplier diversity programs, share insight on why supplier development is important, and create a plan with suppliers to ensure accountability, reliability, and cost control.... »


The World of Integration--Part One: Necessary Nuisance or Enabler?

The topic of integration has been considered more of a hindrance, necessary evil, or afterthought in supply chain. Enterprise software companies who once pitched that you would "never need anything else" have also had to admit that, yes, integration is critical to the burgeoning... »


A Guide to Managed Sourcing: Successful Technology Implementation Requires the Power of People

A Guide to Managed Sourcing: Successful Technology Implementation Requires the Power of People

Technology is an invaluable asset for sourcing teams, but it's not the end-all and be-all. In fact, for many organizations, evaluating vendors and deploying procurement technology can quickly become a major headache due to a lack of differentiation, long implementation time-lines and steep learning... »


Next-Gen Supply Chain Technologies - Visibility, Social Media, and 3D Printing

The supply chain sector is currently undergoing a number of innovations that will forever change the way companies view their extended chain and run their business. These next-generation technologies include the cloud, analytics, and mobility, which were covered in the first part of this report. ... »


TEC 2016 Cloud ERP Buyer's Guide for Manufacturing

When it comes to selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for your manufacturing enterprise, is your head in the clouds? Should it be? And since all clouds are not created equal, how do you make the right choice for your business? With the emergence of cloud-based software... »


Investing in Cybersecurity to Exceed $1Tr by 2021 - and Still May Not Keep Up with Threats

Worldwide spending on cybersecurity is predicted to top $1tr for the five-year period from 2017 to 2021, according to the Cybersecurity Market Report, published by Cybersecurity Ventures. »


'Greening' Your Company Won't Break the Bank - in Fact, It's Good for Bottom Line

'Greening' Your Company Won't Break the Bank  in Fact, It's Good for Bottom Line

"Greening" your company, via any number of means, obviously brings multiple benefits to the physical environment. But while going green may be the responsible thing to do, many companies shy away from these sustainability measures. The reason is their (common) misconception that the costs will... »


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