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Continued M&A Activity Predicted for Logistics Services Industry

Continued M&A Activity Predicted for Logistics Services Industry

Last year was a pretty hot 12 months in the area of business mergers and acquisitions, which hit a new high of $4.3tr in deals struck. »


You Say You're Customer-Centric, But Are You Really?

You Say You're Customer-Centric, But Are You Really?

Most business leaders stress the importance of understanding customers to stay relevant in today's fast-changing competitive environment. Why, then, do many companies focus inward and, as a result, overlook or underestimate change signals? »


Is Widespread Adoption of Robotics Imminent?

Robotics has played a significant role in shaping the manufacturing environment for decades. Yet the impact of robotics in manufacturing has traditionally been directed at industrial manufacturing (think automotive manufacturing). This is all about to change as the new wave of robotics are equipped... »


Robots May Conquer E-Commerce's Problematic Last Mile

In the shadow of Greenwich's 02 Arena - the futuristic dome originally built as Londonís showpiece for the Millennium - what looks like a picnic cooler on wheels zips among groups of gawking children. This little delivery robot, designed to autonomously navigate sidewalks, not roads, later this... »


Manufacturing Jobs on Decline Worldwide, And Globalization Isn't Main Culprit

In America's factories, jobs are disappearing. But despite the political rhetoric, the problem is not mainly globalization. Manufacturing jobs are on the decline in factories around the world. »


ERP Systems Aren't Fungible. You Need One Designed Especially for Your Industry.

ERP Systems Aren't Fungible. You Need One Designed Especially for Your Industry.

No two companies are alike, and their ERP systems shouldn't be either. Manufacturing and distribution, in particular, have unique, and uniquely complex, processes and workflows that require functionality a vanilla ERP application can't provide. »


As E-Commerce Growth Slows in China's Major Cities, 'Low-Tier' Areas Become Attractive

As E-Commerce Growth Slows in China's Major Cities, 'Low-Tier' Areas Become Attractive

With the most internet users of any country, China is the world's largest and fastest-growing e-commerce market. Capitalizing on opportunities, however, is becoming harder for consumer-facing companies as e-commerce penetration rates plateau in high-tier cities and as digital attackers, especially... »


Now More Than Ever, Businesses Need to Devote Time to Strategy

Now More Than Ever, Businesses Need to Devote Time to Strategy

Strategic planning is one of the least-loved organizational processes. Executives at most companies criticize it as overly bureaucratic, insufficiently insightful, and ill suited for today's rapidly changing markets. Some even argue that strategic planning is a relic that should be relegated to the... »


Project Management: Building the B2B Commerce Road Map

Project Management: Building the B2B Commerce Road Map

As modern B2B organizations experience major growth in online business, digital commerce implementation projects have increased in both numbers and complexity. »


The Gartner Supply Chain Top 25: Recognizing Those Who Make Earth Day, Everyday

Last Friday was Earth Day, a natural time to reflect on the enormous impact that corporate supply chains have on people and the planet. As Gartner analysts, we increasingly hear from companiesí about their efforts to increase transparency and performance in running socially responsible supply... »


Number of Manufacturing Jobs Reportedly Repatriated to U.S. Is Disputed

Number of Manufacturing Jobs Reportedly Repatriated to U.S. Is Disputed

This election season, we've heard Republican and Democratic presidential candidates alike decry international trade deals for sending manufacturing jobs overseas. And candidates have vowed to bring the jobs back. Some factory work is indeed returning from offshore, a movement known as "re-shoring." »


Often-Overlooked Insurance Provision Helps Apparel Industry Defend Intellectual Property Suits

The intellectual property litigation trend in the fashion and apparel industry does not appear to be going out of style anytime soon. Fashion and apparel companies routinely face allegations of copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement. »


Maritime Shipping No Longer Immune to Cyber Attacks, Security Breaches

Maritime Shipping No Longer Immune to Cyber Attacks, Security Breaches

We live in a digital world that is evolving at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, rapid change can bring problems, issues and chaos, and the maritime world is not exempt from the potential downsides of technology's evolution. »


What Is the 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' and What Does It Mean for Your Industry?

Of the all the burning issues discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this year, one that got top billing was the promise and peril of the "Fourth Industrial Revolution." »


To Advance Business Strategy, Technology Must Be Embedded in 'Integrated Strategy Machine'

This is an age of techno-utopianism. Topics like big data, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence are at the forefront of the CEO agenda, a sign that companies see technology as a potential answer to many or even most of their challenges. »


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