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Reality Check: Maybe It's Just Too Costly to Do Business in Arctic

Reality Check: Maybe It's Just Too Costly to Do Business in Arctic

Despite high hopes for Arctic business from mining to shipping as the ice melts rapidly and temperatures rise twice as fast as the global average, few firms say the sums still make sense. »


Amgen Bolsters Supply-Chain Resiliency: A Case Study

Faced with new challenges in serving global markets, Amgen set out to improve its supply-chain resiliency with the help of a system from Resilinc. Patricia Turney, executive director of supply chain, tells the story. »


The Fundamentals of Distributed Order Management

What is distributed order management? What has changed in global markets that makes it a desirable capability? Satish Kumar, vice president of client services and technology with Softeon, has the answers. »


Smartphones Need to Interact Better if Retailers Are to Fully Benefit from Beacon Technology

Smartphones Need to Interact Better if Retailers Are to Fully Benefit from Beacon Technology

In September, Macy's announced plans to roll out the largest beacon initiative in the retail industry with its partner, shopkick, a shopping app that awards users points for entering participating stores. The company is joining a host of retailers that have already made strides toward beacon... »


Retailers Dropping Apple Pay, Other Mobile Payment Systems to Avoid Credit Card Swipe Fees?

Retailers Dropping Apple Pay, Other Mobile Payment Systems to Avoid Credit Card Swipe Fees?

The recent introduction of Apple Pay was widely described as the dawn of a new era for smartphone payments. But within a week, two major pharmacy chains, Rite Aid and CVS, rejected Apple’s version of the future: Both disabled Apple Pay (as well as other tap-to-pay mobile payments systems Google... »


Distributed Intelligence in the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has intelligence distributed throughout many integrated layers. Algorithms and analytics are needed to make sense of the raw data. Often this intelligence needs to reside on the edge of the network close to the source of the data near the "things" comprising the IoT. »


Can Technology Help Make Holiday Delivery a Success?

Can Technology Help Make Holiday Delivery a Success?

The shift to online retailing over the last five years finally caught up to and overran U.S.-wide delivery capacity during last year's holiday season. According to Forrester Research, online retail sales will grow by an additional 60 percent over the next five years. This kind of sea change has... »


Many Steer Clear of Analytics Solutions for Fear of Data Deluge

Analytics is good for business – as long as you can make sense of it. »


Weighing the Environmental Impact of 3-D Printing

Weighing the Environmental Impact of 3-D Printing

From improved efficiency to more advanced fabrication possibilities, specialized 3-D printing sub-sectors are emerging that cater to an array of enterprise buyers with money to inject into the field. Machines can now produce materials with potential health applications, such as human cartilage,... »


Mr./Ms. Employee - Meet Your Robot Replacement

Mr./Ms. Employee – Meet Your Robot Replacement

For many of us trying to navigate the 21st Century, it's become sensible – healthy, even – to maintain a simmering, low-grade paranoia about the impending robot revolution. Advances in automation and robotics are impacting virtually every area of technology and industry. »


It's Difficult Getting Everyone on Same Page of Business Strategy - Especially Your Specialists

Every organization of significant size struggles with alignment. When you talk with CEOs, alignment is often the number one issue on their plate. Even organizations with as few as 25 employees often struggle with what seems like a simple problem: How do I get everyone on the same page? »


Innovation in Your Business Model May Be Indispensable Today

Today, with increased marketplace volatility and the rising diversity of attractive customer segments, business models age faster than ever before - making business model innovation an important strategy for driving value-creating growth. »


Get More Competitive With Your Supply Chain

Get More Competitive With Your Supply Chain

Supply chains are becoming more complex in order to support the increasingly diverse levels sizes and needs of new suppliers and customers. There are so many variables that can go into a single sale, like selling across multiple channels, delivering products directly versus delivering through drop... »


Gartner's User Survey Reveals Key Business Drivers

Chad Eschinger, research vice president with Gartner, reveals the results of the firm's annual survey of what’s driving companies to make changes in their supply chains, and which technologies they're employing to achieve that goal. »


CFOs - From Bean Counters to Change Agents

The corporate failures that led to the 2008 global market collapse and subsequent recession had an unexpected outcome. They raised the profile and mandate of the CFO, who was taken out of the silo of finance and tasked with implementing enterprise-wide initiatives to create transparency, boost... »


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