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How Did Amazon Manage to Become King of Cloud Services When Other Were There First?

How Did Amazon Manage to Become King of Cloud Services When Other Were There First?

In 2004, Sun Microsystems revealed a radical plan to shake up the computing industry. It would build a series of large data centers and sell access to the computers inside them for $1 per hour. »


Manufacturing World Continues to Welcome Robots With Open Arms

Manufacturing World Continues to Welcome Robots With Open Arms

In the manufacturing environment of today, robotics are now playing a significant role, taking on jobs beyond assembly and helping to drive efficiency, consistency, and productivity across the supply chain. »


Supply Management: The Essentials

Richard Adams, principal research analyst with Gartner, describes the term "supply management" and talks about its importance to the organization. »


Consolidating Supply Management at Corporate Can Be Counterproductive If Factory Purchasing Slighted

A rationale often used in support of a more centralized corporate purchasing function is the need for a company to project "One Face to the Supplier". »


Seven Things Small-business Owners Should Consider If They're Interested in Breaking Into China

Seven Things Small-business Owners Should Consider If They're Interested in Breaking Into China

China is one of the fastest-growing markets, and small business owners shouldn't be intimidated by perceived complexity around regulations or not being able to connect with a new culture and customer base. By thoughtfully making small changes to business and marketing methods as well as taking... »


How Can a Maturing Company Stay Innovative and Agile?

Every start-up faces the moment when growth demands a more complex organization. But how does a company stay agile, innovative and non-bureaucratic while making that transition? Alex Pierroutsakos, vice president of supply chain and analytics with Stellium, Inc., offers some advice. »


Doesn't High Corporate Tax Rate Make U.S. Uncompetitive?

Doesn't High Corporate Tax Rate Make U.S. Uncompetitive?

The United States holds the unenviable position of having a higher statutory corporate tax rate than any of our major trading partners - and all OECD countries. Among 135 nations, the U.S. rate is exceeded only by the United Arab Emirates. »


As E-commerce Grows, Where Does That Leave the Physical Store?

As E-commerce Grows, Where Does That Leave the Physical Store?

What role will physical stores play in the future of retail? That's perhaps the biggest question plaguing brick-and-mortar retailers today. »


To Stay on Top of Your Company's Interaction with Customers, You Need Good CRM Solution

To Stay on Top of Your Company's Interaction with Customers, You Need Good CRM Solution

The rise of the social web provides an abundance of opportunities to reach and engage with potential customers, but these added touch points muddy the waters when it comes to effectively tracking and monitoring your company's interactions with individual prospects. »


Maverick Purchasing Means Slower, Less Reliable Deliveries

Despite the establishment of a formal procurement process, some organizations have staff members who engage in maverick purchasing. Maverick purchasing often occurs because a staff member views the established procurement process as too complicated or a waste of time. However, APQC's data indicates... »


Is Warehouse Management a Barrier to Your Having an Efficient Supply Chain?

Is Warehouse Management a Barrier to Your Having an Efficient Supply Chain?

For many manufacturers and distributors, a seamless supply chain of highly efficient and tightly integrated business processes sharing a single unified source of accurate real-time data seems an unachievable goal. That's not surprising since such organizations are struggling to gain control over... »


'Year of Point-of-Sale Breach' Occurred Because Retailers Not Taking 'Right' Security Measures

While the economy recovered and retailers grew more optimistic, 2014 was "the year of the POS breach," with many highly publicized attacks compromising millions of personal records. As a result, some of the largest and most popular retail brands were severely damaged. »


Before Getting Too Excited About Drones, Have You Figured Out How They Will Fit Into Your IT Strategy?

To hear some tell it, the world will soon be abuzz with small drones that inspect bridges, monitor pipelines, survey crops and help assess damage for insurance claims. »


Digital Shift Will Connect Supply Chain to Internet of Things

Today's supply chains form the arteries and veins that keep global trade alive, connecting a largely borderless, always-on world economy. New innovations offer disruptive possibilities for the future of global trade. It's easy to hypothesize that Star Trek-style teleportation, drones, 3-D printing,... »


Bridging the Gaps: A Lesson in Supply-Chain Execution

Matt Yearling, chief executive officer with PINC Solutions, discusses the complexities surrounding today's supply-chain execution systems and processes. »


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