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Networking: A Critical Skill for Supply-Chain Professionals

Networking: A Critical Skill for Supply-Chain Professionals

Forget about the old style of business networking. "Social" networking has brought a whole new meaning to the term. »


Race Is on to Mine Metal Powering Electric Vehicles

Race Is on to Mine Metal Powering Electric Vehicles

The race is on to supply more of the cobalt needed for batteries in the fast-growing market for electric vehicles - and that means fresh competition for the big players Glencore Plc and the Democratic Republic of Congo. »


Europe Research Center Tests Autopilot System for Autonomous Ships

VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland has developed an autopilot system for remotely monitored, autonomous ships that is capable of taking evasive action according to International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). »


Buying Slack Could Give Amazon Another Enterprise Toehold

Buying Slack Could Give Amazon Another Enterprise Toehold

Online retail giant Amazon is apparently interested in scooping up collaboration firm Slack Technologies - a possibility that could give Amazon a more direct entry into the enterprise. »


Here Are 2017's Top 25 Supply Chains

Gartner, Inc. has released the findings from its annual Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices. »


Opinion: Industrial Security Is About Protecting More Than Data

Industrial operators building their IoT security strategy need to think beyond protecting data and uptime. Within the plant, security also is about protecting employees and equipment. Beyond the plant, there is a responsibility to safeguard the environment, as well as critical infrastructures and... »


How to Manage Risks in the Gig Economy

With companies making more and more use of non-permanent staff, procurement must collaborate to mitigate the risk. »


Bringing Diversity to Your Supplier Base Can Add to Your Bottom Line

Bringing Diversity to Your Supplier Base Can Add to Your Bottom Line

Supplier diversity is evolving from a check-the-box, corporate social-responsibility requirement to a strategic enabler for the procurement function, providing access to new and innovative products and increased market share. »


With Whole Foods, Amazon on Collision Course With Wal-Mart

With Whole Foods, Amazon on Collision Course With Wal-Mart

When Wal-Mart Stores Inc bought online retailer Jet.com for $3bn last year, it marked a crucial moment - the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, after years of ceding e-commerce leadership to arch rival Amazon, intended to compete. »


U.S. Retail Sales Make Biggest Drop in 16 Months

Americans cut spending at gas stations, department stores and electronics shops in May as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy. »


Exports to Mexico Fall as Uncertainty Over Nafta Lingers

Friction between the U.S. and Mexico over trade is starting to cut into sales for U.S. farmers and agricultural companies, adding uncertainty for an industry struggling with low commodity prices and excess supply. »


This Tech Startup, Upgraded, Wants to Use Blockchain to Sell More Stuff

This Tech Startup, Upgraded, Wants to Use Blockchain to Sell More Stuff

Sandy Khaund believes his technology can turn event tickets into high tech marketing tools that prevent fraud. »


Is American National Security at Risk From Imported Military Gear?

National security has been used to justify some pretty silly protectionism in the United States. The Berry Amendment, to pick an egregious example, prohibits the Defense Department from importing any kind of clothing, including "outerwear, headwear, underwear, nightwear, footwear, hosiery,... »


Sustainability in Supply Chains Is Driven by Positive Business Outcomes, Study Says

An overwhelming percentage of manufacturing suppliers say that they undertake sustainability measures because they have tangible business value. »


Investors Should Keep Cautious Eye on Growth Opportunities in South Africa

Investors Should Keep Cautious Eye on Growth Opportunities in South Africa

Sometimes there's nowhere to go but up. But the climb back to economic health isn't necessarily easy, as South Africa, once the continent's top economy, is finding out. »


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