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A&D’s Ambitious Three-Year Timetable for Deploying Blockchain

A&D’s Ambitious Three-Year Timetable for Deploying Blockchain

Blockchain is poised to take off in a big way in the aerospace and defense sector, if a new report from Accenture is to be believed.[more]


‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers

‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers

Selling apparel and other merchandise over the internet is difficult enough for retailers as it is. Now they want to make it even tougher on themselves.[more]


Laboratory Products Get a 'Green' Label. How About Consumer Goods?

Laboratory Products Get a “Green” Label. How About Consumer Goods?

It’s been 23 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began requiring "nutrition facts" labels on most food products. Is it time to do the same for disclosing the environmental impact of laboratory products?[more]


Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Is Cash Replacing Inventory As a Hedge Against Supply-Chain Risk?

Worried about managing supply-chain risk? All you need is cash.[more]


Online Shoppers Want Fast Delivery - But Still Aren't Willing to Pay for It

Online Shoppers Want Fast Delivery — But Still Arent Willing to Pay for It

More and more online shoppers want their stuff fast. But the economics of making that happen haven't changed.[more]


Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

Why APICS Partnered With a Private E-Tailer for Omnichannel Benchmarking

An unusual partnership between a major industry trade group and private retailer seeks to create a system for benchmarking supply-chain performance by e-commerce companies.[more]


Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

Why It's Important to Become Your Carrier's 'Preferred Shipper'

If you thought the act of purchasing transportation was as simple as paying a carrier to haul your freight - well, think again.[more]


How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

How REI's Green Obsession Sparked D.C. Innovations

Companies seek to burnish their brands in a variety of creative ways. In the case of Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), that desire extends deep into the supply chain.[more]


Ramping Up Cybersecurity in the Age of Robots and Autonomous Vehicles

Ramping Up Cybersecurity in the Age of Robots and Autonomous Vehicles

We're at the dawn of a promising new age of autonomous vehicles and connected devices for supply-chain management. And with that cutting-edge technology comes the heightened risk of cyberattack.[more]


Erasing the Line Between E-Commerce and Retail Store Fulfillment

Erasing the Line Between E-Commerce and Retail Store Fulfillment

Separate fulfillment streams for e-commerce and retail stores? Those days are over.[more]


Can Meal Kit Delivery Services Forge Sustainable Supply Chains?

Can Meal Kit Delivery Services Forge Sustainable Supply Chains?

Meal kit delivery services are taking the internet by storm. But can they deliver a supply chain that makes economic sense?[more]


Can Robots Solve Omnichannel Distributors' Identity Crisis?

Can Robots Solve Omnichannel Distributors' Identity Crisis?

Robots might be the solution to one of the biggest challenges facing distribution centers in the omnichannel era.[more]


Should CPG Brands Let Amazon Lure Them Away From Traditional Retailers?

Should CPG Brands Let Amazon Lure Them Away From Traditional Retailers?

Amazon.com Inc. just put another crack in the foundation that underlies traditional retail.[more]


Why Asia Is Accounting for Most of the Growth in Logistics Outsourcing

Why Asia Is Accounting for Most of the Growth in Logistics Outsourcing

Logistics outsourcing may be on the rise everywhere, but Asia is where the action is.[more]


How FDA's Rule on Medical-Device Tracking Can Cure a Sick Supply Chain

How FDA's Rule on Medical-Device Tracking Can Cure a Sick Supply Chain

Regulation is usually viewed by the private sector as a burden. But sometimes it makes good business sense.[more]


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