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‘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]


Analyzing Product Costs: A Question of ‘What If’

Analyzing Product Costs: A Question of ‘What If’

Foremost in the minds of every supply-chain planner are those key words: What if?[more]


How Blockchain Could Create the 'Autonomous Container'

How Blockchain Could Create the ‘Autonomous Container’

The Internet of Things would seem ideally suited to the task of monitoring and tracking containers around the world.[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]


Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

Yes, Some Customers Are More Equal Than Others

In the age of analytics and Big Data, all customers are not created equal.[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]


A.I. Comes to Procurement. Are Human Sourcing Professionals Doomed?

A.I. Comes to Procurement. Are Human Sourcing Professionals Doomed?

Artificial intelligence, for decades little more than a dream in the minds of behavioral scientists, is insinuating itself into every aspect of supply-chain management today. The latest incursion is taking place in the realm of sourcing.[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]


Seeking Higher Ground: How One EMS Provider Is Redefining an Industry

Seeking Higher Ground: How One EMS Provider Is Redefining an Industry

There was a time when contract manufacturers performed one specific task: making products, usually of a high-tech nature, while staying well behind the scenes. But that time is long gone.[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]


The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility

The Changing Role of the CPO: With Respect Comes Responsibility

A "celebrity" chief procurement officer? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?[more]


For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

For 3M, Technology Was the Key to a New Supply-Chain Mindset

It only makes sense that The 3M Company, with a business model resting almost entirely upon technology, would eventually get around to applying it to the supply chain.[more]


New E.U. Privacy Law Will Hit Every Company Holding Europeans' Personal Data

New E.U. Privacy Law Will Hit Every Company Holding Europeans' Personal Data

Many Americans appear to believe that the exposure of their personal information on the internet is inevitable. But European regulators are having none of that.[more]


In the Internet Age, Supply Chain Is Still a Risky Business

In the Internet Age, Supply Chain Is Still a Risky Business

All the technology in the world won't protect you against the myriad of events that can severely disrupt a global supply chain.[more]


For E-Tailers Today, the Box Is as Important as Its Contents

For E-Tailers Today, the Box Is as Important as Its Contents

In the world of e-commerce, the packaging is more than just a box. It's meant to "inspire and inform" consumers.[more]


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