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DHL Reports on A.I.’s Potential Benefits — and Looming Concerns — in Logistics

DHL and IBM have released a joint report on the development of artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology and its potential to change the logistics industry — noting that, in many ways, A.I. is already making profound changes to the retail environment, not all of which are positive.[more]


Robot Managers: The Future of Work or a Step Too Far?

Robot Managers: The Future of Work or a Step Too Far?

First they took the factory jobs; next, robots are expected to replace mortgage brokers, paralegals, and accountants. It has always been assumed, however, that jobs requiring human interaction would remain safe.[more]


Worldwide IoT Security Spending Will Reach $1.5Bn This Year, Gartner Says

Worldwide IoT Security Spending Will Reach $1.5Bn This Year, Gartner Says

Internet of things (IoT)-based attacks are already a reality. A recent CEB, now Gartner, survey found that nearly 20 percent of organizations observed at least one IoT-based attack in the past three years. To protect against those threats Gartner, Inc. forecasts that worldwide spending on IoT...[more]


How Intelligent Business Networks Will Empower Tomorrow’s Autonomous Supply Chains

How Intelligent Business Networks Will Empower Tomorrow’s Autonomous Supply Chains

The last two decades have brought an impressive parade of new technologies, and smart companies have made the most of them to boost supply chain efficiencies. [more]


Five Reasons to Blockchain Your Supply Chain

Five Reasons to Blockchain Your Supply Chain

There’s a lot of money and attention going toward blockchain as a potential foundation for supply chains.[more]


Electric Cars May Soon Be Cheaper Than Gas Guzzlers

Electric cars may be cheaper than their petroleum counterparts by 2025 if the cost of lithium-ion batteries continues to fall.[more]


What Stands in the Way of Supply Chain Efficiency Today

Across industries, companies large and small are facing similar supply chain challenges: managing an overwhelming availability of data; meeting the growing demands of globalization; and hopping the artificial-intelligence and machine-learning bandwagon.[more]


Why Blockchain Will Survive, Even If Bitcoin Doesn’t

We’re now awash in “crypto” hype — cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and fundraising efforts like initial coin offerings. For every venture capitalist or technical expert, there’s a half-dozen hype men and fly-by-night startups making the entire space look like a 21st-century version of the Amsterdam...[more]


We Know Where the Material Is, But … Where's the Payment?

We Know Where the Material Is, But … Where's the Payment?

Advanced supply chains of today connect buyers and sellers in a digital manner for their order and shipments. Often the benefits of rigorous procurement policies between trading partners are ignored with pricing discounts, service levels and rigorous procurement protocols disregarded in an effort...[more]


Breaking Free of the Supply Chain Death Spiral

Breaking Free of the Supply Chain Death Spiral

Slowing growth, intensifying competition and rapidly changing consumer preference are creating rising cost pressures, driving major focus to reduce supply chain costs across industries. However, companies are stuck in an endless death spiral of cost cutting with little impact to the bottom line....[more]


Providing Cash Flow Predictability for Buyers and Suppliers

Providing Cash Flow Predictability for Buyers and Suppliers

While it's known that supply chain finance (SCF) provides cash flow predictability and control to buyers, it is less known that suppliers benefit from early payment of receivables with cash flow improvement and economic security. From investment grade suppliers to those on the tail end, suppliers...[more]


The Path Forward for Agility

The Path Forward for Agility

Sales and operations planning. So important, yet success is so elusive. While many companies approach S&OP as a technology implementation, success requires a focus on 60 percent culture, 30 percent process and 10 percent technology. Companies cannot get to success without technology, but it cannot...[more]


Funding the Response to Disruption in the Industry

Funding the Response to Disruption in the Industry

Historic disruption is happening across the food and beverage industries. Changes in consumer preferences and rapid consolidation have created a challenging business environment for many companies. Response to these pressures can't happen fast enough, especially for companies that have historically...[more]


Parcel Carriers Manage Revenue and Finance as Disruption Impacts Business

The growth of e-commerce is transforming the last mile at a rapid rate. Start-ups such as Deliv, Roadie and Instacart, along with Amazon’s own logistics network build-out, have caused a shakeup in the traditional hub-and-spoke system that FedEx and UPS spent years building. As a result, the Big Two...[more]


Making a Crypto Utopia in Puerto Rico

They call what they are building Puertopia. But then someone told them, apparently in all seriousness, that it translates to “eternal boy playground” in Latin. So they are changing the name: They will call it Sol.[more]


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