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Will Trump’s Trade War Kill Off Economic Growth?

Will Trump’s Trade War Kill Off Economic Growth?

There’s good economic news in just about every major developed market around the globe. Is it time to panic yet?[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]


Blockchain Comes to the Freight Industry

Blockchain Comes to the Freight Industry

Transportation providers are jumping on the blockchain bandwagon in a big way.[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]


Dealing With Intel’s Massive Security Flaw

Dealing With Intel’s Massive Security Flaw

The huge security flaw discovered in chips made by Intel Corp., AMD and ARM is threatening nearly all computers, servers, TVs, phones and other mobile devices.[more]


Where Will Companies Find Their Future I.T. Expertise?

Where Will Companies Find Their Future I.T. Expertise?

We love to complain about the shortcomings of tech support. But how would we feel about a worldwide shortage of I.T. talent?[more]


Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

Will the New Tax Bill Bring Overseas Profits Back Home?

The Republicans’ tax-reform measure is now the law of the land. So what’s going to happen to all that cash that’s been sitting in the overseas accounts of U.S. multinationals? Is it coming home?[more]


A Cryptocurrency That Embraces Regulation

A Cryptocurrency That Embraces Regulation

Is the Wild West of cryptocurrencies about to be tamed?[more]


The Future of Freight: 'Uberization' and Self-Driving Trucks

The Future of Freight: ‘Uberization’ and Self-Driving Trucks

For all the dramatic advances in technology, the fundamentals of commercial transportation have remained constant for centuries: the shipper books a load, and the driver delivers it. But the next few years could see a radical transformation in the way that event takes place.[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]


Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

Laggards Scramble to Comply With Looming ELD Mandate

The start of the phased-in compliance period for installation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial trucks is just over a month away. But many drivers appear to be lagging in adopting the technology.[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]


In Talks Over Nafta 2.0, IP Concerns Step to the Fore

In Talks Over Nafta 2.0, IP Concerns Step to the Fore

Physical products are important, but one of the biggest stumbling blocks to a revised North American Free Trade Agreement could be something that you can't hold in your hands.[more]


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