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NRF--Retailer Extravaganza Article
Retailer technology progress in Omni, RFID, Mobile and Platforms. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Market--continued Article
We take a look at the role of purpose-driven supply chain platforms in attaining Omni-channel.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

12 Attributes of a Successful Business Continuity Plan Article
Question: What does a Business Continuity Plan have in common with a parachute?
Answer: When you find out that either doesn't work, it may be too late.
... (more information)
by By Michael J. Corby, CCP, PMP, CISSP

2011 Ariba LIVE Article
Ariba LIVE 2011 in Nashville was well attended, with over 1600 attendees. Here are some highlights from the show.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Education Survey Findings Part One Article
ChainLink Research conducted a survey on the current state of supply chain education and needs for 2011. Our research showed the need for less theoretical, more practical education, and other signific... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Education Survey Findings Part Three Article
How well are today's supply chain education needs being met? Some of the answers from our research may surprise you. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Education Survey Findings Part Two Article
We explore what people feel are the priority needs for supply chain education. Supply chain strategy and leadership topped the list, with an emphasis on cross-functional talents. That was followed clo... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Four - Multi-Tier Procurement Article
Ford buys steel for its entire supply base. In the process, it has been able to rationalize the materials specifications for all of that steel resulting in consolidated spend, more efficient use of in... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part One Article
For some companies, managing only their immediate suppliers is not sufficient. Brand owners whose reputation and competitiveness is on the line for the performance and social compliance of the whole c... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Three - Multi-Tier Procurement Article
Throughout much of its history, Ford was a vertically integrated company, owning its own supply chain assets all the way back to raw materials facilities such as steel mills and rubber plantations. An... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Orchestration: Part Two Article
One important way that Supply Chain Orchestrators manage multiple tiers is sourcing and buying on behalf of their suppliers. Learn how and why that is done. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part One Article
We report the findings of our survey, answering questions such as the level of investments being made in resilience, the scope of responsibility for supply chain organizations, and assessment of how w... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2011 Supply Chain Risk Survey Results: Part Two Article
Findings from our research on Supply Chain Risk ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

2012 - the Year of Uncertainty: Part One Article
2012 opens with a higher than usual number of 'balls in the air' and dramas at play across the world stage. Although the recovery seems to be taking hold, there are some scary scenarios for how world ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

2012 - the Year of Uncertainty: Part Two Article
How can businesses deal with the uncertainties we face for 2012? We explore a broad array of very concrete strategies and practices for creating adaptable enterprises that can cope with extreme potent... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

2012 BUSINESS PRIORITIES Article
What's planned for 2012? Trends, Challenges and Plans... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

2014, the Year of the Internet-of-Things Article
2014 was a year of over-the-top marketing and hype for IoT. But there were also many significant, substantive milestones and indicators of just how serious many companies are about IoT.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

2014? Where Could the Transportation Market Go? Article
Is the Transportation and Logistics software market capable of producing a company that has $500m in revenue? In the long run, it may be possible. Growth potential in this market exists, but achieving... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

2016 -- A Year of Change Article
Supply chain and technology hot spots for 2016.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

3D Printing's Impact on the Supply Chain ... Not Much Yet Article
Some pundits are predicting that 3D printing will completely transform the supply chain. Not so fast. 3D printing is having some substantial impacts now, but major supply chain transformation, during ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

When ERP Is Not ERP Any More Article
ERP goes social and Mobile . . . Visits with Infor, SAP, and Oracle at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 100th Annual Convention and Expo. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

A Current View of the Retail Supply Chain Article
Retail is in a dramatic transformative phase. Consumers' multi-channel access and shopping make multi/merged channel fulfillment the focus for retail. No more relegating supply chain to the backwaters... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

A Current View of the SaaS/Cloud Market in Supply Chain Article
As we end 2012, cloud in the supply-chain market is skyrocketing in growth . . .... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

A Framework for Securing the Industrial Internet of Things Article
The publication of the Industrial Internet Security Framework by the IIC is a vital early step towards creating security in the Industrial IoT. Strong security becomes increasingly crucial as more and... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

A Good Spin Trumps Good Science Every Time: How the Climate Debate Got Turned on Its Head Article
In spite of the overwhelming evidence, a major segment of the public does not take climate change seriously and/or believes the science behind it is flawed. Without a radical change in the way the mes... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

A Hot Summer Article
The hot market for Mergers and Acquisitions continues; and these deals are pretty big, overall. Last month we more information)
by Ann Grackin

A New Performance Standard for Passive RFID
Impinj Announces Monza 4 Next Generation RFID Tag
Article
RFID technology is not so passive these days. Impinj today announced their new Monza 4 Passive RFID chip, setting the bar for performance in RFID read range, RFID read reliability and speed, and low-c... (more information)
by Bill McBeath and Ann Grackin

A Potpourri of Predictions for 2017 Article
Here are our predictions for 2017 on automation and autonomous vehicles, IoT, RFID, retail, trade and the world economy, energy, AI, analytics and machine learning, enterprise solutions, and agile dev... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

A Story of Vinyl Article
Digital Supply Chain Story in the Music Industry.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

A Very Sweet Suite World Article
NetSuite Declares the Cloud Wars Won at Suite World User Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

Acsis Heads to 'Supply Chain 3.0' Article
Supply Chain complexity, outsourcing, and the complexity and speed of business processes, enhance the need for real-time visibility across the chain. This makes companies like Acsis an indispensable c... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Ad Hoc Euphoria Article
Updates from the NEECOM Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Advanced Pool Distribution: Part One--How Pool Distribution Works Article
Pool distribution is a key part of the equation for retailers trying to achieve excellence in store replenishment and omnichannel fulfillment, at the lowest costs. In part one of this series, we exami... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

AeroScout Reborn Article
Since their acquisition by Stanley Black & Decker, RTLS provider AeroScout appears to be thriving and taking advantage of many opportunities to integrate with STANLEY's diverse business units and prod... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Alibaba and the 100,000 Jobs Article
The claim by Alibaba's CEO that they will create 100,000 jobs in the U.S. could be easily misinterpreted.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Alive at LiveWorx 2015 Article
2300 registrants plus another 2500 or more live-streaming subscribers from around the world attended the sold-out LiveWorx 2015 conference in Boston to think about and learn about IoT.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Analytics Amplified Article
Analytics is Hot, but you need a 'hot holder.'... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Analytics Strategies Compared Article
Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, UNIT4 and others take very different paths to providing analytics with high performance ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Another ERP Joins the Private Equity Ranks Article
Enterprise software, at the end of the day, is fueled by investment money--public or private. Deals flow. But are these a good deal for customers?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Application-Specific Mass-Market RFID Readers Article
In the past, the majority of fixed RFID readers were either your standard issue 4-port "one-size-fits-all" readers or, at the other end of the spectrum, customized for a very specific application such... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Applications of Total Cost Sourcing - Part 2 Article
Total Cost Sourcing (i.e. making sourcing decisions based on the total impact across the whole company) takes many different forms and yields many benefits. In this article, we explore various applica... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Aptean ERP Article
Big private equity swap creates Aptean and a new road ahead for customers.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Architected for Business Change - What it Really Means: UNIT4's New and Old Vision Article
UNIT4 updates at Grape Escape.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Are We Living in a State of Denial? Article
Global economic woes aside, we might have a solution for US economic growth, if we can get a fresh look at policy. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Are You an 'IoT' Company? Article
We all know the IoT space is hot. But should a company position themselves or their product as "IoT"... or Smart, Cloud, Connected, or any of those buzzwords?... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Are You Ready for the Rebound? Article
Economic uncertainty resulted in many businesses freezing or cancelling their warehouse or manufacturing expansion strategies, but as the economy rebounds, can you respond? ... (more information)
by By Dr. Edward Knab, contributing author

Ariba as Innovation Engine--Observations from Ariba Live Article
These are dynamic times for Ariba, as SAP figures out its Business Network strategy. Ariba Live provided a chance to see the key role Ariba plays in driving innovation forward for SAP.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

as-a-Service Framework Article
Recently Barry Briggs, the CTO for Microsoft IT, spoke at MIT about Cloud Computing in general and Microsoft's foray into Cloud with its Azure service offering. Here we discuss the broader framework f... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Automotive Supply Chain Hits the Road Article
General Motors failed to fix their supply chain in the late '80s. Now GM and taxpayers are paying for it big time. Maybe now they are finally getting it right. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

B. Braun's Implementation of SRM 7; Sapphire Part Two Article
B. Braun's implementation of SAP SRM 7.0 demonstrates that results need not take a long time when you allow opportunities for contribution wherever the talent exists across the organization.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

B2B Process Mastery Article
Gaps in process beyond boundaries of enterprise systems are not just inconvenient; they may be illegal. Fix your B2B process. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Baker Hughes Automates Procure-to-Pay: Part One Article
How this major oilfield service firm automates the interactions with its suppliers. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Baker Hughes Automates Procure-to-Pay: Part Two Article
Read how this major oilfield service firm ramped up to high volumes of spend under its automated procure-to-pay system automating its interactions with suppliers. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Beyond Fashion Statements - Part One Article
Observations at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 100th Annual Convention and Expo. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Beyond The Control Zone--Part One
Introduction: Confronting a Global Connected World
Article
In an outsourced and virtual world many critical operations and data are outside our control. However, supply chain managers need to gain control in order to ensure better outcomes.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Beyond The Control Zone--Part Two: Controlling the Uncontrollable Article
In order to achieve visibility and control, supply chain managers will have to master new types of data and technologies.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Beyond Tools . . .
ToolsGroup Offers Solutions
Article
ToolsGroup, not content to solve one big problem for CPG companies, is ready to conquer the next . . . What we learned from the ToolsGroup User Forum. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Big Changes at Omni-ID Article
Known for their ruggedized and high performance RFID tags, Omni-ID recently announced a new product line based on visual tags and a solution for tracking assets in cyclic processes. This marks a major... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Big Data Article
The data may be big, but is the information important? ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Big Trends for Business 2013 Article
Forecast and Priorities for 2013. Slowing globalization but increasing IT spend in most sectors, preview of business priorities for 2013, sector-specific technology trends, and much more.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

Biometric Technology Gets New Advocacy Article
Biometrics has been a useful technology in financial applications as well as access control. However, it also has a controversial alter-ego. Many governments seek to create national identity cards, us... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

BizSlate Targets Apparel and Retail Market Article
Young ERP may have the edge . . .... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Black Eyed Peas in the Cloud - Chatter Free Article
Stevie Wonder, Will.i.am, and other experiences from Salesforce.com's annual Dreamforce conference. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Black Swan? Hardly! Revolutions and Tsunamis Come and Go! Article
Unpredictability of events misses the point in Risk Management. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Blockchain Gets Real Article
The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) facilitates post-trade processing for over 98% of all credit derivatives worldwide (over $11 trillion). Last week, they announced (together with IB... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Build It! Beyond the Application Article
How solution providers create platform-centric universes. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Building a High-Performance Organization
Results from ChainLink's 2011 Business Priorities Survey - Part Three
Article
What do individual contributors want from their employers in 2011? Good educational programs, opportunities for advancement, more frequent and meaningful communication by management, and an innovative... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath


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Building a High-Performance Organization
Results from ChainLink's 2011 Business Priorities Survey - Part Two
Article
Survey respondents told us that better communications and education are some of the ways they expect to deal with their top personnel concerns. We also look at what they said about their 2011 budgets.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath


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Business Priorities 2012 - Final Research Results Report
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2011 Ended with modest growth in many sectors and big wins for many. 20
... (more information)
by ChainLink Research and SupplyChainBrain

Business Priorities 2015 Survey
Two Part Report
Report

Business Priorities 2015: Part One
Where Will We Go from Here?
Report
Innovation on product, business models and new services tops goals for multiple industries in 2015.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Business Priorities 2015: Part Two
The Year of Innovation
Report
ChainLink's Business Priorities 2015 looks at the business as well as the technology priorities of today's professionals in Supply Chain. Part Two focuses on the technology priorities and challenges.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Can Supply Chain Big Data Solutions Be Leveraged in Healthcare? Article
The tidal wave of healthcare data is upon us and will only continue to grow rapidly. What can be learned from how Big Data is done in supply chains to get real value? ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Caribou Coffee's Supply Chain Story Article
Achieving 99% service levels through Implementing demand management technology solution ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

Carton-level Temperature Tracking for Cold Chain Pharmaceuticals - Why Now? Article
A look at the key role that carton-level RFID temperature tagging can have within today's pharmaceutical cold chains. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Centralized vs. Local Sourcing and Procurement Governance Models
Part Two
Article
How one major high tech firm uses global commodity management teams to provide centralized sourcing that still meets the needs of various product lines, functions, and geographies.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Centralized vs. Local Sourcing and Procurement Governance Models

Part One
Article
Large or divisionalized companies face the conundrum of how much power and decision-making to give to a centralized sourcing group vs. to the local procurement teams at each division, region, or busin... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Changing the Game in Industrial Distribution Report
A new generation of industrial distributors is leveraging advanced technologies to transform their businesses.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Channel Management - Architected for Success:
Part Three
Article
Product design, marketing, supply chain, fulfillment and aftermarket service can all be part of the Channel Management relationship. Companies spend time in process management, but with the channels, ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Channel Management Is the Best of Collaboration... and Employee Management
Part One
Article
Channel partner relationship management requires the best in marketing, sales, and human resources.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Channels to the Hearts and Minds - Online 2005 Article
The physical, e and wireless world continues to grow! The e channel for shoppers continues to grow, with so many nay sayers and doubters. You'd think this issue would die, with more and more shoppers ... (more information)
by Lucy West


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Christmas Buildup in the Warehouse Article
Warehouse Management Strategies need to be looked at in order to prepare for new retail realities. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Closing the Gap in Adoption Article
Users buy a lot of Transportation Management technology, but do they use it?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Cloud Economics Part 2 - The End of the Entourage Article
Marketing and Selling On-Demand vs. License: An uncomfortable truth.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Cloud Economics Part One - Cost Drivers Article
Cloud cost drivers provide insights on how Total Cost of Ownership for users will change.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Cloud Economics Part Three - The Cloud of Clouds Article
Connected Communities cross industries.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Cloud Grows Each Year Article
Comparison from year to year shows user acceptance. Here's why . . .... (more information)

Cloud Manufacturing Heats Up! Article
Last but not least, Manufacturing becomes big business in the cloud.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Cloud Strategies Coming from the Supply Chain Market Article
Now that the end-user market seems to be accepting the cloud option, the major players are stepping up their game. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Cloudforce 2010: San Jose, June 22 Article
Social Networks, iPads, mobile apps, Motorola, Dell's new Android mobile, and Chatter highlight Salesforce.com's Cloudforce conference.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Co-Managing Supplier Risk: Part 1 - The Challenges of Managing Supplier Risks Article
Managing the risks imposed by suppliers and third party service providers has become increasingly difficult and expensive. In part one of this series we explore the reasons why. In part two we'll look... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Co-Managing Supplier Risk: Part 2 - A Case for Co-managing Article
A new approach offers the potential to manage risk across your entire supply base without breaking the bank. Your most highly paid resources can focus on strategic high-value work, while tactical task... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Cold Chain: A Story of Integration Article
Solution Providers discuss integration to provide end-to-end Cold Chain Management and traceability - from seed to consumer.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Cold Chains are Hot! Revised
Mastering the Challenges of Temperature
Report
Tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides -- in responding to the needs of the victims of these natural disasters, the effective delivery of food, pharmaceuticals and life saving products are now in the spotli... (more information)
by Carla Reed


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Collaborating with Channels - Great Source for Accurate Demand
Part Two
Article
Channel partners can be a great source of accurate forecasts, but Brand, OEMs and Tech companies don't engage on Demand.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration Frameworks 2011 - On Creating a Global Workspace: Part One Article
Social Networks, Teleconferencing, and anywhere that technology opens new challenges in Collaberation. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration Frameworks 2011 - On Creating a Global Workspace: Part Two Article
Introduction to Ideas in a Global Work Space. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaboration in Practice: Part One - More Than a Buzzword Article
Collaboration means many different things to many different people. Here's a framework with concrete definitions and examples. Here in Part One we focus on collaboration in product conception and desi... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Collaboration in Practice: Part Three - What About the Customer? Article
Ultimately collaboration exists to serve the customer. Here we discuss new ways to bring the customer's voice into collaborative processes.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Collaboration in Practice: Part Two - Operational Collaboration Article
Much collaboration is needed to produce, deliver, and support products and services.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Collaboration Technologies: Part One - Convergence
Collaboration at the Cross Roads
Report
(This Three Part series is now combined into a Full Report available HERE.)

Lately,
... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin


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Collaboration vs. Transactions Article
Lessons from eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn and other Social Networks - What traditional business management can learn from Social Networks. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Collaborative Demand Planning Technology Article
Everybody wants to collaborate. But is this actually done -- technically?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Comparing the Economics of Fixed vs. Handheld RFID Reader Options Article
By improving inventory accuracy, handheld-based RFID leads to significant revenue uplift for apparel retailers. However, fixed infrastructure solutions in development now promise added benefits for r... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

Complements or Competitors? Novitaz and Scanbuy Article
Barcode vs. RFID on Mobile. Is it a duel or will they work together? ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Compliance Rocks? Article
Compliance reduces friction and cost in the supply chain: Lessons from the Vendor Compliance Federation.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Comprehensive Auctioning: Broadening the Scope of Reverse Auctions Article
Reverse auctions can generate double-digit savings year after year. Companies can build on those savings, including things that might normally not be considered auctionable, by defining completely and... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Concur's Relentless Quest for the Perfect Trip Article
Highlights from Fusion, Concur's annual conference, including Risk Messaging, Hipmunk's travel bot (Hello Hipmunk), Concur's SMB business, and more.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Concur-SAP Symbiosis Article
How Concur is both changing SAP and leveraging SAP's strengths. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Congestion? Headache? The Flu? No. It's the Port of LA. Article
Although retailers cry foul about labor, the real issue is business process change. What can and is being done about port congestion?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Congress Passes Financial Reform Article
The ChainLink team hypothesizes on the potential impacts to Supply Chain investments. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Connected Care Part One - Second Decade Model in Healthcare Article
Creating the vision for a transformed healthcare environment through second decade (cloud and wireless applications) technologies is what draws this group of partners to Fargo each year. Here are some... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Connected Healthcare - Part Two Article
Real-time Location of People, Places and Things. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Connections 2017 Article
Supply chain professionals have continued to establish a consistent foundation of achievement using traditional technologies such as Demand Planning and S&OP. And today they are embracing their digita... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Conquering the Inventory Dilemma Report
Managing inventory has broader and more influential factors beyond the 'standard' formula. Proposing a modern model for managing inventory.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Consider Risk in Your Optimization Model Article
The job is not done for Supply Chain Network Optimization unless it moves from the theoretical to the actual physical supply chain, and designs the supply chain from the country of origin through tran... (more information)
by By Lucy West

Consumers Returning to Luxury Items and Big-name Brands Article
One sign that the recovery may have legs is growth in luxury and national brands. What does this augur about consumer sentiment, tastes, and the 2010 product mix?... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Continuous Real-Time Situational Awareness for Time-Critical Operational Decision Making Article
Time-critical decisions in transportation, risk management, security, disaster response, manufacturing, and other operational domains require continuous real-time situational awareness and intelligenc... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Contract and Supplier Management Lessons Article
Distilled insights from ChainLink's recent research on managing contracts, supplier performance, and reverse auctions.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Contract Management: Negotiating, Creating, and Monitoring Compliance Article
Skillful contract negotiation and management are vital to realizing a company's spend management and supplier performance goals. Here we explore how to negotiate better agreements with your suppliers,... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Convergence of Physical and Financial Supply Chains: Part One Article
With global trade and extended multi-tier supply chains, it is imperative that the physical, financial, and information supply chains becoming more well-integrated. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Convergence of Physical and Financial Supply Chains: Part Two Article
With the maturing of global trade relationships, Open Accounts are replacing Letters of Credit as the dominant approach to enabling financial transactions between importers and exporters. We explore s... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Cool Companies in the Age of the Customer Article
Social, Mobile and Engineered for the Point of Experience.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Counterfeit Threats Mount as Congress Moves Tentatively Towards Solutions Article
Counterfeiting increases in a down economy, since it has so many audiences in the general population. However, the loss to the economy as well as the public welfare, due to the use of unsafe counterfe... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Counterfeits in the Mainstream Primetime TV Article
CNBC's Counterfeit Goods program estimates the cost to the US at $600 billion...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Creating the Future: Highlights from Autodesk University 2015 Article
Autodesk University 2015 showcased their research and investments in future-facing technologies in manufacturing and AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction), such as IoT, 3D printing, and ge... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Cultural Attitudes Impact Climate Change Policies: It's Time for the US to Lead Article
In spite of priding itself on being a nation of science, surveys show that the U.S. is in last place when it comes to its public's understanding of humans' impact on climate change. The attitudes of C... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Customer Conferences: Why They Matter Article
In our business, we attend dozens of customer conferences every year. With an arduous schedule that takes us from hearth and home, you would think we analysts would have become jaded or callous "seen... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Customer Experience Is Not a Technology - Updates on SYSPRO Article
SYSPRO executives discuss company strategy at Grape Escape.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Customer Stories from Ariba LIVE 2014 Article
The journey and lessons from three engaging customer stories -- how they moved to centralized procurement, achieved sustainable savings, understood cost drivers, used cost modeling in negotiations, a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Customer Story and SCM Highlights from SAP's Manufacturing Forum Article
SAP's Manufacturing Industry Forum had excellent presentations by customers and SAP. Here we highlight one manufacturing customer's journey to transformation, as well as a presentation on SAP's supply... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Customers Want Evidence Before Buying Solutions Article
At the 1st International CRP Community Meeting in Boston, the best and the brightest Customer Reference Professionals were there. Companies like Cisco, Intel, Siemens, EMC, VMware and many others shar... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders at the Crossroads Report
At the crossroads, many freight forwarders have some fundamental questions as they contemplate the road ahead. What will we provide our customers in the future? How can we continue to grow and win bus... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Dash7 Alliance - Do Standards Bring Value? Article
Do standards matter? Do they bring value to end-users? Does the market care? And how does something become a standard, anyway...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

DASH7 Alliance Progress Report Article
Standards groups are known for glacial speed, but Dash7 moves with faster frequency. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Apriso Article
PLM market looks beyond design - Dassault, PTC deals. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Deals Article
Descartes and IFS make major acquisitions. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Deals in Software Market Begin Early in 2015 Article
Retail Omni-channel drives January tech deals.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Better for Demand Management Article
Highlights from DemandTec User Conference. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Demand Management in the Age of the Customer Article
How Mobile and other customer engagement channels can improve Demand Management.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Management in the Second Decade
The Strategic View - Part 2
Article
Multichannel marketing, multichannel retail, pricing and promotions, are challenging both retailers and brand companies. Web retailing is entering a new phase. So is a store's format, which must emplo... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Management in the Second Decade
The Strategic View - Part 1
Article
Demand Management has never been more important. From demand creation to marketing automation, demand forecasting, merchandising and assortment planning, collaboration with suppliers, and managing S&O... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Management in the Second Decade
The Strategic View - Part 3
Article
Supply Chains are just that - chains. That means that we have to orchestrate across the supply chain. Optimization ensures monitoring and visibility of the collaborative supply chain retailer all the ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Management in the Second Decade - A Structured View - Part 1 Article
Companies that excel at Demand Management know how to predict and grow demand. They effectively segment their markets and channels. They analyze demographics and capture and analyze new audiences. The... (more information)
by By B McBeath & A Grackin

Demand Management in the Second Decade - A Structured View - Part 2 Article
Of late, marketing organizations and solution providers have been adopting this 'best practice' terminology. It makes sense, since it integrates Marketing and Marketing Automation analytics with ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Demand Management in the Second Decade - A Structured View - Part 3 Article
Demand Forecasting, Replenishment, Collaborative Forecasting and Replenishment, Marketing Automation, Demand Creation. These are all buzz words we have to address in a business context. Here we conclu... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Demand Management: from the Supplier to the Retailer Article
Winning in the demand management game requires granular visibility of the market, and software that can take action using the many data streams now available. Those who rely solely on spreadsheet anal... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Demand Means Customer. Can I repeat that again? Article
Rechurning history won't get you there. You need data and analytics. So, DemandTec acquired ASI.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Demanding Times: Part Five - Consumption-based Forecasting Article
Forecasts are better off based on end-user consumption, rather than retailer orders. Suppliers need to stop asking what will the retailer order from us and start asking what should t... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Demanding Times: Part One - A Best Practice Framework for Managing Demand Article
Demand management is not just about creating a better forecast (though that is critical). It is discovering new markets, creating a supply chain architected around your customers' needs, growing deman... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Demanding Times: Part Two - Market Assumptions Article
The best companies pull together quantitative, analytical, and social information to gauge the 'market psyche.' They create their own assumptions about the markets they serve: what factors are affecti... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Descartes Evolution Article
Insights from the Descartes User Conference. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Descartes Scores More Points in the Visibility Game with Acquisition of MacroPoint Article
Lack of precision to create reliable outcomes plagues the logistics process. With zeal and lots of money, companies are trying to plug the hole in visibility with a huge array of systems and technolog... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Descartes' System Performance High Continues Article
After 18+ quarters of positive EBIDTA performance, two million hits a day to their on-demand Global Logistics Network, $47M of capital to make acquisitions and new product announcements at the annu... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Desirable Article
Ten things you should know if you are seeking an investment.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Developing a Contemporary Supply Chain Article
TG16 ToolsGroup Customer Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Differentiating Demand Solutions Article
Demand management solution providers are challenged to be unique. But with so many new areas to explore, new innovations are emerging that differentiate the providers. JDA, Logility, Symphony, JustEno... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Digital Transaction Management for Procurement Article
Digital Transaction Management (DTM) has profound implications for procurement. Here are some key lessons learned during sessions on this at Dreamforce 2015 and DocuSign's Procurement Adviso... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Dimensions of Inventory Management
Holistic Strategies for a Volatile World
Article
Critical dimensions to mastering inventory, including understanding product characteristics/lifecycle, business model, risk, and more.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 2:
Relationship-Intensity
Article
In our research on direct materials Procure-to-Pay (P2P) processes, we saw tremendous variation between industries or types of companies in how they execute P2P. One major difference is the 'relations... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 3:
Receiving, Invoicing, Payment
Article
Automation can be increased by developing deeper strategic supplier relationships. Automation on both sides (supplier and buyer), combined with a shared platform/Single-Version-of-the-Truth, can help ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 4:
Research Survey Findings
Article
Here are results from our survey and interviews with over 120 manufacturers about their level of direct materials P2P automation, why they automate, the KPIs they use to measure success for their dire... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 5:
Solutions Landscape
Article
There is a tremendous variety of direct materials procure-to-pay solutions. Here we explore a framework for understanding the P2P solutions landscape. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Direct Materials P2P -- Part 6:
Solutions Examples
Article
A broad and diverse array of direct materials purchase-to-pay solutions are available to serve the different needs of various industries and companies. Here we explore examples of a variety of solutio... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Disruptive Technologies Fueled by a Disruptive and Risky World Article
Last week, TAKE Solutions afforded their customers and invited guests an opportunity to spend two days thinking about the future, where they discovered that disruptive events can create interest in di... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Distributed Intelligence in the IoT Article
The Internet of Things has intelligence distributed throughout many integrated layers. Algorithms and analytics are needed to make sense of the raw data. Often this intelligence needs to reside on the... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Diverse Use Cases at Autodesk Accelerate 2016 Article
The use cases on display at Autodesk's Accelerate 2016 showed the breadth of capabilities for their PLM suite.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

DocuSign's Momentum, Towards the 100% Digital Enterprise Article
DocuSign's user conference, Momentum, described the promise of getting to a 100% digital enterprise. What does that mean and is it possible?... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Does Cloud Equal On Demand? Article
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like a public utility.

Cloud, SaaS, O
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by By Ann Grackin

E2open Merges with Steelwedge: Demand/Supply Network Meets S&OP Article
E2open recently announced their merger with Steelwedge. This brings together a synergistic combination of E2open's multi-enterprise trading partner network, including its rich demand- and supply-side ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Eating the Elephant in One Gulp Article
Zebra's move to acquire Motorola Solutions is either a visionary and bold move or fraught with danger, disappointment and compressing of potential. Eating in big gulps can lead to GERD.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Ecosystem Maturity on Display at RFID Live Article
At the RFID Journal Live show, you can see everyone in the industry from chip makers through the top of the application stack. It was evident that the integration of those end-to-end components has co... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

EDI and MFT Solution Providers Positioned Article
Solution providers are all over the map.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Education: The Key to Continuity and Cohesion in Sourcing and Procurement
Part One
Article
The people in an organization make or break it. A solid education program is one key strategy to sustain supplier relationships and maintain human expertise through periods of organizational flux. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Education: The Key to Continuity and Cohesion in Sourcing and Procurement
Part Two
Article
P&G's sourcing and procurement training program is a great example for other companies. It builds a common foundation and continuity across a very large, very global organization. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Electronic Commerce Meets Omni-channel Article
Updates from NEECOM's 25th Anniversary Meeting.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Emerging Markets - Northeastern University Article
Session at Northeastern brings strategic insights to global markets.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Enterprise Social Networking: The Final Brick in the Supply Chain Platform Foundation
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 3
Article
Social networking in the enterprise is on the rise in surprising and obvious places.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Entrepreneurs Dog is Good and P.L.A.Y. take a Bite Out of the Pet Market Report
NetSuite enables young retailers and wholesalers to make a big impact in their markets.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Epicor Insights 2016 Article
At the annual user conference of Epicor Software, aptly called Insights, we saw their strategy for bringing along their customers as they continue to modernize their rich portfolio of mid-market enter... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Epicor's Epic Journey Article
Epicor Insights at Users' Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

ERP 2014... The Path to Greatness Article
As a new year dawns for the ERP market, the question to ask is: Is the ERP provider on the path to greatness - or not?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

ERP and Supply Chain Innovations for Retail at NRF 2016 Article
At this year's NRF show, we saw some especially innovative new developments from ERP and supply chain vendors, such as behavior-based segmentation, automated allocation and replenishment, new clientel... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

ERP Channels: Dead or Alive? Article
ERPs now in the cloud. What is the impact on traditional channels?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

ERP Communities Thrive on the Cloud and Drive Development of Relevant and Better Solutions Article
The Integration, Contagion and Growth concept, which was part of Nolan's six stages of technology growth model, posited that we never roll-back from IT use; it perpetually grows and every seven years ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

ERP for the SMB - The Report Report
ERP websites that purport to give you a list of the 'top ten,' or only list ERP leave us cold. And they confuse the software buyer. And as ERP providers keep adding more and more software into their p... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin


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ERP for the SMB: Part Four - Who Are They, and Who Are You? Article
ERP players who specialize in small and mid-sized businesses are an interesting and diverse group of players. Their challenge is . . .... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP for the SMB: Part One - Growing into ERP Article
As small businesses grow and they address their processes and complexities, they need technology to be there for them.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP for the SMB: Part Three - Complexity continued Article
ERP for the SMB: Sales and Marketing business models should drive your choice for an ERP. This series is for SMBs that are contemplating ERP.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP for the SMB: Part Two - Complexity Article
ERP in the SMB is a highly differentiated market. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP Now!
Comparisons of Solution Providers and their 60+ ERP Products
Report
What a time for ERP! New solutions providers and merger mania have kept this market from being dull. And new technologies - social, mobile and cloud - are the must-have capabilities that keep soluti... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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ERP Part One - The Tales of Technology Article
This article starts our ERP series. ERP is an interesting and complex tale not unlike the Panchtantra or the Arabian Nights . . .... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP Part Three - ERP Economics: Building Applications: Article
ERP Pricing for the SMB entails a holistic strategy.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP Part Two - The Economics of Selling ERP Article
Software companies manage themselves and their costs very differently, and that makes serving small, midsize or large markets easy or challenging.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

ERP's Dilemma Article
Tens of thousands of companies are still sitting on old ERP platforms. What will it take for them to upgrade? ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Exploring QAD Article
QAD Explore 2013 Customer Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Extending Manufacturing Visibility through the Cloud Article
Visibility to outsourced operations remains a challenge for most manufacturers...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Extending the Reach of the DC Article
Integrating logistics, all the way from the source plant through the DC onto the store shelf, reduces errors, exceptions and transit times.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Extra-Sensory Perception for Retailers and Manufacturers Article
How can retailers and CPG manufacturers read the minds of their fickle consumers? There are new ways available, beyond the traditional focus group or statistical forecast tools.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Federal Government Working to Generate Next Generation Manufacturing Base Article
President Obama opened a new battery plant in Holland, Michigan this week. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Field Service Revitalization Article
Dynamic economy, new technology and transforming business models are catalysts for a growing service software sector.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Flowcasting--an Idea Whose Time Has Come Article
'Forecasting still looms as the highest of challenges,' declare supply chain organizations. Maybe our paradigm is wrong about how we do forecasting. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Focus on JDA Article
Highlights and observations about JDA's direction and the JDA Focus 2013 conference. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Food for Thought: Part One - Challenges in the Produce Supply Chain Article
So you think you have supply chain challenges? How about daily price volatility and losses in transportation of up to 20%? Discussions with FoodLink Online, InfinityQS, AFS and Intelleflex. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Food for Thought: Part Two - The Product Recall Challenge Article
In foods as diverse as burgers and bean sprouts, pathogens such as E.coli, Salmonella, Listeria and other food pathogens have caused outbreaks and made recent headlines. The challenges in tracing the ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Food Traceability and Interoperability Article
I recently attended the Food Traceability and Interoperability Summit in Denver, the first real attempt by a non government group to gather to discuss the need... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Food Traceability Research Poster Map of The Month

ChainLink has created a beautiful 48" X 36" poster summarizing the ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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Foodborne Illness Costs $152B/year. Who Will Pay for Prevention? Article
A recent study estimates the cost from sicknesses due to contaminated food in the U.S. to be $152B/year. Meanwhile, food safety legislation is making its way through congress, containing new guideline... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Forecast for 2013 Mobile Update Article
There may be smoke, but is there fire?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Fraudulent Returns Article
NRF survey reveals RFID opportunities.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

From Complexity to Clarity Part One - Mastering Today's Complex Supply Chains Whitepaper
Achieving excellence in Supply Chain has always been a challenge, but the last decade has gotten more complex, requiring solutions to enable clarity... ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

From Complexity to Clarity Part Two - Mastering Today's Complex Supply Chains Whitepaper
In part two we explore the impacts that New Product Introduction and Inventory Strategy decisions have across the enterprise on Sourcing and Transportation teams.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

From Offer to Order. Again. Article
Cloud Computing continues to generate new and innovative business opportunities, especially when combined with Marketing Automation, for the CEO, CFO, and Supply Chain, not just the Marketing Departme... (more information)
by By Barbara Angius Saxby, Accelent Consulting

From Silos to Streams
How Social Networking Is Changing The World
Presentation
Social Networking has already changed the structure of some governments. And it has power to change the very structure of the enterprise. ... (more information)
by Sree Hameed

From Washout to Whiteout Article
The Next Generation of Transportation Applications.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

GAO Report Finds Underperformance of Recovery Act Spending Collection
The sluggish return of jobs during the economic recovery may be due, in part, to the slower-than-expected spending of stimulus money. Most states lag behind in getting started on the local level, and ... (more information)
by Commentary by Bill McBeath

Gesture, Touch, and Sense Article
How Systems Will Work in the Future -- Actually Now.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Getting Immigration Policy Right - Lessons from Australia? Article
Immigration policy has a profound influence on the makeup and availability of the workforce, the degree of competitiveness, and the culture of a nation. But setting immigration policy is a difficult b... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Global Trade Management Solution Is More Than Software Article
Management Dynamics serves Content and services beyond traditional software solutions.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Going Global or Coming Home? Article
China's currency is in the news again as the EU and US try to deal with trade imbalances and their own flagging economies...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Good Enough to Eat Report
How SMB Food Companies Embrace Technology and Thrive.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Good Old Natural Gas... the 'Next Big Thing' in Energy? Article
Natural gas seems to be in the headlines everywhere recently. From T. Boone Pickens's plan to Exxon's proposed merger with U.S. natural-gas producer XTO Energy Inc., to Xcel Energy Inc.'s plan to move... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Google and JDA Team Up Article
For decades, Demand Management and Retail have been begging for smarter customer segmentation and analytics. That day may have come...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Google Announces 1Gb/sec Fiber-to-the-Home Service Article
Is this just one more part of Google's plan for Total World Domination (or at least perhaps to become a telecoms company)? Actually this recent announcement is likely to encourage innovation a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Google Extends Search to Real-world in-store Retail Inventory for Shoppers Article
No longer content with merely providing the dominant search engine scouring and indexing every square millimeter of the web, Google just launched a new addition to their Google Product Search for mobi... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

GS1 Enters Product Recall Article
GS1, HP and Microsoft enter product recall space - but GS1 enters as a nonprofit. What is the impact to industry?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

GT Nexus Bridges 2015 Article
Insights and updates from the GT Nexus user conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

GT Nexus User Conference -- Bridges 2014 Article
Having attended my first Bridges in 2004 in San Francisco and seeing it again ten years later, it is impressive to see the growth. Ten years -- ten times the growth. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Hacking Reaches out Beyond Retail Article
Hacking reaches into every aspect of consumer data&.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Happy New Year - Converged, Collaborative, Telepresent Communities in the Second Decade:
What's happening in 2011?
Article
Convergence - Unified Applications and Devices for the Second Decade.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

HarrisData - Building a Better Mousetrap Article
HarrisData technology strategy includes Apple and IBM PureSystems technologies.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Healthcare Big Data:
Connected Healthcare's Mountains of Data
Article
The tsunamis of data generated by connected care will be nearly useless to caregivers without systems that help digest it all. Can the systems and methods already developed to manage big data in suppl... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Healthy Growth and Innovations Highlighted at Ariba Live Article
SAP Ariba is getting serious about managing direct materials spend, as well as innovating in areas such as machine learning, blockchain, integrating with other networks, and more. We explore these and... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

High Tech Supply Chain -
Sustainability Challenges from Both Ends
Article
Creating and maintaining sustainable and green business practices is a growing challenge for Electronics firms. As consumers obsess on the latest electronics gadgets and demand for all things electron... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

High-Value Software and Solutions Lift Some RFID Providers Out of the Margin Crunch Article
The RFID system market is maturing, beyond just devices and physical implementation, to providing users with more complete solutions. The vendors who offer well-thought-out solutions, based on solid e... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

HighJump Jumps into Omni-channel Article
Acquisition of Nexternal ecommerce solution enhances competitiveness.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Highlights from AIM and RAIN Article
Leaders from the auto-ID and RFID community met in Washington D.C. last week, including holding the first meeting of the RAIN Alliance for UHF RFID (whose founders include Google and Intel). The Inter... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Highlights from Ariba LIVE 2014 Article
Last week's Ariba LIVE conference clarified SAP's cloud strategy, highlighted the importance and future plans of Ariba's Business Network, and further cemented the central role of HANA as the foundati... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Highlights from Descartes Evolution 2013 Article
This year at Descartes' annual conference, they launched their new Descartes Community, highlighted myriad new solution capabilities, and showcased a number of interesting customers and use cases. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath and Ann Grackin

Highlights From DocuSign MOMENTUM 2015 Article
DocuSign's 2015 MOMENTUM conference showed us how they are transforming companies (and lives). There were numerous customer examples to learn from. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Highlights From MIT's Auto-ID & Sensing Expo Article
This year's Fifth Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo at MIT provided one more confirmation that RFID is thriving, with a more diverse set of devices, systems, and applications than ever. Here's a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Highlights from SuiteWorld Article
From new Omni-Channel capabilities, to integrated Service Resource Planning, great customer stories, and more, there were a lot of sweets at SuiteWorld. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

Home Delivery for Retailers - More Sales, Less Cost Report
Home delivery services and same-day are driving retailers to rethink their processes.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Home Delivery Heats Up Article
Amazon's entry into the home delivery arena will, no doubt, have many businesses examining their own delivery options. A closer look reveals that home delivery is not a new phenomenon, yet doing it pr... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

How a Legal Department Can Add Value - Part One Article
Cisco's legal department has taken steps to move from being a gatekeeper slowing things down to being a business enabler of faster cycle times for contract approvals and greater operational efficienci... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

How a Legal Department Can Add Value - Part Two Article
Cisco's legal department has taken steps to move from being a gatekeeper slowing things down to being a business enabler of faster cycle times for contract approvals and greater operational efficienci... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

How a New Generation Is Changing Enterprise Systems Article
The latest technology and updated UX/UI are needed to attract a new generation of supply chain professionals. But they are also benefitting everyday users.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

How the Internet-of-Things is Transforming Mining Article
Heavy equipment manufacturers are deeply involved in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) phenomena. Here we examine the impact of IoT on mining equipment and operations.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

How the Pharmaceutical Industry Has Dramatically Reduced Thefts Article
The theft of pharmaceuticals has gone down dramatically in the past few years. Learn how they made such strides.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

How to Grow the Real Time Locating System Market Article
Although RTLS has utility, and the projects have been interesting, much has to happen to make this market grow. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

How Will Business Look in the Future? Article
From crowdfunding to 3D printing to insourcing, innovation is changing the face of business. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

If You Build It, They Might Not Come! The Value of 'What-If' Simulators in Retail Environments Article
Solution providers offer simulation tools that help retailers try things out in a virtual environment before trying them in the real world. JDA 3D and Impinj SPS are good examples.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IMF Reports of China Trade Surplus and Other Global Trade Issues Article
Economic recoveries continue, but the imbalance in trade, wealth, and the impact of our economy needs to be addressed. ... (more information)
by By Lucy West

Impinj Launches xArray, New RFID Overhead Monitoring System Article
Impinj recently launched their new xArray, ceiling-mounted RFID reader system, intended to deliver "always on item intelligence." Here we consider the industry implications and why it is a meaningful ... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

Impinj Monza R6 -- Another Significant Step in RFID's Progress Article
With the new Monza R6 chip, Impinj continues its relentless improvements to the performance and reliability of UHF RFID. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

In-Store Operations--The Next Big Battlefront for Retail Solutions (NRF Report #1) Article
The Omni-channel revolution is compelling retailers to reinvent their stores, in turn opening up a new battlefront among solution providers over whose software will be running these newer store operat... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Inflation Low in Europe, China, U.S. and Elsewhere, but with Differing Consequences Article
Inflation rates remain low globally, but with varying impact, depending on each country's current rate of economic growth and other factors. The IMF is urging higher inflation, but this is unlikely t... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Infor Alchemizing Legacy Solutions Article
Infor provides a great example of ongoing reinvention of a software firm: taking a collection of decades old applications, leveraging the deep and rich functionality developed and lessons learned over... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Infor Purchases GT Nexus Article
Does this signal a new direction for Infor?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Infor Updates Article
Infor hosted analysts for a stealth look at some of the new innovations in their labs in NYC.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Infor's ERP Transformation Article
Infor's ERP portfolio gets a makeover. To understand Infor's many ERP packages read on. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Inforum 2016--Diverse Innovation on Display Article
At Inforum, we got a good sense of the energy, innovation, and ability to evolve that is keeping Infor competitive.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Innovating Cheap: The Key to Tapping the Enormous Potential of Emerging Markets: Part One Article
Design innovations enabled Tata to build a $2,500 car. Now that is how you get into an emerging market such as India in a big way.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Innovating Cheap: The Key to Tapping the Enormous Potential of Emerging Markets: Part Two Article
How was Tata able to build a $2,500 car? Here we dig into some examples of their 'frugal engineering' approach.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Innovation in RFID Still on the Rise Article
RFID Live exhibitions go beyond hardware demonstration solutions. As the device market matures, the focus is on the business solutions, while electronics sets new records in performance.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Innovations from 2014 RFID Live Article
Exciting new developments from the RFID Journal Live! show, including NFC's killer app (my prediction), the arrival of the 5-cent tag (really & finally!), passive RFID sensors, visual tags in m... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Insights on Epicor Article
Highlights from the Epicor Insights Conference 2013.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Insights on Epicor Article
Highlights from Insights--Epicor User Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Integrating S&OP Report
There is growing recognition of S&OP's value. However, many organizations persist in considering S&OP as merely a meeting, rather than an information-rich, decision-driving process. Organizations that... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Intelligent Things and Intelligent Environments Article
RFID Alive - Learnings from RFID Live Part Two ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Into the Clouds: MIT Cloud Panel - Part 1 Article
Private vs. Public and Internal vs. External Clouds, security concerns and more from a panel discussion at MIT.

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by By Bill McBeath

Into the Clouds: MIT Cloud Panel - Part 2 Article
Hybrid environments (cloud + on-premises) will be a reality for decades to come. Tools which manage environments that mix together legacy infrastructure (e.g. data centers, licensed applications) with... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

IoT Distributed Intelligence Examples Article
To help visualize the distributed architecture of the Internet of Things (IoT), we explore specific concrete examples of what distributed intelligence looks like in the smart factory, smart building, ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IoT Gets Real in 2016 Article
2015 may have been the peak of hype for the Internet of Things, but hype drives investment. We expect that 2016 will see even bigger and broader investments in IoT, as well as a land grab amongst IoT ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IoT Impact--Part Three: The Role of Partnerships and Ecosystems Article
IoT forces companies to re-evaluate their partnerships and their role in the ecosystem, as well as whether to take an open vs. closed approach at different levels in the solution stack co-created by t... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IoT Impact--Part Two: Understanding IoT Data and How IoT Changes Your Business Model Article
Recommendations for dealing with Internet of Things data, the role of data brokers, and data ownership. How IoT can change a firm's core business model.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IoT Platforms--Part One: A Framework for Understanding This Maze Article
It seems everyone is jumping on the Internet of Things bandwagon, and IoT Platforms are sprouting up like mushrooms after a good rain. In this series, we will help sort out IoT Platforms, starting wit... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IoT Platforms--Part Two: Local Intelligence Platforms Article
Internet of Things hardware and software platforms provide local intelligence sitting between the intelligent things and the internet/cloud applications. In some cases, the bulk of the end-to-end solu... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IoT Takes to the Road--How IoT Is Changing Transportation Article
Highlights from the MIT/ChainLink panel discussion on IoT in Transportation, including applications of IoT in transportation and logistics, data ownership, privacy and liability, the impact of driverl... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

IQity Adds Manufacturing Prowess to NetSuite Article
Manufacturers with complex MES requirements have a pure-SaaS option in IQity combined with NetSuite.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Is Business Social? Article
How will Social be implemented in the enterprise? Research Findings from ChainLink Research.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Is It Time to Move Beyond the ERP? Are Social, Mobile and Search the New Core of the Enterprise Solution? Article
Is this the end of ERP?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Is SAP Still On? Article
"On-premise, on-demand and on-device," said Bill McDermott, SAP's new co-CEO. But with the recent rebellion by their customer base against SAP's cost increases, as well as significant re... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Is Social an Enterprise Application? Article
Enterprise software firms such as Epicor, LCI/MACROLYNK and others are launching their own Enterprise Social Networking technology. But what will drive user adoption on these types of enterprise socia... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Is the Second Decade Based on a Global Ethical Framework? Article
Harvard appoints ethics expert as the new Dean of the Harvard Business School, raising the question - are we finally putting ethics on the business agenda?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

IT vs. OT in Manufacturing: How Will Convergence Play Out? Article
For much of the last 50 years, IT and OT (Operational Technology) have remained two separate and different worlds. Much of the M&A that has occurred over the last decade has been about consolidation b... (more information)
by Sree Hameed

It's 42 Shopping Days till Christmas Article
Merchandising Methods Redefined. What impact will RFID, Smart Dressing Rooms and Smarter Merchandising software portent for Retailer Success?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

It's 58 Shopping Days till Christmas Article
Impact of Omni-Channel, Home Delivery, and the Biggest Christmas Ever on Logistics.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

It's Fifty Three Shopping Days to Christmas Article
Revised CPG Retail Footprint - from Merchandising to Supply Chain - Part 1 of 3.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Forty Six Shopping Days to Christmas Article
The Customer Experience. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Not Omni Channel--It's Infinite Channel Article
What happens when Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon are part of your sales channel?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

It's Only Ten More Shopping Days To Christmas! Article
Coupons, anyone?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Seventeen Shopping Days to Christmas! Article
* * * On the First Mobile Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me... * * *... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Seventy Three Shopping Days to Christmas Article
Strategies such as Market Segmentation and Promotion Management can lift Holiday spirits and sales. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Sixty Seven Shopping Days to Christmas Article
Don't hit that markdown button; Pricing Strategies for a Small Planet.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Sixty Shopping Days to Christmas Article
Customer Engagement - Customer Segmentation Beyond the Numbers... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Thirty Nine Shopping Days to Christmas - Is Your Brand Grand? Article
Brand power is when consumers camp out to get into your store... ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

It's Twenty Four Shopping Days to Christmas - And Black Friday Shows the Winners and Losers Article
In spite of the noise and the crowds, shoppers spent over $10B on black Friday, which was a modest increase from last year. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Item-level Retail RFID: Part 1--The Retail Revolution and Why Now for RFID Article
With omni-channel, mobile, online competition, and other forces at play, retail is in a state of dynamic transformation. Item-level RFID is playing a role in that transformation and major retailers ar... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Item-level Retail RFID: Part 2 - The Power of End-to-End Article
Once items are being tagged at the source, there are many different places and ways within the retail supply chain that RFID can be used to improve performance or provide additional value to the consu... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Item-level Retail RFID: Part 3 - End-to-End Implementation Examples Article
These two real-world examples highlight what is possible when retailers take an end-to-end approach to item-level RFID. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

JDA Focus 2012: Cloud Strategy, 3D, and Condoleezza Article
'Cloud' dominates JDA's latest strategy announced at Focus 2012. But it is more about selling their expertise than a different software delivery model. Here we discuss what their cloud strategy actual... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

JDA Focus: Thought Leadership in Practice Article
As usual, there was a plethora of thought leadership at Focus, JDA's annual conference. It seems they also realize thought leadership only counts if people actually implement it. They are increasingly... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

JDA Gets in Focus Article
Updates and Insights from JDA's FOCUS 2015 Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

JDA Second Quarter - the Challenges Ahead Article
JDA executes in sales, but digesting the entire i2 legacy will be a challenging road ahead.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

JDA Stays Focused Article
HighLights from the JDA mega conference. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

JDA's Opportunity for Reinvention Article
With the RedPrairie merger and past acquisitions, JDA has amassed what is arguably the most powerful collection of supply chain planning and execution software on the planet. At their recent annual co... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Journey to Achieving the Supply Chain Vision: Introduction
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 1
Article
The web has become the dominant force in supply chain operation and technology. In this series we will discuss how it's evolving.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Keeping Track of the Trades - Data Harmonizing and Integration Companies' M&As Article
The acquisition trail in B2B leads to a more integrated footprint through mergers and acquisitions: EMANIO/DiCentral; Liaison and Hubspan; Cleo; 1Sync and SA2 make 1WorldSync. ... (more information)
by The ChainLink Team

Kiva Cuts the Ribbon on New Facility in Massachusetts Article
With so much talk about off-shoring, it's nice to see a company creating jobs and building facilities in the US. The US, overall, has seen an more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Kohl's - Another Retailer Demonstrates Value from Technology Article
Kohl's markdown optimization technology, Merchandise and Assortment, and Customer Segmentation strategies help them achieve growth and shareholder value.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Labor Management in the Cloud Article
Labor Management joins the Cloud with Next View's launch of On-Demand Subscription solution.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Larger Cost Savings Come from Total Cost Sourcing - Part 1 Article
Sourcing and procurement spend-reduction strategies are frequently a central part of business cost-cutting initiatives. Most buyers understand that the lowest price option does not always yield the lo... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Launching a New ERP or WMS, TMS, or SRM Company in This Mature, Consolidating Market? Are You Crazy? Article
Why would anyone write solutions and launch a new company in mature markets, which are undergoing significant consolidation? Turns out for a lot of good reasons.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Lessons from Going Multi-channel at ANN INC. Article
ANN INC.'s EVP of Ecommerce gives five great insights from his experience taking Ann Taylor and LOFT into an integrated omni-channel model.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Level the RFID Adoption Playing Field and it will Benefit all Retailers Article
RFID delivers benefits to retailers who can get their stock tagged. But getting this done cost-effectively is easier for some retailers than others. If industry groups can find ways to level the playi... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

LiveWorx 2016: Platforms, Agility, and Journeys Article
Among the many announcements and sessions at PTC's LiveWorx conference were three bold moves: 1) becoming a platform company, 2) providing agile development for complex physical things, and 3) creatin... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Location-Based Services Poised for Rapid Growth - Part 1 Article
For years, pundits have predicted that the market for Location-Based Services is about to take off. So far that has been mostly wishful thinking. But there are many signs that now the time really is r... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Logility Acquires Optiant
The Supply Chain Optimization Market Gets Leaner
Article
Logility's acquisition of Optiant 'streamlines' the optimization market. With Ilog and its acquisition of Logictools, JDA's acquisition of i2, and others, the market is looking leaner. But this could ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Logility Customers Stay Connected Article
Updates from Logility Connections 2014.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Looking Forward to 2015--RFID Continues Steady Growth Article
Item level intelligence requirements spur the growth of RFID across sectors such as industrial, manufacturing, retail, transportation, security, healthcare and consumer applications... ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Looking Forward: Outsourcing and the Age of Rapid Startups and Hyper-specialization Article
Technology is enabling ever more rapid formation of multi-entity project teams, distribution of finely-grained tasks, and a growing set of resources for rapidly starting new enterprises. The overall i... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Looking Forward: The Challenge of the Decade--Cyber Security Report
New types of challenges confront technology users. These challenges call for new and effective technologies to identify, authenticate, and protect people, assets and information. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

M&A Plays in Supply Chain Article
Ever-active with great ideas and great companies, the supply chain market is fertile ground for mergers and acquisitions. Here are some interesting deals that have occurred in the last few weeks.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Macy's Supply Chain and Shareholder Value Article
Supply Chain techniques have measurable impact on upside revenue and shareholder value, not just on cost cutting.... (more information)

Mad Cows and Angry Peasants
Identifying Risks within Your
Global Footprint
Article
A Federated Enterprise has a Federated Global Footprint. This means that your Federated Global Footprint is a result of your supplier and sourcing network decisions, your manufacturing network decisi... (more information)
by By Laura Faught

Make the Most of Now Article
2015 TransForum Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Making Dollars and Sense Out of Ocean Container Data Article
New SYSPRO U.S. Solution Rides Ocean Wave into Global Container Tracking.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Managing Critical Item Delivery Article
Every item you deliver to your customer is important. But some items are critical. Modern mobile technology can help eliminate the slipups.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Managing Cyber Risks - Not Just for Big Retailers Report
Both B2C and B2B companies need to focus on risk.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Managing Supply Risk Part Four - Hedging Strategies: Approaches Article
Learn from one company's strategy and their approaches to hedging. And a discussion of financial instruments for hedging.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part One - Quantifying and Predicting Supplier Risk Article
How companies ensure continuous affordable supply by measuring supplier risk and anticipating potential supplier problems. Early warning gives companies a much broader range of options to deal with po... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Three - Hedging Strategies: Cross-Functional Teams Article
Global dynamics ensure that commodity prices will remain volatile, with huge price spikes, for decades to come. Good hedging strategies are increasingly critical. Cross-functional teams are a great wa... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing Supply Risk Part Two - Supplier Business Continuity Article
Do your key suppliers have a working disaster recovery/business continuity plan if one of their plants or critical IT systems goes down? If you don't know, you are inviting disaster.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Managing the Digital Time Zone Article
Suppliers are generally burdened with some extraordinary time scales when they 'own' the product. Recently, outsourcing and other procurement strategies have reduced these financial touch points. But ... (more information)
by By Paul Miller

Managing Your Managed Service Provider Article
Lessons from American Eagle's devastating e-commerce site failure. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Manhattan Enabling Retail's Transformation Article
We are at a time of profound change in the retail industry, especially the role of the physical store. Manhattan seems to be in a strong position to enable and benefit from this transition. Here are s... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Manhattan Moves Further Into the Store Article
Manhattan has roots as a Warehouse Management System vendor, but is increasingly providing a broader solution footprint for use in retail stores (and across the supply chain). Here are observations fr... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Manhattan's Platform Journey Article
The central theme at Manhattan's recent annual conference, Momentum, was "Platform Thinking." It may sound boring, but actually there were some important developments announced.
... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Manhattan's Total Cost-to-Serve Article
One of the more interesting sessions at Manhattan's 2011 conference was on their Total Cost-to-Serve offering. Organizations looking for ways to increase profitability may want to take a look.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Manufacturing in the Cloud Article
What true cloud-based manufacturing systems are out there, what can they do, and what types of manufacturers are they good for?... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Manufacturing Still Leads in Innovation Article
Observations from the Manufacturing Leadership Summit.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Many Lights Turning Green
for Investors in RFID
Article
This article explores how RFID has matured in the last several years, and examines the fundamentals that make it a potentially high-growth opportunity. Most investors would be surprised at the change... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

Market-Driven Optimization Article
Running a supply chain network optimization may save you money on inventory or transportation costs, but does it help you make money and reduce risk? Companies need to think in terms of Market-Driven... (more information)
by By Lucy West - Contributing Author

Marketing Automation - Part 1 - From Software to SaaS to MaaS Article
Marketing Automation solutions and services are already in a new generation. Solution providers have specialized and deepened their offerings, taking marketing from an art to a science, with quantifia... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Marketing Automation - Part 2
What It Is and What It Should Be
Article
What is Marketing Automation, and who will smash the traditional market concepts of marketing and sales solutions?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Material Handling and Logistics Conference Flies High in Wasatch Mountains Article
Last week I attended the MHLC in the mountains in Utah. The higher altitude must have gone to everyone's heads, since I have to say, the topics discussed were timely, on target, and often profound. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Measuring Produce Freshness: Part One--Ensuring Delivered Freshness Article
Freshness 'blindness' causes a lot of waste in produce supply chains. Here we explain the role of the Condition-based Expiration Date--a critical element to solving this problem. We look at what it ta... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Measuring Produce Freshness: Part Two--Meeting Customer Requirements Article
Improving produce freshness and quality requires a system bringing together the end-to-end temperature history of each pallet, knowledge of the temperature response of different varieties, capabilitie... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Meeting the Outsourcing Challenge Article
Our latest research explores the key reasons why companies outsource their manufacturing and/or logistics, the challenges they face, and how they are overcoming those challenges.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

MercuryGate - Not Just Mojo, but Groove! Article
Observations from the MercuryGate User Conference.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

MFT Market Heats Up! Article
Competition intensifies with DiCentral entering the domain of Cleo and Ipswitch ...
to name a few ...
... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

MFT, EDI and other B2B Alphabet Soups Article
The history and future of EDI and MFT.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Microsoft's Take on Data in the Cloud Article
There is LOTS of data in the cloud. Here are some thoughts on how Microsoft is responding.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

MIT's Auto-ID and Sensor Expo Showcases New Developments Article
There were some exciting new RFID and mobile developments at this year's event.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Mobile Coupons - The Missing Piece Article
ECoupons on mobile phones have not taken off yet. Many people do not realize that it is largely because of the inability of most barcode readers at retailers to reliably read a barcode displayed on a ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Mobile Healthcare Innovations - Part One Article
At the recent MIT Enterprise Forum, we heard about an open source mobile healthcare platform being used in developing countries, a personal healthcare system that includes mobile and social networking... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Mobile Healthcare Innovations - Part Three Article
In this final installment of our series on Mobile Healthcare Innovations, we look at the mechanical, electrical, and wireless innovations in a tubing-free, personal insulin pump for treating diabetes.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Mobile Healthcare Innovations - Part Two Article
We explore a personal healthcare system with mobile and social networking components. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Momentum 2012 and McKesson's Total-Cost-to-Serve Project Article
Highlights from Manhattan Associates' annual conference, with a description, lessons learned to-date, and expected benefits from McKesson's implementation of Manhattan's Total-Cost-to-Serve product.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Momentum 2013 - Where Supply Chain and the Market Meet Article
Manhattan's 2013 user conference showed that supply chain is as much about commerce as it is about operations.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

More Supply Chain Deals: Intrigo-Califta, Mercator-Catapult, Marlin-IBS Article
The summer may not have been very hot, but hot tech deals are still plentiful.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Motorola Solutions Shows Off Their Retail Mojo in SoHo Article
Motorola Solutions continues to innovate devices and solutions, with purpose-driven designs, that set them apart from generic device manufacturers. Here is a firsthand report on Motorola's latest deve... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Moving Off and Moving Up Article
How ERP enables end-users to move off of the old software and move up to new platforms.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Moving Off and Moving Up: Part 2 Article
In Part 1 we provided an overview and some history of how the ERP market got to where it is today.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Mundane or Majestic Article
Supply Chain apps transform performance and image and brand of companies...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

My Demand Management Manifesto Report
Forecasting systems are based on history. The problem is that history did not turn out the way we wanted.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

NAFTA--Supply Chain at Risk? Article
With withdrawal from the TransPacific Partnership and threats of withdrawal from NAFTA, enterprises and employees should reach out to their congress members and let them know how they feel. The stakes... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

NEECOM Article
Updates on the New England Electronic Commerce Users Group.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

NetSuite's Manufacturing Capabilities Boosted by IQity Acquisition Article
The recent acquisition of IQity is a major addition that adds a strong pillar to NetSuite's manufacturing solution offerings. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

NetSuite's Post-Acquisition Future Article
Oracle's acquisition of NetSuite last year was big news in the enterprise solutions arena. At SuiteWorld, we got a sense of what this will mean for NetSuite and its customers.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

NetSuite's Solutions End-to-End Article
NetSuite's cloud-based ERP solutions are more than up to the job of handling complex business models. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath and Ann Grackin

Networked Platforms--Solutions for Multi-Party Inter-Enterprise Processes Article
A fundamentally different architecture and a network of pre-connected partners are needed to suitably address processes that are inherently multi-party and inter-enterprise. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

News from SuiteWorld 2011: Part Two Article
Hear how wholesale distributors are using NetSuite to grow their businesses.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

NRF 2015--Retail Solutions Throughout the Maturity Cycle Article
NRF brought retail solutions at all levels of the maturity spectrum. Omni-channel solutions are getting quite mature, though much work remains. Exciting new developments in Internet-of-Things and mobi... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

NRF Validates RFID's Coming of Age Article
Last month I wrote about how RFID Has Quietly Crossed the Chasm, with products, channels ... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

OMG, IoT is a $19 Trillion Market! ... Really?
Understanding IoT Market Size
Article
Over-the-top headlines and estimates of the size of the IoT market create more confusion and skepticism about hype than a real understanding of how big the market really is. Here we provide a framewor... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Omni Channel: Start Asking the Right Questions! Article
So much has been written about Omni, but there hasn't been too much real guidance. ChainLink has provided actionable insights to help manufacturers, brand, and retailers think more deeply about Omni a... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Omni-channel Across the World Article
We interviewed retailers around the world. Like some many other paths in life, we find we are not so different after all. But there are approaches that differ by culture and geography...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Omni-channel for Manufacturers Article
Omni is not just for Retailers. What is Omni's impact on Suppliers and Manufacturers?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Omni-Channel Inventory: Getting the Big Picture Article
Retailers want to provide a great omni-channel experience. This requires a foundation of precise, real-time inventory visibility all the way from the supplier to the end consumer and everywhere in bet... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

On Your Mark... Get Set... Amazon Go! The Race for Checkout-less and Intelligent Integrated Stores Article
The announcement of Amazon Go could be seen as the starting gun for a race to create checkout-less stores. However, it is also an accelerator for the broader movement towards Intelligent, Integrated s... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

One Network Launches Global Logistics Gateway Article
The competitive stakes have changed for shippers over the last few years with customer expectations mounting. Logistics is not an afterthought, but a core, essential part of the brand. Omnichannel, ou... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Outcome Sourcing Part 1: Buying Results Article
One of the most important developments in supplier relationships is outcome sourcing - moving from buying things to buying results or outcomes. This two-part article describes Outcome Sourcing in actu... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Outcome Sourcing Part 2: Expressive Bidding™ Technology for Specifying Outcomes Article
One promising e-sourcing technology to support outcome sourcing is expressive bidding™. Reverse auctions evolved to allow evaluation of a broader set of requirements beyond material price, such a... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Outcome-based Business Models for Enterprise Software Article
A few pioneering enterprise software solution providers offer pricing and business models based on achieving specific outcomes for their clients, rather than just charging for software.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Outsourced - The Show - But is it Real Life? Article
Besides denigrating the Indian Culture and the American Culture, this show might be too close to home for both cultures. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Overcoming the Challenges of Moving to Centralized Procurement Article
How one of the worlds largest mining companies, Anglo-American, transformed from a decentralized procurement governance model to a center-led model. Crucially, how they tackled the human, political, a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Pallet-level Monitoring for the Fresh Food Supply Chain Report
Freshness of produce is a key competitive battleground for grocers. The common practice is to monitor the temperature of the field, cooler, trailer, and warehouse. By instead monitoring the temperatur... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Panjiva Announces Global Search Article
Panjiva launched 'Global Search' for its existing supplier search capabilities, providing additional supplier information for millions of suppliers worldwide. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Parceling out Parcel Article
From free shipping to high-value air courier services, parcel shipping is serious business.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Performance Management Collection
Highlights from Parallax View Online Magazine
Report

To download this collection of four great articles on Performance Management, scroll down below to Login or Register at no cost (or click the download button, if already logged in).... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath, Kate Vitasek, Sree Hameed, and Mark Jones


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Pharmaceutical Safety ePedigree Pilot Launched by SecureTrace Consortium Article
A consortium of ten U.K.-based companies, led by Authentix (an authentication and brand protection firm), aims to provide secure serialization and track and trace capability for the pharmaceutical ind... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Planning Dynamics and the Impact On Forecast Accuracy Article
Misalignment and miscalculation of forecasts often occur due to the overlooked factor of the calendar. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Playing the Beer Game with JDA Article
The Beer Game provides supply chain planners with the opportunity to see how Flowcasting can improve supply chain performance and increase their competitiveness in consumer markets. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Plex - Founding Fathers of the Cloud Revolution Article
Revolutionaries have to pioneer and guide the way forward.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Plex Shows Off its Manufacturing Prowess Article
PowerPlex 2014 highlighted how small and medium manufacturers are implementing quite sophisticated manufacturing solution capabilities. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin & Bill McBeath

Plex Systems Article
Cloud-based ERP for Manufacturing.... (more information)
by The ChainLink Team

Precision and Proportional Forecasting plus Item-Level RFID Will Lead to Sales Uplift Article
As B2B and B2C businesses are facing new challenges, they are turning to supply chain technology to step up their game. However, they shouldn't forget about improving demand planning and achieving ite... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Predictive Demand and Supply Whitepaper
If you're in the Supply Chain business, right up there with Newton's Law of Gravity stands Murphy's Other Law stipulating that Demand and Supply, if left to their own devices, will always tend to dive... (more information)
by Lonnie Childs


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Pricing - It's Only a Game Article
Gamification for consumer pricing? Traditional and pioneering approaches that work.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

PrimeRevenue Partnership Delivers New Supply Chain Finance Capabilities for Ariba Article
Ariba's recently announced partnership with PrimeRevenue provides customers with a multi-funder supply chain finance capability, integrated into the Ariba platform.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Privacy Law Leadership in Cyber Legislation Article
David Goldstone, former prosecutor for the Justice Department and now at Goodwin Procter, in a recent speech at Secure World, highlighted the threats, challenges and responsibilities that firms now ha... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

PTC Continues to Strive for World Domination of the IoT with Axeda Acquisition Article
ThingWorx acquisition and Axeda by PTC. Recent acquisition of Quintiq by Dassault. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

PTC Improves Service and Support Article
While it is becoming a service solutions leader, PTC is also a leader in providing service and support to its own customers.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

PTC Jump-starting the Internet of Things Article
The evolution of PTC has been fascinating -- from CAD to PLM, ALM, SLM, and now the Internet-of-Things. IoT is core to PTC's strategy going forward, and was emphasized repeatedly throughout PTC Live ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

PTC Live 2015: Bridging the Physical and Digital Worlds Article
At their annual conference, PTC showed how it is making big strides to their ultimate vision of smart connected products and the end-to-end product lifecycle systems that make that vision possible. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

PTC Windchill 11--A Foundation for the Evolution of Manufacturing Article
The current transformation of manufacturing is being driven largely by the Internet of Things and smart, connected products. PTC's new PLM release, Windchill 11, marks a major step towards a full-life... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Purpose-driven Mobile Devices Solve Specific Challenges for Retailers Article
How Home Depot, Tesco, and others are using mobile technology from Motorola to address showrooming, line busting, re-engineer replenishment, enhance customer experience, and more.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Radically Rethinking Supply Chains in Life Sciences Article
A Case for Change in Healthcare Supply Chains.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Reading the Pulse of Retail at NRF 2013: Omni-Channel Still the Big Thing Article
Omni-channel, which has been rising as a hot topic for several years, was a dominant theme at the big NRF show last week. It's a big topic with many dimensions. Here are some of the more interesting t... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Really Smart Clouds at MIT Article
How three intelligent cloud platforms extract value from sensors and RFID.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Record US Debt has China Worried Article
The record deficit in the recently proposed Federal budget has reawakened debate in China over the wisdom of holding so much U.S. debt.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reducing Risk in Global Life Sciences Supply Chains Whitepaper
Estimates on the effects of counterfeit trade exceed two hundred billion dollars (US), and inspections across the world cost billions. Yet only a very few shipments are actually inspected. This issue ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Reducing Spoilage in the Fresh Food Supply Chain Article
Intelleflex and The Hartford recently formed an alliance to use RFID and temperature monitoring technologies to tackle the multi-billion dollar spoilage problem in the world's food supply chains. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 1: Holistic Supply Chain Finance Article
Procurement, supply chain, and finance professionals each have their own individual perspective on when, where, and how supply chain finance can be used. Here we take a broader perspective and approac... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 2: Increasing Margins by Lowering Risk, Cost of Capital, and COGS Article
How holistic supply chain finance improves margins for buyers, lowers risk for lenders, and lowers the cost of capital for suppliers.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 3: Continuity of Supply and Time-to-Market Article
Here we discuss how holistic supply chain finance can be used to improve supplier's health, accelerate time-to-market, and enable postponement of differentiation.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinventing Supply Chain Finance--Part 5: Operational and Strategic Benefits Article
Implementing a holistic approach to supply chain finance, with a connected trading partner network, can yield operational improvements (beyond the financial benefits). These include reduction in error... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Reinvention at SAP Ariba Article
At SAP Ariba Live, we saw big changes in product architecture, innovation speed & focus, openness, UI/UX, agile development cadence, and more. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Responsive Supply Chains Thru Flexible Warehouses Article
The benefits of more responsive supply chains are understood, but creating agile processes , especially for warehouses, to improve Customer experience can be a challenge. Several new technologies have... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Retail Embraces the Supply Chain for Omni-channel Fulfillment Article
Updates from the National Retail Federation Big Show 2015.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Retail Item-level RFID Tagging: Is the Privacy Threat Real? Article
Recent articles on Walmart's item-level tagging announcement dedicated a lot of print to privacy concerns. Is that the central story?... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Retailer Collaboration: Managing the Supply Side Article
We frequently think of retail in terms of merchandising, but these days the supply side is just as interesting, whether it's product design or collaboration with suppliers for transportation, forecast... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Retailer Collaboration: Myth or Reality? Article
The theme of the recent RVCF conference was Collaboration. The move to getting better performance from suppliers and retailers ultimately depends on it. Read on for real results.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Retailer-Supplier Collaboration: Part One Report
As trading partners move beyond one-to-one collaboration, the Platform enables catatgory, carriers and customer insights in the trading network.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin


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Retailers and Their Brands Thrive on Technology Article
From Prada to American Eagle: from the edge of fashion to the middle, the brand, the fashion and the efficiencies come from technology investments.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Retailers Continue Moves Into RFID Article
RFID demonstrates use cases beyond--and within--the store.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Rethinking the Customer at the Point of Experience Article
Companies spend millions on engineering products, but not much on thinking about the real point of it all -- the customer experience.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Reversal of the Offshoring Tide Article
The past two decades have witnessed a massive shift of manufacturing from the U.S. to China. Now there are signs of a reversal. What are the implications for those responsible for managing these suppl... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

RFID--Why Jeans? Article
Assortment Planning and Replenishment rely on great data. Can RFID be part of the solution?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID 10 Years In Article
MIT Auto-ID Center event attendees and speakers reflect on launch of RFID and what's in store for the future.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID and EDI - Untapped Opportunity Article
Are we going to create another stovepipe? Or can we all just get along?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID and IoT at NRF 2016 Article
This year's NRF Big Show illustrated how far we've come with RFID in Retail and some exciting developments in IoT.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

RFID Companies Find Funders as Market Picks Up Article
New companies and established players get funding. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

RFID Has Quietly Crossed the Chasm Article
Despite distractions like The Internet of Things and The Cloud, the RFID industry has quietly crossed the chasm. This article cites some of the signs of maturity and reasons for optimism for 2015.... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

RFID in Pharmaceuticals
An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Report
The discussion has moved from if to how for many major pharmaceutical manufacturers. The barriers to adoption are down and the benefits are up. So you may have a good reason to look at ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID is Alive . . . So where's it going Next? Article
What I learned at RFID Live 2012, Part One . . . Or how I learned to make a great cup of coffee!... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 Delivers Diversity of Applications Article
At the recent RFID Live conference, once again we saw an enormous range of new technologies, applications, and use cases. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

RFID Live Article
The RFID Journal Live! Conference demonstrated the health and maturity of the RFID market and its relevancy to so many sectors.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID Live Report: Applications Abound Article
Industry applications were abundant at RFID LIVE, including these in retail, healthcare, aerospace, and IT asset tracking. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

RFID Live Report: Innovations from the Chip Makers Article
The RFID chip makers kept up the pace with new innovations shown at RFID LIVE. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

RFID Live Report: More Applications of RFID Article
Industry applications dominate at RFID LIVE; in manufacturing, returnable transport items, cattle tracking, paper pulp, and more. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

RFID Market Still Shows Promise Article
Highlights of RFID Live: Part Two.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

RFID Needs--and Can Get--Consumers on Board Article
RFID Sourcing tagging to monitor your supply chain to monitoring your running progress.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

RFID Sector Still Attracting Investments and Diverse Projects Article
In spite of disillusionment about the RFID sector over the past couple of years (mostly by those who were swept up in the earlier wave of hype), the RFID Market is still receiving investments, such as... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

RFID Software Solutions are Evolving Rapidly Article
Under the influence of development in the Internet of Things, cloud computing and data analytics, the way RFID value is delivered is evolving rapidly.... (more information)
by Scot Stelter

RFID: Are We Really Out of the Engineering Stage? Article
Are we premature in touting Main Street for RFID?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Risk Management Technology for the Supply Chain
Mini Report
Report
Cyber Security, Compliance, Privacy, Supply Chain, Import Security, Anti-Counterfeiting, Critical Infrastructures and scary threats like fraud and piracy, ID theft, fraudulent checks, skimmers, phishi... (more information)
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Risk Management: Lessons Learned from Manufacturers Article
Cisco and ImpactFactor, leaders in SCRM, provide insights into risk management.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Road Map for Security Systems Architecture Article
With the current level of security concern, it is interesting that there is not more focus on applications security. Numerous articles cite chilling statistics about security breaches, with the majori... (more information)
by By Contributing Author Stephen Primost

Road to Value for RFID in Retail: Part One--Selecting the Right Initial Use Case Article
In this first in a series, we discuss the many potential use cases for retailers implementing RFID, criteria to select the best place to start, and which initial use case is the one overwhelmingly bei... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Road to Value for RFID in Retail: Part Two--RFID Reader Hardware Infrastructure Article
Retailers have many choices when it comes to RFID reader infrastructure, from handhelds, fixed, POS, overhead, and more. Here we help sort through the choices, to figure out which one might be best fo... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SaaS ERP for the Smallest Manufacturers Article
The universe of SaaS/Cloud offerings just got bigger. Today's announcement of Epicor Express means a full-featured SaaS solution is available to small manufacturers who have had almost no SaaS options... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

SaaS Pricing: Part Two - Insanity or Good Deal for Users Article
In this second part we discuss the current pricing in the SaaS market. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

SaaS vs. Licensed Software
How to Choose What's Right for Your Needs
Article
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Application Service Providers (ASP), and traditional licensed models are all available today. Selecting the right software application involves evaluating not only the f... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

SAP goes after Sybase Article
Database play? I hardly think so. Sybase is a mobile innovator.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

SAP Making Strides in Procurement and Supply Chain: Part One Article
Highlights from the SAP Insider conference on interesting and innovative new developments in their procurement and supply chain capabilities. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

SAP Making Strides in Procurement and Supply Chain: Part Two Article
New developments in SAP's procurement portfolio, an inspiring use of their technology in rural South Africa, and Services Procurement-related enhancements, and more. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

SAP Manufacturing - Innovation Engine Article
SAP's Manufacturing Strategy.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

SAP Rides the Cloud and Small Business Trend Article
SAP announced today the availability of Business One as an on-demand service. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

SAP Updates Article
The Week of SAPPHIRE NOW: SAP, in many ways, not the same ole ERP.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

SAP's ERP SMB Story Article
SAP has many products that target small and mid-size businesses. Here's how to figure it out.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

SAP's New SMB Business Unit Article
SAP's just-announced new business unit is aspiring to deliver simplicity, choice, and rapid ROI to small and mid-sized companies. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SAP's Transformation: A Work-in-Progress - Part Two Article
We don't always think of SAP as an innovator. But they are doing a lot. Complex Event Processing based on real-time sensor data, social media to find the right skilled people, embedded analytics, and ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

SAP's Transformation: A Work-in-Progress - Part One Article
SAP has had a reputation (especially as painted by their competitors) of being monolithic, painful to implement, difficult to use, hard to upgrade, and just not all that innovative. While some of that... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Sapphire 2011 Highlights: Part One Article
Among the many sessions from SAP's annual conference, we highlight SAP's new Supplier InfoNet and one of their customer's implementation of SRM 7.0.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Sensor Networks and Real-time Locating Systems Article
The MIT RFID and Sensor SIG had something for every generation of futurists, from "social tribing" to manufacturing locating systems.... (more information)
by By Tom Coyle

Service Solutions Redefined Article
Service management solutions have been around for at least two decades. Yet, not all the roles and processes for services had solutions. That is changing.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Service Solutions: What to Look For Article
Service enterprises and their challenges are diverse. Their solutions will not be a one size fits all technology.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Seven Principles for Stronger IoT Security Article
One of ChainLink's key predictions for 2017 is that IoT security breaches will reach an all-time ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Shaking Up the Status Quo in Demand Management Article
Ad placement, mobile, social, and competitive pricing all impact demand and your inventory strategy. Lessons learned from ToolsGroup User Forum.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Siemens PLM: Forging a New Foundation in Manufacturing Markets Article
Observations from Siemens Analyst Event in Boston. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Signing Bonuses.... for Truck Drivers!!! Article
The transportation market growth will continue to outpace the economy at large. Where will that growth occur? What can we do about it?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Six Steps to Get Your S&OP in High Gear Whitepaper
Sales and Operations Planning has been talked about for over two decades, yet enterprises are having their challenges. Learn from those who are mastering S&OP. ... (more information)
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Small and Midsized Companies Have Big Company Needs Article
Small and midsized businesses (SMBs) have many of the same complexities as large corporations, but with a very different set of constraints. As a result, in the past SMBs did not have access to the sa... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Small Can Be Smarter Article
Domain Leaders in Supply Chain may just have the edge.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Small Steps to Smart Highways Article
The vision of driverless intelligent vehicles on an Automated Highway System is compelling, but seems always to be decades away. However, benefits can be had today from incremental technology improvem... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Smart and Serialized Article
Architecting Serialization and Cold Chains for Food and Pharma. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Smart Grid's Implications for the Service Supply Chain Article
Smart Grid can help utilities gain a leaner and more effective service supply chain. These advantages are applicable in other 'smart sectors' as well. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Social Data Mining: Beyond Sentiment Article
Quite a few companies are focused on mining public social media data for consumer sentiment indicators. However, there are many other insights and information of value that can be gleaned from Tweets,... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Social Networking, Stage 2 Article
Social networking has evolved in ways similar to the early days of the web. It will lead to a new way of working in the enterprise.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Social Supply Chain 2014 Article
Social technology is being added to many of the major supply chain portfolios. But social will manifest differently in the supply chain sphere than in the consumer sphere.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Some Software/Solution Companies Are Thriving in the Recovery Article
Non-payroll jobs continue to rise (albeit slowly), manufacturing is up, auto sales are way up, and several software firms are predicting a return to reasonable growth for 2010. Many of our clients hav... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Sorry, Dropbox Article
The recent hacking into Dropbox emphasizes the need for corporate-weight MFT solutions.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Sourcing in Times of Uncertainty Article
Sourcing and procurement professionals are used to dealing with large swings in demand and supply. But the highs and lows created by the recent bubble and recession were difficult for even the most ad... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spectrum of IoT Platforms
Building IoT-enabled Products
Article
IoT development platforms and applications span the spectrum from toolkits to domain-specific environments to fully turnkey applications. Here we look at that spectrum and drill down on one example to... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Speed Bumps in Global Transportation TMS 2014 Article
A tug of war exists between the market requirements for speed and what the logistics network can deliver. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Spend Analytics: Part 1 - The Evolution of Spend Analysis Article
Companies that are good at spend analytics realize a sizeable competitive advantage. But it is not easy to do. In this first article in our series, we look at how spend analytics has evolved. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 2 - Applications of Spend Analysis
Sourcing and Supplier Analytics
Article
The most common application of spend analysis is to identify potential cost savings. However, spend analytic systems can be and are used for much more than that. We explore here some of the common and... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 3 - Applications of Spend Analysis
Parts, Product, Finance, Performance, and Cross-Functional Uses
Article
Spend analytics can go way beyond just analyzing spend or managing suppliers. We look at some of the more novel uses of these systems.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 4 - Steps in the Spend Analysis Process Article
Attaining value from spend analytic projects requires setting explicit goals, a good foundation of data hygiene, the right level of classification, great analyst skills, and last but not least - decis... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spend Analytics: Part 5 - Selecting a Spend Analytics Solution -- Architectural Considerations Article
The architectural characteristics of spend analytics solutions can have a big impact on the types of analysis that can be done, the time and effort it takes to implement the system, ease-of-use, and o... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Spotlight on Direct Materials
Procure-to-Pay -- Part 1
Article
The procure-to-pay process (P2P) for direct materials resists standardization and automation. As the critical execution phase of source and procurement, it is where the rubber meets the road for inbou... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

State of the Passive UHF RFID Market Article
In recent years, passive UHF RFID has experienced high volumes and strong growth for the first time. Here we present a summary of our UHF market report, as well as discussion on possible impacts for H... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Stop Whining -- Start Winning at Omni-Channel Article
The raging battle over the channels -- etail vs. on-premise shopping -- is masking the real issue -- the customer experience.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Stores' Identity Crisis: The Reimagining of Physical Stores Article
Free two-day shipping, enormous selections, quick and easy shopping, painless returns, and many other factors have propelled online shopping to become the main driver of growth in retail. So, where do... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Story of a Cross-Dock ... and the Transportation Sector Article
My tour of a cross-dock revealed some of the reasons for the chronic labor shortages in the transportation sector and why they will get worse. As well, how advanced technology is meshed with tried an... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SuiteWorld 2012 Article
At this year's SuiteWorld, NetSuite announced key architectural changes, their version of an omni-channel strategy, many new capabilities by vertical industry, and a new IDE for their SuiteCloud platf... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SuiteWorld 2013: NetSuite's Commitment to Manufacturing Article
One of the main themes at SuiteWorld 2013 was NetSuite's commitment to building out its capabilities for manufacturers beyond what they have already done. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SuiteWorld 2016 Augers Continued Dramatic Growth for NetSuite Article
NetSuite's annual conference was big and bold (as always) with some really significant announcements and an abundance of interesting and illuminating customer stories and presentations. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SuiteWorld Customer Stories - Growing Small and Medium Manufacturing and Retail Businesses: Part One Article
NetSuite's success can be traced in no small part to the customizability of their solution. Here are some short customer stories, mostly in Manufacturing and Wholesale Distribution, highlighting their... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

SuiteWorld Customer Stories - Growing Small and Medium Manufacturing and Retail Businesses: Part Two Article
How some hot new innovative manufacturers and retailers are making NetSuite's cloud ERP and ecommerce work for them. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Summer Reading List Article
Summer vacations are a great time to get renewed physically, mentally and spiritually, and watch some baseball.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Summer Technology Article
Like a summer reading list, this is a summer technology list. Spend some time contemplating and learning about the future...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Supplier Collaboration 2.0: Digital, Agile, Networked Article
Modern networked technology platforms are quietly revolutionizing the way businesses work with their suppliers. By allowing companies to rapidly find, assess, validate and integrate with suppliers, th... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Performance Management -
Part 1
Article
How two top performing companies rate their suppliers, initiate and manage corrective action, and manage supplier performance across divisional boundaries.... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Supplier Performance Management -
Part 2
Article
A mini-case study on one manufacturer that integrates supplier scorecard data with operational and planning data from across their business units. They have not only been able to improve supplier perf... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Supplier Risk and Compliance Management in Practice: Part One Article
The ability to manage supplier risk and compliance has become a critical competence for organizations. Our research shows why and how to manage and reduce supplier risk--what actually works in practic... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supplier Risk and Compliance Management in Practice: Part Two Article
We look at supplier risk standards, monitoring, and how to do supplier risk and compliance under tight budget constraints.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Suppliers: A Proven Competitive Weapon You May be Overlooking Article
Some authors have suggested that strategic sourcing is often done in a win-lose style, without true collaboration between buyer and seller. Nothing could be further from the truth, as a win-lose relat... (more information)
by Thomas W. Bower

Supply Chain Apps Still Provide Competitive Advantage Article
Inventory Management - is it really an old story? Not to Macy's, Wal-Mart, Hilfiger, Martha Stewart and Delmonte! Do you want to capture the top shelf space? And have your channel love your brand and ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Definitions for Demand Management
Requirements and Definitions for Supply Chain applications
Article
Beyond the definitions, context and references for these terms.... (more information)
by ChainLink Research

Supply Chain Finance Networked Platforms: Financing Services
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 2C
Article
Various forms of supply chain financing have been around for centuries. The use of networked platforms is a much more recent trend that enables dramatic reductions in the cost of capital compared with... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supply Chain Financial Network Platforms: Invoicing and Payment
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 2A
Article
Network platforms that integrate trading partners, logistics processes, and visibility have enabled bold new approaches to payments and financing for participants in the supply chain. ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supply Chain Financial Network Platforms: Trade-Logistics-Visibility
Supply Chain Platform Series: Part 2B
Article
Network platforms that integrate transportation carriers, shippers, consignees, and 3PLs can do more than provide transportation and logistics services. The connectivity and end-to-end visibility they... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supply Chain Market Continues to Attract the Cash Article
Descartes, Airclic, Siemens, Camstar. Bigger deals reflect stronger economy in the US market.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Market Money Article
More deals in the market.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Networks--a Shift in Power in the Relationships Article
Supply Chain Network: technology provider or business partner?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Renaissance Article
Supply Chain inter-enterprise platforms support end-to-end transactions and collaboration.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Risk and its Impact on Equity Volatility Report
In their definitive research, Kevin B. Hendricks, Professor of Operations and Information Technology in the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Vinod R. Singhal, DuPree... (more information)
by By Kevin Hendricks and Vinod Singhal


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Supply Chain Risk Now? Article
The supply chain business community now includes Risk Management as a business priority and cites it as a key area in need of improvement. Are solution providers ready?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Supply Chain Solutions--Foundation for the Omnichannel Revolution Article
Highlights of what we learned at NRF's annual conference from providers of supply chain planning and optimization, IoT and RFID, omnichannel and order management, global logistics, PLM, and Geographic... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Supply Chain's Christmas Checklist Report
This document is designed to provide an across-supply-chain 'checklist' of practices and actionable suggestions to tune your supply chain for better performance, to deal with volatile and seasonal cha... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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Supply Chains in the Clean Energy Sector Not So Green -
The Challenge and Opportunity
Article
The Clean Energy Sector's supply chain is green - as in greenhorns - with young entrepreneurial startups that are focused on significant product innovation and market entry issues. Numerous Presidents... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

SYSPRO's Remarkable Journey Article
Grape Escape features SYSPRO customers such as 1000Bulbs.com, Rochester Electronics and more...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

SYSPRO: 14 Thousand ERP Customers and Still Growing Article
SYSPRO continues to defy their small company ERP profile with leading technology innovation.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Tackling Profitable Fulfillment in 2016 Article
2016 will be the year of reckoning for many retailers and manufacturers who do 'fulfillment at any cost.' Here are some insights on key elements required to fulfill profitability in today's increasing... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Tagsys Delights Qantas Frequent Flyers Article
Finally, an airline got smart with Customer Experience by using RFID for easy check-in and bag tracking, boarding passes and more . . .... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

TAKE Solutions Converge in a Collaborative Framework Article
Social Networks, Mobility, Traceability and Supplier Collaboration are all supported by a cloud foundation. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Taking Stock of Rootstock Article
Salesforce is no longer about sales, in case you didn't notice . . .... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Technology Adoption--Rethinking the Model Report
ChainLink's Technology Adoption Model offers fresh perspectives on how technology matures and why some solutions are adopted, while others languish. Existing models generally focus on the point of vie... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath


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Technology Integration Can Transform the Hospital and Patient Care Experience Article
Better care, patient safety at lower cost. Sounds like a goal we have been hearing for decades. Yet so far the US healthcare industry has been going in the opposite direction. Greater cost, more paper... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Terra on a Tear Article
The holy grail of consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies (or any manufacturer, for that matter) is to become more responsive to customer demand while reducing inventory. Learn how new solutions such ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

The Aptean Revival Article
When Aptean was formed two years ago, many wondered whether they would survive. Now, not only does their survival seem relatively secure, but they have a shot at meaningful growth. Their recent annual... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Big Crunch: Price Pressures and Big Changes in Healthcare and Life Science Supply Chains - Part One Article
Life Science's transformation is being driven by price pressures, healthcare reform, emerging markets, and other factors, disrupting the traditional value chain relationships and business models. We d... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Big Crunch: Price Pressures and Big Changes in Healthcare and Life Science Supply Chains - Part Two Article
A major component of Life Science's transformation is the move to sell more into emerging markets. These have tremendous challenges around logistics, counterfeits, and (above all) extremely low price ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Blank Canvas of RFID Part 1: RFID in Product Designs Article
RFID's potential use cases are limited only by the imagination. We explore some of the possibilities, starting with how RFID is being embedded and used in various product designs.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Boeing Challenge - Can They Increase Production Rates? Article
Boeing has a huge order book that promises ten Dreamliners per month. Can they do more?... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

The Coming Wave of Pharma
Supply Chain Regulations:
Insights from TraceLink NEXUS '15
Article
New regulations across the globe are coming into effect, requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, dispensers, and others up and down the chain to build serialization, verification, and tr... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Cost of Delay Report
What are the real costs and impacts of delays in technology decision-making? Companies take a long time evaluating software. They brood about ROI. But they rarely think about what it is costing them w... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Crazy World of Software Marketers Article
Probably the most enjoyable, but clearly the most perishable, job is Chief Marketing Officer. Sifting through hundreds of briefings a year, I can tell quickly who knows what their company does, what v... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

The Effect of Supply Chain Disruptions on Long-term Shareholder Value, Profitability, and Share Price Volatility Report
We continue to provide perspective on supply chain risks and their impact on shareholder value in this third report by Professors Singhal and Hendricks, who are the leaders in this aspect of supply ch... (more information)
by By Kevin Hendricks and Vinod Singhal


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The Evolution of Retail Store RFID Reader Strategies Article
Retailers that have rolled out RFID have traditionally used handheld readers. However, some are starting to use exit-monitoring or even whole-store illumination approaches. Smart shelves have yet to t... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Face of Things to Come - Beyond the UI Article
More than a pretty face: ICE, ION, and Engage.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Future of RFID Article
The future of RFID may be radically different than it is today.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Holidays Are Here. So Where is Your Omni Strategy Now?: Part One Article
Omni-channel strategy and execution continue to be central to retailers' success as the holiday season is upon us. Here we look at the major challenges retailers are facing and how they are dealing wi... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Holidays Are Here. So Where Is Your Omni Strategy Now?: Part Two Article
Today's customer is 24/7, so Omni-channel has to be responsive to this new reality. Solving the challenges of Omni-channel will require an always-on supply chain with new skills, talent and technology... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Integrated Store Article
We are moving from the era of silos to integration of functions and systems within the retail store. ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

The Intelligent Integrated Store: MIT Panel Discussion Article
lululemon, DSW, b8ta, and Zebra technologies presented on a panel at MIT about the intelligent integrated storetheir visions and current progress towards integrating the various functions, sensors, a... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Internet of Things at the Knee of the Curve Article
The Internet of Things is often misunderstood and overhyped. However, a lot of enablers are falling into place now, and are accelerating its growth and adoption.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Internet-of-Things in Logistics Article
The Internet-of-Things (IoT) phenomena have a profound impact on logistics, with an enormous variety of current and potential applications. Here we scratch the surface, examining where IoT fits in log... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The IoT Impact--Part One: How Will IoT Change Your Product Offerings? Article
We look at 10 critical questions posed in the Harvard Business Review article "How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition." Here in Part One of this series, we focus on what IoT means ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The IoT Security Imperative--Part 1: Physical-Cyber Risk Landscape Article
With the current state of IoT security, we might call it the Internet-of-Vulnerable-Things. It's all the more alarming because of the types of physical machines/systems that are increasingly ne... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The IoT Security Imperative--Part 2: Device Security Requirements Article
Control over physical devices is what makes IoT different, and more dangerous, than traditional IT software. Here we look at device-level security requirements for makers of IoT-enabled products and s... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The IoT Security Imperative--Part 3: IoT Platform Security Requirements Article
IoT platforms, outside of the devices themselves, comprise the bulk of the intellectual property, infrastructure, and complexity in IoT. We examine requirements that are needed to ensure security in t... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Journey to Visibility Report
Technology market landscape report on visibility solutions.

Control Tower is a Myth, but we can achieve greater visibility, responsiveness and resiliance. This report compares major supply ch
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by Ann Grackin

The Merged Channel Nirvana
(Which is Awfully Close To The Merged Channel Nightmare)
Report
Merged Channel is a hot topic, catapulted by the suddenness of mobile popularity. Beyond the buzz, companies need to provide the right mix of services, messages, and pricing.

To create some
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The Mobile Supply Chain Market: Preparing for Takeoff Article
The merger of Airclic and AirVersent, two leaders in vertical industry/process-specific mobile supply chain applications, is a sign of the maturing of mobile platforms and the beginning of a strong gr... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

The Paris Agreement Lives Article
How will the formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement affect our growth industries?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Power of Retailer/Supplier Integration Article
NEECOM Spring Conference 2014.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Price is Right Article
New methods for accurate and dynamic pricing?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Rise of the Agile Networked Platform Article
New networked technology platforms are co-evolving with new networked business models, together enabling companies to rapidly find, assess, and integrate with trading partners in order to swiftly crea... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Rising Buzzword Value and Real Value of Multichannel Supply Chain Technologies Article
When Manhattan announced their win with QVC on February 22nd, the headline in the press release was " QVC® Selects Ma... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Russians Are Coming? Article
Stealing trade secrets, patent infringements, piracy, counterfeiting and product tampering damage companies, make people ill, and deflate honest competition. And if financial and trade hacks are not e... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Single-Platform Option in Transportation Systems Article
TMS solutions can be created through assembling modules or a single platform. What is a TMS single platform? ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The State of Collaboration Article
Are we all embracing trading partner collaboration to the degree that we all say? What opportunities are we missing? ... (more information)
by Robert Bruce

The Talent Gap Article
What It Is, Why We Have It, and Some Simple Ideas to Fill the Gap.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Value of Dynamic Visual Tags Article
Recent developments in technology have enabled the integration of e-paper with RFID tags to create dynamic visual tags. This is a powerful combination, especially for cyclic processes.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

The Value of Supply Chain Solutions Article
The supply chain market continues to grow, but is changing in the types of technology that users are interested in and the value they require...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The Voice Article
At Connections 2015--The Voice of Supply Chain Success, we heard from Logility executives about new directions, a younger workforce, and a new generation of technologies.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The World of Integration--Part One: Necessary Nuisance or Enabler? Article
The topic of integration has been considered more of a hindrance, necessary evil, or afterthought in supply chain. Enterprise software companies who once pitched that you would "never need anything el... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The World of Integration--Part Three: Innovators and Innovations Article
Integration is an evolving field, blending data, things and people across systems, mobile devices and the web. Over thirty systems and some important innovations are included in this article.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The World of Integration--Part Two: Market Segments Article
In The World of Integration--Part Two we revise and define the integration market with an orientation towards supply chain applications. Business processes are becoming more click and connected betwee... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The World of Transportation Management Article
Understanding International vs. Domestic TMS.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

The World Without Us Report
Results from ChainLink's EDI Professionals survey.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin


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The Year of Item-level RFID Article
GS1 and VICS' announcement of an item-level RFID initiative might appear to be the formation of "just another technical working group." But it is actually one more indicator that we are finally at the... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

The Year of the Last Mile Article
Demand-driven supply chains, new customer service models, and Omni-channel/free delivery are all driving up the cost of transportation. So what does last mile really cost?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

ThingX, PTC's Next Big Thing Article
When PTC acquired Vuforia (augmented reality tools provider) last October, it seemed like a natural incremental next step in PTC's strategy. After attending ThingEvent on January 28th, I now think wha... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Thinking Anew - Transform Your Supply Chain Using Multi-Echelon Inventory Optimization Report
Today's business executives understand that their competitive advantage depends on their supply chains. Yet often they do not have adequate views or the technology to properly tune the chain, missing ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Tips to Selecting Green Technologies to Meet Your Sustainable Supply Chain Goals Article
Building a sustainable business with a green supply chain requires both new practices and new technologies. But deciding which green technologies are ready and right for your company is not always eas... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

TM Mode Specialization Article
Riding the Rails with SAP.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

TMS Market Continues on Rocket Growth Article
The 2012 Transportation Management Systems (TMS) market will continue to grow at a rate of 20% or more.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

To Have or to Hold Report
Managing product portfolios to avoid SKU proliferation and gain profits.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transparency, Compliance and Ethics are Needed in the Global Supply Chain Whitepaper
With the Dodd-Frank Act's conflict minerals legislation coming into effect, many companies are working hard to create ethical frameworks in their supply chains. Supply Chain Brain recently highlighted... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transportation Management Technology 2012 Article
Transportation Management Platforms: the high growth segment of the Supply Chain Market.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transportation Management--Points of Light... And Cash Article
Specialization in the TM Market.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transportation Management--Who Pays? Article
Understanding pricing in the transportation market is difficult for buyers. But the more sobering question is: will the TM market follow other sectors with giveaways and freeware? ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transportation Solutions Highlights Article
Supply chain executives have been craving for multi-platform, cross-functional views to bring transportation into the mainstream business processes. Now it's here.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transportation Solutions Highlights - Defining the Center of Gravity Article
Deciding what is the next stage in the journey for transportation solution providers takes some calculus...... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Transportation Systems Redefined Article
The transportation technology market has an array of offerings, but they are not the same.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Trends 2012 - From Free to Fee Article
Free software is taking over the market, but at a price . . . ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Trends 2012 - Managed File Transfer, Beyond EDI Article
Introducing contributing writer Jonathan Lampe, founder of File Transfer Consulting.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Trends 2012 - Mobile Mania Report
The question is not, "Are we going mobile?" The question is, "How are we going to leverage it?" ... (more information)
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Trends 2012: Mobile Mania - Shopping and the Shoppers Article
In our report on mobile mania (in the last issue) we looked at the supply chain side of mobile, pr... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Trends in Healthcare / Life Sciences and Their Impact on Electronic Commerce Report
ACA and HIPAA standards mean big changes in electronic commerce in healthcare.

With healthcare costs soaring, administrative costs comprising a whopping 7% of healthcare expenses, and incre
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Triangle Fire Revisited -- In Bangladesh Article
Recent workplace disasters shine the spotlight on worker safety and supply chain risk.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Twitter Founder Pushing Ahead with Mobile Payment Article
The US is behind in mobile payment, not that the demand is not there! ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Tyco Cuts the Ribbon Article
Tyco opens its Retail Performance Briefing Center in Boca Raton. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

U.S. Importers Face Fines and Delays in July
6 Tips to Help Companies Avoid Hardship
Article
After July 1, 2010, the CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) will start issuing significant financial penalties and increasing holds and inspections on shipments not complying with ISF (10+2). This article... (more information)
by By Matt Gersper, contributing author

Understanding the RFID Renaissance Article
We wanted to find out exactly what is driving the recent growth in RFID in retail. ChainLink surveyed over 120 retailers to find out which use cases are being implemented and which are actually delive... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Unifying the Private Fleet with Purchased Transportation Report
Achieving Lower Costs and Higher Service via Dynamic, Omni-Mode Integration of Private Fleet with For Hire Operations.

The perennial challenge
... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

UNIT4 - Can ERP Have a Contribution to Collaboration? Article
UNIT4 has a great growth story to tell for their customers. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

UNIT4's Multiple Platform Offerings Article
Multi-tenant, hosting, on premise, plus the ability to share work processes among tenants make UNIT4 a unique player in the ERP market.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

University Business Collaboration - The Future of Technology? Article
Smart phones, clean energy, energy independence, disruptive technologies, emerging markets, and the economic restructuring of the world - who will be the players in all that? ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Vested Outsourcing - An Interview with Kate Vitasek Article
Once in a while a business book cuts through all the noise and really has something important to say. After decades of 'greed is good' and downsizing and outsourcing, Kate Vitasek and Vested Outsourci... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Supplier Reliability Article
Walmart Supply Chain performance looked like artwork from The Little Prince, thus their Supplier Reliability program initiative...... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Walmart Takes Over Their Inbound Logistics: Tactical Change or Sea Change? Article
Walmart plans to increasingly take over inbound freight from their suppliers. How will this impact suppliers' cost of doing business and freight management? Will other retailers follow suit?... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Walmart Teams With Suppliers to Buy Raw Materials Article
In its relentless pursuit for additional cost advantage, Walmart is looking to combine its own spend with that of its suppliers. It raises questions of how much control Walmart can exert over their su... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Walmart's Virtual Mirror Article
Shoppers can scan the barcode of makeup in the store, take a picture of themselves, and see how the makeup they selected looks on them in a digital mockup rendition. Increased sales, reduced shrink, a... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Welcome to the brief Article
In today's twittering world, short is beautiful. Thus was born the brief: concise articles on best practices, technology, and new takes on business topics across a variety of industries ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

What is Driving RFID Adoption in Retail? Article
What is driving the surge of RFID adoption in retail, especially in the apparel sector? And what is next? You can help find out.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

What Is This Thing Called the 'Internet of Things?' Article
Just who can solve its mystery...? Though many people may be getting tired of hearing the phrase 'Internet of Things,' it doesn't mean that they really understand the phenomena. Here we shed ... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

What Noah Knew About the Supply Chain That You Don't Article
Certainty principles can be leveraged to significantly improve your inventory optimization and customer service levels: A simple approach to isolating uncertainty.... (more information)
by By Lucy West

What Not to Web Article
Paying homage to the geeky and practical world of web developers and designers.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

What Retail RFID Mandates Mean for Suppliers Article
Articles about the recent major item-level RFID tagging initiatives in retail (Macy's, JCP, M&S, et al) have focused on what it means for the retailer. Here we examine some impacts for suppliers.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

What Will It Take? Article
Passive RFID sales are being dominated by apparel. 2014 will see more apparel items tagged. But for a sustaining market, RFID will have to make the case in other categories and other industries. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Wheelers and Dealers in Supply Chain Solutions for 2012 Article
In the quest for ever bigger companies and broader footprints that integrate more processes, we're seeing mega M&A deals in supply chain and retail solutions this year, enabling investors to cash in. ... (more information)
by Ann Grackin and Bill McBeath

Who Owns Service? Article
The service management solutions marketplace may be up for grabs. Who is the natural owner of this market? And who can make it finally take off?... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Who Owns the Data in SaaS and IoT? Article
Why does Google know more about your inventory than you do?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Who Owns the ERP Market? Update Article
With the recent acquisitions of Plex and CDC's merger with Consona to create the new Aptean, the question becomes, who is driving the ERP strategy of the future?

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by Ann Grackin

Who Owns the Supply Chain Market? Article
M&As, recent funding, and outright acquisitions make the supply chain market an interesting place to be. But unlike ERP, there are more public companies and still plenty of startups in supply chain. T... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Who Will Provide the 'Location' In Location-Based Services? Article
Google's VP of Search Product has shifted roles to take charge of their location services. This is just one more sign of the growing battle over services for locating people and things, with wireless ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Who Will Smash the Market? Article
Google, Salesforce.com, MaaS Platforms, Marketing Automation, Relationship Management domain leaders... Who's got the edge in Marketing and Relationship Apps? ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Wholesale Riding High Article
Wholesale Distribution continues to grow a bit faster than the US economy. Why? And what Supply Chain capablities should they master in order to continue?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Why Quality Consistency Matters Report
About 30% of harvested produce is wasted. The profitability of each player in the food chain is impacted by this inconsistent quality and control. There are tremendous opportunities to improve. Here w... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Why Selectica + Iasta? Article
Selectica (a contract management/configuration solution provider) recently announced their acquisition of Iasta (a sourcing solution provider). Here we discuss the fit and some of the reasoning behind... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

Will International Trade Increase or Will We Reshore and Insource? Article
Release of final 2014 numbers and 2015 forecasts of world economic numbers shows a changing picture of national economies. What will the impact be on supply chain strategy?... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Will the Yuan Rise or Not? Article
Close watchers of the Yuan have differing opinions on whether it will start rising again soon or remain strictly pegged to the dollar. It matters a lot to the U.S. and the rest of the world, not only ... (more information)
by By Bill McBeath

Will TMS Swallow the Supply Chain? Article
Descartes and GT Nexus announcements, along with E2open and Amber Road strategies, lead to an interesting hypothesis.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Winning at Home Delivery Report
Home delivery is the new battlefront in retail. In this report we uncover the myths and the best practices across the globe.... (more information)
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Winning the Freshness Wars: Creating Shopper Loyalty and Profitability in Retail Grocery Article
How end-to-end temperature monitoring improves produce quality, reduces waste, and increases customer satisfaction and profitability.... (more information)
by Bill McBeath

WMS Technology Part Five - Service Management Article
Service and Maintenance as part of warehouse operations is not just warehouse management software features, but RFID, Voice, and of course, Service Parts Planning. ... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

WMS Technology Part Four - Returns and Recalls Article
3PL warehouses have unique challenges that should drive their purchase of WMS software.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

WMS Technology Part Two: SaaS in the Warehouse Article
Well, actually, it's not in the Warehouse. SaaS WMS Solutions show Market Momentum.... (more information)
by By Ann Grackin

Yes, More Supply Chain Deals -- and the Year's Not Over Article
OpenText, Descartes -- It's Canada, but it's Hot up there.... (more information)
by Ann Grackin

Zara/Inditex Going Big With RFID Article
The announcement that Inditex will roll out Tyco's RFID solution across all of their Zara stores and eventually across all of Inditex's other chains is a major validation of Tyco's RFID strategy and d... (more information)
by Bill McBeath


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