May 15, 2017

In the year 2000, supply chain optimization software companies were hot. Optimization was the new Messiah that would lead supply chain practitioners out of the desert. Wall Street agreed. They put a high valuation on i2 Technologies, the leader in supply chain planning...

May 15, 2017

Supply chain risk management has enjoyed a rise in prominence over the past decade as events like Japan’s tsunami, Thailand’s floods and the US west coast port strike have shone a light on the value of resilience. Hot risk factors today include data security, logistics...

May 15, 2017

Late last month, Robert Pirsig died. For those who haven’t heard of him, he wrote the classic philosophical novel whose title I have bastardized for this column: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I first read it in the early 1980s while searching for a purpose...

May 9, 2017

Blockchain technology may be shaking up a supply chain near you. It's smarter, it's faster, and it gets more participants on board.

In a recent piece at Harvard Business Review, Michael J. Casey and Pindar Wong observe that blockchain -- an online globally distributed g...

May 9, 2017

When Amazon launched its free same-day delivery service in 2015, the question immediately arose: Would this buy customer loyalty? Ultimately, yes. Then consumers began to wonder what that meant for small retailers. Could marketplace sellers on Etsy and eBay keep up wit...

May 9, 2017

If you are starting an e-commerce business, one of the major challenges relates to inventory. When you think through the process, you realize that you cannot afford to keep the kind of inventory you need in order to do the business you want. In the initial stages, it m...

Dự báo nhu cầu là công việc cần thiết đối với mọi doanh nghiệp. Dự báo nhu cầu là bước đầu tiên trong quy trình lập kế hoạch. Dự báo có độ chính xác cao sẽ giúp cho kế hoạch được xây dựng sát sao với thực tế hơn. Như vậy có thể nói rằng, bước đầu tiên trong việc cải th...

May 4, 2017

Despite a slow start to its same-day delivery program for e-commerce purchases, the U.S. Postal Service is in a strong position to challenge FedEx, UPS and other competitors in that potentially lucrative market.

USPS began testing same-day delivery, under the brand name...

May 4, 2017

From unmanned mobile robots in warehouses to drones for online fulfilment, the current supply chain is undergoing a major transformation. With the possibilities in artificial intelligence, the future supply chain holds the promise of being completely autonomous and sel...

May 4, 2017

In this Presidential election cycle we saw surprising strength from both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the primaries. While the Presidential election is the nastiest in living memory, one thing it has made clear is that there are a lot of Americans who feel they h...

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