Big Data

May 4, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Dell’s Supply Chain Data Analytics Center (SCDnA)

Dell and EMC merged last year, producing a power combination of products including laptops, PC’s, and high end servers.  As part of this shift, Dell moved towards creating a series of Data Analytics Centers across the organization, including one for […]

Apr 21, 2018  |  Articles

Relational Contracting Part I: MUFG Experiments with Blockchains

“One of the best meetings ever!” This is a comment I hear a lot at the conclusion of every one of our SCRC meetings the past few years.  Either we are getting better and better at bringing in some of […]

Feb 27, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Predictive analytics in procurement means using whatever data is available

Predictive analytics is still relatively new in procurement, but it’s increasingly important, particularly in organizations that have already been through the cycle of spend analytics, supplier leveraging, segmentation, and consolidation. Prediction requires a deep understanding of the technical and commercial […]

Feb 13, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Walgreen’s Acquisition of Amerisource Bergen is based on the need for integration to survive

The news of Walgreen’s potential acquisition of Amerisource Bergen is one of a string of recent announcements that signify efforts by channel players in the massive life sciences market to set up barriers to competition against behemoths by the likes […]

Jan 27, 2018  |  Director's Blog

Sorting out Risk in FinTech Source Chains

Most big banks (MUFG, Citi, Deutschbank, HSBC, JP Morgan, and others) have been forced to re-examine their external supplier relationships in a highly regulated environment.  This is old news.  But emerging technology is now beginning to create new ways to […]

Dec 17, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Innovation and Social Responsibility Supply Index: A Critical Input to “Drucker Management Top 250 List”

Research by NC State Poole College Professor Robert Handfield, director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative based Poole College, and Yung-Yun Huang, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University’s interdisciplinary doctoral program in operations research, supplied two of the […]

Dec 2, 2017  |  Articles

SCRC Meeting Part 2: DHL’s Advanced Analytical Team Models Logistics Challenges

In our second SCRC presentation, a team from DHL Supply Chain spoke about how digital issues are changing their business. DHL is a global business that manages 3.6M tons of airfreight, but also operates as Deutsche Post in Germany.  It […]

Dec 2, 2017  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Advanced Auto Parts is investing in Advanced Analytics to drive competition

We had a very successful SCRC meeting this past week, and the speakers provided some fantastic insights to the group on the emerging trends in the digital landscape facing supply chain executives. Todd Greener, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain […]

Nov 15, 2017  |  Director's Blog

IBM Case Study Webinar: How AI can revolutionize your supply chain NOW

I had the privilege of being on a webinar today with Jeannette Barlow from IBM and Simon Ellis from IDC.  The focus was on the impact of AI on supply chain decision-making, and I spoke about a recent case study […]

Oct 31, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Developing an Analytics Strategy Starts with Data Governance and Business Intelligence

An important differentiation between data governance, business intelligence, business analytics cognitive analytics and predictive analytics is needed as a basis for building a digital supply chain strategy.  Every organization needs to define for themselves the differences between these terms, and […]