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Jul 13, 2011

Tsunami-Driven Energy Shortages Are Driving Sustainable Thinking in Japan

In a recent discussion with a group of Japanese supply chain executives, the discussion came up regarding the current state of the economy after the massive tsunami of March 2011.… 

Jul 9, 2011

HJ Soft: the emerging Chinese competitor to SAP and Oracle….

As part of our recent study, we also studied a large Chinese government-owned manufacturing entity that has begun moving into the construction industry space . Obtained detailed information on this… 

Jul 9, 2011

Is IT strategic spending aligned with Corporate strategy ?

The SCRC team recently conducted a benchmarking study focused on IT spending in the manufacturing sector. In our opinion, the current roadmap for IT in many companies is NOT aligned… 

May 26, 2011

Marching to the ERP "Death March"

I coined this phrase from Pierre Mitchell from The Hackett Group – I think it’s probably one of his favorite terms when discussing the on-going SAP/Oracle/”fill in the blank” ERP… 

May 20, 2011

Re-thinking Healthcare Transportation

I recently had an article posted in the Journal of Healthcare Transportation. The article goes into one area of healthcare that is often overlooked…..transportation. When you think about it ,… 

May 17, 2011

Insights from the ISM Meeting…..Inflation is on the rise (despite our Fed Chairman's views otherwise)…

I attended a session led by four procurement leaders at Alcoa, Manpower, Merck and Kraft who spent time discussing some of the current challenges on the environment, including most notably… 

May 6, 2011

Benchmarking Sustainability of Promotion Products: And the Winner is …..Bank of America!

An MBA student team at NC State University (Akhil Bhatia, David Olmsted, Karthik Sudhakaran, Meryem Uluskan) recently conducted a benchmarking study of sustainable best practices for promotional materials. Through research, analysis,… 

May 5, 2011

The Impact of Social Media in Supply Chain Intelligence

In a recent post, Luciano Cunha on the Warehouse Management Systems Guide poses some interesting questions about how companies may begin thinking about application of social media in the supply… 

May 3, 2011

Jason Schenker's Economic Forecasts for the Year: "Dude, Where's My Gas?"

Jason Schenker of Prestige Economics had some great insights into some of the challenges that lie ahead for the US economy, which are listed below. 1. Growth is going up.… 

Apr 29, 2011

Sustainable Supply Chain: "Bringing Sense to the Table"

Nick Hamon, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Bayer Crop Science, spoke this morning at the April SCRC meeting on the subject of bringing sustainability into the innovation cycle. He…