Forecasting

Jan 13, 2017  |  Articles

Post-mortem on Christmas Logistics Chaos: On Customer Commitments and Transparency

As we look back on the chaos that erupted during the pre-Christmas rush, discussions with executives suggest that there is still a long way to go.  Most logistics companies are still far from being able to fully integrate data and […]

Dec 14, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Handfield's 2017 SCM Predictions: Impact of the Trump Presidency on the Supply Chain

OK, so Trump won, Clinton lost.  Get over it, it’s a done deal.  Time to move on, and figure out what this means in terms of how the global economy will be impacted, and in particular, how the supply chain […]

Dec 13, 2016  |  Director's Blog

More Insights on Deploying the Digital Supply Chain

On the second day of our executive focus group on the LIVING Supply Chain, the group took the opportunity to share insights regarding the emerging trends in the future of supply chains, with a focus on digitization, development of analytics and […]

Nov 13, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Van Horne Institute Considers Alaska Transport Route, and Weighs Trump's Plans for Keystone XL

On election night last week, I was stationed in Calgary Alberta, watching the results unfold in Mountain Time, and wondering what was going on in the country I’ve adopted as home.  You see, I’m a native Calgarian, and was visiting […]

May 16, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Applying the Laws of Forecasting to Predictive Analytics

I had a chance to meet with my good friend Tom Choi from Arizona State University a couple of weeks ago. We met at the United Club in Chicago, as he was on his way back from a visit with […]

Nov 26, 2015  |  Articles

Black Friday isn't What it Used to Be…E-Commerce has Changed the Landscape

As retailers prepare for “Black Friday”, what used to be the “biggest shopping day of the year” (the day after Thanksgiving), expectations are actually rather low.  A reporter on CNN noted that it was a “non-event”, and that even “Cyber […]

Mar 13, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Q: Food vs Fuel? A: Wrong question…We need more efficient markets!

I have been working with Jay Golden at Duke University on the biobased forecasting project for the USDA, seeking to understand the current scope of the biobased product market ( focused on non-fuel, non-food products).  I had the opportunity to […]

Mar 3, 2015  |  Director's Blog

The Internet of Things: Does more data really make us more intelligent?

Recent articles, posts, and future trends studies are all awash with excitement about the Internet of Things.  For instance, Mike Morley writes on the Material Handling and Logistics site that the Internet of Things will change everything: “Billions of connected devices […]

Feb 26, 2015  |  Articles

Omni-Channel Supply Chains Are Changing Everything You Ever Learned in School…

A senior executive from a large global manufacturer came to speak in my MBA class this week, and discussed the major shifts in global business that was occurring due to the emergence of omni-channel capabilities in the supply chain.  His […]

Feb 7, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Making Sense of the Economic Numbers

There has been a huge amount of economic data pouring out in the last two weeks, all the while in the face of news of increasing violence in the Ukraine, Jordan, and the Middle East. Domestically, we seem to be […]