Procurement Must Contribute to Competitiveness to Become Relevant!
Procurement is always thinking about cost savings, year over year. But is this really a true measure of competitiveness? So procurement will have a budgeted amount for, say 4.5 cents per unit for a product, when the current price is […]
Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment
The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held its bi-annual Industry Partner Meeting in the Talley Student Center at North Carolina State University this past week. The theme, Navigating the Future in an Uncertain Political and Regulatory Environment”, included a keynote […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]