Aerosole: Case Study in Risk Management

If you are looking for a great sale on shoes drive to your Aerosole shoe store. Why? On Friday, September 15th, the company driving the Aerosoles brand of women’s shoes filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy with plans to close over eighty retail stores.

Asia Is Sneezing. Will Your Supply Chain Catch a Cold?

Growth is the corporate imperative. Companies drive growth through success in new product launch, growth in regional economies, and M&A activity.

The Price of Oil and the Dangerous Supply Chain Dance

Today oil prices continued their downward trajectory hitting a three-month low after weekly data showed a record buildup in U.S. crude inventories. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, fell 1.6% to $52.25 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange.

Update: Demand Shaping in Consumer Products

Today, the CPG industry spends around $225 billion on marketing. Digital marketing is increasing, but the effectiveness is questionable.

P&G Under Attack: Shareholder Activism

P&G, once known as the preeminent household products supply chain company, is under attack.

Building the Digital Supply Chain

Coverage of the digital supply chain evolution in Africa. Looking forward to the discussion at SAPICS in South Africa.


The Growth of the Nanostore and the Importance for Global Growth

Listening to Dr. Jan C. Fransoo at the Logistic Summit and Expo in Mexico City.

Pressure is On for Operations: Activists at the Gate

Tidbits from my reading in the Financial Times this morning. Since 2000, 52% of the companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, been acquired, ceased to exist, or dropped out of th

Q&A: What Should Be the Role of the Sales Forecast in Demand Management?

I love getting questions from LinkedIn and from my blogs. I will answer them here and share with the greater network. Here is the answer to the question I got today: