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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.

Coke is revamping their supply chain to address sustainability

  • 28 September, 2016
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Coke is doing some work to improve the water footprint of it's manufacturing line.  With the amount of water it uses makes sense to address this now.

Gas prices spike as fuel shortages hit Southeast

There is a gas shortage in the Southeast due to a pipeline leak.

This company is building houses from old plastic

  • 16 August, 2016
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It's insipring when engineers develop ways to combat problems that are impacting our world.

A team of scientists is 3D printing a mock up of a colony on Mars!

  • 02 August, 2016
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Talk about an interplanetary supply chain.  And 3D printing is at the heart of it.  A project to create a colony on Mars is starting in the Mojave.

3D printed sundial displays the time digitally

  • 21 June, 2016
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This product is pretty cool and is so intricate that it could only be made on a 3D printer.

Need to Send Something Fast? Roadie is On-the-Way!

I learned about the Roadie app from a coullege a few weeks ago. I downloaded it to see what it was all about and I must admit that it is pretty cool.

When femininity, robotics and printing collide

  • 20 May, 2016
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I saw a video about a printer that prints nail designs on your fingernails using your smartphone and a custom printer.  Pretty cool invention if you ask me.

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Building the Digital Supply Chain

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

 

I think that Supply is not going to meet Demand at Shaw's this week

  • 21 April, 2016
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This is without exception a marketing fail. Not only will the supply chain not work on this, but alienating the consumer is a big problem.

Here's a rank of favorite US grocery store - from CNN

  • 21 April, 2016
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When it comes to shoppers' favorite grocery store, Wegmans tops the list.

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.

Article from Boston Inno - Why an MIT PhD Says Big-Data Education Is Now 'Fundamentally Important'

  • 30 March, 2016
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Here is an interesting article about Big Data and a start up here in Massachusetts that talks not only about the technology, but the career and educational requirements to create the manpower to ma

Parents Ship Their Baby Girl Across The Country Through FedEx. The Reason Why Is Unbelievable

  • 21 March, 2016
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I found this on my facebook feed recently.  This story reminds me of the human side of supply chain and logistics.  Well done FedEx!

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