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IBM, MIT & Artificial Intelligence

IBM has said it plans to spend $240 million over the next 10 years to develop an artificial intelligence research lab with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Anytime these two powerhouses collaborate and put their money where their mouth is, we should at least pay attention and consider the [...]

Hurricane Harvey & Supply Chain Impacts

August 31, 2017 Hurricane Harvey has been wreaking havoc on Texas and is now threatening Louisiana and more.  Flooding is tremendous.  People are still trapped in their houses.  Refineries are shut down.  And more.  Unfortunately, this is the devastation caused by a hurricane although it reminds us about natural [...]

Women in Supply Chain (and Why Men Should Care)

August 16, 2017 Talking about “Women in Supply Chain” at the Western District Conference for APICSWhether a man or woman, if you are in the end-to-end supply chain, you should be thinking about women in supply chain.  There is a serious skills gap in the next several years in [...]

Walmart Raising the Supply Chain Metrics Bar

Time is ticking – do you know your OTIF score? One of my clients forwarded this Business Insider article about Walmart’s supply chain metrics. Walmart is not only requiring an increase in OTIF (on-time-in-full) delivery performance but it also will charge penalties for suppliers that don’t live up to [...]

Walmart is Raising the Bar with Supply Chain Metrics

August 7, 2017 One of my clients forwarded this article about Walmart's supply chain.  Walmart is not only requiring an increase in OTIF (on-time-in-full) delivery performance but it also will charge penalties for suppliers that don't live up to the metric!  Creating an efficient supply chain is critical for [...]

Is Supply Chain Top of Mind?

July 27, 2017 Earlier this week, I spoke on a panel at a ProVisors (top notch group of trusted advisers) event on supply chain and its impacts on the Southern California and Inland Empire economy.  This prompted me to think about whether we are keeping supply chain (from your [...]

The Internet of Things (IoT) is Trending in Supply Chain

July 21, 2017 IoT is trending in supply chain circles.  A buzz has started.  According to a recent article on Kinaxis, IoT has nearly taken hold of every aspect of our lives.  Can you believe there will be over 6 billion connected devices by next year?  And that number [...]

Samsung Expanding Manufacturing in the U.S.

July 12, 2017 Samsung announced that it is expanding manufacturing operations and its commitment to American consumers, engineers and innovators.  They are putting money where their mouth is by investing $380 million with the plan to hire 1,000 workers for this new state-of-the-art facility that will manufacture appliances.  This [...]

Amazon and Whole Foods

July 6, 2017 Amazon hit the news big time with the purchase of Whole Foods.  It even got my mom's attention, and she asked the store manager if they would continue to exist.  He assured her that they planned to stay. It just so happens that I spoke on [...]

Fully Autonomous Vehicles Will Be Here by 2020

June 26, 2017 Autonomous vehicles seem to arise at every corner.  Last week, I heard a presentation on autonomous vehicles by the executive VP of Hyundai, and earlier this week, I participated on a panel at Future Ports Annual Conference with a Caltrans researcher on autonomous vehicles.  What is [...]

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