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Blockchain, IoT, AI, Big Data. Will Anything Stick?

Client Question Should I really invest time and resources into technologies I don't know will pay back? For example, there is a lot of conversation about the value (or lack thereof) with blockchain, IoT, AI and more. This concern continues to arise and is on every executive's mind. They [...]

The Often Overlooked Value of Reverse Logistics

While at the Association for Supply Chain Management International Conference, I attended a session related to reverse logistics that contained several ideas for how to achieve significant savings and customer value through reverse logistics. However, I thought it was even more compelling to hear the examples of a friend [...]

The Talent Transformation: People or Robots?

March 19, 2019 The hot topic in manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare and other industries is the war on talent. No client believes he has enough "high-skilled" resources yet most also feel challenged in finding resources regardless of skill level.  On the other hand, there are statistics and studies showing [...]

Amazon, Uber, Netflix and More…..Disruption is Here to Stay!

October 11, 2018 Although not an official theme, it was quite clear that disruption was the common theme at the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM/ APICS) Annual Conference.  From the keynote speaker, Marc Randolph, one of the founders of Netflix, to almost every executive and thought leader, disruption [...]

The Resilient Supply Chain: Are You the Disrupted or the Disruptor?

At the Association for Supply Chain Management's (ASCM/ APICS) International Conference, almost every presenter mentioned disruption.  It is prevalent in today's Amazonian, technology-ridden environment.  Similarly, after attending APICS, I flew to lead the annual meeting for the Society for the Advancement of Consulting.  During the first lunch, my colleagues [...]

Announcing the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM)

September 30, 2018 At APICS 2018, the global supply chain conference by the leading trade association in end-to-end supply chain, the CEO of APICS announced the new Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM).  APICS has been leading this field for 60 years focused on end-to-end supply chain management, and [...]

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