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Magazine Archives

January-February 2018

January-February 2018

If you frequent supply chain conferences, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that some of the best-attended sessions are the ones that focus on emerging technologies—or what we’re calling the NextGen Supply Chain. You may have noticed something else: While topics like Big Data, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain and robotics play to standing room audiences, there’s a lot of confusion about what to do with the information. At the 2016 APICS conference, one member of the audience asked a direct question at the end of an excellent session on Big Data by Hannah Kain, the CEO of Alom: “This sounds great. But there’s not a single individual in our operation who knows anything about this. Where do I start?”
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January-February 2018

January-February 2018

If you frequent supply chain conferences, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that some of the best-attended sessions are the ones that focus on emerging technologies—or what we’re calling the NextGen Supply Chain. You may have noticed something else: While topics like Big Data, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain and robotics play to standing room audiences, there’s a lot of confusion about what to do with the information. At the 2016 APICS conference, one member of the audience asked a direct question at the end of an excellent session on Big Data by Hannah Kain, the CEO of Alom: “This sounds great. But there’s not a single individual in our operation who knows anything about this. Where do I start?”

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January-February 2018 Features

10
Procurement is getting its digitized act together
While supply chain managers have been slow to integrate digitization in the procurement function, the trend may finally be gaining traction, says...

1
Get ready for the NextGen Supply Chain
If you frequent supply chain conferences, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that some of the best-attended sessions are the ones...

4
Are you capturing enough “quick-response” revenue?
To capitalize on all revenue opportunities, companies need what we call QRF to identify when a demand spike or drastic change in...

4
Oil Update: Back to the future, again
A look forward—and a look backward—on oil consumption and pricing.

7
Can we trust the “trust machine?”
In 2015, The Economist magazine famously dubbed blockchain technology “the trust machine” owing to its ability to create trust in business networks. This...

8
Unlocking the potential of India’s high-tech start-ups
Although India is the world’s 7th largest economy and one of the fastest growing economies on the planet, it lags many...

12
Measuring risk and reward in the global marketplace
2018 promises to be an “exciting year” for supply chain managers, say analysts at Panjiva Research. The think tank has published a series...

13
Get Smart (about replenishment)
Smart replenishment systems that continuously track inventories at the point-of-consumption (POC) are powerful technologies that can radically change supply chains.

20
The Benefits of Blockchain: Fact or Wishful Thinking?
Blockchain is still a largely unproven innovation in the supply chain, but it’s also one that companies can’t afford to...

26
NextGen Supply Chain: The Robots are Here
Long a fixture on the factory floor, a new generation of robots are ready for a broader range of applications. The only...

32
Transportation’s Tricky Balancing Act
Done right, economies of scale can lower a carrier’s average costs and the freight rates charged to their customers. Getting it...

40
Cold Supply Chain: Keeping it fresh
Enabling the global promise of fresh food requires a new framework IF YOU FREQUENT TRENDY RESTAURANTS or shop at your

48
A.I. and the path to breakthrough supply chain planning
Just as electricity transformed every industry 100 years ago, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is poised to transform every industry in the coming decade.

51
Blockchain’s great potential
Blockchain’s potential is immense, but most organizations have not yet made the investment.

54
Building resiliency in your supply chain
The ultimate effect of populism on global trade is unclear, but the risks are high. Supply chain managers need new tools to...

66
Less than Truckload (LTL) market in high gear
Buoyed by surging demand, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are revving up for 2018, warning that tightening capacity means sharply higher rates in a new...

70
Sustainability and supplier management
Aligning supplier performance with sustainability goals takes effort, but can lead to efficiency.

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If history is our guide, economies take a turn every nine years. Yet time and again, a strong business cycle and fading memories convince us the good times will go on forever. Ten years after the great recession, we surveyed 100 manufacturing firms to find out if businesses are ready to fight through the next recession.
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EDITORS' PICKS
Supply Chain Management Issues Confronting Us This Year
A variety of fresh challenges will surface for global traders in January and beyond
Global Supply Chain Pricing May Face New Pressures in 2019
The global economy started 2018 with strong, synchronized growth, but the momentum faded as the year...

IHS Markit’s New Economic “Predictions” for 2019 and Impact on Global Supply Chains
The U.S. will remain “above trend,” while other key economies will experience further...
Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators Signal Global Supply Chain Resilience
So far this year, international merchandise trade has risen by 10.6%. Emerging markets and North...