Tool or Platform: The Cloud’s Role in the Supply Chain

Although the cloud is considered a platform rather than a tool, aspects of the cloud are particularly well-suited to supply chain management (SCM). Among the advantages of cloud solutions tailored for SCM are speed, visibility, ease-of-use and low cost of implementation. Two companies,   E2open Inc. and GT Nexus, have been particularly active in the supply…

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Mexican Drug Lord’s Supply Chain Leadership

Supply chain leaders come in all forms. Josh Meyer, writing in Quartz, pulls some supply chain-building insights from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, the head of Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Federation. Meyer introduces us (or at least me) to a new phrase, “deviant globalization,” coined by historian Nils Gilman and the co-editors of a 2011 book…

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Tools for Time Management

Time management in the supply chain is a hot topic. Time management in any industry is important. Time management in your life can mean horrendous stress, but practical ways to manage our time can help alleviate stress, and improve productivity and job satisfaction. Articles abound concerning time management. But the authors don't know you. You…

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How Tech Brands Avoid Being Boring

Recent posts have discussed adding personality and communicating visually. Those ideas are applicable here, but let's dig deeper into how your brand can stand out or overcome a boring image. When I first worked in a Silicon Valley PR agency, most people wanted to work on consumer accounts with companies that had cool products. Hey,…

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Intel’s Supply Chain Sweet Spot

Intel Corp. has spent much of the last five years making improvements to its supply chain, which is one area of its business where it hopes to reduce costs, create greater business efficiency, and enhance its collaboration with customers. It would appear from recent reports that several supply chain strategies the company has implemented were…

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Mouser Inks Global Deal with Philips Lumileds

Mansfield, Mass. − Mouser Electronics, Inc. has signed a global distribution agreement with Philips Lumileds Lighting Company to sell the company’s LED lighting solutions. Philips Lumileds’ family of high-power LEDs is used in a variety of applications including automotive lighting, computer displays, LCD televisions, signage and signaling and general lighting. The company’s LUXEON Power Light…

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