14 articles

Greek Crisis Underlines the Importance of Risk Management

How can companies shelter their supply chains from market storms?

No one knows for sure how Greece’s financial crisis will impact the global economy over the long-haul. However, what companies can expect is instability in some form or other, such as volatile prices and fluctuating currency values within the Eurozone and beyond. Companies have developed financial hedging tools such as long-term, fixed-price contracts with suppliers […]

It Takes More Than an “Uber” Prefix to Reinvent a Business

A new generation of apps is changing the trucking industry.

The success of the taxi-like Uber service has spawned many start-up attempts in related (and other) areas. In fact, it seems that any time a new app puts service providers in direct contact with customers, the service involved becomes an “Uber” activity. But the Uber moniker does not necessarily mean that a new business model […]

Speed Bumps on the Road to Vehicle Automation

Many obstacles stand in the way of self-driving vehicles.

The tragic loss of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps has galvanized discussions about pilotless aircraft, and whether we have the technology to safely replace humans with computers in the cockpit. In broad terms the answer is yes, we do have the technology, but of course the route to full automation in passenger planes […]

Six Ways to Kill Innovation

How organizations can lift the roadblocks to new ideas.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently described the demand for iPhones as “staggering” after divulging that the company sold 74.5 million units in the holiday quarter even though it raised the price of this iconic product. Sales in the period amounted to more than 34,000 phones per hour flying off the shelves around the clock, The […]

Measuring Supply Chain Success

Traditional performance indices may not be as effective as we thought.

Comparing your company to industry leaders is a popular way to benchmark the organization’s performance, and there are plenty of industry indices out there that rank companies according to various measures of excellence. In the supply chain domain the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 index is one of the most closely followed indices. But do […]