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Supply Chain Gifts of 2018

Everybody loves numbers. Not necessarily numbers in the arithmetic, trigonometric or algebraic sense. Rather, the simple use of numbers in headlines is apparently an effective trigger to draw readers into perusing content organized numerically. And content that might be useful as well. So, in the spirit of songs such as The 12 days of Christmas […]

Mobile App Dependency

Imagine a world in which trauma is incurred due to the failure of an app.  Perhaps it is not so hard to envision should an incorrect medical diagnosis, due to faulty IT systems and data, result in personal harm. But, suppose the distress is suffered due to faulty pizza delivery information transmitted by a vendor’s […]

Baseball and Procurement: More in Common Than You Think

“Tis the season.  Post-season play continues for Major League (MLB) baseball as the final two teams have advanced and begun play in the World Series, the annual championship round of games endearingly referred to as the Fall Classic. While MLB doesn’t boast a lengthy history comparable to that of procurement process execution (1869 vs. almost […]

Very Real Supply Chain Risk

Harvey, Irma and Maria.  These are seemingly innocent names and quite likely the given name of friends and family of countless people over hundreds of years. Enter hurricane season 2017 and these appellations take on a new meaning. As the Atlantic hurricane season enters its second half  the effects of the aforementioned storms have generated […]

Is Procurement Child’s Play?

Procurement is hardly child’s play, considering the numerous interconnected tasks required for efficient and effective execution.  Practitioners would enthusiastically argue that the procurement function has matured over the years – from scribbled orders on papyrus to a globally digital operation.  It has gradually morphed into a critical corporate function which profoundly impacts an enterprise’s bottom […]

What a coup!

A procurement coup, that is. A coup, and not of the military sort, “is an instance of successfully achieving something difficult,” according to Oxford Dictionary. Or, according to Merriam-Webster, “a brilliant, sudden, and usually highly successful stroke or act.” Historically, there are countless coups of note. And arguably, many of the most remarkably valuable of […]

I See You

This phrase may sound dreadfully creepy, depending on the context in which it used. Imagine someone hovering over your shoulder as you diligently work or innocently play on your device of choice. As they linger nearby they are eagerly scribing notes on the content of your text messages, emails written, photos taken and websites visited. […]

Social Media or Bust

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”  Those immortal words were penned by the renowned Victorian poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in the mid-19th century. Rest assured, love poems will no doubt continue to thrive and be scribed by lovebirds, but perhaps a more telling question for the 21st century business enterprise might […]

Data Fixation

What do baseball, Wall Street and supply chains have in common? A fixation with data analysis, to start. Once upon a time there used to be data… now it’s all about Big Data. Data collection and its high-tech partner, data analytics, is, according to Wikipedia a “process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with […]

How is your AI IQ?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been justifiably reaping its share of headline space lately – but it’s scarcely a new concept. In theory it appears analogous to 21st century science fiction, but its roots actually date back to the second century AD. In ~ 150 AD, Heron – the celebrated Greek mathematician and engineer – designed […]