Procurement

How Watson Is Transforming Supply Chain at the 3PL & Supply Chain Summit

According to the recent IBM IBV Global Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) Study, lack of visibility and transparency is the greatest hurdle in achieving a supply chain organization’s objectives. However, big data, analytics, cognitive technology, and blockchain offer potential for significant business value. “Organizations that are able to take advantage of the most important trends […]

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Top Supply Chain Trends for 2017

As much as 65% of the value of a company’s products or services is derived from its suppliers – and its supply chain.[1] Of course, this is dependent on several factors, including the industry in which the company operates. Regardless, this statistic illuminates the supply chain’s value and importance. Global businesses have a significant and […]

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Data Analytics: The Foundation for a Smarter Supply Chain

There’s a lot of buzz around Big Data and data analytics in leading supply chain organizations. But what’s all the buzz about? And how can supply chain organizations apply data analytics to improve their operations and outcomes? In layman’s terms, Big Data is equivalent to “massive amounts of data” or perhaps even “all data.” It […]

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Creating a Thinking Supply Chain for the Cognitive Era

We are in the early days of a promising new technology era – the era of artificial intelligence (AI). AI technologies are no longer the realm of science fiction – nor the sole domain of computer scientists and techies. According to TechRepublic (ZDNet), technology and economics are aligning in a way that puts us at […]

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3 Strategies for Success in the Age of Intelligence

Ardent Partners recently published a report “Cognitive Procurement: The Age of Intelligence,” which examines the field of cognitive computing and discusses how the capabilities in these new and emerging solutions could impact and fundamentally change the procurement industry. The report, sponsored by IBM Watson Supply Chain, is hot off the presses and available for immediate […]

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Quicken Customer Responsiveness – Bring Cognitive Into Your Supply Chain

You’re just back from lunch, and there’s an email from Ted marked “URGENT.” It reads, “Hi Bill, When are we expecting those parts from SupplyCo that we ordered last week? Got an urgent customer order, but I can’t commit a delivery date until I know when we’ll get those parts.” Ted’s a great bloke. But […]

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All for One: A Collective Approach to Customer Engagement

Feeling, perception, memory – hallmarks of humanity. Maybe not the first words that drift to mind when you think supply chain. But they’re the pulse of every brand – the essence of savvy business. “It’s not what you say it is. It’s what they say it is,” bestselling author and communication mastermind Marty Neumeier reminds […]

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Podcast: Cognitive Solution Empowers Supply Chain Leaders

In this podcast, Rob Allan, program director, offering management for IBM, talks about the new Supply Chain Insights Platform, which is part of IBM Watson Supply Chain. It’s no secret that business expectations have changed and are continuing to evolve. By establishing greater visibility into supply chain data and processes and leveraging fast-emerging cognitive technologies, […]

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At CEVA: Operational Excellence Is a Way of Life

From providing high-tech tablets to a simple can of beans, supply chain management is a difficult business and one that gets more complicated each day. Logistics used to be about getting from point A to B. But these days, goods have to pass through a whole alphabet of places on route to their destination. They […]

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Transvoyant Helps Reduce Holiday Stress by Mitigating Inventory Disruptions

Do you ever wonder how your holiday favorites are always in stock, no matter what the latest trends are, and no matter whether you’re online, on your mobile device or in the store? How do retailers anticipate what “THE” big item is going to be that year? Where do these goods come from? How far […]

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Anheuser-Busch: Cheers to Product Quality, Price, and Availability

When toasting this holiday season, Anheuser-Busch ensures quality, price, and availability of your favorite lager in your hand. Anheuser-Busch InBev created an integrated global procurement process that leverages the company’s scale – while promoting knowledge sharing and collaboration in an organization with many diverse talents and and areas of expertise. In fact, procurement is critical […]

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IDC: Watson Supply Chain Addressing the Talent Crunch Head-On

Balancing supply chains is a never-ending puzzle. Determining necessary inventory levels, asset locations, storage capacity, labor availability – it’s a lot of factors to consider – and each time you alleviate one bottleneck, another is created. Retailers and manufacturers alike have recognized this as an issue and a priority. According to IDC’s 2016 Supply Chain […]

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