supply chain

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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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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My Time-Tested 3 Keys to Getting the Most Out of InterConnect

InterConnect 2017 is the ultimate place for IT executives and professionals to learn how to create competitive advantages with B2B integration, managed file transfer, and supply chain solutions. If you’ve already registered, you probably are busy making travel plans and scheduling sessions and activities to fill your agenda. Having been to the last three InterConnect […]

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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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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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IDC: Launch of Watson Supply Chain Looks to Address Gaps in Data Analytics and Resources

This week, at World of Watson in Las Vegas, IBM announced the launch of Watson Supply Chain, leveraging their Watson cognitive/artificial intelligence (AI) technology to change the paradigm of how manufacturing supply chains are operated and optimized. As IBM notes on their Watson Supply Chain website, “By establishing greater visibility into supply chain data and […]

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Meet Watson: Your Supply Chain Analyst, Advisor, and Assistant

Yesterday, we IBMers unveiled Watson Supply Chain to the world – and we’re pretty giddy about it! (Hopefully, after reading this post, you will be, too.) Perhaps it’s true that we Big Blue employees are rather smitten with our snazzy, new pal Watson. But who is he really? And will he make any difference in […]

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Cognitive Procurement on Display at IBM Empower 2016

IDC estimates that by 2020, half of all business analytics software will incorporate cognitive computing functionality.1 The nonprofit Pew Research Center echoes that point: “By 2025, artificial intelligence will be built into the architecture of countless functions of business and communication, increasing relevance, reducing noise, increasing efficiency and reducing risk across everything from finding information […]

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