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Supply Chain Matters Guest Posting: My Ten Thoughts for Supply Chains in 2013

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The following guest posting contribution comes from Guy F. Curtin, Director of Product Marketing at RSi.  We previously published our Supply Chain Matters 2013 Predictions for Global Supply Chains. This posting represents Guy’s thoughts regarding supply chain technology in 2013. Guy has contributed prior guest postings on this blog and is no stranger to the supply chain technology space having contributed in roles of supply chain technology marketing.   Big Data or Real Time Data? Big data is everywhere. But is big data right for everyone? Supply chains are hooked on the idea that nirvana is somewhere to be found in that mountain of information. Is nirvana in that big data or could it be captured elsewhere? What about fast data? For example, do transportation companies need big data or fast data? It is more important to rapidly recognize patterns that might indicate a potential problem with a shipment rather […]


Global Supply Chain Activity for December Reflects a Consistent Picture With One Surprise

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Last week’s reports of various production activity indicators reflecting on December 2012 indicate a consistent global supply chain picture with one alarming surprise. U.S. factory activity reflected in the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) PMI index indicates activity expanded modestly in December.  The ISM PMI in December rose to 50.7, up 1.2 points from November. It indicates some modest expansion but by no means, picking up any substantial momentum from other readings during 2012. ISM reports that 9 of the 18 industries tracked indicate contracting activity. New orders remained flat, but imports and exports expanded somewhat from previous periods. Inventories contracted by over two basis points, which we believe is a significant achievement. Purchasing manager indexes reflecting on China, India, South Korea and Taiwan indicated that manufacturing activity within Asia’s core manufacturing regions is gaining some modest momentum. The HSBC Asian electronics lead indicator posted its highest reading since March […]