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IoT Technology Draws Investor Interest- Thin Film Electronics Secures Additional Funding


Supply Chain Matters has provided previous commentaries citing next generation technology involving smart item-level labeling technology that can be applicable to either supply chain business intelligence, demand sensing or tracking needs. Evolving next-generation labeling utilizes printed electronics and near-field communications (NFC-enabled) smart labels to track products and their various states. This new evolution is the […]

Supply Chain Matters Executive Interview with Kinaxis


This author recently had the opportunity to interview Kinaxis senior executive Trevor Miles where we explored some important topics related to multi-industry supply chain challenges and the Kinaxis efforts in supporting these challenges. In our conversation, we covered a number of topics related to supply chain business processes and enabling software technology, as well as […]

Quantified Impact of the Expanded Panama Canal for U.S. Bound Container Shipping


The Boston Consulting Group (BSC) and C.H. Robinson have just released a new joint study, How the Panama Canal Expansion is Redrawing the Logistics Map, (sign-up required for complimentary report) which we feel should be essential reading for multi-industry sourcing, procurement, logistics and transportation teams. This study should motivate such teams to undertake more frequent […]

Paris Air Show Adds New Impetus for Supply Chain Execution Across Aerospace Supply Chains


  Commercial aircraft industry eyeballs were focused on this week’s Paris Air Show, a biannual event with enormous significance to major aircraft manufacturers and their respective supply chain partners.  Each event is a competition as to which manufacturer walks away with bragging rights to the most landed customer orders or most buzz regarding a new […]

Implications from This Week’s FedEx Earnings Report


FedEx reported Q4 and FY15 financial results this week that included strong indicators of some change in strategic direction along with implications from previous actions. Financial highlights for the final fiscal quarter included an increase in adjusted   operating income of 5 percent but a reported loss of $895 million primarily as a result of […]

Demand Sensing Lessons Learned in China


As thought leaders in supply chain management, we often point out the critical importance for firms to more quickly sense geographic or regional changes in product demand and respond to such changes with integrated supply and fulfillment capabilities. This week, The Wall Street Journal highlights (paid subscription) how certain high-profile consumer product goods companies were […]

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