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The Busiest Online Shopping Day you've Never Heard of

By Amy Clark | November 10, 2015

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For every flower gifted on Valentine's day, someone is treating themselves to a box of chocolates. It’s a common practice to spend money on yourself on days like Valentine’s Day, and many stores offer discounts and promotions to capitalize on this trend. But China has an entire day devoted to single people. Every November 11th the aptly-named “Singles Day” inspires millions of singles to participate in special events, eat themed candies, and—above all—shop. It’s the largest online shopping day in the world, but unless you’ve lived in China, you probably haven’t heard of it.

Dr. Hau Lee on the New Supply Chain—and What to Watch Out for in TPP

By Amy Clark | November 9, 2015

Welcome to the third installment of Supply Chain Spotlight, Elementum’s interview series. We speak with the most influential people in today’s global supply chain. Each interview is a conversation about the most important topics and tasks facing supply chain professionals all over the world.

Can Co-opetition Save your Company?

By Gesuina Puangco | November 2, 2015

Co-opetition—a tactic where companies collaborate with their competitors—could be the surprising answer to some industries’ biggest problems.

Professor Yossi Sheffi on Resilience, Visibility, and Biggest Risks this Holiday Season

By Amy Clark | October 29, 2015

Welcome to the second installment of Supply Chain Spotlight, Elementum’s interview series. We speak with the most influential people in today’s global supply chain. Each interview is a conversation about the most important topics and tasks facing supply chain professionals all over the world.

Update: Hurricane Patricia's Impact

By Amy Clark | October 23, 2015

The largest hurricane ever recorded quickly turned into a tropical depression as it hit Mexico's west coast this weekend.  

What Amazon's Decision Says About the Future of Logistics

By Amy Clark | October 22, 2015

In preparation for the increasingly crazy holiday rush, Amazon is planning to hire 100,000 temporary workers at their 70 fulfillment and distribution centers across the country.

Professor Richard Wilding on Medieval Logistics, the New Omni-Channel, and How to Really Build Trust

By Amy Clark | October 19, 2015

Welcome to the first installment of Supply Chain Spotlight, Elementum’s interview series. We speak with the most influential people in today’s global supply chain. Each interview is a conversation about the most important topics and tasks facing supply chain professionals all over the world.

“Too Big to Fail”: 10 Things you Need to Know About El Niño

By Amy Clark | October 15, 2015

El Niño is officially set to wreak havoc around the world—starting now. Deemed “too big to fail” by NASA, the weather event will impact supply chains at every stage. As the event starts to take effect, here are ten things you should know about how different weather systems will impact your supply chain.

The Story of China's Corny Love Affair

By Amy Clark | October 9, 2015

You’ve probably heard about America’s love affair with corn. We’re the number one producer of the agricultural hero, whose versatile structure goes into everything from ketchup, to coca-cola, to your car’s fuel. But this week, we’re traveling 7,000 miles from the expansive corn fields of the midwest to a more unlikely corn consumer: China. This week on the story of things, we take a look at China’s starchy dilemma—to import, or not to import?

E-Commerce Takes Off in Developing Countries

By Mary Grace Figuracion | October 8, 2015

E-commerce is expanding at lightning speed. Consumers around the world are expected to spend around U.S. $1.672 trillion online this year—about 7.3% of the overall global sales—and much of that growth is coming from developing economies. We examine the benefits and obstacles to e-commerce in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa.