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Hurricane Florence Update: Impacts, Forecasts, and Operational Best Practices

By Andrew Beso | September 19, 2018

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After making landfall last week, Hurricane Florence is crawling northeast along the U.S.'s east coast. Despite weakening from a Category 4 storm to a Category 1, the storm is disrupting everyday life and wreaking havoc on infrastructure. Last week we published this breakdown of what to expect from Florence, as well as a list of best practices to help businesses defend their operations from the elements. Here are the latest updates. 

Hurricane Florence: What You Need to Know About the Year's First Major Storm

By Janie Ryan | September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence is predicted to be one of the strongest storms on the Eastern seaboard in decades. It will deliver tropical-storm-level winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. Many sources are warning that Florence will be the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hurricane Hugo, which was a Category 4 and sustained winds of 140 mph.

Xiaomi & The Supply Chain Behind the World's Highest Valued Smartphone Startup

By Elementum News Desk | September 5, 2018

Xiaomi Is (Still) The Tech Startup to Watch

On April 6, 2015, the Guinness World Record for the most smartphones sold in 24 hours was broken. Setting the record at 2.1 million units was Xiaomi—the world’s third highest valued startup (following Uber and Didi Chuxiang, Uber’s Chinese equivalent).

How Alibaba, JD.Com and Jumia are Revolutionizing the Ecommerce Supply Chain

By Kristine Jade Tinio | August 27, 2018

With $1 trillion in revenue in 2017 alone, China’s ecommerce market is now the largest in the world, propelling Asia-Pacific’s ascent as a digital powerhouse. Meanwhile, India has the fastest-growing internet consumer base, expanding at an average of 40 million users each year. With millions of potential consumers and limited access to brick-and-mortar stores in many regions, developing economies are fertile ground for the next ecommerce boom.

What's the Deal With USPS and Amazon?

By Mary Grace Figuracion | August 22, 2018

The Truth about the USPS-Amazon Relationship

Can the Internet of Things Solve our Biggest Agriculture Problems?

By Elementum News Desk | August 20, 2018

The world’s appetite is changing, and the agriculture industry is struggling to keep up. Can technology help?

How to Attract the Best Talent to Your Supply Chain

By Gesuina Puangco | August 15, 2018

In a market where consumers are demanding instant gratification from brands, the importance of supply chain to a business’s success has never been greater. However, a shortage of certified supply chain professionals remains a problem for the industry. With the “first generation” of supply chain professionals preparing to retire, businesses will need to invest in new talent to fill roles across logistics, operations, planning, procurement, and more. Today’s supply chain industry is not only relatively young — it’s also changing rapidly, leading to a lack of professionals willing, or even capable enough, to carry the torch. What should the supply chain industry be doing to encourage the best talent?

The Experiential Supply Chain

By Janie Ryan | August 13, 2018

First it was the industrial economy. Then, creeping into the 21st century we saw the rise of the service economy. Now, supply chains are being disrupted by the experience economy. Led by Millennials who demand both more customized experiences and more granular visibility into the lifecycle of their purchases, the experience economy is forcing huge changes in the way business is done.

The Blurring Line Between Retail and Logistics

By Mary De Asis | August 8, 2018

Our notion of convenience is evolving. Being able to offer options, from product variety to flexible delivery schemes, is essential for every business. That’s probably why some of the biggest companies in the world are moving beyond retail to establish their own logistics task forces. From Amazon to FedEx, the line between e-commerce retailer and logistics provider is blurring. We explore what’s behind this new trend, and what it means for supply chain.  

Separation Pangs: What Does The Post-Brexit Supply Chain Really Look Like?

By Aila Abellanosa | August 6, 2018

With England’s legal separation from the EU going into effect next March, companies with supply chains spanning the two regions have had their eyes and ears glued to ongoing trade talks. Their focus? Keeping their manufacturing and supply lines in step with whatever trade policies the European powers decide on. Decisions that occur at the bureaucratic level in the next seven months will drastically affect supply chain dynamics not only in Europe, but across the globe. Let’s take a look at the new, post-Brexit global supply chain, and what it really means for business.