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Upheaval in Retail Changes the Scene for Suppliers

By Harriete Lugue | July 25, 2017

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Following Amazon’s announcement of buying Whole Foods, Amazon’s stock rose 3% while Whole Foods shares skyrocketed 28%. With this acquisition, the world's largest online retailer just proved one thing: Amazon not only wants to dominate the e-commerce industry, they have a clear ambition to get a real foothold in the traditional brick-and-mortar businesses as well. And with Whole Foods earning a good reputation in delivering quality food services, this vision might not be a far reality.

Volvo’s EV Dream

By Angelo Alix | July 19, 2017

An end to purely combustion engine-powered Volvo cars is coming.

Bringing Augmented Reality to Supply Chain

By Paula Lucero | July 11, 2017

 

Augmented reality, or simply known as AR, is the usage of technology to superimpose computer-generated sensory input such as sound, videos, and images over a person's real-view world. These applications help enhance skills, provide timely data, and additional features to help us with everyday activities or actions, all simply controlled by touch or voice commands.

Can Blockchain Help Supply Chain

By Francine Yulo | July 7, 2017

 

When applied to supply chain management, blockchain proposes a system that is as flexible and secure, allowing real time and transparent contracts between organizations and third party partners. It’s poised to vaccinate supply chains vulnerable to ransomware from the inside out.

Focus on Food: Remote Monitoring in the Fresh Supply Chain

By Mary Grace Figuracion | July 5, 2017

In any company, building trust among customers is imperative—but in the food industry, it’s the only way to sustain business. Ensuring consistently fresh and safe food is not an easy task, especially as food providers grow their reach across the country. Companies like Chipotle have seen the consequences of a lack of oversight in their supply chain, with disastrous results. One solution to the looming problem is Remote Monitoring (RMON). Can this new technology reshape food supply chains?

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods

By Paula Lucero | July 3, 2017

 

On June 15, Amazon.com shook up the grocery industry by announcing its plans to purchase Whole Foods Market for $13.7B. What does this powerhouse deal mean for the two companies—and more importantly, for traditional brick-and-mortar grocery chains?

Cyber Security 101: Understanding Ransomware

By Michael Joe A. Ramirez | June 28, 2017

 A number of cyber attacks have been reported lately using ransomware to disrupt business operations of multiple industries. Last May, a ransomware named WannaCry infected over 230,000 computer systems worldwide, and just recently an updated variant called NotPetya managed to hit over 2,000 users in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, France, Italy, the UK, Germany and the US. News of these attacks have left some people wondering, what exactly is ransomware and how much of a threat does it pose?

The End of Retail

By Aila Abellanosa | June 26, 2017

 The growing crisis in physical retail has been alarming companies and analysts. According to research reports, 22 retailers in the US are on the brink of bankruptcy, and more than 1,000 stores have closed their doors or are set to shut down in 2017.

New Trucking Regulations: What Can Shippers Anticipate and Prepare For?

By Rose Josol | June 23, 2017

This year opened with a list of regulatory changes in the over-the-road trucking sector, with new policies set to impact driver capacity and productivity. The new rules were set, generally speaking, to address the perennial issue of driver and road safety in the trucking industry. In fact, many stakeholders, including trucking and shipping associations, have lauded what is perceived as a right move by the government. However, many are also apprehensive and wary of the negative impacts of certain details of the new regulations. Many industry players fear the regulatory changes will worsen the driver shortage, a trend that can translate to lesser number of available trucks and, ultimately, higher shipping costs.

Cognitive Computing for Supply Chain Risk Management

By Harriete Lugue | May 10, 2017

 A company cannot possibly define its goals for the future without first analyzing and identifying possible risks, challenges, or disasters it may encounter. By executing a risk management plan, a company can assess potential critical risk that needs to be prioritized before they could cause adverse impacts on their interests. Effective risk management strategies empower companies to reduce supply chain risks and maximize profit at the same time.