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IHS Outlook: Global Supply Chain Trends and Threats

By Chris G. Christopher, Jr., Director, U.S. Macroeconomics & Consumer Economics, IHS Markit Global trade and the many supply chains that support it are continually subject to shifts in economic conditions, geopolitical regimes, and politics. Recently, two major trends have emerged that have the potential to disrupt supply chains and global economic growth: economic slowdown…

Fabricating a Future for Distributed Manufacturing with Blockchain

By Dana Martens Today, a single person can create products including clothing, electronics and furniture that, just five years ago, would have required a full-scale factory to manufacture. The accessibility of sophisticated digital fabrication tools and technology, like 3D printing and CNC milling, are generating huge opportunities for entrepreneurs – aka makers – and small…

Behavioral Economics Key to Maximizing Human -Technology Engagement in a Digital Supply Chain

By Mark Cotteleer and Tim Murphy In an effort to make high-stakes decisions easier, supply chain practitioners are increasingly turning to advanced analytics and real-time sensor technology for insights. Ironically, many executives find that these enabling, time-saving technologies, and the mass amount of information they derive, can often make the decision making process more complex…

Philips Drives Supply Chain Sustainability “Beyond the Audit”

Imagine conducting a job interview and only asking potential candidates to discuss the ways in which they were not qualified for the position. How forthcoming could you reasonably expect these individuals to be? With their livelihoods on the line, even the most honorable job seekers are likely to stretch the truth to make themselves appear…

Soldier On: Initiative Puts Service Vets on Frontline of Manufacturing Skills Revolution

After years of decline, the U.S. manufacturing sector is in the midst of a pivotal transformation. Adoption of emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics, additive manufacturing, and the Internet of Things, are bringing levels of innovation and productivity that are inspiring not only U.S.-based companies to “reshore” manufacturing, but prompting a flurry of foreign direct…

Half Way to the Point of No Return

 As world’s “carbon budget” depletes, corporations turn to science in effort to avert environmental calamity   Scientific research has concluded that once average global temperatures rise 2° C above pre-industrial levels (1870 baseline), the adverse impacts of global warming – extreme weather, rising ocean acidity, floods, droughts, and rampant disease – will be irreversible. Based…

Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO, Maker Media

One-on-One Profile Education: BA, English Literature, University of Louisville Background: Writer, editor, publisher and community organizer in combining technical and creative interests Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking, Making Hot Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Hard Cider Favorite Book: Bartelby the Scrivener by Herman Melville Advice to 18-year-old Dale: Whatever you learn, you will eventually find a creative way to apply it SCN:…

From the Desk of Wade McDaniel

Welcome to the October 2017 issue of Supply Chain Navigator. Several years ago, I wrote an article in which I shared my doubts about the maker movement in terms of the potential influence and long-term impact on the technology sector. At the time, pundits were heralding the movement as the start of the “third industrial…

From Platitude to Paradigm

Internal crowdsourcing unleashes disruptive capacity of corporate everyman Listen in on just about any corporate earnings call and you are likely, at some point, to hear a top-level executive offer a folksy acknowledgment of the company’s employees: “it’s our people that make our company what it is,” or “our people are our greatest resource.” Why,…