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Susan Fourtané
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Exploring the Transformative Potential of the Digital Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
7/6/2017   (1) comment
CEOs and supply chain executives interested in increasing revenue and decreasing cost will benefit from digital supply chain transformation.
On-Demand Trucking: The Birth of Uber Freight
Susan Fourtané  
6/28/2017   (1) comment
Ride-sharing service Uber has entered the freight transportation market offering an app that matches truckers and trucking companies with loads to haul.
Trucking Regulations: What Supply Chain Managers Need to Know
Susan Fourtané  
6/13/2017   Post a comment
Coming regulations are anticipated to decrease the driver pool and truck capacity with immediate consequences disrupting over-the-road shipping.
Make Way for Digital, On-Demand & Always-On Supply Chains
Susan Fourtané  
5/25/2017   Post a comment
What to expect from next-generation supply chains? Here is what supply chain managers need to know to better understand the processes that will disrupt supply chains in the coming decade.
Smart Cities Logistics & Implications for Supply Chains
Susan Fourtané  
5/8/2017   Post a comment
Here is how innovations and technologies are being leveraged to help cities address the growing challenges of congestion, noise, and pollution associated with last-mile deliveries within their increasing populations.
How Apple's Supply Chain Contributes to the Betterment of the Environment
Susan Fourtané  
4/19/2017   Post a comment
Electronics OEMs have an opportunity to be major contributors to the betterment of the earth. For Earth Day, we're looking at the efforts of one major OEM: Apple.
Apple Supplier Policy Change Addresses Child Labor & Poor Working Conditions
Susan Fourtané  
3/29/2017   (3) comments
Apple has stopped buying cobalt from artisanal mines in Congo until labor conditions and appropriate protections are in place.
Points for Picking the Right IoT Hardware Platforms
Susan Fourtané  
3/2/2017   Post a comment
An explosion of IoT hardware platforms sometimes make it hard for embedded programmers and designers to choose the best platform for their needs. Here is a quick guide on how to choose the right IoT hardware platform.
Apple Set to Start iPhone Production in India
Susan Fourtané  
2/13/2017   Post a comment
Apple has said that it will begin assembly of iPhones in India by the end of April in order to focus on what has become the world's fastest-growing major smartphone market.
Robot Replace Human Programs Advance in China
Susan Fourtané  
2/7/2017   Post a comment
Robot Replace Human programs have been completed toward the Made in China 2025 vision. In addition, they accelerate China's goal to stay ahead of gteh pack as a world manufacturing power.
Electronics Through the Ages: A History of Vintage Technology in Pictures
Susan Fourtané  
2/2/2017   (19) comments
One private museum run by a single person housed an incredible over 10,000 artifacts. Unfortunately, after the passing of its owner, Enrico Tedeschi, the exhibition was shut down. Here we remember it in pictures.
Robots & Automation: Debunking the Myth
Susan Fourtané  
12/13/2016   Post a comment
In the process of change, we should be cautious of the hype around the AI trend. The best decisions come from looking at the trends with clear eyes.
Maintaining Control in a Customer-Centric Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/16/2016   (2) comments
Customer centricity is redefining today's supply chain. As customers demand more, how are businesses going to respond?
Automated Supply Chain: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Susan Fourtané  
10/31/2016   Post a comment
The Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring fully-automated supply chains creating opportunities for businesses as well as bringing safety to the production line, efficiency, and more environmentally friendly work environments.
OEMs Have a Role in Mitigating Child & Forced Labor
Susan Fourtané  
9/8/2016   (1) comment
In an interview, Geraint John, supply chain risk expert and vice president of Research at SCM World, discusses the new Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act that aims at ending child and forced labor in the supply chain.
Connected Trucks Will Drive NextGen Logistics
Susan Fourtané  
7/14/2016   Post a comment
As part of the European Truck Platooning challenge organized by the Dutch government, self-driving trucks delivered goods across Europe in a trial by six different truck manufacturers.
Is DHL's Parcelcopter The Future of Logistics?
Susan Fourtané  
7/6/2016   (2) comments
DHL completes autonomous parcelcopter 3.0 cross-country flights implemented under challenging conditions and reveals it outperforms a car, opening a new door in the future of the logistics delivery chain.
Wearable Sensors to Bring IoT to Small Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
7/5/2016   Post a comment
Wearable sensors from ABB are promising to bring IoT to small manufacturing.
3 Industrial IoT Pain Points OEMs Face Today
Susan Fourtané  
6/1/2016   Post a comment
Industrial IoT workers are not being trained as robustly as the high-skill jobs resulting from new technologies initiatives demand.
Strategic Supply Chain Planning: Priorities of the CSCO
Susan Fourtané  
4/25/2016   (1) comment
For a company to remain competitive, the CSCO must deliver innovative cost-reduction strategies and present a market strategy differentiator.
Robotic Process Automation Builds Agile Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
4/12/2016   Post a comment
Complex supply chains require visibility and control. Robotic Process Automation (RPA), also called software robots, process information for a more agile development of business applications.
Logistics Management: How Market Volatility Impacts Freight Transportation Rates in 2016
Susan Fourtané  
3/7/2016   Post a comment
Industry analysts share views on how the economic slowdown of global markets is impacting freight transportation rates in 2016.
Embedded Packaging Fights Counterfeiting, Enhances Supply Chain Transparency
Susan Fourtané  
2/17/2016   Post a comment
Digitally interactive embedded packaging solution for OEMs backed by a cloud platform enables real-time data capture strategic insights on products to help increase the agility of supply chain management.
Paris Agreement: Supply Chain Implications
Susan Fourtané  
2/4/2016   (1) comment
The recent Paris Agreement climate deal by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in December puts a lot on the line in regards to supply chain management.
Graphene-Based Inks Empowers High-Speed Manufacturing of Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
1/28/2016   Post a comment
A low-cost, high-speed method for printing graphene inks and other conductive materials unveiled by University of Cambridge researchers could open up a wide range of applications including inexpensive printed electronics, intelligent packaging, and disposable sensors.
Customer Demands Should Drive Operational Designs
Susan Fourtané  
1/12/2016   Post a comment
A recent PwC survey finds that changes in customer behavior are set to disrupt businesses in all industries over the next five years. However, most companies operations are not designed to deliver what customers value now or three years from now.
Offshore Supplier Dependency Discourages Reshoring
Susan Fourtané  
12/14/2015   (1) comment
How viable and scalable reshoring manufacturing really is? A new research paper examines how manufacturers' dependency on offshore suppliers impacts their consideration of reshoring.
Mini-MBA Focuses on IoT Impact on Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/19/2015   Post a comment
Value supply chains are looking for qualified talent with knowledge on today's organizational structure, the latest technological developments, and processes that will shape the next-generation supply chain. Rutgers Business School Executive Education new Mini-MBA aims to provide those skills.
New Carbon Trust Standard Pushes Corporate Responsibility into Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/4/2015   Post a comment
Carbon Trust, in London, England, has recently launched a new international certification for supply chains working to measure, manage, and reduce carbon emissions.
Building an Ethical Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
10/19/2015   Post a comment
With increasing outsourcing, ethical problems intensify in the supply chain as customers demand ethical products and services. How should an organization approach the challenges and build an ethical supply chain that is both successful and profitable?
Google Glass & Augmented Reality Benefit Warehouse Operations
Susan Fourtané  
9/29/2015   (1) comment
By 2017, the augmented reality market will grow to $5.2 billion becoming the next big thing in a variety of markets, including logistics and manufacturing.
Supply Chain Execution Convergence: The Next Generation of Supply Chains
Susan Fourtané  
9/8/2015   Post a comment
Supply Chain Execution Convergence offers supply chain managers new ways to create end-to-end visibility and the ability to quickly react to disruptions.
Nokia Networks Leads in Supply Chain Operations Excellence
Susan Fourtané  
8/25/2015   Post a comment
Learning from global leaders' supply chain management increases your chances to get supply chain operations planning right. Nokia Networks shares its journey towards excellence in supply chain operations.
Get Top Marks in Continually Developing Supply Chain Competence
Susan Fourtané  
8/12/2015   Post a comment
Continuous education within the supply chain will optimize the supply chain by adding value to the department, developing competence in workers, and inspiring partners to do the same.
How Connected Trucks Will Change Logistics by 2020
Susan Fourtané  
8/3/2015   Post a comment
Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) technology is going to change logistics dramatically by the year 2020.
Supply Chain of Things: Challenges & Solutions
Susan Fourtané  
7/16/2015   Post a comment
The Internet of Things, (IoT) can bring more complexity to the supply chain, but it can also bring greater visibility affecting the supply chain's operations in a positive way.
Integrated Business Planning in the New Value Chain
Susan Fourtané  
6/29/2015   Post a comment
Successful supply chain business planning depends on integration between the financial and operations plans.
Novel Technologies Improve the Performance of Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
6/24/2015   Post a comment
New developments in cleaning processes improve the performance of printed electronics.
Top High-Tech Supply Chain Topics in Pictures
Susan Fourtané  
6/15/2015   Post a comment
Global electronics supply chain leaders gathered in May in Amsterdam at the annual High-Technology and Electronics Supply Chain Summit to discuss the future of the high-technology supply chain.
Create a Customer First Supply Chain for True Transformation
Susan Fourtané  
5/11/2015   Post a comment
Learn how to embrace change to become a customer-centric value chain following expert advice from Oracle's Matthew Banks.
Prescriptive Analytics Creates Healthier Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
4/20/2015   Post a comment
Prescriptive analytics help reshape and transform the traditional supply chain into a new value chain.
Mobile Applications Bring Flexibility for Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
4/7/2015   Post a comment
Mobile applications can create more flexibility for supply chain manufacturing businesses.
Building a Fully Operational Data Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
3/18/2015   (2) comments
Study reveals how organizations can develop a fully operational data supply chain that leads to making more informed and timely decisions.
Entering the Era of 3D Printed Electronics
Susan Fourtané  
2/24/2015   Post a comment
A new development in 3D printing and conductive inks make 3D printed electronics a reality that will revolutionize electronics manufacturing starting this year.
How CSCOs Orchestrate a Customer-Activated Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
1/23/2015   Post a comment
Global Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) should focus on how to earn the loyalty of digitally empowered customers by building a customer-activated supply chain, an IBM study finds.
5 Principles of Supply Chain Excellence
Susan Fourtané  
1/15/2015   Post a comment
Leading supply chain organizations have long talked about supply chain excellence. In the face of increasing business pressures, here are five tips that help achieve those goals in the real world.
Big Data & Analytics: Core to Next-Gen Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
12/8/2014   (2) comments
With the help of big data and analtyics, companies can produce a more efficient and agile supply chain driven by valuable data. But research suggests that Asia-Pacific manufacturers might need a little push.
Supply Chain Management Primer: The Financial Supply Chain
Susan Fourtané  
11/20/2014   Post a comment
Organizations may overlook the financial supply chain when doing a supply chain overhaul. Fully integrated financials, though are critical to good SCM.
The Future for OEMs: Connected Manufacturing
Susan Fourtané  
11/11/2014   (5) comments
What does it take to the manufacturing industry to integrate supply and demand via the Internet of Things?
Expanding the Supply Chain's Horizon
Susan Fourtané  
10/20/2014   (13) comments
Staying competitive in today's dynamic business environment requires a robust supply chain and market expansion.
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