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Puga Sankara
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No Quick Picks: The Right Retail Technology Makes a Difference
Puga Sankara  
8/18/2017   Post a comment
Retailers can’t just sell technology, but they must use technology in new and smart ways.
Retail Needs to Get Its Groove Back
Puga Sankara  
8/11/2017   Post a comment
All the talk of online killing retail may not be completely true. If retail is sick, it may be that they are not taking care of business. This adversity may be an opportunity to turn it around, come out bigger better and stronger.
Superhero Tools Inspire Consumer-Centric Design
Puga Sankara  
7/21/2017   Post a comment
Everyone wants to feel like a superhero, and a well-designed product can help support that urge.
The Internet as the Great Equalizer
Puga Sankara  
7/14/2017   Post a comment
Internet has enabled smart, intelligent, talented people all over the world. Mobile devices have changed the way we work. That's going to change our supply chains.
Smart Machine Age Shifts the Future Workforce
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6/16/2017   Post a comment
A recent panel tackled the question of how disruptive technology will change the work force.
Micromanaging for Success: What’s Your Style?
Puga Sankara  
6/9/2017   (3) comments
To micromanage or not? That is the question.
The Smart Machine Age: Humans Need Not Apply
Puga Sankara  
5/12/2017   (2) comments
The smart machine age is coming and in some ways is here. People are going to need to work in new ways--complimentary to machines--to remain relevant.
Transformational Leadership in the Smart Machine Age
Puga Sankara  
5/5/2017   (2) comments
The high-tech electronics world needs transformational leaders to drive lasting change.
Find the Fire: Great Teams Need Passion
Puga Sankara  
4/21/2017   (2) comments
Every company needs people who have fire in their bellies. In the high-tech electronics space, though, the need is even more critical.
Connectivity & IoT Create Greater Supply Chain Data Collection Options
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3/17/2017   Post a comment
The ubiquitous nature of IoT and better ways to collect data are set to transform the way things are done in the supply chain.
7 Things About Amazon the Retail Supply Chain Needs to Know
Puga Sankara  
3/10/2017   (1) comment
The recent Retail Supply Chain Conference 2017 netted some interesting insights, particularly around how Amazon is shifting how the retail supply chain works.
Newest Supply Chain Paradigm Shift Hits Retail
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2/24/2017   Post a comment
When a paradigm shifts, everything changes. It’s a phenomenon that we are seeing in the brick and mortar commerce supply chain with the increased popularity of online shopping.
Resuscitating Retail: Big Lessons from Big Winners
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2/17/2017   Post a comment
Is the retail landscape all doom & gloom? Has e-commerce taken over everything? Don’t count on the end of traditional retail quite yet.
Employee Math: When Two Plus Two is More than Four
Puga Sankara  
2/3/2017   (1) comment
The best teams have visionaries and detail people. When you do it right, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Chargebacks & Retail Compliance: Prove You Did It Right
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1/20/2017   Post a comment
An efficient image-enabled supply chain lets users to take pictures that will serve as reference able document that can be produced to refute any chargeback situations.
Image Enabled Supply Chain Promises Future Benefits
Puga Sankara  
1/6/2017   (1) comment
Tag every supply chain activity, data, and record with a picture to capture a supply chain gains.
Smart Phones Deliver Best Quality Video
Puga Sankara  
12/30/2016   Post a comment
In my quest to create the best quality video what did I find? Apple is falling further and further behind.
Emotional Investment Leads to Success
Puga Sankara  
12/23/2016   Post a comment
Are you emotionally invested in what you are doing? It is not just a secret to success, but also to a fulfilled life.
Bots May Be the Next Big Supply Chain Invasion
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12/2/2016   Post a comment
Chat bots are becoming commonplace in e-commerce. It may be time to look at how supply chains can use the same tech to make things run smoothly.
The Trump Manifesto & the Electronics Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
11/18/2016   (4) comments
In the distribution center, Donald Trumps proposed changes to immigration in the United States may have unforeseen effects on the supply chain.
Logistics Carriers Should Envision an Image Enabled Supply Chain
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11/11/2016   Post a comment
Innovative companies count on logistics carriers to get stuff done. To keep up, carriers need to start thinking innovatively about how to give customers stellar service.
Fast Charging Comes to Maturity to Support Supply Chain Tasks
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10/28/2016   Post a comment
Fast charging is going to change a lot of things in the enterprise, especially factories and the supply chain.
The Real Problem with Digital Assistants
Puga Sankara  
10/21/2016   Post a comment
The electronic digital assistants on our mobile devices have some limitations. They could do a much better job.
Storytelling: The Secret Weapon of Great Organizations
Puga Sankara  
10/14/2016   (1) comment
The stories of great people have the potential to inspire us to do great things with our lives… and in our organizations.
The Startup Phenomenon: How 3PLs Can Use it to Increase Value & Capture Market
Puga Sankara  
10/7/2016   (24) comments
True innovation is rarely comes without persistence, need, and creativity.
Software-Centric World Takes Over Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
9/30/2016   (4) comments
Finally, the move to software has taken over the enterprise. The supply chain is becoming more automated, and that's going to change the way we all do business.
Curiosity: Building Success in the Organization
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9/23/2016   Post a comment
Curiosity builds the ability to concentrate on what is important and to continue to strive for success.
Supply Chain Graduate Degrees: Make the Most of Education
Puga Sankara  
9/9/2016   (4) comments
Young supply chain professional need to develop career plans to ensure getting the most out of a Graduate Degree.
Love or Money: Looking at the Ingredients of Business
Puga Sankara  
9/2/2016   (1) comment
Food is love… especially when mom makes it. But maybe electronics OEMs can learn something from Mom and Starbucks about putting love into product creation and delivery.
Teamwork: Critical & Achievable for the Supply Chain
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6/17/2016   Post a comment
Good teamwork makes everyone perform better. It's important to understand that success goes beyond the individual.
The Discipline of Daily Inventory Counts Enhance Distribution Center Culture
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6/3/2016   Post a comment
Technology and processes are the one-two punch needed to take a disorganized dumpy warehouse into its full potential. Workers need to be disciplined about doing things just right.
Capturing Passion in the Supply Chain Profession
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5/27/2016   Post a comment
Are you a passionate supply chain professional? If so, there are ways to instill passion in the job you do.
Designing User-Friendly Systems: Not as Easy as It Sounds
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5/20/2016   Post a comment
Too often, IT gets sidetracked by feature-rich and dazzling technologies. Users, on the other hand, just want to get their jobs done--and they are best suited to deciding what features are helpful and which are not.
Google Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics on the Block
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5/13/2016   Post a comment
Automation has recently become the Holy Grail in many businesses including electronics manufacturing. It may be time to slow down and consider the ramifications of these new technologies. It may not be the panacea we think it is.
Technology or Process: Find the Shortest Road to Efficiency & Productivity
Puga Sankara  
5/6/2016   Post a comment
Supply chain managers need to be very careful when evaluating new tools and technology to deploy in their supply chain.
Trust but Verify: Wisdom on 3PL Relations
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4/22/2016   Post a comment
“Doveryai, no proveryai” - Trust but verify – As a 3PL are you able to provide service levels that are not just a trustworthy but also verifiable?
Samsung Beating Apple in the Innovation Game
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3/25/2016   Post a comment
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is better than iPhone because its battery lasts longer and it charges fast. Why can’t Apple make the iPhone battery bigger and incorporate fast and wireless charging?
Oil Drills & Apples: Sensors Provide Insight into Supply Chain Operations
Puga Sankara  
3/11/2016   Post a comment
The latest mobile devices are equipped with power sensor technology that can provide a lot of insights on operations on your supply chain. Make sure that your organization is leveraging them to get actionable insights.
Innovation & Effective Change Management Prove a Critical Combination
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3/4/2016   Post a comment
Innovation is hard. Organization-wide adoption is even harder. That's why change management is a critical part of every innovation project.
Data Rich, Information Poor: The Conundrum of the Distribution Center
Puga Sankara  
2/26/2016   (1) comment
Everyone has data, but real success is about insights. It's important to understand how to effectively leverage data for measurable success.
Simulation Tools Optimize Processes & Take Surprises Out of WMS Deployments
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2/19/2016   Post a comment
Simulation is a very powerful tool that is underused in the supply chain. Today, major distributors move big volumes of really expensive merchandise are one exception. One would think, every major software vendor would offer this capability, but not yet.
Leverage Video to Engage & Teach New Technology
Puga Sankara  
2/5/2016   (3) comments
Dry and monotonous user manuals are too boring to engage the average worker. Getting employees up to speed through the use of video is a better option.
8 Ways the Chennai Floods Demonstrated the (Good & Bad) Power of Social Media
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1/29/2016   Post a comment
The people of Chennai came together through Facebook and Twitter to help each other at the time of the historic torrential downpour that overwhelmed the entire city. The same type of social media tools can be leveraged within the supply chain network.
Cultural Intelligence Proves Critical to Global Strategy
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1/15/2016   Post a comment
Leaders need to get multicultural experience, in order to lead this ever shrinking, technologically transforming, tightly connecting world. By arming themselves with cultural intelligence, these individuals can effectively inspire, execute, and win business across borders.
iPad Pro Not Ready for Supply Chain Prime Time
Puga Sankara  
12/17/2015   Post a comment
The Apple iPad Pro is cool, but it will need to evolve to be a solid supply chain and warehouse tool.
Tell Apple to Stop Drinking Its Own Kool Aid: The PC Isn't Dead Yet
Puga Sankara  
12/16/2015   Post a comment
No wonder Apple is struggling to sell its products to enterprises. The iconic Apple is wrong to claim that iPad Pro will replace PCs, a statement that is surprising coming from an executive with an enterprise background at Compaq and IBM's supply chain and procurement departments.
Tracking the Evolution of Distribution Center Tech
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12/7/2015   Post a comment
Distribution centers have come a long way from the paper-based processes of the past. It's come a long way since then.
Operations or IT: Don't Pick a Side
Puga Sankara  
11/25/2015   Post a comment
When operations and IT partner together seamlessly, it can translate into huge supply chain efficiency and savings for an organization.
Foster a Culture of Innovation in the Supply Chain
Puga Sankara  
11/5/2015   Post a comment
Focusing on innovation gets more important as our lives become more technology dependent each day. The organizations and people that adapt to innovation and that are technology savvy will be the winners of the future.
Leverage Gamification to Improve Worker Engagement
Puga Sankara  
9/25/2015   Post a comment
Do you often feel like your distribution center operators can do more, but for some reason they are just not engaged? Gamification could be an option to build better engagement between your operators and their work assignments.
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