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A Pulse on Social Networking for Supply Chain Management

In this month’s issue of Supply Chain Management Review, I share my perspective on the role and future of “social” technologies in supply chain management (see “The Social Side of Supply Chain Management,” available to subscribers). The article is over 4,000 words (the longest work I’ve written in years) and it covers a variety of topics, including the misconceptions supply chain executives have about social technologies; the current state of “social networking for business” and […]

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Ariba: At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks

Last week at the Ariba LIVE 2013 conference, I led a discussion session titled “At the Intersection of Social and Business Networks” with about fifty senior executives in supply chain and procurement. I made the case that we are currently seeing the rise of supply chain operating networks, the business equivalents of Facebook and LinkedIn, which are enabling communities of trading partners to communicate, collaborate, and execute business processes in more efficient, scalable, and innovative […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 6-10, 2013)

After spilling coffee all over my desk this morning and cleaning up the mess, I am short on time, so let’s go straight to the news this week: C.H. Robinson Reports First Quarter Results XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2013 Results Elemica Introduces a Completely New Supply Chain Operating Network Platform Ariba and Discover to Transform B2B Payments with AribaPay JDA Announces the Release of JDA Cloud Optimize Service Offerings Roadnet Transportation Suite 3.6.2 Launches […]

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Guest Commentary: 6 Impacts of Social and Mobile on Supply Chain Management

You wake up in the morning and grab your smartphone. You notice you have 5 notifications from your network about important events pending. You quickly scan your news feed to see what conversations and key updates you missed during the night. A key topic catches your eye and you jump into a discussion with a group of people around the world. You accept an invitation from a pending request to connect. You see that a […]

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Facebook Graph Search, Through a Supply Chain Lens

There were plenty of rumors about what Facebook was going to announce yesterday, everything from the launch of a Facebook phone to the introduction of a “Dislike” button. But the big announcement was about Graph Search, “a new way for you to find people, photos, places and interests that are most relevant to you on Facebook.” While traditional search tools were designed to search the Web, Graph Search was designed to search a social network […]

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GE Implements a Social Network Platform: 4 Lessons to Consider

Since most companies are still in the “early observer” stage when it comes to using social networking tools for business processes other than marketing and customer service, it’s great when an early adopter shares its experience publicly. Last week, MIT Sloan Management Review published an informative interview with Ron Utterbeck, the CIO for GE Corporate and the Advanced Manufacturing Software Technology Center in Michigan, about GE’s implementation of GE Colab, a social networking platform the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 5-9, 2012)

The US presidential election is finally over. $6 billion (yes, billion) was spent on the presidential campaign to end up where we started: same president, the Republicans in control of the House, the Democrats in control of the Senate, and the country still very divided. It’s hard to see how things will be different this time around when nothing has really changed. As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over […]

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Why Companies Aren’t Using Social Media for Supply Chain Management

I’m on way back from The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum where I conducted two workshop sessions on the role of social media in supply chain management. I’ve been doing these workshops for the past couple of years, discussing the topic with hundreds of supply chain executives, and my main takeaway is that we’re still in the “early observer” stage when it comes to using social media technologies to improve supply chain processes. There are […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 14-18, 2012)

Let’s go straight to the news… SAP Unveils Accelerated Cloud Strategy LeanLogistics Introduces On-Demand TMS® SuiteApp For NetSuite’s SuiteCloud Computing Platform FedEx Closes in on Vehicle Fleet Fuel Efficiency Goal Years Ahead of Schedule FMCSA Releases New Shipper, Broker, and Insurer Resources USDOT Proposes Groundbreaking Rule to Prevent Rollover Crashes for Nation’s Large Trucks, Buses Free-Trade Deal Begins Between Colombia, U.S. (Wall Street Journal) Facebook and Twitter Postings Cost CFO His Job (Wall Street Journal) […]

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A Social Media Approach to B2B Connectivity and Commerce

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it was paying $1,000,000,000 for Instagram, an 18-month old company with twelve employees and no revenues that allows people to share photos with each other. Yes, $1 billion. And yes, I started second guessing my career choice when I heard the news. I won’t comment on the merits of this acquisition (you can find plenty of opinions online), but it re-enforces the prevailing opinion that many supply chain executives […]

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