Archive for Social Media – Page 2

Guest Commentary: Is Community Cloud the Future of Logistics?

Are you saturated by all the cloud hype? Recently, a leading analyst firm published a report on cloud computing that listed 24 variations. It’s tough to name a vendor that does not claim to have a cloud offering. With all of the confusion, it’s hard to identify what part of cloud technology will really benefit logistics and other sophisticated ecosystems. I believe that community cloud has the potential to transform not only company performance, but […]

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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 (October 29 – November 2, 2012)

The biggest news this week was Hurricane Sandy, which left a path of flooding, power outages, and destruction along the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the storm, especially those hardest hit in New Jersey and New York City. The storm also disrupted logistics operations, including the closing of local airports and the Port of New York/New Jersey. Events like these are another reminder of why companies need to prioritize […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 15-19, 2012)

My wife is going away for a long weekend with her mom and sister. But I should be fine. She left me three detailed pages of where I need to be and what I need to do, hour by hour, for the next three days. So, with no time to waste, here’s this week’s news: Manhattan Associates Reports Record Third Quarter 2012 Performance C.H. Robinson Announces Sale of T-Chek Systems to EFS for $302.5 Million […]

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This Week in Logistics News (September 17-21, 2012)

Lots of news this week, so let’s get started. FedEx Corp. Reports First Quarter Results Oracle Reports Q1 GAAP EPS Up 15% to 41 Cents; Q1 Non-GAAP EPS Up 11% to 53 Cents ILA, USMX agree to 90-day extension in labor negotiations (Logistics Management) Descartes as an IATA Strategic Partner Facilitates Air Cargo Innovation With Technology Bridge between Cargo-XML and Cargo-IMP Oracle Introduces Mobile Point-of-Service for Retailers SAP Opens New Mobility Design Center to Conceptualize, […]

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Will Social Kill the 800-lb Gorilla?

In a HBR podcast that aired last week, Nilofer Merchant, author of 11 Rules for Creating Value in the Social Era, discusses the emergence of a new organizational model that threatens the power of 800-lb gorillas in business: “The 800-lb gorilla in business has been aspiration, and it worked as a metaphor — it was the one who dominated over others, perhaps in the form of pricing power or market control, market monopoly, and it […]

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Social Media and Demand Analytics

Rich Sherman has written a book titled “Supply Chain Transformation,” which will be released in October. It is one of the better supply chain books I’ve read, and certainly the most entertaining. Rich is a well known figure in our industry who came to supply chain management with a background in marketing. At one point in the book, he says that the output from the marketing folks “manifests itself in most of the variability that […]

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The Power of Software Usability: Insights from Infor’s Inforum 2012 Conference

Last week, Infor (an ARC client) held its user conference, Inforum 2012, in Denver, Colorado. This year’s conference drew almost 5,000 attendees. Infor is the third largest supplier of enterprise solutions with almost 70,000 customers. Infor is a provider of several different industry-specific enterprise solutions. The company also provides best-of-breed solutions in areas such as financials, supply chain management, enterprise asset management, and human capital management. Infor uses a unique middleware solution to tie its […]

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Guest Commentary: Social Media in Transportation (My Holiday Wish)

There has been a lot of press lately about the use of social media tools in the logistics business. It seems many people are wondering how to leverage the power of social networking to help manage transportation. It’s a worthwhile question. After all, while Facebook and other social networking sites have had a tremendous impact connecting people, they were not developed to help shippers connect with trucking companies. Their purpose is much more personal. For […]

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Social Media and Hiring Supply Chain Talent

Erik Qualman, author of “socialnomics,” was a keynote speaker at RedPrairie’s Redshift 2011 conference in May. He gave the most interesting conference speech I have seen in years. The following week Don Tapscott, author of “Macrowikinomics,” gave another great keynote speech at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2011 conference. In both cases, the speakers grossly overstated the impact of social media on business and the world. Nevertheless, I could not help thinking there will be big impacts […]

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