Archive for social networking

The Perfect Answer to “What’s the ROI of Social Networking?”

Whenever I’m asked “What’s the ROI of social networking?” I reply with a question: What’s the ROI of email? You never hear supply chain executives ask that question, yet they use the ROI question as a way to delay or block the deployment of social networking technologies at their companies. Email, as you probably know from your own experience, is arguably the number one productivity killer in the workplace (I actually have my email app […]

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Guest Commentary: What Logistics Technology Providers Can Learn from Social Media

There is no escaping the social media hype in today’s press. While the platforms are not necessarily geared for logistics, there are important parallels in logistics to what has made the social media market so successful. Taking a look at some of the fundamental challenges in logistics shows how social media-oriented logistics solutions can address some of the most important challenges faced in logistics today. Logistics is one of the most dynamic industries in the […]

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5 Supply Chain Trends You Can’t Ignore (Takeaways from Accellos Conference)

Are you working in a Company of Yesterday or a Company of Tomorrow? I love that question, which is from a blog posting by supply chain executive and consultant Tony Martins, who was my guest on Talking Logistics earlier this year; Tony was also a panelist in the Mega Trends Impacting Supply Chains session I moderated at last week’s CSCMP conference. I’ve been asking audiences that question the past few months whenever I give keynote […]

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Social Networking, TMS, and Mega Trends: My CSCMP Conference Agenda

Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference later this month in Denver? It’s is one of the best conferences in the supply chain and logistics industry to learn and network. The challenge, of course, is choosing which sessions to attend, spread out across twenty-six tracks. Let me help you. Below are the sessions that I am participating in focused on social networking, transportation management systems, and “mega” supply chain trends. I hope you stop […]

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Is the Traditional S&OP Process Outdated and Heading to Extinction?

Last week on Talking Logistics, I had a very thought-provoking conversation with Tony Martins, VP of Strategic Services at Halo Pharmaceutical. Tony is a unique supply chain executive — he not only sees the potential value of social networking in transforming supply chain processes, he’s also a thought leader and visionary in this area, publishing his ideas and models on his blog, Cyber Supply Chain. Tony speaks from experience. In his previous role as VP of […]

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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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When Will Google Revolutionize Logistics?

Google has assembled a series of technologies capable of transforming logistics as we know it. Some of them are well known and the applications obvious; others less so. I’ll start with the obvious ones. Driverless cars Truck drivers will not be necessary at some point in the future, and that future will probably occur sooner than many of us would imagine. Companies will not only save money on wages and benefits, but driverless vehicles obey […]

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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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