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October 17, 2017

National Science Foundation awards grant to study multi-echelon inventory optimization

University of Arkansas research seeks to develop software to quickly suggest optimal inventory levels for all nodes in the supply chain.

Blockchain and chatbots will likely have a big impact on supply chain operations in the next year or two, survey finds

The percentage of supply chain organizations investigating the use of blockchain technology and chatbots is up significantly in 2017, says a recent eyefortransport report.

Pilot project connects blockchain and "smart" pallets

By feeding data from Internet of Things-enabled pallets into its digital ledger system, the chemical manufacturer BASF hopes to improve supply chain visibility and decision making.

Artificial intelligence platform uses natural language, image recognition

Infor's Coleman AI platform, named for pioneering mathematician Katherine Coleman Johnson, lets users develop a "conversational interface" for supply chain analysis and decision making.

Supply chain management software market expected to exceed US$13 billion in 2017

Gartner forecasts 11 percent increase over 2016; growth in software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments could take the market to US$19 billion by 2021.

A decade of accelerating change

From the iPhone to IOT, technology advances in the past 10 years have rearranged the face of the supply chain.

Hunting for qualified interns? Ask CSCMP!

CSCMP's online Career Center has a new feature dedicated to internships.

AI adoption in supply chain is accelerating, but barriers to success abound, analyst says

In a recent conference presentation, Gartner's Noha Tohamy outlined promising supply chain applications for artificial intelligence and discussed potential barriers to adoption.

Where do you stand with Big Data Analytics? Take our brief survey!

Be among the first 100 respondents to tell us how you're using Big Data Analytics in your supply chain and you'll be entered in a drawing for one of two $100 iTunes gift cards.

North American robotics orders jump 32 percent in first quarter

Growth is driven as Amazon and GM invest in automation, the industry's trade group says.

Moving blockchain forward: Seven use cases for hyperledger in supply chain

To handle the complex interactions occurring throughout their value networks, supply chain leaders will need to embrace open source technology.

HighJump names four supply chain trends for 2017

Digital transformation strategies should include consumer-grade user interfaces, data analytics, unified commerce, and automated computing. says the software company.

Disruptive technologies: Should you give them the green light?

Disruptive technologies have the power to upend supply chains, adding uncertainty, cost, and complexity. They also can create competitive advantage—but only if organizations strategically build them into their supply chains.

Next-generation visibility: What will it take to get there?

Collaborative technology partnerships will play an important role in achieving greater supply chain visibility in the future.

Why blockchain is not just for banks

If global supply chains are to gain the full benefit of this technology for managing payments and related data, all parties that play a role in global trade must be involved.

Dutch team pushes blockchain technology for logistics data

This US$2.3 million initiative would use the security protocol to protect supply chain records.

Educator to the world

Dr. Chris Caplice wants to make supply chain education freely available to anyone, anywhere. More than 150,000 people from 190 countries have taken him up on that offer so far.

Panel: Key to Internet of Things is handling data overload

Zebra expands tools for analyzing flood of sensor data.

Best-in-class retailers have greater supply chain visibility than peers

A survey by Aberdeen Group shows leading retailers not only possess better visibility of their in-transit shipments but also have a clearer view of supplier quality and manufacturing processes than their competitors.

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An AWESOME choice: CSCMP names Nancy Nix as 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient
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