CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Technology
December 15, 2017

To predict the future of blockchain, look to the past

Reviewing how supply chain technologies were adopted in the past reveals patterns that suggest how blockchain could take root in supply chain management today.

Report examines blockchain opportunities and challenges

New CSCMP Hot Topics report provides an introduction to this distributed ledger technology.

Commentary: Let's rein in the blockchain exuberance

It's the hottest IT topic to come down the pike in years. Now if people only knew what to do with it.

Selecting supply chain planning software? Trust, but verify!

To determine which solution is best for your operation, have the vendors on your short list compete in a "proof of concept" test.

New industry group looks to create blockchain standards for the freight industry

The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance seeks to bring together companies that have an interest in the deploying the technology to improve efficiencies in freight transportation.

Big data analytics in supply chain: Tackling the tidal wave

The amount of supply chain data is growing exponentially, and companies are struggling to make effective use of available information. New research reveals the strategies they're adopting to help them harness the power of big data.

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.

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Final call for 2018 CSCMP's Supply Chain Hall of Fame submissions
Industry professionals have until the end of the month to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

2017 CSCMP EDGE Conference Report
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CSCMP bestows 2017 awards for excellence
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals honors members' contributions to the discipline.

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