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How Companies Can Leverage Big Data and Predictive Analytics to Optimize the Supply Chain

It takes a lot of data to make a good decision. And for decision making within the supply chain, big data can provide insights for companies and enable them to make better decisions. Big data is defined as extremely large datasets, structured and unstructured, that reveal patterns, trends and correlations. It can provide valuable insights…

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Manufacturing Has a New Look – Focused on the Consumer!

For manufacturers, the age of “we’ll build it, and customers will just have to buy what we make” is long over. The consumer is driving the supply chain, both in retail and manufacturing, and it’s not always about leading the pack to be successful. Many retailers are changing their supply chain processes to reflect the consumer-centric evolution…

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Why Now is the Right Time for Cloud: Part III

When many people think of the cloud, they think of fast, low-cost deployments of relatively simple applications, not complex, game-changing systems like supply chain management. Supply Chain Nation asked Serge Massicotte, JDA’s chief technology officer, for his thoughts on this matter. In parts I and II of this blog series, Massicotte shared his thoughts on…

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What the Age of the Consumer Means to Industrial Manufacturing: A Conversation with IDC’s Simon Ellis

There is no question that consumer demand is now driving the consumer goods and retail industries. But how does it impact industrial manufacturing? To get some Expert Insight on this topic, Supply Chain Nation spoke with Simon Ellis, practice director, supply chain strategies, for IDC Manufacturing Insights. Here is a summary of his comments. SCN:…

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3 Key Complexities You Must Address in Your Supply Chain in 2014 – Part I

As part of our Expert Insight series, Supply Chain Nation recently sat down with Gordon Wade, chief executive officer and director of best practices for the Category Management Association. In Part I of our conversation with Gordon, he discuss the key markets shifts that are increasing complexity in the supply chain – and that retailers…

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