5 Steps That Will Make Your Business Partnerships Flourish in 2018

Last year I posted an article on Industry Outlook: The Role 3PLs Will Play in Supply Chain Transformation.  Part of that post reflected on how third party logistics providers (3PLs) are moving away from a traditional transaction based relationship to reciprocal partnerships that instead take a strategic hand-in-hand approach.  The problem here is that the two …

Blockchain 101: Supply Chain Risks and Rewards

Despite the hype, Blockchain is not a "silver bullet" answer to all the problems supply chain faces today.  Instead, I think the value of Blockchain will be fully realized after a cumulative progression of new technologies and market disruptions (e.g. 3D printing, AI, big data, IoT) lay a more stable foundation for Blockchain to gain acceptance.  This …

Autonomous Trucks Vol. 2: Two Infrastructure Changes You Haven’t Considered.

Most discussions around autonomous vehicles focus on cars that move people from A to B, but when you consider the benefits of automating truck travel, automating systems for tracking product and the infrastructure necessary to support autonomous freight transit, the idea of autonomous cars quickly becomes secondary. Most commercial cargo traveling less than 500-600 miles …

LUXLOCK: The Internet of Product (IoP) and “The Barbell Effect” in Action.

Earlier this year, I made some predictions in Innovate or Die: 5 Omni-channel Strategies Amazon is Trying to Outrun.  As a part of those predictions, I talked a little bit about the "barbell effect" and how there would be a dichotomy between luxury/high-end, customized, boutique firms that offered a unique customer experience for a premium and hyper-local/convenience …

NARCOS vs. Apple: Two Addictive Products and Supply Chain Similarities (Legal or Not)

It has been said that smartphone devices are designed to provide a level of gratification on par with drug use or gambling, which piqued my interest.  After doing some basic research I quickly realized there are some interesting parallels between a Fortune 100 supply chain and a drug cartel. The success of the iPhone would …