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 …

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 …

Disaster Recovery Guide and Resources for When a Natural Disaster Strikes.

Lightning bolts, floods, fires and the occasional category 5 hurricane are inevitable.  They will come. It's just a matter of where and when. While it isn't sexy or fun to put a disaster recovery plan in place, it is critical to employee safety and business continuity when the worst does happen. It is also critical to understand that real estate is not the only facet of disaster recovery that may be affected if a building site is destroyed or disabled. Disasters will have a global effect on HR, IT, marketing, finance in addition to operations and real estate. A streamlined and updated Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) can save lives and reduce the the overall impact on your company.