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At the start of 2009, as we wrote our supply chain top 10 predictions, it was already looking like the year was going to be one of continued economic trouble.  Manufacturing companies we spoke to increasingly talked in terms of 'capital preservation' – not just cost savings, but driving assets (both physical plant and equipment and working capital) to higher levels of utilization and being more aware of business risks.  Consequently, we included two predictions that related specifically to m

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Welcome to the Reset Economy

By Robert Parker

A term has emerged in the business press to describe our current economic situation – the Reset Economy.  The term, with attribution for origination typically given to Jeff Immelt of General Electric, refers to the sense that this economic recession is more than a simple business cycle correction, but is a permanent, fundamental change to how markets will operate and be influenced moving forward.  To quote Mr. Immelt:


M2M Connected World — Has An Agenda Emerged?

By Benjamin Friedman

I recently attended the M2M Connected World industry event. In years past, this event was defined by the unequal representation of vendors and end-users, the vendors presenting compelling and competing technologies to one another — certainly not atypical of an emerging market. This year’s attendance (estimated at 500) was decidedly geared toward end-users considering the technology as a vehicle for solving important business challenges.  

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On July 16th, Walmart announced plans to develop a worldwide sustainable product index during a meeting with 1,500 of its suppliers, associates, and sustainability leaders at its home office in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart claims the index will establish a single source of data for evaluating the sustainability of products, but a better way to think about it is as a starting point for evaluating the sustainability of the suppliers themselves. Walmart is going to do this through a series of 15 questions, w

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