The Brief – April 2022


Reducing CO2 Emissions Now, AI/ML for Demand/Forecasting/Inventory, Responsible Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions

Best practices, technology, and new takes on critical business topics from ChainLink Research

Thursday, April 14, 2022 – Published once each month.

By Bill McBeath

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The pressure for retailers to lower their carbon emissions dramatically and swiftly has never been greater. Here we explore strategies and tactics for near-term rapid reduction in transportation-related emissions that can be realized in under 12 months, starting with continuous optimization. [ Read: Retails’ Climate Change Responsibility ]

AI/Machine Learning Use Cases for Supply Chain — Part Two: Demand Planning, Forecasting, Inventory Management

Thursday, April 14, 2022

AI/ML has had a big impact on demand planning, improving forecast granularity and accuracy. It also has revolutionized inventory optimization, which has become ever more critical as companies increasingly push more inventory out to the edges of their distribution network and implemented hyper-local distribution strategies to meet ever more rapid delivery-time expectations. [ Read: AI/Machine Learning Use Cases for Supply Chain — Part Two ]

It’s Late. Do You Know Where Your Supply Chain Is?

Being a Responsible Global Corporate Citizen Requires Accurate Multi-Tier Supply Chain Intelligence and Compliance Automation

Thursday, April 14, 2022

The Russo-Ukrainian war has put into focus the question of the proper role for responsible enterprises in response to abuses by authoritarian regimes. Here we look at some of the challenges and solutions to managing an ethical supply chain. [ Read: It’s Late. Do You Know Where Your Supply Chain Is? ]

Bulgarian State Choir (Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares) | Studio Jams

Enchanting Bulgarian Folk Singing | Session Musicians Plying Their Trade

Each month we highlight a musical artist or group that you may not have heard of and/or a venue for discovering new music. This month, we explore the Bulgarian State Choir singing beautifully arranged folksongs with unusual haunting harmonies and vocalizations that you’ve likely never heard before. We also look at Studio Jams, an online collection where you can watch musicians collaborating to arrange songs and then performing them ad hoc.

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