The Brief – January 2020


New Year Issue: The Supply Chain Scientist, Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner, Dangers of Technology, NRF Highlights, Telematics Device and Platform Characteristics

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

Thursday, January 16, 2020 – Published once each month.

With all the focus on AI, are the roles of supply chain planners changing? The answer is Yes… [ Read: Supply Chain Organizational Dimensions 2020 ]

The Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner — Part One: The Social Responsibility Imperative

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Supply chain practitioners and executives are in a unique position to help change the world for the better by their influence over global supply chains’ labor conditions, environmental footprint, and ethical practices. In this first in a series, we examine what is driving increasing corporate social responsibility and the desire by employees to do meaningful work and make a difference in the world. [ Read: The Ethical Supply Chain Practitioner ]

Going Too Far with Technology — Trends 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Technology has brought huge benefits to humankind. But have we gone too far? [ Read: Going too Far with Technology ]

Is the Tail Wagging the Dog? NRF Observations

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The changes in retail are generational. And technology is upside down with the so-called add-ons, niches, and best-of-breeds actually driving the change. The tails are wagging the dogs. [ Read: Is the Tail Wagging the Dog? NRF Observations ]

Telematics Transformation: Part Six — Desirable Platform, Device, and App Characteristics

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Selecting the right ELD solution requires assessing not only the device itself, but also the software platform, driver’s app, other value-add applications and services, and solution provider. Here we look at platform, device, and app characteristics. [ Read: Telematics Transformation Part Six ]

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