The Brief – March 2022


Supply Chain Resilience Strategies, AI for Pricing and Promo, Mercado and Zencargo Assessments

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

Thursday, March 24, 2022 – Published once each month.

Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty — Part Three

Strategies for Supply Chain Resilience

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By Bill McBeath

Thursday, March 24, 2022

We examine various strategies for obtaining supply chain resilience, including mapping and monitoring the multi-tier supply chain, the use of supply chain finance, and building adaptability into physical infrastructure, systems, processes, and people. [ Read: Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty — Part Three ]

AI/Machine Learning Use Cases for Supply Chain — Part One: Pricing and Promotion

Thursday, March 24, 2022

We explore the use of AI and machine learning in optimizing pricing and promotions to reduce markdowns, increase sales and profit margins, and maximize various other objectives. [ Read: AI/Machine Learning Use Cases for Supply Chain — Part One ]

Agile Demand-Supply Alignment — Part 3G: Solution Assessments

Mercado: Import Management Supply Chain Network, and Zencargo: Digital Freight Forwarder with Control Tower

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Here we assess Mercado’s supply chain network/platform for connecting retailers with suppliers, forwarders and brokers, carriers, and other service providers in the order-to-delivery process for imports. We also cover Zencargo’s solution for mid-sized retailers who are doing significant importing and seek control tower capabilities combined with freight forwarding services. [ Read: Agile Demand-Supply Alignment — Part 3G ]

Kingfish Ingram | Playing for Change

Rising Young Blues Guitarist | Music Videos Starring Buskers from Around the World

We’re starting this new series — which has nothing to do with supply chain, or IoT, or blockchain, or any of the topics we typically cover. With all that has been going on in the world, we thought all of us could use a reprieve. Each month, we’ll highlight a musical artist that you may not have heard of and/or venue for discovering new music. This month, the up-and-coming blues guitarist Kingfish Ingram, and the multimedia music project Playing for Change.

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