The Brief – March 23 2010


Expressive Bidding, Demand Creation, Supply Chain 3.0, Mobil Shopping Search, and more …

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

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – Published weekly.

One promising e-sourcing technology to support outcome sourcing is expressive bidding. Reverse auctions technology evolved to allow evaluation of a broader set of requirements beyond material price. Expressive bidding takes it further, with combinatorial optimization – the ability to analyze thousands of combinations of bids across many dimensions to come up with the best combination to meet the objectives of the buyer. [ Read: Outcome Sourcing Part 2: Expressive Bidding – Technology for Specifying Outcomes ]

Demand Management – A Structured View Part 2

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Demand Creation. Of late, marketing organizations and solution providers have been adopting this ’best practice’ terminology. It makes sense, since it integrates Marketing and Marketing Automation analytics with the rest of the organization, particularly the supply chain. It plants marketing firmly in the value chain as an essential value-creating step. The resultant process and information sharing makes Supply Chain Demand Management practices more adaptive and accurate. [ Read: Demand Management – A Structured View Part 2 ]


technology | supply chain, enterprise, RFID & sensors, and more

Acsis Heads to ‘Supply Chain 3.0’

Supply Chain complexity, outsourcing, and the complexity and speed of business processes, enhance the need for real-time visibility across the chain. This makes companies like Acsis an indispensable component of your systems portfolio.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

Google Extends Search to Real-world In-store Retail Inventory for Shoppers

Google seems to have their fingers in every corner of the technology world. They just launched a new capability that searches the actual physical inventory of stores near you for the item you want. A number of challenges still need to be overcome, but Google is surely up to the task. What will be the impact to other, mobile marketing/shopping technology companies and, longer term, the supply chain execution solutions for inventory location and tracking?

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

supply chain news | markets, supply, demand, risk, industry news

US Innovation Slips Further in Future Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing

MIT Enterprise Forum, IEEE Patent Survey and Wall Street Journal interview all point to venture capital flight to China and India.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

Good Old Natural Gas… the ‘Next Big Thing’ In Energy?

Natural gas seems to be in the headlines everywhere recently. From T. Boone Pickens’s plan to Exxon’s proposed merger with U.S. natural-gas producer XTO Energy Inc., to Xcel Energy Inc.’s plan to move from coal to gas generation capabilities. Seen as a way to achieve energy security, and cleaner burning than oil or coal, natural gas may be staging a comeback. In the future, many more of our goods and materials may move via natural gas-powered trucks.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

government and global trade | policy, politics, finance, and trade

Homeland Security Panel Approves Technology Directorate Bill

The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology approved, by voice vote, a bill (HR 4842) that would authorize roughly $1 billion for each of fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for the Department of Homeland Security’s Directorate of Science and Technology.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

Inflation Low In Europe, China, U.S. and Elsewhere, but with Differing Consequences

Inflation rates remain low globally, but with varying impact, depending on each country’s current rate of economic growth and other factors. The IMF is urging higher inflation, but this is unlikely to be embraced by policy-makers at many central banks, especially in the developed economies that are still nursing weak economic recoveries.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

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