The Brief – March 9 2010


Greening Your Supply Chain

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

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 – Published weekly.

The Clean Energy Sector’s supply chain is green—as in greenhorns—with young entrepreneurial startups that are focused on significant product innovation and market entry issues. Numerous Presidents and Prime Ministers—from Japan, to the US, Canada, Germany, China and others—have created stimulus packages for the Clean Energy sector. The intention was to develop technologies that could boost GDP and gain global leadership in this growing sector. Yet… [ Read: Supply Chains in the Clean Energy Sector Not So Green — The Challenge and Opportunity ]

Tips to Selecting Green Technologies to Meet Your Sustainable Supply Chain Goals

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Building a sustainable business with a green supply chain requires both new practices and new technologies. But deciding which green technologies are ready and right for your company is not always easy. These guidelines for evaluating and selecting green technologies can help. [ Read: Tips to Selecting Green Technologies to Meet Your Sustainable Supply Chain Goals ]

Demand Management in the Second Decade The Strategic View – Part 3

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Supply Chains are just that – chains. That means that we have to orchestrate across the supply chain. Optimization ensures monitoring and visibility of the collaborative supply chain from retailer all the way through the supply chain to distribution and manufacturing, and is key to successful Demand Management. [ Read: Demand Management in the Second Decade The Strategic View – Part 3 ]


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

Is SAP Still On?

“On-premise, on-demand and on-device,” says Bill McDermott, SAP’s new co-CEO. But with the recent rebellion by their customer base against SAP’s cost increases, as well as significant revenue and corporate culture challenges, can the CEO duo of Snabe and McDermott turn the company on to new directions and better performance?

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

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

Descartes’ System Performance High Continues

After 18+ quarters of EBIDTA positive performance, two million hits a day to their on-demand network; $47M of capital to make aquisitions, and new product announcements at the Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference, this Logistics technology company is enjoying their hard-won high.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

RFID in 2010? — Research Analyst Panel at MIT

Don’t miss Ann Grackin and other analysts speaking at MIT Enterprise Forum’s “Research Analyst Panel for the Wireless World.“. Monday, March 15th, at MIT, Cambridge, MA.

[ Read: Ann Grackin Speaking at the MIT RFID and Sensors SIG (Session Moderated by Tom Coyle) ]

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

Cultural Attitudes Impact Climate Change Policies: It’s Time for the US to Lead

In spite of priding itself on being a nation of science, the U.S. is in last place when it comes to its public’s understanding of humans’ impact on climate change. The attitudes of China and India’s populations are actually somewhat more enlightened. The actions of all three nations will be absolutely critical to addressing global warming.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

GAO Report Finds Underperformance of Recovery Act Spending

The sluggish return of jobs during the economic recovery may be due, in part, to the slower-than-expected spending of stimulus money. Most states lag behind in getting started on the local level, and much of the state spending has not gone into programs that actually create new jobs.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

A “Good Spin” Trumps Good Science Every Time: How the Climate Debate Got Turned on Its Head

In spite of the overwhelming evidence, a major segment of the public does not take climate change seriously and/or believes the science behind it is flawed. Without a radical change in the way the message is delivered, desperately needed changes in public policy will come too little and too late.

[ Read: ChainLink Commentary ]

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