disaster reliefIn the aftermath of a humanitarian disaster, it's vital for help to arrive as soon as possible through monetary donations, supplies and materials, and on the ground responders. The coordination of these necessities is only achieved through complex operations, and as any disaster relief coordinator can attest, time is of the essence, both in terms of raising funds and quickly beginning relief efforts. In addition to carefully managing limited funding, humanitarian NGOs must manage complex supply chains to ensure the right resources, aid and materials are available quickly and efficiently.

3d color printed partsThe advent of 3D printing for production at scale seems to be getting closer to reality. Sure 3D printers have been used for prototyping and remote delivery of pre-production items. And creating one-off parts and custom designs is becoming increasingly common. But forward thinking companies see a future in which goods are delivered by high volume 3D printers that can match manufacturing quantities and lower costs by using generic production materials that are printed in the shapes and quantities needed. That vision is not yet a reality but at least one company is delivering the first wave of production scale printers.


modern mechanics blimp coverWalmart’s recent patent application seems like something out of a 1959 issue of Popular Mechanics. Who would conjour up a mixture of last century tech to fill modern supply chain demands? Turns out it may be Walmart who mixes and matches blimps, drones, mechanized warehousing, and wireless communication to bring near-instant delivery to the masses and do better than Amazon’s Prime 2 day delivery service.

Globalization 900Disruptions are all around us and supply chain has a critical role in making companies successful in the new environment. For example - Globalization, which started earnestly in the 1990s, is getting disrupted. Many multinational corporations are struggling to compete in developing countries.

dashboard-businessSupply chain processes throw off a lot of data. If you’re a successful supplier who fulfills a significant number of orders then you understand that the detail of the transactions generated by orders, shipments, receipts, and all the miscellaneous transactions associated with every order is just too much to be able to read through, much less make sense of. But every part of your operation from your suppliers to your customers demand some kind of accountability, and it’s your responsibility to know of any problems or even potential problems long before everyone else. But with all the data flowing through your systems, is it even possible to separate the standard data from the trouble signals?