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John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

May, 2015

  • 19 May

    Gartner on the State of Supply Chains

    According to Gartner, the supply chain management and procurement software market grew 10.8% globally in 2014, with $9.9 billion in revenue. Needless to say (but let’s say it anyway), that is a good thing. Louis Columbus writes for Forbes with additional findings brought forward by Gartner. A Longer, Stronger Chain Among the top players, SAP has grown its share of the market slightly, from 23.9 percent in 2013 to 25.8 percent in 2014. Oracle meanwhile …

  • 12 May

    Create a Customer-First Supply Chain for True Transformation

    You either accommodate the customer, or somebody else will. Susan Fourtané writes about how to transform supply chains via the most practical means in an article for EBN. Do it for the Customer The first thing to remember about a transformation is that the spirit of the organization and its goals need to stay intact. In other words, a kitten cannot and should not grow up to be a gorilla. What happens instead is that …

  • 12 May

    Top Five Issues Facing Retail Supply Chains

    Nicholas Tsiroyiannis writes for Sourcing Journal with five of the biggest challenges facing supply chains, and five strategies to meet challenges. Slipping profit margins, operational inefficiency, trend responsiveness, quality & regulatory compliance, and omni-channel integration are the biggest challenges. Driving profitability through preparation, streamlining operations through visibility and collaboration, developing swift responses, getting proactive about compliance, and developing seamless channels are viewed as strategic solutions. These solutions may sound simple on the face of it, …

  • 12 May

    Gamifying Logistics

    Games are fun, encouraging, rewarding, and collaborative, all of which you want to see more of in your supply chain. Neelam Singh writes about how to gamify logistics. It is of course easier said than done, as not every game is well-designed or engaging. Likewise, applying an effective game toward the realization of a business goal is challenging as well. Singh believes employee training might be the place where gamification is best suited, as, “Complex …

  • 5 May

    A Radical Supply Chain Idea: Own Your Trucking Operation

    As James R. Hagerty writes for The Wall Street Journal, it is commonplace for manufacturers to outsource their truck deliveries. But Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. is doing just the opposite. What might your supply chain learn from this? Leading the Fleet Ashley considers their roughly 800 owned and operated trucks to be a core competency. In fact, they are so efficient that they can even charge other companies a fee to haul goods for them. …

  • 5 May

    4 Ways to Cut Supply Chain Risk

    Keep supply chain risk where it belongs—under your thumb. Sumit Kumar writes for GreenBiz with four tips to keep risks, especially sustainability risks, squashed. The first is to comprehensively assess your critical suppliers. Customize assessment according to the business context, and include things like evaluation of strategy and compliance checks. Second is to engage suppliers to discuss gaps, educating and collaborating wherever possible to improve sustainability performance and reporting. Third, you must keep tabs on …

  • 5 May

    California Drought: A Supply Chain Disruption Not Easily Avoided

    No one before or since Noah has celebrated a drought, and yes, the drought in California is affecting supply chains. Guy Courtin explains in an article at ZDNet. The first area affected is agriculture, as the state’s farms use 80 percent of their water. People are being forced to pare water usage wherever they can, leading to discussions of whether to move crop growth out of state. But crops require specific weather conditions, which makes …

April, 2015

  • 28 April

    Healthcare Supply Chain Makes for a Difficult Patient

    Supply chain management in general is not for the faint of heart, but when it comes to the healthcare supply chain, a hearty disposition becomes even more vital. Paul Martyn writes for Forbes about why healthcare poises such a unique challenge to the supply chain professional. Signs of Life The main problem is that people entering from other industries are accustomed to solutions that just do not fit healthcare well. There are numerous procurement companies …

  • 28 April

    3 Practical Supply Chain Challenges

    Andrew Dunbar can see with a quick Google search how many “top 10” lists there are for supply chain challenges, but he most closely agrees with the challenges set forth by APICS’s Peter Bolstorff. He comes up with three main challenges upon which Dunbar elucidates. The first is rate of supply chain planning, about which Dunbar believes MRP is not going to cut it for making smart decisions anymore. The second is resource management in …

  • 28 April

    One of the Most Sustainable Supply Chains: Walmart?

    As Steve Banker writes for Logistics Viewpoints, Walmart’s efforts at sustainability surprisingly are almost on par with the level of success enjoyed throughout the rest of the supply chain. They have efforts in place to lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the waste stream, and source sustainable products. In fact, Walmart believes it can save a billion dollars on their energy bill by 2020 if they meet their targets. Since 2005, they have already improved their …

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