Richard Howells

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Creating A Customer-Centric Supply Chain

19-Apr-2016 | Richard Howells

What is a “customer-centric” supply chain? Over the past couple of years, global markets have experienced dramatic shifts on two dimensions: geographically and demographically. In the first pa

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Making It Personal With Individualized Products

3-Mar-2016 | Richard Howells

Personalized solutions and products are everywhere. You can design your own sneakers, customize your own drinks in vending machines, configure cars and motorbikes, and print your own personalized choc

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China Slowdown, Cheap Oil, And Analyzing Demand Signals

11-Feb-2016 | Richard Howells

Savvy manufacturing executives saw these eventualities coming, but investors and the news media appear to have been blindsided by the slowdown of the Chinese economy and plunging oil and natural gas p

How To Avoid A Personal And Supply Chain Massacre This Valentine’s Day

9-Feb-2016 | Richard Howells

The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the 1929 murder of seven mob associates as part of a Prohibition-era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago led by Al Capone

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Snowstorms, Supply, And Demand

22-Jan-2016 | Richard Howells

As I watch the local weather reports about the nor’easter heading up the East Coast this weekend, it is quickly followed by news reports about shortages: bread shortages, water shortages, snow shove

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Top 3 Drivers Of Supply Chain Transformation

20-Jan-2016 | Richard Howells

Manufacturing supply chains are experiencing levels of change heretofore unprecedented in their history, according to a recent IDC Manufacturing Insights white paper titled “The Extended Supply Chai

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How High Will Your Supply Chain Jump To Build Customer Centric Business Processes?

18-Jan-2016 | Richard Howells

The 21st century consumer is always on, always connected, and doesn’t make a move without consulting the Internet. The millennial generation is emerging as a major demand driver, with access to huge

Where Are The Use Cases For IoT In Your Operations?

3-Jul-2015 | Richard Howells

I previously discussed some of the business benefits that have been identified by business executives in a recently conducted survey. Here I will focus on some of the uses cases being deployed and co

Technology Trends 2015: Back To The Future?

20-Jan-2015 | Richard Howells

Over the holidays I watched Back to the Future II (or Back to the Future Eleven as my son thought) with my children. I forgot  the 1989 film sends Marty McFly and Doc Brown back (or is it forward?) t

Why Black Friday Starts On Thursday

26-Nov-2014 | Richard Howells

When Santa rides into Herald Square to end the 79th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, so begins the “most magical time of the year” for retailers. The period between Thanksgiving and Christ