Richard Howells

About Richard Howells

Richard Howells is a Vice President at SAP responsible for the positioning, messaging, AR , PR and go-to market activities for the SAP Supply Chain solutions.

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What Is The Amazon (Fire) Effect On Our Environment And Businesses?

10-Sep-2019 | Richard Howells

Every time I click on the news, I see a new report on the fires in the Amazon. This is not a new phenomenon this year, since July and August are the beginning of the dry season. However, the sheer vol

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How To Feed 10 Billion People – The Supply Chain Challenge Of The Future

13-Aug-2019 | Richard Howells

The world’s population didn’t hit 1 billion until 1804. It wasn’t until 1927 that the 2 billionth person was born.  However, it only took 33 more years to reach 3 billion people, in 1960. Today

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Thinking Outside The Bottle To Drive A Sustainable Future

18-Jul-2019 | Richard Howells

The tide of devastation from single-use plastics polluting our oceans is now at an all-time high. Approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic are added to our oceans every day. Long ago, islands of

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Alexa, Set A Reminder: Amazon Prime Day Is July 15-16

8-Jul-2019 | Richard Howells

Most people are familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which mark the unofficial start to the holiday season. But in 2015, Amazon shook things up and created a “Christmas in July” with its b

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What Businesses Can Learn From Ariana Grande

1-Jul-2019 | Richard Howells

I hear you thinking, “What has Ariana Grande got to do with business processes?” Stick with me, and I will tell you. I was listening to the radio in the car the other day when I heard “I see

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Goodbye Spreadsheets, Hello Industry 4.0: Continental Standardizes Manufacturing Processes

25-Jun-2019 | Richard Howells

Continental is one of the world’s largest producers of automotive components for passenger and commercial vehicles. The company develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and c

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Tracking Fish From ‘Bait to Plate’ Is Smart Business

12-Jun-2019 | Richard Howells

Do you know where the canned tuna you are eating for dinner came from? There is a 60% chance it comes from the Pacific Ocean. And according to recent findings by the Business & Human Rights Reso

Using Asset Intelligence To Drive New Business Models

28-May-2019 | Richard Howells

Part 1 in the "Embedded Analytics" series that explores the many ways that companies across industries are using analytics to support innovation. Many manufacturers of industrial machines have hist

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How Embedded Analytics Help Tame Supply Chain Volatility

22-May-2019 | Richard Howells

When it comes to managing your supply chain, volatility and uncertainty have become a fact of life. From Brexit to U.S./China trade tensions to weathering unpredictability in the age of climate change

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Beyond Flowers And Cards: Mother’s Day In The Experience Economy

6-May-2019 | Richard Howells

Last year on Mother’s Day, I wrote about the floral industry's supply chain, which is quite sophisticated. Flowers grown in Latin America have about 10 days from cut to delivery before they perish