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.

supply chain, customer centricity, Cascades, shipping, manufacturing, integrated business planning

How Optimizing Your Supply Chain Creates Value For Customers

19-Mar-2019 | Richard Howells

It has been calculated that UPS and FedEx alone move 11.6 billion packages every year. And with omnichannel sales and direct-to-consumer orders on the rise, this number continues to rise year over yea

intelligent asset management, IAM, manufacturing, asset as a service, maintenance, IoT, internet of things

Transforming Business Models Through Intelligent Asset Management

13-Mar-2019 | Richard Howells

In today’s competitive environment, companies are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves from the competition and improve the customer experience. For machinery, equipment, and asset ma

Surface Grinding Machine Operation in factory

Welcome To The Future of Manufacturing – Brought To You By Intelligent Asset Management

6-Mar-2019 | Richard Howells

For many manufacturers today, the focus of their business is not so much “making stuff” as it is delivering better business outcomes for their customers through asset-as-a-service offerings. What

direct to consumer, omnichannel, retail, e-commerce, customer experience, brand promise

The Direct-To-Consumer Experience Relies On A Great Product Experience

14-Feb-2019 | Richard Howells

In case the stories of closing malls and empty storefronts haven’t caught your attention, shopping has changed. With an ever-growing focus on customer experience, old models upend the established pr

customer experience, Brand promise, Fyre Festival, business planning, logistics, supply chain

All Fyred Up And Nowhere To Go

13-Feb-2019 | Richard Howells

I recently watched the Netflix Original FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. Fyre has to be the biggest scam since London Bridge ended up in Arizona, and its founder, Billy McFarland was one

supply chain, personalization, Valentine's Day, gifts

I Love You: Supply Chain Personalization For Valentine’s Day 2019

7-Feb-2019 | Richard Howells

I was surprised recently to learn about the closing of the iconic candy manufacturer, New England Confectionery Co – otherwise known as Necco. Necco is the company that makes Sweethearts – the Val

Workers at garment factory in Southeast Asia

“Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want”: A Sustainable Supply Chain

28-Jan-2019 | Richard Howells

So, I am sure you are thinking, what do Spice Girls' lyrics have to do with supply chains. Well, I will tell you: It’s all about ethical sourcing. Recent reports in the UK have highlighted poor w

logistics, manufacturing, Chinese New Year, planning

The Impact Of Chinese New Year On Global Supply Chain

24-Jan-2019 | Richard Howells

If you outsource any product from China, you’re probably familiar with Chinese New Year (CNY) – the largest annual mass migration on the planet. For those not aware, CNY creates two to four weeks

supply chain, 2019 predictions, digital supply chain, innovation, Big Data, predictive analytics, IoT, machine learning, blockchain

What’s Ahead For 2019: Wrap-Up

21-Jan-2019 | Richard Howells

Part 4 in the 4-part “Digital Supply Chain Predictions for 2019” series Over the last three blog posts in this series, I’ve talked about some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahea

supply chain, 2019 predictions, digital supply chain, innovation, Big Data, predictive analytics, IoT, machine learning, blockchain

What’s Ahead for 2019: Doing More With Intelligent Technology

17-Jan-2019 | Richard Howells

Part 3 in the 4-part “Digital Supply Chain Predictions for 2019” series In my last blog in this series on trends that lie ahead, I talked about new business models for 2019. Before that, I took