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Supply Chain Risk Management – GM’s Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters

Andrew Colias writes in Auto News how the impact of the April earthquake in Japan was far less damaging than it could have been as a result of what GM learned and implemented following the 2011 earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The tools include a 5:30am weekly global conference call to review and mitigate […]

My First Overtly Political Post

Although there is something political in every discussion of social economics, social enterprise, and environmental sustainability, I generally avoid overtly political posts.  But I can’t help but repost Bill Moyers’ June 16th post entitled “Trump, His Virus and the Dark Ago of Unreason.”

http://billmoyers.com/story/trump-virus-dark-age-unreason/

The semblance in the opening photograph is not between McCarthy and […]

Internet of Things Driving Warehouse Efficiencies

Ben Ames, writing in DC Velocity, notes several potential ways to deliver benefits. He notes that while set up costs (in the form of sensors, data network costs, and implementation expenses) can be significant, once in place, the benefit can be significant. He cites the ability to “rescue” perishable items from going out […]

Cross- Cultural Connections: Meeting with Rijeka University

On Friday, we were able to meet with Professor Garbac and Professor Dlacic from Rijeka University’s economics department. This was especially important to us, since professor Dlacic’s presentation at the macromarketing conference in 2015 was a big reason as to why this trip was started in the first place. She spoke about the issues with […]

Announcing New Leadership

Announcing New Leadership

(Photo: Mark Patton)

I am excited to announce that after 18 years as the Executive Director of the Loyola University Chicago Family Business Center, I am handing the reins of the center to Anne Smart. I will be transitioning to the role of Clinical Professor in Family Business which will allow me the time and […]

Last week, we were able to meet with Atlantic Grupa’s head of PR, Gabrijela. Atlantic Grupa is one of southeast Europe’s largest producers and distributors. They produce many different kinds of products from energy drinks to snacks to household goods, but also distribute similar items for some of the world’s largest corporations.
While we didn’t spend […]

Industry Benchmarking

Benchmarking is one of the areas our members suggested would be valuable. At their suggestion though, we did not take the path of benchmarking in the traditional sense of “what is your case fill rate” but rather using short “case studies” on various topics that highlight better practices. These are available to all […]

Drones to Drive Efficiencies

The Supply Chain Digest editorial team recaps a number of ways Walmart and others are using drones in their operations. According to Walmart’s VP of Last Mile and Emerging Science, they are just beginning to understand how drones could be utilized. Inventory optimization is the current focus, and Walmart plans to have the […]

Making Connections: STEM Students in Zagreb

Making Connections: STEM Students in Zagreb

One evening in Zagreb, we met a group of young entrepreneurs in Trg bana Jelačića, the Main Square in Zagreb, to see a demonstration of a robot they designed and to discuss their business model.  Their robot, appropriately named STEMI, is designed as a teaching tool for young students interested in STEM fields to learn […]

Atlantic Groupa – A Reflection

Yesterday, we were able to meet with Atlantic Grupa’s head of PR, Gabrijela. Atlantic Grupa is one of southeast Europe’s largest producers and distributors. They produce many different kinds of products from energy drinks to snacks to household goods, but also distribute similar items for some of the world’s largest corporations.

While we didn’t […]