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Infor’s Acquistion of GT Nexus: If I Had a Magic Wand

By | New technologies, Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain visibility | No Comments

As an analyst, when technology providers acquire and divest companies, I get invited to pre-announcement conferences. In these sessions the technology providers share their rationale for the investment and invite questions. Thursday morning it was the acquisition of GT Nexus by Infor. The transaction closes in 45 days. Infor, a market consolidator of enterprise software, currently has revenues of  $2.8 billion in sales and about $800 million in earnings before interest and taxes in the…

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Supply Chain: The True Game of Risk

By | Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain | No Comments

When I was a small child growing up in the mountains of West Virginia in the United States, on snowy days my family would gather around the kitchen table and play board games. One of my favorites was the board game Risk. It was a turn-based board game introduced in the 1950s. Today, children would roll their eyes at the thought of playing a turn-based board game. The world has…

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Audit Safe?

By | Bricks Matter, Demand, Social supply chains, Supplier development | One Comment

It takes many shapes … like the deaths of nine unknowing consumers. In 2008, 762 people became dangerously ill in 48 states from contaminated peanut butter in the United States. The recalls permeated the food industry. Over 3800 products from 361 companies were recalled.  It should not have happened. The PCA factory that manufactured the peanut butter was certified as safe by the American Institute of Baking (AIB). Fatal fires are also a grim…

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Corporate Sustainability: Are Companies Vulnerable?

By | Demand, Risk management, Supplier development, Supply Chain, Supply sensing | One Comment

“Supply chain sustainability” is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts and the encouragement of good governance practices, throughout the life cycles of goods and services. Supply Chain Sustainability (definition) United Nations Global Compact The first corporate social responsibility statement was published by Dow Chemical in 1996. Since then, how have supply chain leaders and corporate sustainability leaders defined supply chain initiatives? What are the priorities? Where are the…

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