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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010


Supply Chains in the Clean Energy Sector Not So Green—
The Challenge and Opportunity

By Ann Grackin                                                          March 9th, 2010

The Clean Energy Sector’s supply chain is green—as in greenhorns—with young entrepreneurial startups that are focused on significant product innovation and market entry issues. Numerous Presidents and Prime Ministers—from Japan, to the US, Canada, Germany, China and others—have created stimulus packages for the Clean Energy sector. The intention was to develop technologies that could boost GDP and gain global leadership in this growing sector. Yet... [Read More]

Tips to Selecting Green Technologies to Meet Your Sustainable Supply Chain Goals
By Bill McBeath                                                                                                                        March 8th, 2010

Building a sustainable business with a green supply chain requires both new practices and new technologies. But deciding which green technologies are ready and right for your company is not always easy. These guidelines for evaluating and selecting green technologies can help. [Read More]

Demand Management in the Second Decade
The Strategic View - Part 3

By Ann Grackin                                                                                                                        March 1st, 2010

Supply Chains are just that - chains. That means that we have to orchestrate across the supply chain. Optimization ensures monitoring and visibility of the collaborative supply chain from retailer all the way through the supply chain to distribution and manufacturing, and is key to successful Demand Management. [Read More]

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Technology
Is SAP Still On?
“On-premise, on-demand and on-device,” says Bill McDermott, SAP's new co-CEO. But with the recent rebellion by their customer base against SAP's cost increases, as well as significant revenue and corporate culture challenges, can the CEO duo of Snabe and McDermott turn the company on to new directions and better performance?
March 9th, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

 
Energy Harvesting Innovation - Energy Harvesting for
Wireless Sensors

Our planet earth really provides a staggering array of energy opportunities for today and our future. Recent MIT Energy Harvesting session was mind blowing!
March 9th, 2010     Raghu Das and Stephen Miles at MIT RFID and Sensors SIG

Supply Chain News
Descartes' System Performance High Continues
After 18+ quarters of EBIDTA positive performance, two million hits a day to their on-demand network; $47M of capital to make aquisitions, and new product announcements at the Annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference, this Logistics technology company is enjoying their hard-won high.
March 4th, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

 
RFID in 2010?—Research Analyst Panel at MIT
Don't miss Ann Grackin and other analysts speaking at MIT Enterprise Forum's "Research Analyst Panel for the Wireless World.". Monday, March 15th, at MIT, Cambridge, MA.
March 15th, 2010     Ann Grackin Speaking at the MIT RFID and Sensors SIG (Session Moderated by Tom Coyle)

Government & Global Trade
Cultural Attitudes Impact Climate Change Policies:
It's Time for the US to Lead

In spite of priding itself on being a nation of science, the U.S. is in last place when it comes to its public's understanding of humans' impact on climate change. The attitudes of China and India's populations are actually somewhat more enlightened. The actions of all three nations will be absolutely critical to addressing global warming.
March 9th, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

 
GAO Report Finds Underperformance of Recovery Act Spending
The sluggish return of jobs during the economic recovery may be due, in part, to the slower-than-expected spending of stimulus money. Most states lag behind in getting started on the local level, and much of the state spending has not gone into programs that actually create new jobs.
March 9th, 2010     ChainLink Commentary


A “Good Spin” Trumps Good Science Every Time:
How the Climate Debate Got Turned on Its Head

In spite of the overwhelming evidence, a major segment of the public does not take climate change seriously and/or believes the science behind it is flawed. Without a radical change in the way the message is delivered, desperately needed changes in public policy will come too little and too late.
March 9th, 2010     ChainLink Commentary


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