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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Outcome Sourcing Part 2: Expressive Bidding - Technology for Specifying Outcomes

By Bill McBeath                                                March 23rd, 2010

One promising e-sourcing technology to support outcome sourcing is expressive bidding. Reverse auctions technology evolved to allow evaluation of a broader set of requirements beyond material price. Expressive bidding takes it further, with combinatorial optimization - the ability to analyze thousands of combinations of bids across many dimensions to come up with the best combination to meet the objectives of the buyer. [Read More]

Demand Management - A Structured View Part 2
By Ann Grackin                                                                                                  March 23rd, 2010

Demand Creation. Of late, marketing organizations and solution providers have been adopting this ’best practice’ terminology. It makes sense, since it integrates Marketing and Marketing Automation analytics with the rest of the organization, particularly the supply chain. It plants marketing firmly in the value chain as an essential value-creating step. The resultant process and information sharing makes Supply Chain Demand Management practices more adaptive and accurate. [Read More]

Featured Insights above.  Headlines and Commentary follow below.
Acsis Heads to 'Supply Chain 3.0'
Supply Chain complexity, outsourcing, and the complexity and speed of business processes, enhance the need for real-time visibility across the chain. This makes companies like Acsis an indispensable component of your systems portfolio.
March 23rd, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

Google Extends Search to Real-world In-store Retail Inventory for Shoppers
Google seems to have their fingers in every corner of the technology world. They just launched a new capability that searches the actual physical inventory of stores near you for the item you want. A number of challenges still need to be overcome, but Google is surely up to the task. What will be the impact to other, mobile marketing/shopping technology companies and, longer term, the supply chain execution solutions for inventory location and tracking?
March 23rd, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

Supply Chain News
US Innovation Slips Further in Future Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing
MIT Enterprise Forum, IEEE Patent Survey and Wall Street Journal interview all point to venture capital flight to China and India.
March 23rd, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

Good Old Natural Gas... the 'Next Big Thing' In Energy?
Natural gas seems to be in the headlines everywhere recently. From T. Boone Pickens’s plan to Exxon’s proposed merger with U.S. natural-gas producer XTO Energy Inc., to Xcel Energy Inc.’s plan to move from coal to gas generation capabilities. Seen as a way to achieve energy security, and cleaner burning than oil or coal, natural gas may be staging a comeback. In the future, many more of our goods and materials may move via natural gas-powered trucks.
March 19th, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

Government & Global Trade
Homeland Security Panel Approves Technology Directorate Bill
The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology approved, by voice vote, a bill (HR 4842) that would authorize roughly $1 billion for each of fiscal years 2011 and 2012 for the Department of Homeland Security’s Directorate of Science and Technology.
March 23rd, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

Inflation Low In Europe, China, U.S. and Elsewhere, but with Differing Consequences
Inflation rates remain low globally, but with varying impact, depending on each country's current rate of economic growth and other factors. The IMF is urging higher inflation, but this is unlikely to be embraced by policy-makers at many central banks, especially in the developed economies that are still nursing weak economic recoveries.
March 22nd, 2010     ChainLink Commentary

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