Best practices, technology, and new takes on critical business topics from ChainLink Research
If you are having trouble viewing this, click here to view in your browser
Welcome to the brief: Best practices, technology, new takes on critical business topics from ChainLink Research
Monday, June 11, 2018 -- Published once or twice each month.

 
How Some Manufacturers and Distributors Are Thriving in the Age of Amazon: Part One—Differentiating
By Bill McBeath Monday, June 11, 2018
Amazon (and others) have profoundly raised customer expectations for frictionless commerce, fast-free delivery, and nearly infinite selection. This impacts not just retailers, but manufacturers and distributors as well. Here we explore three examples of companies thriving in this competitive environment by differentiating with unique services and experiences. [ Read: How Some Manufacturers and Distributors Are Thriving in the Age of Amazon: Part One—Differentiating ]
JDA’s Journey to a Global Optimization Platform—Highlights from Focus 2018
By Bill McBeath Monday, June 11, 2018
The mood at this year's JDA Focus (their annual conference) was optimistic, coming off of healthy growth last year, with tons of new innovations, and major R&D investments underway. Here we cover the highlights, including their 'moon shot', the Autonomous Supply Chain. [ Read: JDA’s Journey to a Global Optimization Platform—Highlights from Focus 2018 ]

Will AI Bring Another Gilded Age?
By Ann Grackin Monday, June 11, 2018
AI has the potential to make society better, but history has shown us the potential for these kinds of major economic transformations to cause society-wide upheaval and disruption as well. A lot will depend on the response of our governments in helping people make the transition to new skills and jobs. [ Read: Will AI Bring Another Gilded Age? ]

Blockchain’s Role in the Produce Supply Chain:
Part Five—Hybrid (On-chain + Off-chain) Systems
By Bill McBeath Monday, June 11, 2018
With today’s technology tradeoffs, the optimal approach for managing the produce supply chain appears to be a hybrid, combining blockchain technologies with an off-chain Networked SaaS architecture. Here we describe an example of an end-to-end (grower-to-retailer) produce freshness and safety management system that takes a hybrid approach with blockchain. [ Read: Blockchain’s Role in the Produce Supply Chain: Part Five—Hybrid (On-chain + Off-chain) Systems ]

Featured Insights above.  Headlines and Commentary follow below.

Subscriber Tools
Sign Up Send Feedback Search Archives Privacy Policy
For additional information or questions please contact ChainLink Research • 617-762-4040
www.ChainLinkResearch.com • © 2017 ChainLink Research, Inc.