Category Archives: Strategy

Smart Processes Are Redefining On-Site Inspections

Smart Processes Are Redefining On-Site Inspections

Innovations such as mobile communications, prediction algorithms and machine learning have arrived in the multi-billion-dollar quality inspection and supplier compliance industry. The impact will be transformational for the industry, which has been slow to adopt new technology. Companies (clients) that use inspection and supplier compliance services to inspect and evaluate suppliers’ production lines will benefitRead More

Finding the Optimal Capacity for Biologics Manufacturing

Finding the Optimal Capacity for Biologics Manufacturing

The main objective of the biologics supply chain is to guarantee supply continuity. Product shortages can endanger patients’ lives and impact a company’s market share. In addition, the lengthy regulatory approval process in this industry prolongs the time companies need to create new manufacturing capacity. Every part of the process is subject to stringent regulation,Read More

A New Breed of Price Predator?

A New Breed of Price Predator?

In international trade, the practice of dumping – exporting product at a predatory price to capture market share – is usually associated with aggressive countries intent on moving into a national market at any cost. Are we now seeing a commercial enterprise with country-sized market muscle get into the dumping business? I’m referring to theRead More

How Back-of-Mind Backrooms Rob Retailers of Profits

How Back-of-Mind Backrooms Rob Retailers of Profits

When designing the layout of their stores, retailers understandably pay close attention to the front spaces—the places where consumers purchase goods and interact with staff. The dynamics of these customer-facing areas are well understood. Backroom spaces, on the other hand, tend to attract less attention and are not as well understood, especially in the contextRead More

Amazon’s Hiring Binge Does Not Portend the End of Traditional Retailing

Amazon’s Hiring Binge Does Not Portend the End of Traditional Retailing

The news that Amazon will hire 50,000 people to fill jobs in its distribution centers and sorting sites could be interpreted as another nail in the coffin of bricks-and-mortar retailing. A more nuanced reading of the online giant’s action is that the boundaries between online and traditional retailing models are blurring. Amazon is beefing upRead More