Spring is here? Or is it? It’s March and there are records highs and lows. There is no denying Spring plays a part in the industry. Here, a Spring Management Program is listed…

I. Interested in continuing executive education? The Spring 2017 Supply Chain Management Program is taking registrations (for April 26-28, 2017) from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. The event is taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Here’s a link to the agenda currently planned. There are several programs across the world that offer additional education to increase your knowledge.

II. Maersk and IBM announce the first industry-wide cross-border supply chain solution on blockchain. Yahoo News reports, “The blockchain solution based on the Hyperledger Fabric and built by IBM and Maersk, the global leader in transport and logistics, will be made available to the shipping and logistics industry.” The teams are looking for solutions to avoid the disruptions 90% of the global trade are carried out in oceans.

III. Five supply chain trends going on right now, as reported by Logistics Management. The link is to an easy PDF download. Discussed is having the right talent in strategic management, risk management, financial oversight talents, innovation in sourcing and collaboration and of course, data collection and analytics.

IV. Instacart is a company with no big warehouses to house product and they have no product. Yet the delivery service of groceries has a new valuation of $3.4 billion. Remember Webvan? They had their own drivers, warehouses and infrastructure. Unfortunately, they were a bit before their time. Now, they would find Instacart offering technology allowing customers to buy groceries off of their smartphones while they are waiting in line changing the way consumers shop. Instacart doesn’t have the overhead the early entrants to the market did. It’s why their growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down much.

As of September 8, 2020, Crimson & Co (formerly The Progress Group/TPG) has rebranded as Argon & Co following the successful merger with Argon Consulting in April 2018. 

Bruce Strahan

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