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Where is the social supply chain going? Models that predict where interactions should be occurring in the supply chain and then mapping out where they are actually occurring. This could expose personality and political hurdles as well as best practices of the people who are making this work in the very best way.
(via Case Study: Is the Procurement Department Finally Ready for Social Media? - Business 2 Community)

ibmsocialbiz:

Where is the social supply chain going? Models that predict where interactions should be occurring in the supply chain and then mapping out where they are actually occurring. This could expose personality and political hurdles as well as best practices of the people who are making this work in the very best way.

(via Case Study: Is the Procurement Department Finally Ready for Social Media? - Business 2 Community)

IBM Plants Stake In A $20 Billion Market With Its Latest Buy | Business Insider
IBM says “smarter” supply chains is a $20 billion opportunity.
It’s willing to buy itself a piece of that action. So today it  acquired Emptoris, a company with 725 employees based in Burlington, MA.
Emptoris makes supply chain analytics software that can run as a service over the cloud or in-house. The company claims 350 customers in 75 countries names American Express, Cigna, Kraft Foods and Samsung among them
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IBM Plants Stake In A $20 Billion Market With Its Latest Buy | Business Insider

IBM says “smarter” supply chains is a $20 billion opportunity.

It’s willing to buy itself a piece of that action. So today it acquired Emptoris, a company with 725 employees based in Burlington, MA.

Emptoris makes supply chain analytics software that can run as a service over the cloud or in-house. The company claims 350 customers in 75 countries names American Express, Cigna, Kraft Foods and Samsung among them


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The Tech That Will Prevent The Next Big Foodborne Illness Outbreak | Fast Company
By tracking every step of the food production process, the next time people start getting sick from cantaloupes, it will be much easier to find which farms are clean, and which are responsible.
Food contamination has been in the news recently, and for good reason; at this moment, people in the U.S. are still getting sick from cantaloupe tainted with listeria. Every year, there are over 76 million food-related illnesses. And at least some of them could be prevented if suppliers used more comprehensive tracking systems.
Case in point: Using technology from IBM and food safety-technology company N2N Global, fruit and vegetable co-op Cherry Central can look at a bottle of its juice and tell you what oranges went into it, when the oranges were harvested, where they were harvested, who harvested them, where they were located through the entire process, when they were transported, what transport vehicle was used, and who the oranges were sent to. All of the data can be viewed and analyzed in real-time, courtesy of IBM’s analytics capabilities.
Every time a food product is moved or touched by someone new, supply chain data can be updated via mobile phone with information about date, time, location, temperature, and food safety compliance.

The Tech That Will Prevent The Next Big Foodborne Illness Outbreak | Fast Company

By tracking every step of the food production process, the next time people start getting sick from cantaloupes, it will be much easier to find which farms are clean, and which are responsible.

Food contamination has been in the news recently, and for good reason; at this moment, people in the U.S. are still getting sick from cantaloupe tainted with listeria. Every year, there are over 76 million food-related illnesses. And at least some of them could be prevented if suppliers used more comprehensive tracking systems.

Case in point: Using technology from IBM and food safety-technology company N2N Global, fruit and vegetable co-op Cherry Central can look at a bottle of its juice and tell you what oranges went into it, when the oranges were harvested, where they were harvested, who harvested them, where they were located through the entire process, when they were transported, what transport vehicle was used, and who the oranges were sent to. All of the data can be viewed and analyzed in real-time, courtesy of IBM’s analytics capabilities.

Every time a food product is moved or touched by someone new, supply chain data can be updated via mobile phone with information about date, time, location, temperature, and food safety compliance.

IBM Smarter Commerce Delivers Business Opportunity
At its Impact 2011 conference in Las Vegas, IBM helps its customers  realize new business opportunities through its Smarter Commerce  initiative.
In addition to continuing to push out new products and services to support its Smarter Commerce initiative, IBM also has cited several opportunities for its business customers to use Smarter Commerce to better serve their own customers.
Indeed, in announcements at the IBM Impact 2011 conference here on April 12, IBM officials said business adoption of Smarter Commerce technology is already underway. For instance, IBM client CSX transportation has used elements of Smarter Commerce software to improve partner onboarding in its supply chain and partner communities from two days to 10 minutes.   By installing IBM Smarter Commerce software, First Tennessee Bank improved the success rate of its marketing campaigns by more than 3 percent, realizing a return on investment in the software of more than 600 percent.
And IBM officials said IBM software has enabled electronic publishing leader Cengage Learning to not only offer a subscription model that allows students to electronically rent text books but also electronically or physically receive supplementary offerings of items such as study guides. IBM helped XO Communications reduce customer churn by 8 percent the first year and 18 percent in the second year, delivering a nearly 400 percent return on investment in a matter of months.
Moreover, the challenges of modern commerce create new opportunities for clients to use Smarter Commerce in serving their customers, IBM officials said.
IBM Smarter Commerce enables businesses to better integrate marketing campaigns across multiple channels. Advanced advertising capabilities allow customers to optimize search results and search engine marketing associated with a specific marketing tagline as well as enhance awareness of marketing campaigns through customized landing pages with specific online product promotions.

IBM Smarter Commerce Delivers Business Opportunity

At its Impact 2011 conference in Las Vegas, IBM helps its customers realize new business opportunities through its Smarter Commerce initiative.

In addition to continuing to push out new products and services to support its Smarter Commerce initiative, IBM also has cited several opportunities for its business customers to use Smarter Commerce to better serve their own customers.

Indeed, in announcements at the IBM Impact 2011 conference here on April 12, IBM officials said business adoption of Smarter Commerce technology is already underway. For instance, IBM client CSX transportation has used elements of Smarter Commerce software to improve partner onboarding in its supply chain and partner communities from two days to 10 minutes.   By installing IBM Smarter Commerce software, First Tennessee Bank improved the success rate of its marketing campaigns by more than 3 percent, realizing a return on investment in the software of more than 600 percent.

And IBM officials said IBM software has enabled electronic publishing leader Cengage Learning to not only offer a subscription model that allows students to electronically rent text books but also electronically or physically receive supplementary offerings of items such as study guides. IBM helped XO Communications reduce customer churn by 8 percent the first year and 18 percent in the second year, delivering a nearly 400 percent return on investment in a matter of months.

Moreover, the challenges of modern commerce create new opportunities for clients to use Smarter Commerce in serving their customers, IBM officials said.

IBM Smarter Commerce enables businesses to better integrate marketing campaigns across multiple channels. Advanced advertising capabilities allow customers to optimize search results and search engine marketing associated with a specific marketing tagline as well as enhance awareness of marketing campaigns through customized landing pages with specific online product promotions.

IBM - Smarter commerce - Overview
It all starts with the customer
In business, this has always been true. But now a new breed of  customer is dictating a new set of terms in the dynamic between buyers  and sellers.
Customers approach a sale empowered by technology and transparency,  with more extensive information from more sources than ever before.  They expect to engage with companies when and how they want, in person,  online and on the go. And they want these methods to tie together  seamlessly.

IBM - Smarter commerce - Overview

It all starts with the customer


In business, this has always been true. But now a new breed of customer is dictating a new set of terms in the dynamic between buyers and sellers.

Customers approach a sale empowered by technology and transparency, with more extensive information from more sources than ever before. They expect to engage with companies when and how they want, in person, online and on the go. And they want these methods to tie together seamlessly.

How It Works: Smarter Commerce on IBM Global Business Services Channel

Join us today for the LIVE Smarter Commerce Webcast, featuring Smarter Commerce Global Leader, Paul Papas, IBM Global Business Services.

Time: 12-1  ET

Place: RSVP at http://www.livestream.com/newintelligence

The company is using a combination of RFID sensors, GPS and cellular communication technology to ensure its products are transported at the proper temperature, and that trailers are not opened while in transit.

Facing ever-changing variables in consumer trends, weather, labor, fuel costs and water management, Sun World turned to IBM and Applied Analytix for a solution to better collect, track, interpret and disseminate real time information on everything from crop management to managing sales — while maintaining top quality and controlling cost throughout their supply chain.

IBM and Container Centralen announced that by February 1, 2010, Danish Container Centralen, Europe’s largest provider of re-usable transport equipment and services, will use IBM sensor technology to allow participants in the horticultural supply chain to track the progress of shipments as they move from growers to wholesalers and retailers across 40 countries in Europe. The project is the largest of its kind in the horticulture business. (via IBM Keeps the European Horticultural Industry Blooming - Sensors Wireless & M2M)

IBM and Container Centralen announced that by February 1, 2010, Danish Container Centralen, Europe’s largest provider of re-usable transport equipment and services, will use IBM sensor technology to allow participants in the horticultural supply chain to track the progress of shipments as they move from growers to wholesalers and retailers across 40 countries in Europe. The project is the largest of its kind in the horticulture business. (via IBM Keeps the European Horticultural Industry Blooming - Sensors Wireless & M2M)