Livingston pic 1There has not been in recent memory a period in which international trade has experienced the degree of volatility it has over the past two years. 

From the emergence of new trade blocs in the east to the renegotiation of NAFTA in the west, to the possibility of a trade war between two of the world’s economic powerhouses and the realignment of sea carriers around the world and the shortage of truck drivers across North America, one struggles to recall a time of comparable change.

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Data analytics has been focused mainly on the front end as a way to glean insights about customers and improve the customer experience. But with the growing investment in industrial Internet of things (IIoT), combined with dramatic changes in global supply chain logistics, a back-end focus is emerging in what is often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.

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Staying ahead in today’s value-based reimbursement environment requires buying and having visibility to the right products, at the right time, every time. That’s why more and more supply chain leaders understand how managing product inventory “the way we’ve always done it” can be a costly, unproductive way to do business.

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Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience offers first-hand lessons on streamlining the digital supply chain.

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and blockchain – how will these emerging technologies change the way businesses manage their supply chains? With more than 2500 supply chain leaders and professionals expected to attend, Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience offers attendees insights on how to put their business on the fast track towards the future of supply chain management. At the conference, participants will be able to listen to thought leaders in order to get a first glance at where the industry is heading and how to best be prepared for the changing marketplace.

The event will be held from Jan. 29-31 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.

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Global Gathering

The Supply Chain Technology Conference & Expo (SCTECH) took place June 27- 29. The event supported by International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) is an itinerant show. SCTECH was held last year in Chicago, moved this year to Mexico City and will go to Mumbai, India, next year, in line with ISCEA’s mission statement of “Providing supply chain knowledge around the world.”

SCTECH 2017 featured international speakers with different backgrounds from Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Argentina and Mexico. Although this is a technology show, the conference program focused mainly on supply chain processes and true end-user stories. As attendees learned from Jorge Morales, ISCEA Latin America’s CEO and SCTECH 2017 program chair, “Speakers were encouraged to explain their processes transformation needs first and then share their experience about the use of technology to support the transformed processes.”

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