Supply Chain Management Blog

Servicing the Blue Banana from a Small Dutch Village, Part 1

Back in 1989 a group of French geographers known as RECLUS developed a geographical concept of an area stretching from North West England over The Netherlands, Belgium, Southern Germany, a very small part of Northern France and Switzerland up to Northern Italy. They called it banane bleue: the Blue Banana.

The Smart Supply Chain: Bridging the Gap between Connectivity and Value

The Smart Supply Chain: Bridging the Gap between Connectivity and Value

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of our favorite topics here at ModusLink, and we’ve worked to stay ahead of the pulse to help our innovative customers take full advantage of the opportunities it brings to the supply chain. These opportunities will only increase over the next few years, according to analyst firm Gartner – the number of total connected devices is predicted to reach 25 billion by 2020.

How Well Do You Know a Foreign Market?

How well do you know China? Or any other geographic market that’s outside of your own country? Chances are the answer for a majority of companies will be “not that well.” Despite that, we’ve seen many companies still hold to the belief that all they need to do to be successful in China is to translate their materials and website and make sure there’s a proper currency exchange set up.

Industry Trends to Expect Next Year

As the year winds down, some will be sad to see 2016 go – while others will be happily showing it the door and changing the locks after it’s gone. Regardless of whether it was a good or a bad year for you, the hope and promise of the new year will soon be upon us.

What 3 Things Do Manufacturers Need to Know About Global Logistics?

I like to think of manufacturing as one of the oldest professions in the world. While some of our caveman ancestors were out hunting for food, I like to think of the folks that stayed home and created the tools those hunters used, the brushes and paints for cave paintings, etc.

Of course, that was long ago and manufacturing was small-scale – nothing like the global environment we all deal with today. But as manufacturing has grown in size, scale, and reach, it’s also increasingly complex.

Tmall vs. Tmall Global- Which Platform Fits Your Company’s Needs?

Tmall vs. Tmall Global: Which Platform Fits Your Company’s Needs?

In previous blogs we wrote about the many opportunities in the Chinese market; these opportunities, however, also go hand in hand with at least as many challenges.

In today’s post, we’ll take a look at the differences between Tmall (domestic) and Tmall Global and help you determine which is right for your company.

How Visibility and Real-time Information Impacts Supply Chain Operations

Understanding How Real-time Visibility and Information Can Save You Money

As the saying goes, “time is money.” In the global supply chain industry, however, the saying should be “real-time is money,” meaning that real-time visibility into your global supply chain operations can help you save – as well as make – quite a bit of money.

Supply Chain Management For High Growth Technology Companies

What Do High Growth Tech Companies Want in 2016? A Supply Chain That’s An Afterthought

Growing a company into a global powerhouse is something every CEO dreams of – and right now, there are five marquee examples of high-growth companies excelling far beyond the rest of the industry: Skyworks Solutions, GoPro (a ModusLink customer,) Netflix, Amazon and Google.

Personalizing Motorola's Supply Chain

Helping Motorola Offer Customers Personalized Touches

You can go most anywhere in the world and ask someone if they know what Motorola is, and more often than not the person will be familiar with the brand – and at least some of its products. This is because Motorola has had such a long and successful history, stretching back almost nine decades, as an innovator and technology leader in the mobile communications industry.

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