Alibaba may lead a substantial funding round in Indonesian online marketplace startup Tokopedia, sources say. The talks come as other major Chinese companies step up their searches for promising startups across Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, which has the region's biggest economy.
AmerisourceBergen has updated its business principles to focus on purpose, said CEO Steven Collis. "Building healthier futures is the lens through which we will evaluate all that we do," he said.
There's been a lot of change in logistics, but health care supply chain excellence still starts with understanding the value stream, says Cardinal Health's Scott Nelson. "The biggest changes I've observed are a greater focus on capital deployment and speed (leadtime reduction) of the supply chain, the impact of digitalization and mobile technology, and globalization of the supply chain," he says.
Manufacturers who avoid cloud-based enterprise resource planning systems can miss out on cost savings and improved scalability, writes Cameron Ackbury of Deskera. Potential customers often wrongly fear, for example, that they will have to rewrite custom-coded applications, he writes.
This article discusses the potential benefits of using manufacturing execution systems in a variety of factory settings. Such systems are increasingly connected rather than standalone, says Stephen Brown of Siemens PLM Software.
Forecast accuracy has its place, but excluding concurrent planning in favor of trying to achieve perfection puts manufacturers at risk, writes Alexa Cheater of Kinaxis. Building supply chain responsiveness is critical to preparing for the inevitable supplier breakdown or natural disaster, she writes.
Cisco warned in a recent report that cybersecurity issues are growing worse, with "destruction of service" the worst-case scenario. Forty percent of manufacturers surveyed for the report said they did not have formal security policies, David Greenfield writes.
More than 85% of respondents to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation survey already have services or products incorporating the internet of things or are developing such offerings.
Edge analytics can improve the usefulness of internet of things data gathered in the cloud, write Andy Howard and Andrew Hopkins of Accenture. This includes prescriptive and predictive analyses.
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