Hauling New Treasure Along the Silk Road (NYT)

Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley electronics company, has pioneered the revival of a route famous in the West since the Roman Empire. For the last two years, the company has shipped laptops and accessories to stores in Europe with increasing frequency aboard express trains that cross Central Asia at a clip of 50 miles an hour.

This Could Be Tesla’s Next Billion-Dollar Industry

“Right now Tesla has created and is developing its own supply chain management solution, which competes head on with SAP and Oracle,” said Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. “What we know is, there is a big difference [between] supply chain management software that was created in the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. We are living in a world which needs a global platform and instant real-time updates. SAP can’t do it [and] Oracle can’t do it.”

DHL: How a logistics firm evolved to provide ‘software as a service’

DHL created its own SaaS big data tool to help customers to avoid supply chain risk.

Internet of Things could boost supply chain/logistics operations by almost $2T

Earlier this month DHL and Cisco Consulting Services released a Trend Report noting that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate $8 trillion worldwide in “Value at Stake” over the next decade. This will come from five main drivers: innovation and revenue ($2.1 trillion); asset utilization ($2.1 trillion); supply chain and logistics ($1.9 trillion); employee productivity improvements ($1.2 trillion); and enhanced customer and citizen experience ($700 billion).

Bloomberg Terminals Suffer Widespread Failures (NYT)

The web that weaves together much of the global financial ecosystem went down for a few hours on Friday when the Bloomberg data and communication network unexpectedly crashed. The failure at Bloomberg, which provides data and trading services for 325,000 financial professionals around the world, effectively shut down some parts of the capital markets and forced traders to confront their level of reliance on the Bloomberg system. It immediately breathed new life into efforts across Wall Street to find alternatives to Bloomberg.

Using Big Data And Machine Learning To Enrich Customer Experiences(Forbes)

First-class customer support in the omni-channel era means analyzing volumes of data to understand their needs and connect the dots along a customer’s journey. The business mantra must be: learn, anticipate and simplify.

Amazon moves towards ‘internet of things’ shopping with Dash

New re-ordering device reduces need to ever leave the house again with a one-touch button for when products run out

Oil Glut Is a Boon to Shippers, as Buyers Stock Up at Low Prices(NYT)

What’s happening with prices and distribution is a new chapter in the history of the oil industry. As with most products, the price of oil is based on supply and demand. But rather than any big slump in demand, the plunge in oil prices in the last year is more a result of a growing world supply — mainly from higher output in the United States and OPEC’s reluctance to cut production.

China’s Long Food Chain Plugs In (NYT)

The country’s sprawling supply chain has challenged governmental efforts to ensure quality, and so its tech giants are working to provide shoppers with useful tools.

What Clever Robots Mean for Jobs (WSJ)

In the Australian Outback mining giant Rio Tinto uses self-driving trucks and drills that need no human operators at iron ore mines. Automated trains will soon carry the ore to a port 300 miles away. The new equipment cut many driving jobs, but the reductions will be partly offset by new types of work.

The Financial Risk Lurking in Your Supply Chain (CFO)

Perhaps unaware of that weight financial risk to their companies, many CFOs completely delegate supply chain risk management to a risk manager or supply chain manager. In my opinion, it’s beneficial for finance folks to drill more deeply into what these managers know about supply chain risks.

Why we need to learn to trust analytics (NYT)

People are reluctant to give computers a second chance when they mess up, even if it’s clear that the machines have a higher hit rate overall. Given that in many situations their “judgment” is superior to our own, that’s a problem. If algorithms are really going to live up to their potential to help us, we’re going to need to figure out how to put more confidence in their results.

MIT Forum for Supply Chain releases annual report on U.S. manufacturing

Survey indicates 13.5 percent of manufacturers intend to move some manufacturing activities back to the U.S.

Shippers turn to airfreight to avoid port delays

Many shippers are temporarily shifting to airfreight to deliver their eleventh hour holiday shipments in order to avoid chronic congestion and labor slowdowns at U.S. ports, according to this week’s issue of Container Insight from Drewry Maritime Research.

Dealing with Supply Chain Big Data

As supply chains get bigger, more complex, and demand faster responses times, expect to see NoSQL databases and complex event processing gaining a foothold.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Inventory Problems (WSJ)

Samsung produced about 20% more devices than it did of the Galaxy S5’s predecessor, basing the numbers on a survey of its carrier partners around the world, who were asked to predict demand but who weren’t on the hook for any unsold devices, according to the person. That led to merchandise piling up in warehouses, forcing Samsung to increase marketing expenditures to unload the devices.

Logistics Outsourcing Amplifies Supply Chain Risk (WSJ)

Logistics outsourcing, global supply chains and cost-cutting measures are exposing companies to higher levels of supply chain and business interruption risk, say insurers and risk managers.