Analytics: How to avoid the top hindrance to (re)building your business

Analytics: How to avoid the top hindrance to (re)building your business

Manufacturers and others working through the COVID-19 crisis and planning to regain their competitiveness will rely on data analytics more than ever. But they’ll need a smarter, more strategic approach to prevent the most common cause of failure. Fortunately, the problem is more human than technical in nature, and it’s fixable. The Fourth Industrial Revolution … Continue reading

The eye in the sky, now on the edge

The eye in the sky, now on the edge

Discussing digital transformation with a brilliant mind in the field of digital transformation recently, I asked: “What emerging technology do you believe will be most transformational in the industrial sector?” His answer: Video. His focus on video stems from the growth in IT bandwidth and the ability to support video with AI-powered analytics to more … Continue reading

The robots are winning

The robots are winning

AI disruption seems to have thinned the workforce for good. Now what?  Where would we be if wheels were still square? If the Luddites kept machines out of textile mills? If the cotton gin didn’t decimate the pre-war Confederate workforce? Today, one has to wonder how many truck drivers will be able to find new … Continue reading

Gibson bankruptcy: Can these guitars rock redemption?

Gibson bankruptcy: Can these guitars rock redemption?

How many brands do you know that you thought were “cool,” then fell victim to investors’ growth demands, and cheapened themselves by falling into the AFAB (anything for a buck) trap? As Gibson, like other leading guitar-makers watered down their brands, they’ve become a bit like Playboy. You know, Playboy, the erstwhile aspirational lifestyle brand … Continue reading

Retail analytics: Here’s lookin’ at you, kids

Retail analytics: Here’s lookin’ at you, kids

I recently reunited with FoodOnline.com to write a story on Big Data analytics in the retail food supply chain. The first bylines I had for that site were in 1999, when I was Editorial Director for that related sites — before the big bursting of the Internet Bubble.  When the Internet was new, there were no iPods, let alone iOS, … Continue reading

Toward a legal, national market for cannabis

Toward a legal, national market for cannabis

The story’s out in Pharmaceutical Commerce magazine: “Medical marijuana looks for a place in conventional drug distribution.” It’s based on all kinds of research and interviews with CEOs, legislators and prognosticators in this budding industry. Frustrations are great as the right hand of the U.S. federal government (DEA) either doesn’t know — or care, or approve … Continue reading