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Ideas That Made Us Think Evolving Customer Sentiment Can Unlock Your Supply Chain’s Potential Consumers’ demands to know what’s in their products is putting unprecedented pressure on companies. Supply chains are increasingly fragmented, and “suppliers are often reluctant to share their formulations, buyers balk at higher costs, and in some cases cost-effective safer substitutes simply aren’t available.” According to Bloomberg, companies, including Levi Strauss & Co., READ MORE>>

Jason Meil, SSA & Company’s Managing Director of New Products and Innovation, was quoted in an article titled, “High-Tech Investing: 7 Sectors to Watch.” In the piece, syndicated in both US News & World Report and Yahoo! Tech, Jason comments on the future of high tech investing–that there is massive potential for new technologies and that he expects a long-term impact for businesses and consumers. “Big data has been READ MORE>>

Regenia Sanders, SSA & Company’s Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology, was quoted in a US News article on the state of the shipping industry. Regenia commented about how the use of technology, data, and IoT could help improve operations and efficiency. Regenia adds that partnerships and alliances with other shipping carriers can help shipping companies ensure that shipping isn’t such an isolated part of READ MORE>>

Paul de Janosi, Senior Advisor of SSA & Company, was quoted in The Street on price trends in the oil market. Paul spoke about how mass urbanization in China had driven demand over the last twenty years and how that process has largely concluded. “Without another similar massive driver of demand, there’s very little fundamental support for a world where $100 per barrel oil makes sense,” said READ MORE>>

Raj Thangavelsamy, Vice President at SSA & Company, was quoted in a Salon article titled “Get off of my cloud: Dell’s $60 billion merger with EMC is all about challenging Amazon’s dominance of cloud computing,” on the complexity and competitiveness of the cloud computing industry. The article shares Raj’s thoughts about how companies like Dell, HP, and Oracle would have a hard time competing with Amazon READ MORE>>

An article by G100 Companies’ Deb Henretta, David Niles, and Sandy Ogg was featured in Data Informed on how executives can harness the potential of big data and advanced analytics. In particular, if leaders want dramatic data-driven change they should take ownership of that transformation and focus on leading key initiatives, streamlining decision-making, improving metrics, and encouraging a data-driven culture. Without visionary leadership, the promise of big data will fall READ MORE>>

1. Fraud, Lies, and Errors Few recent public health movements have enjoyed more success than the campaign against genetically modified foods. But as William Saletan uncovers in Slate, the anti-GMO campaign is little more than deceit and deception: The anti-GMO movement only pretends to inform you. When you push past its dogmas and examine the evidence, you realize that the movement’s fixation on genetic engineering has been an enormous mistake. READ MORE>>

In this issue: Structure and New Ways of Driving Organic Growth, How Design Can Reduce Shipping Costs, Using Data Instead of a Middle Manager, and more.

1. Letterman’s Last Laugh A fantastically detailed account of preparing for David Letterman’s final show, written by his longtime gag writer, Bill Scheft. A poignant reminder that writing jokes is a process: The monologue, my main responsibility (along with Steve Young), had been put together the night before. We never do it this far in advance, but because there were no jokes based on topical material and Dave wanted READ MORE>>

Was Clay Christensen Wrong About Disruption? Clayton Christensen’s 1997 landmark study of disruptive markets, The Innovator’s Dilemma, continues to drive discussion about innovation and new competitors. But nearly twenty years later, are his conclusions about disruption still persuasive? Jill Lepore re-examines the book in the most recent New Yorker and concludes that he got the innovation story wrong. An excerpt: Christensen argues that incumbents in the READ MORE>>