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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>>

SSA & Company’s Regenia Sanders, Vice President of Supply Chain and Business Technology, was quoted in an article in TechTarget on mobile logistics technology. Regenia was cited that wearable and augmented reality technology can increase productivity and reduce error in a supply chain within the warehouse and “offer a significant advantage in data entry.” Regenia offers the example of DHL International’s successful pilot program using Google Glass READ MORE>>

Bob Silvers, Managing Director of Energy and Life Sciences at SSA & Company, was quoted in a MarketWatch article titled “Oil logs weekly drop on concerns over rise in U.S. crude supply and output”, on the many factors that are driving oil prices right now. Bob was quoted suggesting that a rise in the price of oil will depend on the ability of U.S. companies to increase shale production. READ MORE>>

SSA & Company’s John Rodgers and Sachin Sachdeva contributed an article, “Best Practices for Operational Compliance Transformation” to International Banker today. With stricter regulations, banks and other financial services companies have resources to compliance teams to signal to regulators that the organization is compliant with all laws. But these investments are usually met with budget cuts to operations groups and many companies have struggled to find READ MORE>>

SSA & Company’s Jason Meil and The Miles Group (TMG)’s Matthew Bedwell’s article “The Art and Science of Evaluation” was featured yesterday in AMA Quarterly’s Winter 2016-2017 edition. For today’s leaders, human capital proves to be the biggest asset and cost. Yet, most companies do not prioritize measuring, assessing, and retaining that capital. Jason and Matthew lay out several ways in which data and analytics can drive performance READ MORE>>

“Alexa, What’s Next?” More voice-enabled objects and conversational bots in unexpected places, thanks to an increasing number of partnerships between Amazon and other companies, reports Backchannel: It turns out having microphones in your environment is a lot more convenient than pulling out your phone. Do advances in the cloud and voice recognition portend a shift away from mobile devices or does it broaden our thinking about READ MORE>>

Wayne Dix, Vice President, Healthcare at SSA & Company, was quoted in a Managed Care Magazine article titled “An Old-Fashioned Notion: Stand Behind Your Wares” on outcomes-based contracting in the pharmaceutical industry. According to Wayne, there may be several practical challenges to value-based contracts including “administrative overhead, the intricacies of data collection and validation, and understanding how or why the data are relevant to the agreement.” READ MORE>>

Bob Silvers, Managing Director of Energy & Life Sciences at SSA & Company, was quoted in The Street’s “Natural Gas Futures Down Over 10%, But Why?” story on natural gas prices. The article shares Bob’s thoughts about ranging prices and their connection to weather. Due to the abundant supply of oil, Bob believes that prices will remain the same. “However, when prices are this low the READ MORE>>

John Rodgers, Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at SSA & Company, was quoted in Financial Advisor on challenges for life insurers. John makes the point that the Department of Labor regulations could have an adverse impact on agents’ ability to sell certain products–possibly leading to fewer choices. “Now there’s added fiduciary responsibility for their agents to their clients. The agents aren’t in a position to be READ MORE>>

Deb Henretta, SSA’s Senior Advisor was featured in the WSJ article “Leadership Evolves Amid Tech Changes” on how companies are changing their leadership structures to accommodate digital tools. The article mentions Deb’s leadership at P&G Asia where she helped revamp its leadership teams by adding data scientists into monthly strategy meetings. Although some leaders may view data scientists as outsiders lacking tenure, their objectivity uniquely serves READ MORE>>