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Xiaomi & The Supply Chain Behind the World's Highest Valued Smartphone Startup

By Elementum News Desk | September 5, 2018

Xiaomi Is (Still) The Tech Startup to Watch

On April 6, 2015, the Guinness World Record for the most smartphones sold in 24 hours was broken. Setting the record at 2.1 million units was Xiaomi—the world’s third highest valued startup (following Uber and Didi Chuxiang, Uber’s Chinese equivalent).

How Alibaba, JD.Com and Jumia are Revolutionizing the Ecommerce Supply Chain

By Kristine Jade Tinio | August 27, 2018

With $1 trillion in revenue in 2017 alone, China’s ecommerce market is now the largest in the world, propelling Asia-Pacific’s ascent as a digital powerhouse. Meanwhile, India has the fastest-growing internet consumer base, expanding at an average of 40 million users each year. With millions of potential consumers and limited access to brick-and-mortar stores in many regions, developing economies are fertile ground for the next ecommerce boom.

What's the Deal With USPS and Amazon?

By Mary Grace Figuracion | August 22, 2018

The Truth about the USPS-Amazon Relationship

Can the Internet of Things Solve our Biggest Agriculture Problems?

By Elementum News Desk | August 20, 2018

The world’s appetite is changing, and the agriculture industry is struggling to keep up. Can technology help?

How to Attract the Best Talent to Your Supply Chain

By Gesuina Puangco | August 15, 2018

In a market where consumers are demanding instant gratification from brands, the importance of supply chain to a business’s success has never been greater. However, a shortage of certified supply chain professionals remains a problem for the industry. With the “first generation” of supply chain professionals preparing to retire, businesses will need to invest in new talent to fill roles across logistics, operations, planning, procurement, and more. Today’s supply chain industry is not only relatively young — it’s also changing rapidly, leading to a lack of professionals willing, or even capable enough, to carry the torch. What should the supply chain industry be doing to encourage the best talent?

The Experiential Supply Chain

By Janie Ryan | August 13, 2018

First it was the industrial economy. Then, creeping into the 21st century we saw the rise of the service economy. Now, supply chains are being disrupted by the experience economy. Led by Millennials who demand both more customized experiences and more granular visibility into the lifecycle of their purchases, the experience economy is forcing huge changes in the way business is done.

The Blurring Line Between Retail and Logistics

By Mary De Asis | August 8, 2018

Our notion of convenience is evolving. Being able to offer options, from product variety to flexible delivery schemes, is essential for every business. That’s probably why some of the biggest companies in the world are moving beyond retail to establish their own logistics task forces. From Amazon to FedEx, the line between e-commerce retailer and logistics provider is blurring. We explore what’s behind this new trend, and what it means for supply chain.  

Separation Pangs: What Does The Post-Brexit Supply Chain Really Look Like?

By Aila Abellanosa | August 6, 2018

With England’s legal separation from the EU going into effect next March, companies with supply chains spanning the two regions have had their eyes and ears glued to ongoing trade talks. Their focus? Keeping their manufacturing and supply lines in step with whatever trade policies the European powers decide on. Decisions that occur at the bureaucratic level in the next seven months will drastically affect supply chain dynamics not only in Europe, but across the globe. Let’s take a look at the new, post-Brexit global supply chain, and what it really means for business.

What do Nike and Chipotle Have That Your Business Needs? Customization.

By Elementum News Desk | August 1, 2018

Customized products require a customized supply chain. We explain the benefits to mass customization and share some tips to ease up the process.

Elementum Reports: The Most Transformative Supply Chain Technologies of the Year (So Far)

By Angelo Alix | July 30, 2018

At the start of 2018, we predicted the trends and technologies that would have the greatest impact on the global supply chain. And as the year speeds into its second half and supply chains hurry to catch up with it, companies are continuously reshaping their business models to meet the digital revolution head-on. How did our list measure up to current trends?