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Hot Topics are written by a leading expert, thought leader, and/or researcher and focus on newly emerging research from CSCMP or other organizations; hot trends and emerging industry insights; and/or journal articles that expose a new perspective or finding that has emerged as a critical issues.  Hot Topics provide a quick way to keep up with a changing supply chain management industry and marketplace.  

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  • ERP Selection: Four Areas to Supercharge Your Process
    Traditional selection methodologies are riddled with inefficiencies and take much longer than they should. Liberty outlines four speed and quality focus areas that will make your selection process quicker as well as drive value. With a focused approach, you can save 30-50% of the typical time spent on a traditional software selection.
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  • At a Crossroads: Food Safety Hinges on Tech-Enabled Traceability
    The food industry is undergoing massive changes. Along with shifting consumer preferences, shopping and eating habits underwent a massive change in 2020, markedly accelerated by the pandemic. As those global challenges unfolded, the importance of agility in the food supply chain became clearly apparent as well as the need for the digital modernization of our food system.
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  • Don’t Start a Supply Chain Machine Learning Project Before Reading This
    Nowadays, machine learning seems to be everywhere you look, from television commercials and supply chain conferences to university degrees. But despite its buzzword status and the fact that it’s been around since the late 1950s, this technology is still shrouded in mystery for many supply chain practitioners. According to Gartner, “While machine learning promises transformational benefits in the supply chain, current expectations of short-term readiness and benefits remain unrealistic.”1 In this hyped-up stage in technology maturity, it’s crucial to be well informed so you can see beyond the headlines and apply the technology correctly to solve business problems and deliver real value.
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  • Improving the Odds of Delivering Measurable ERP Benefits: Seven Steps to Success
    Deriving value from an enterprise resource planning (ERP) transformation is not an unrealistic goal. What is troubling, however, is how many firms fail to realize any top- or bottom-line improvements from their ERP transformations; according to Gartner, up to 75% of these do not meet their objectives. Based on this disconcerting trend, Liberty Advisor Group has developed an ERP benefit process and tracking asset to consistently identify, scrutinize, and validate opportunities.
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  • Why The Barcode Has to Evolve
    In an age when consumers expect to be able to access real time information about the products they buy, the time has come to rethink the role of the U.P.C. barcode, and help industry adopt robust two-dimensional codes that provide dynamic information instantaneously through a single smartphone scan. Retailers and brands should collaborate to uncover any gaps in their supply chains now to prepare for a future of digital consumer engagement via product packaging.
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