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Blocking And Tackling: Take Your Pick

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/31/2017 | 2:34 PM

Tackling not so much, but blocking appears to be all the rage.SCMRs Patrick Burnson took on the topic in the May/June issue, with blockchain taking on the space once dedicated to the wonders of RFID. �The possibility that block chain is coming, or has come, of age is a major contention.

Even though managers have yet to embrace the concept, the forward progress seems to be unstoppable. �The solution promoted by IBM and Maersk for Hyperledger not only identifies supply choke points, Walmart thinks we are on the edge of a legendary Holy�Grail.

Others, notably SCM World's Kevin O'Meara, are more sanguine, seeing a rebirth of RFID hype. �I'm with Kevin, frankly. �A Gartnwe analyst generally agrees, predicting a 90% failure rate for new projects, including those that are already dead.

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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