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What is the Price of Responsible Consumerism?

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Governance?

3 ways a Donal Trump presidency will impact your business.

4 suggestions for understanding Big Data.

7 things you may not know about Conflict Minerals.

4 trends in the Supply Chain.

CO2 little, too late: 5 shocking truths.

Trends in 2017 for your Supply Chain.


Supply Chain Management subversion: Is your business still living in Excel Hell?

Since the beginning of their existence, spreadsheets and the capabilities of programs such as Excel have been present in just about every business oriented organization on the face of the Earth...

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What is ESG? How can it elevate your Supply Chain Management?

Conceptually, the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria serve as a guideline for environmentally friendly, socially acceptable, and ethically righteous supply chain activities; especially in the procurement, sourcing and supplier relationship management-related actions...

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6 Reasons your Supply Chain should be moving to the Cloud.

It’s hanging above us on a daily basis. The boundaries of its powers are still being tested. And, chances are, it’s going to (or already has begun to) change your business’ actions and strategies forever. The Cloud...

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6 Applications of Artificial Intelligence for your Supply Chain.

Once thought to be a concept only sci-fi movies could produce, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a topic of our mainstreams and everydays. The potential of AI enhancing everyday business activities and strategies hasn’t just sparked the interest of people and organizations globally, but has initiated rapid implementation...

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Supplier Relationship Management: Here is your Checklist for Supply Chain Success!

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) is management system and methodology widely accepted amongst procurement and supply chain management professionals...

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Procurement just isn’t that sexy.

Chances are, the technology, data compilation and analytics you can receive from the capabilities of your workout app- used during your morning run- is more complex than the digital work tools you have at your job...

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Ethicality is a top KPI for Supply Chain Sustainability.

Globalization, technology and the strife for competitive advantage have brought out the worst in several world-recognized organizations. Profitability isn’t an indication of good quality or performance if it comes at the expense of people or planet...

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What role are Startups playing in the Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management?

When most people hear the word ‘startup’ their minds instantly wander to a mental image of a business started by young adults, sitting around on beanbag chairs, wearing branded t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts, down to their last cent of funding and underdeveloped as an organization...

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SRM is in for the same ride that CRM took 10 years ago.

Management systems are like a pair of jeans.
This statement may seem bizarre, but just bear with me here...

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5 Nordic Tech Companies that you may not know about, but you most certainly should.

The Serendipity Challenge, hosted at Almedalen 2017, contained the who’s who of Nordic growth ventures. Business models were in abundance, and the level of young talents in the room was apparent from the opening bell! Of over 400 companies that applied, 50 companies were selected to the Challenge, 24 were chosen to pitch in front of a private jury, 7 were chosen to pitch in front of the entire venue, and then the winner’s were selected of “Startup of the Year” and “Growth Venture of the Year”.

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Responsible Sourcing & Supply Chain Sustainability; Who’s responsibility is it really?

“Responsible sourcing”. Go ahead, copy and paste that into google.com. The results will look an awful lot like this screen this….

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The Cyber Security of Supply Chains: Who’s the real risk, Man or Machine?

While we marvel at the technology that has been implemented into the day-to-day operations of supply chain professionals globally, we quickly lose sight of the potential supply chain risks tech adds to the equation.

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The Gender Gap of Supply Chain professionals: Your business isn’t hiring the most talented people

From a survey by Procurement Leaders this year, it was found that only 10% of the most senior supply chain management roles are filled by women; meaning there is a 9 to 1 imbalance of men to women in executive SCM roles (Forbes 2017).

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The Sharing Economy, Technology, Sustainability and the Supply Chain of tomorrow…

You’re planning a trip from Philadelphia to Chicago. You’ll be there for several nights, but you want to live relatively cheap. To cut costs, you plan on eating a few of your meals at home. What lodging service comes to mind?

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Chatbots: What’s their role in the Digtialization of Supply Chain Management?

Chatbots. It sounds like the beginning from the title of a Star Wars parody film. In the recent year, chatbots have become all-the craze within the tech and business community. The more that the technology and the capability of these artificially intelligent beings develop, the more their breadth for utilization develops.

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4 Supply Chain Strategies you’re missing out on, yet they’re sitting right in front of you.

As often as this situation can arise in an everyday-personal capacity, it’s equally as likely to happen in a business-professional setting. We as professionals sometimes get so caught up in what we’re doing; solving the trivial problems of today so tomorrow can be manageable. But in the end, we lose sight completely of long-term solutions, which is a real shame because sometimes, the answers are sitting right in front of us.

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Actualizing Sustainability starts with avoiding the Corporate Social Bullsh••.

After attending Almedalen (Almedalen is a week long event of the who’s who of Swedish politics, where political parties and businesses collide to discuss the upcoming year’s policies, commence in debate and drink rosé wine in the middle of the day) this year it was quite clear that there was a recurring theme throughout the week of seminars, and speeches, hosted by various NPO’s, NGO’s, business enterprises and political parties… Sustainability.

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Supply Chain’s indirect impact: Is your business addressing the elephant in the room?

Big companies, medium companies, and even your local mom and pop shop’s utilize the supply chain of the world to produce, transport, and distribute products to the far reaching corners of the Earth. As stated in The Supply Chain Pessimist just a few weeks ago; “[Supply Chains] are complex networks, reliant on multiple moving parties, ridden with risk, predisposed to complications and are seldom run with absolute harmony.”

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Balancing expansion with Consolidation: a sit-down with CEO, Malin Schmidt

“We’re at an awesome crossroads between tech, digitalization of supply chain management and sustainability. Through tech, we’re able to scale sustainability like never before, and at the same time drive performance.”

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Kodiak Rating selected to the top 50 most exciting growth ventures in the Nordics!

Kodiak Rating is honored to be selected to the 2017 Serendipity Challenge as one of the top 50 'Framtidsbolag' in the Nordics! There is a plethora of talent that will be in attendance at the event, and we are excited to compete and meet the other brightest 49 tillväxtbolag in the Nordics!

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The Supply Chain Pessimist: Managing supply chain risk just ain’t that easy.

Supply Chain Management just ain’t that easy. Supply Chains are complicated and unpredictable. They are complex networks, reliant on multiple moving parties, ridden with risk, predisposed to complications and are seldom run with absolute harmony. The cards are stacked against you.

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Global Warming is creating ‘Environmentally Friendly’ routes. Oh the irony.

Once completely frozen-solid waterways will become passable shipping routes, due to the effects of climate change and the warming of the Earth’s surface temperature...

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Blockchain for Supply Chain(ge): Do you want to be a supply chain Unicorn?

Blockchain is becoming the Tom Hanks of business technology: always relevant, and able to play a lot of different roles. Just as Tom Hanks can be Captain Phillips, Forest Gump all while Saving Private Ryan, Blockchain technology can transfer crypto-currency to donation funds, improve inventory management for Walmart, all while linking traceability and transparency back to the burrito I stuff my face with, at Chipotle...

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Global Supply Chains and UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: A relationship of reciprocity.

Sustainable Business Development is rapidly becoming a top priority for corporations of all sizes, from every corner of the world...

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Kodiak Rating’s Designer part of winning team at Katapult Future Festival/UN Women Hackathon.

The goal of the Hackathon was to create innovative tech solutions for aiding female refugees with using Blockchain technology. Katapult Future Festival organized this Hackathon in collaboration with UN Women.

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3 Strategies for enhancing Collaborative Innovation with Suppliers.

Relationships, in many contexts, can be defined as compilations of dynamic and complex interactions, which form a mutually existing history between two or multiple parties. The relationships formed between purchasing entities and their suppliers, in regards to the definition above, are no different. Buyer-supplier relationships are typically complex and take time to develop. Just like all relationships, those of buyers and suppliers typically face turmoil throughout history and are forced to find dynamic solutions to continue collaboration or end the relationship all together.

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Supplier Relationship Management: a stepping stone for supply chain success.

Is it better to jump into a relationship head on, or thoroughly understand the person/entity/company down the other end of the aisle first, before tying the knot? One thing is certain; well-structured, mutually beneficial buyer-supplier relationships only occur when there is engagement and effort put into the collaboration by both parties.

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Can Machine Learning shape the future of Supply Chain Optimization?

Have you ever wondered how Netflix knows exactly what kind of TV series you want to watch, or how Facebook recommends all the right people to send friend requests to, or how Google Doc’s search bar randomly pops up with the document you were going to search; before you even typed anything?

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“You cannot take away people’s Bacon.”

Business’ balancing act for meeting bottom-lines...

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A Shift in Sourcing; Sustainability and Strategy.

Supply chain operations and strategies are more visible, today, than ever before.

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Disruptive Innovation: What does it mean for your Supply Chain?

With new-disruptive innovation and technology usually comes great gain, economically, but also non-monetary gain. Paired with that gain usually comes great hardships and challenges for businesses. But...

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Digitization of the Supply Chain: The future is now.

Innovation and automation are running rampant in the current digitized global marketplace. The market is larger, and smaller than ever, all at the same time. It’s exciting and and frightening, and frankly, I love it.

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A Closer Look at Child Labor: Supply Chain Shame.

168 million children worldwide, between ages 5–17, are subjected to, forced, and/or exploited for their labor according to the statistics of (ILO) International Labour Organization.

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Good Supplier Relationship Management is like a Good Risotto.

Supplier selection, as a process, could be comparable to my selection of Arborio. To further that notion, Supplier selection is where the processes involved in Supplier Relationship Management truly begin.

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Importance of ISO Certification for Supply Chains, Sustainability and Society at Large

The importance for standard compliance is more crucial now than ever, with the current state of global geopolitics, influx of business growth, and climate change furtherance; coupled with a growing consumer concern for business transparency.

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The IoT: a means for a tangible, intelligible future.
Are you ready?

It’s reach, velocity, and capabilities have already, and will continue to, transform the way modern businesses function within the digital global market landscape.

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Know your Supplier.
Grow your Business.

When supply chains grown in size, the amount of visibility shrinks. It’s a saddening, but true, correlation that many companies come to grip with, all too late.

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How a Hot Dog inspired a blog post about Procurement.

About 2 months ago, during a night out in the city, a friend of mine suggested grabbing a hotdog from a KorvKiosk. Considering my soft spot for processed meat, I half-reluctantly agreed. Approaching the Kiosk he asked me what I wanted and proceeded to order us two “korv med räksallad” (hot dog with shrimp salad).

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The Presidential Supply Chain.
I’m going to try and stay away from the alternative facts.

Donald Trump’s executive order to ban Muslim’s entering the US from 7 specific countries (branded lands of Islamic extremism) was an order made out of fear and anger, which has created fear and anger.

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Reverse Supply Chain: Can it create a means for sustainable initiatives?

When I hear the phrase supply chain, the image that comes to mind is a product. But it’s more than just a product. It’s a product in motion.

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Supply Chain Transparency:
Addressing Consumer Concern.

In a day and age where every single headline is a like, share or retweet away-good PR backed by solid business practices is a must have in a globalized supply chain.

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SaaS is the new Black.
Supply Chain Management in style.

Providers typically supply their software services, via installation, cloud, or web solutions to various clients in need. SaaS solutions and tools are usually, but not always, on a pay-for-use basis defined by yearly, monthly or one-time subscriptions.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions.
For your Business and Mine.

One thing that’s certain about the tradition is that individuals, worldwide, will make New Year’s Resolutions and break New Year’s Resolutions. Tomorrow Michael will start smoking again, in 2 weeks Janice will break down on a bag of Lay’s Original, and by December 31, 2017, I too, will have broken my New Year’s Resolution.

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Supplier Relationship Management: For Dummies. And You!

3 words and 32 letters that hold a lot of meaning for businesses and their supply chains. I’d dare to say, few individuals really understand the interworking of SRM or the implications a Supplier Relationship strategy can have for a corporation and it’s supply chain.

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Trends in 2017 for your Supply Chain.
Stay ahead.

With the turn of the year brings the beginning of Q1. Executive officers have ramped up their team- amidst the drunken escapades of holiday office parties, Salespeople are reevaluating their pipeline- hoping for a good quarter, and Marketers are tapping into the newest trends- that will set their content apart in 2017.

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CO2 little, too late?
5 Shocking truths.

CO2, and its presence in our atmosphere, is a known entity by a majority of the complex, diverse and semi-intelligent beings- that are- the human race. What CO2 does to our environment, I believe less individuals know. How much is in our atmosphere, I believe, even fewer individuals know.

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4 Trends in the Supply Chain.
Now and hereafter.

Trends, especially in fashion, come and go like a common cold. Sometimes they hit hard, nestle into our culture, and spread epidemic. Other times we’re over them in a week, or month’s time.

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7 things you may not know about Conflict Minerals.
Know what you’re buying; know where you’re buying.

Minerals, so sought after, so precious and valuable for commercial and industrial gain that people fight, and die digging for them. I doubt you knew that those deaths tallied to 5.4 million people between 1998–2007, in Africa alone

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It’s not an evolution, it’s a revolution.
4 suggestions for better understanding Big Data.

By definition, Big Data is: “high-volume, high-velocity and/or high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing that enable enhanced insight, decision making, and process automation”

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The Circus is over.
But here’s 3 ways a Donald Trump presidency will impact your business.

Though I don’t see Donald Trump having his presidency immortalized, in the same fashion as Lincoln and his memorial, Trump’s status as president-elect of the United States of America has already, and will continue to, affect the business world in magnitudes of monumental proportions.

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…. Governance?

In homage to the recent 2016 US presidential election results, I would like to reformulate our declarations about sustainable business practices in a manner “The Donald” would likely articulate our conclusions

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A penny sustained is a penny earned;
what’s the price of responsible consumerism?

Every single day, as individual consumers, we choose between economy and ecology. We ask ourselves; will buying products from ecological, fair trade and socially responsible brands make a bigger dent in our wallets or our ecological footprints?

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