Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. Arlin's Suggested Reading List
    4/12/2016

    These are the ten books I recommend as the foundation of a strong business library. While the Bible may seem like a strange first choice, I find that spending time in that book of wisdom each morning grounds me in truth and helps focus me on the things that matter. The other nine are important books that provide a broad base from which to build a strong business mindset.

  2. 5 Fresh Strategies To Boost Sales
    3/29/2016

    According to research consultancy IDC, the global IT market surpassed $3.7 trillion in 2015 and it’s on track to reach $3.8 trillion in 2016. However, diminished margins, competitive pressures and shifting channel dynamics are challenging resellers to do more with less, and to do it more creatively. Renewed ideas are necessary for today’s channel players to stay relevant – and stay profitable.

  3. Selling Versus Telling
    3/28/2016

    There seems to be an age-old debate regarding the differences between selling and telling. When I make sales calls with my clients’ salespeople, I’ve noted an increase in the number of sales calls which are inappropriately identified as selling. More often than not, these people are telling.

  4. 4 Reasons Retail VARs Need To Focus On In-Store Mobility
    3/22/2016

    Renewed focus on IT in brick-and-mortar retail stores was one of the major themes emerging from NRF 2016, the National Retail Federation’s Retail BIG Show. Other trends that continue to create buzz across the industry are mobile POS, omnichannel retailing, and a strong focus on the customer experience as a competitive differentiator.

  5. There Is No Magic
    3/7/2016

    One of the benefits of having been in the sales coaching, consulting, and training business for the past 40 years is that I've had an opportunity to see a lot of so-called magical solutions come through our industry. There have been training programs with hypnotic closes associated with the program. There have been all kinds of gadgets and devices intended to help salespeople sell more.

  6. Sales Courtesy
    2/22/2016

    Here is a scenario that I experience all the time in my sales efforts and I want to see how many of you have the same experience. I call a prospect and one of three things happen.

  7. 4 Reasons You Should be Selling Drones
    2/8/2016

    2015 will go down as a breakthrough year for drones in both consumer and commercial applications with the first FAA regulations announced, vast growth in the consumer market, and serious commercial enterprises exploding onto the scene.

  8. The Top 7 Benefits Of Building Situational Awareness In Safe Cities
    2/3/2016

    Safe city initiatives help cities achieve true situational awareness — both in routine times and during emergency situations — by aggregating a large amount of data and turning it into actionable intelligence.

  9. The Connected Home — Opportunities And Disruption
    2/2/2016

    The home has many large industries serving individual aspects of the entire journey, thus there are many opportunities for ISVs and VARs to engage on either the business or consumers side of the rapidly evolving connected home in the years to come.

  10. Human SCADA: The Future Of Enterprise Mobility
    2/1/2016

    New data capture capabilities can create a complete view of the health and activity status of a field worker and, when coupled with a dispatch function, a chance to improve that field worker’s condition or a situation as a whole and to provide the foundation of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.