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Profiles by Chain.io Episode 1 - Scott Case

Posted by Chain.io on Nov 9, 2018 7:57:00 AM

Presenting episode 1 of our new podcast, Profiles by Chain.io.  On each episode, we'll interview individuals from the Chain.io partner ecosystem focusing on the human stories of our extended supply chain family.

For our inaugural guest, we have Scott Case, the founder and chief storyteller at Position Global. Scott has been in transportation his whole life, literally. His father worked for a major Japanese freight forwarder before Scott was born, and Scott grew up in customs brokerage and freight forwarding. After graduating from Northwestern University, Scott earned his customs broker's license and as handled air and ocean import and export for his entire life. He served on the NCBFA Board of Directors for Chicago and a number of their committees focusing on air freight, carrier relationships, and freight forwarding.

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Topics: logistics, marketing, supply chain

Brian Glick featured on Consulting Logistics

Posted by Chain.io on Nov 8, 2018 7:23:23 PM

 

Our CEO, Brian Glick was recently featured on Consulting Logistics, Aborn & Co's excellent podcast.


Listen here

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Topics: blockchain, ai, IT

Supply Chain Data: Living In Two Worlds

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 11:05:52 AM

Originally published September 10, 2018

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in two worlds.

In one world, I go to conferences. I hear about how digitization is going to change everything. Forwarders are being disrupted (and destroyed). Shipments move step by step along a blockchain absent the slightest human intervention. Traceability is perfect. AI predicts and resolves every disruption before it happens.

In the other world, I visit our customers. A Fortune 10 company can’t pay invoices without correlating three PDFs with a printed spreadsheet. A major retailer can’t agree on what constitutes a purchase order number across six divisions. A global freight forwarder emails arrival notices to their own overseas offices.

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Topics: logistics, supply chain

Free Tip: No Surprises

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 11:03:02 AM

Originally published August 20, 2018

Never, ever allow your customer to be surprised.

If your project manager is going to send a revised date, give the sponsor a heads up.

If you sales team is going to a new project’s pricing, make a quick call first.

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Topics: IT

Blockchain Realities

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 11:00:16 AM

Originally published July 22, 2018

6 hard earned tips on building a B2B blockchain application.

We started developing Vault by Chain.io last December.

At the time, I may have been caught saying, “Let’s see what we can build on the blockchain. It should only take a few days.” By the time we launched in May, my illusions about what it was going to take to be on the bleeding edge were completely shattered.

If you’re considering building a (1) production strength, stable, B2B application that is (2) backed by blockchain technology and (3) actually delivers business value, then this post will help you calibrate your expectations.

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Topics: blockchain, IT, supply chain

Marketing Differentiation In A Saturated Space

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 10:55:35 AM

Originally published June 29, 2018

This is a great marketing article on product messaging.

I think it misses one dynamic though. It misses the situation where everybody already has bought a solution. The market isn’t traditionally "hot" since it’s saturated and wins mean displacing an incumbent. You’re competing to bring a better solution. You’re back to the differentiation approach.

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Topics: logistics, marketing

Does Your Gas Smell?

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 10:53:17 AM
Originally published March 12, 2018 

Do you have a gas leak?

Natural gas doesn’t smell.

Since it’s dangerous, we add a stink to it using a chemical called mercaptan. It smells like rotten eggs. We all know that smell. We’ve been trained since childhood to react to it. Rotten eggs smell = danger. Now imagine a world where we added smells to everything:

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Topics: logistics, supply chain

Kids Can Teach Us About Logistics IT

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 10:47:40 AM

Originally published March 8, 2018

 

“If you don’t get a new ERP, you’re going to be left in the dust.”

“If you don’t have AI, you’ll be blind and alone in the wood

s while everyone else scores record profits.”

“All of your competitors are perfectly executing machines that will leverage the next best thing flawlessly and completely destroy your business.”

“So write us a check and we’ll make it all better.”

 

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Topics: blockchain, ai, IT

Ten Logistics IT Buzzwords — Air Cargo 2018

Posted by Brian Glick on Nov 3, 2018 10:41:58 AM

Originally published February 21, 2018

This week I had the opportunity to do a fun lunchtime presentation at the Air Cargo 2018 conference. I reviewed 10 buzzwords with some practical definitions and helpful non-technical explanations. Here are the slides, and thanks to everyone who attended in person.

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Topics: blockchain, ai, logistics