Africa: The future of business and a source for global growth

Africa: The future of business and a source for global growth

by Amadou Diallo -

Myths and prejudices about Africa abound, giving pause to some global companies looking to expand into new markets. But if you’ve taken the time to understand the continent – as I have – you’ll undoubtedly agree that Africa is the world’s most exciting developing region right now.

Facing the megaforces: it’s time to make business sustainable

Facing the megaforces: it’s time to make business sustainable

by Yvo de Boer -

The state of the world around us increasingly affects the way we do business. We operate in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world, with rapidly changing customer demands and government policies. Planning has to remain nimble, especially as we begin to face a challenging new set of sustainability “megaforces.” The time for bold, visionary and innovative thinking is now.

Thinking with a global perspective and investing in education

Thinking with a global perspective and investing in education

by Frank Appel -

Globalization powers world trade, fuels economic output and facilitates the international transfer of knowledge. Free trade agreements help raise standards of living in countries that sign such treaties, and they can create new jobs.

Myanmar – an Awakening Asian Tiger

Myanmar – an Awakening Asian Tiger

by Kelvin Leung -

We’ve been talking about “Asian Tigers” for years – the high-growth economies in the region that are able to maintain long-term, consistent growth.

Drilling deep to find Big Data riches

Drilling deep to find Big Data riches

by Markus Kückelhaus -

Logistics has long been much more than simply handling and transporting goods. Information plays a role and gives businesses a decisive competitive edge.

Supply Chain disruption

Supply chain disruption: Short-term solutions are short-sighted

by Frank Appel -

You may remember the rhyme that begins ‘For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost…’ Eventually this lost nail leads to the kingdom being lost. I think modern supply chain experts can learn a lot from this old rhyme. It shows how connected things are, and how a small, minor disruption can grow and grow – until the kingdom is lost. Or, to use more modern terms: your contract, your customer, your cash.

Supply chain security – more fragile than ever

Supply chain security – more fragile than ever

by Volker Wagner -

As worldwide demand grows and interdependencies emerge among businesses, supply chains become more complex – and more fragile. Companies as well as countries need to collaborate to ensure that supply chains are protected in the best possible way.