2021 Winter Reading Guide

Tags: Retail, Technology , Sustainability

Spending more time at home these days? Hunker down and delve into everything from the future of retail to global transportation.


Technology in Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Current Practice and Future Applications

By Anthony M. Pagano and Matthew Liotine

Learn how businesses apply different technologies to improve product planning, materials management and inventory, distribution, the environment, and safety. Case studies illustrate the implications of these digital solutions as well as concrete examples of implementation, training standards, and integration with legacy systems.


The Secret Life of Groceries

By Benjamin Lorr

Essential workers who stock shelves and operate warehouses provide services that many took for granted before the pandemic. This book investigates what it takes to run a supermarket, how food gets on shelves, and who is affected by the increased demand for efficiency. Learn Trader Joe's' success secrets, get the truckers' perspective, and see how products earn labels such as "fair trade." Follow entrepreneurs who fight for shelf space and learn essential tips for any new food business.


Resurrecting Retail

The Future of Business in a Post-Pandemic World

By Doug Stephens

Few crises in modern history have disrupted the global retail industry—and daily life—as much as the pandemic. This book tells a compelling story of the unprecedented disruption and offers a roadmap for revitalizing retail. The author analyzes how the pandemic will reshape consumer life and provides an actionable vision for retail leaders working to succeed in a post-pandemic world.


Omni-Channel Retail and the Supply Chain

Working Together for a Competitive Advantage

By Paul Myerson

Omnichannel retail puts the supply chain front and center, as accomplishing high service levels requires real-time visibility of inventory as consumers move from one channel to another. Find out how to not only keep pace with the needs of today's ever-changing business landscape, but also to anticipate what may be required in the future to achieve superior customer service and profitability.


Products that Last

Product Design for Circular Business Models

By Conny Bakker and Marcel den Hollander

Governments and researchers recently shifted their focus to the short lifespan of consumer goods, prompted by wastefulness and climate change concerns. Some products have also declined in quality as companies cut costs to stay competitive and consumers prioritize style over quality. This book explains multiple points of view when it comes to product design and identifies the business opportunities ahead.


Global Supply Chains and Multimodal Logistics

Emerging Research and Opportunities

By Deepankar Sinha

International logistics requires complex decision-making when it comes to multimodal transportation and moving goods across borders. How can businesses manage unique customer requirements while staying on top of varying regulations, costs, and risks? This book provides an integrated framework for effective decision-making, highlighting topics such as enterprise resource planning, forecasting models, and logistics systems.


Binge Worthy Branding

By Sterling McKinley

How can businesses build a brand strong enough to survive in today's noisy economy? This introduction to a new era of branding outlines practical ways retailers can use artificial intelligence and personalization to create a brand that attracts loyal customers, just like Netflix, Amazon, and Starbucks. Find out how consumers think, what they have come to expect, and how to keep them coming back.


Transportation

A Global Supply Chain Perspective (Ninth Edition)

By Robert Novack, Brian Gibson, Yoshinori Suzuki, and John Coyle

Transportation is arguably the most critical component of global supply chains. The authors provide an overview of the unique operating and service characteristics, cost structure, and challenges transportation providers face. This new edition also highlights critical transportation management issues with insight into strategic activities and specific challenges, covering hard and soft technology as well as issues related to fuel, energy, management, the economy, and the environment.


Advanced Strategies in Supply Chain

Competing in the New Normal

By Murillo Xavier

With more than 50% of consumers now shopping online for groceries, clothes, and other items, many won't go back to their old brick-and-mortar shopping habits when the pandemic is over. Catch up on the latest trends and best practices that can help executives stay ahead of the competition in the new normal, and discover new tools such as segmentation, process mining, factory 4.0, and drones.


The New (Ab)Normal

Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond COVID-19

By Yossi Sheffi

Civilization depends on supply chains to produce and deliver products for 7.8 billion people. Much has been written about how scientists are racing to understand COVID-19 and how governments are responding, but less has been written about how businesses can cope. This book explains the critical role supply chains play in helping people, governments, and companies manage it all, drawing on interviews, media coverage, and historical analyses.


MoneyBall Medicine

Thriving in the New Data-Driven Healthcare Market

By Harry Glorikian and Malorye Allison Branca

The healthcare industry is headed toward improved transparency and efficiency, presenting an opportunity to transition to a data-driven reality. Everyone from doctors to IT leaders will need to adapt to these changes to succeed. Learn about the unique intersection of entrepreneurial innovation and the evolving healthcare supply chain, as well as the parameters that predict who will win and who will lose.


Supply Chain 4.0

Improving Supply Chains
with Analytics and
Industry 4.0 Technologies

By Emel Aktas, Michael Bourlakis, Ioannis Minis, and Vasileios Zeimpekis

Automation has been woven into many supply chain processes. Predictive analytics better match supply with demand, and drones complete optimal last-mile delivery. This book presents new methods and technologies for optimizing processes and reducing operational costs. Explore emerging service models, market requirements, and case studies of new applications.


Logistics Management

An Analytics-Based Approach

By Tan Miller and Matthew J. Liberatore

Using analytics effectively requires an understanding of basic and advanced logistics decision-making techniques. This book illustrates a wide range of practical strategies and techniques that facilitate decision-making across manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and inventory management. Use it as a reference guide of frameworks to address specific logistics management decisions and challenges.


Rethinking Competitive Advantage

New Rules for the Digital Age

By Ram Charan and Geri Willigan

Filled with behind-the-scenes stories about big digital winners as well as traditional companies that successfully transformed their organizations, this playbook provides methods that help businesses compete in today's digital-first environment. Competing against Amazon or Alibaba may seem daunting, but computing power is within reach for companies and startups of all sizes.


Green Supply Chain Management

By Charisios Achillas, Dimitrios Aidonis, Dionysis Bochtis, and Dimitris Folinas

Green supply chain management has emerged as a key strategy that can provide many competitive advantages. Sustainability reports from several companies reveal that green practices have helped reduce operating costs and boost efficiency while increasing businesses' sustainability. This guide outlines the challenges of implementing green supply chain management and offers guidance for decision-making in real-world situations.


The Forklift Trucks and Their Secret Superpowers

By Emer Conlon

This educational and entertaining children's book aims to communicate with customers of Combilift, an Ireland-based materials handling provider, while cultivating the next generation of engineers. The characters are Combilift forklifts who have unique superpowers, and a section at the back of the book contains interactive activities for readers of all ages.






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