The digital silk road

AS THE DIGITAL trade route continues to push back the frontiers of business, more entrepreneurs, who once were limited to conducting business in stores, are taking their ventures online.

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Born out of love for shoes
A YOUNG, soft-spoken lady at 24, Caryn Uy has always loved shoes — and fashion, in general. When she was younger, she would often pay visits to retail stores after attending classes. 10/07/14
Sustaining success
In the field of entrepreneurship, achieving success and maintaining it are two entirely different matters. 10/07/14
An online nook for books
CARVING OUT space in the local e-commerce industry is a two-year-old enterprise that aims to redefine and simplify the book trade. 09/09/14

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Bookish trinkets
AIMEE LORRAINE KEH wasn’t always a work-at-home mom. In spite of having a rose-colored marketing career in a multinational company, she never thought that having a miscarriage — or two, for the matter — would make her leave everything behind. 10/07/14
Understanding demand patterns
Supply chains have improved significantly in recent years. Firms have integrated procurement, manufacturing, and logistics via available information technologies. Executives have learned to measure their customer service levels and the total delivered costs of their products and services. Companies have optimized their global networks of vendors and customers to mitigate risk and accelerate new product introductions to their markets. 10/07/14

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Getting the most out of ERP
More than 30 years after it was introduced, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has become the de facto standard operations management information system for most organizations. As technological innovations and attractive returns on investments have encouraged firms to bring ERP into their operations, the challenge always has been in getting it to just simply work. 09/09/14
Innovating inside the box

We have heard people referring to innovation as the ability to think out of the box. The cliché is actually a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective. The phrase often refers to novel or creative thinking and is thought to derive from management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s challenging their clients to solve the “nine dots” puzzle, whose solution requires some lateral thinking (Wikipedia).

The new normal of logistics disruptions
In 2013, one of the strongest typhoons in history devastated cities and towns in the Philippines’ Visayas region. Convoys of vehicles ferrying relief goods as part of a massive international effort found themselves bogged down in roads and ports not equipped to handle the traffic. Although majority of the goods would eventually reach people in need, some goods were stranded in warehouses for months while others, especially perishable food, would end up spoiled and scrapped. 08/12/14

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