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Using Blockchain to Fight the Counterfeit Market

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January 31, 2019

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  • Nhat Tran

The counterfeit market results in profit losses for companies, diminishes brand reputation, and is potentially harmful to the health of customers. This note will briefly describe how blockchain technology is helping restore trust in the industry and provide provenance in retail supply chains.

Save Your Logs to Prevent the Organization From Going Timber!: Improving Security Through PCI Compliance

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January 28, 2019

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  • Logan Rohde

Security logs provide valuable insight into your organization’s overall health and help you identify system or network abnormalities. Get the most from your logs by learning how to work with the massive volume of data they produce.

Why Retail Distribution Centers Need More Than Just WMS

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January 25, 2019

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  • Mark Earley

IT departments must anticipate and plan for the business disruptions affecting their distribution center (DC) technology needs. These disruptions will drive the technology solutions required to support the changing business climate in the future.

Blockchain Secures Supply Chains to Combat the Conflict Minerals Trade

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January 25, 2019

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  • Nhat Tran

Supply chains are complex and customers are increasingly demanding that their products are ethically sourced. This note will briefly explore how blockchain technology is helping secure the gold supply chain from the conflict minerals trade and restoring trust and transparency in the industry.

High Application Satisfaction Starts With Understanding What You Have

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January 24, 2019

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  • Andrew Kum-Seun

Software products are at the core of any retail organization. However, the immense sprawl of products and product versions across the organization complicates manual inventory collection practices. Automated discovery and inventory tools can help alleviate this challenge, but they do not negate the importance of end-user and stakeholder collaboration and application capability mapping. Not all of these tools operate the same, and their unique attributes need to be taken into consideration in your selection.