Enterra Insights

In this blog, we discuss cognitive computing and other technologies with a focus on supply chain management and innovation. Other topics of discussion include digital enterprise transformation, marketing, the Internet of Things, and smart cities. Our goal is to advance the public discussion about how cognitive computing and other advanced technologies affect the world in which we live.

Bradd Hayes is the active editor of this blog.


National Barcode Day 2022

Break out the champagne. This Sunday is National Barcode Day. According to one website, “National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974,

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Keeping Up with a Changing World

Both business leaders and consumers are expressing concern, if not outright pessimism, about the future. These brooding feelings are the result of many interlocking factors that have lowered economic growth estimates and

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Inventory and Inflation

There are a number of things that can cause an inflationary economy. Financial writer Emma Kerr (@emmarkerr) explains, “Inflation is caused by factors like pressures on the supply or demand side of

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Artificial Intelligence in the Retail Sector

Inflation is starting to impact the retail sector in significant ways. Some experts believe artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities will help retailers find their way through these volatile times. Even if inflation wasn’t

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Juneteenth National Independence Day 2022

Racial tensions continue to run high in America despite advances in civil rights legislation and enlightened court rulings. Conservatives accuse liberal extremists of pushing a toxic Critical Race Theory while liberals accuse

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Saving the Smart City Future

Most people recognize that humanity has been too wasteful when it comes to natural resources and too cavalier when it comes to protecting the planet. We are now beginning to pay a

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RPA is Changing the Business Landscape

According to journalist David Edwards, the business landscape started to digitalize the moment computers were introduced into it over half-a-century ago. Currently, he notes, “One of the most popular and relevant areas

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Companies Must Pay Attention to Their ESG

Over half-a-century ago, economist Milton Friedman wrote a polarizing essay entitled “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits.” The essay is still being discussed and debated. In that essay,

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The Metaverse is No Game for Retailers

According to tech futurist and metaverse expert Cathy Hackl (@CathyHackl), “No official definition yet exists for the metaverse, but companies can’t afford to wait until one does or the metaverse fully evolves

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Artificial Intelligence and Deepfakes

If you are a movie lover, you have probably marveled over the sophistication of computer-generated images (CGI). Dinosaurs and aliens have never looked more real on screen. We know those images are

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Is It Too Late to Join Industry 4.0?

Back in January, the editorial team at Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine (MEM) published an article with the headline, “If You Haven’t Automated and Added Robotics — It Might be Too Late.”[1] The

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