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What if blockchain became an integral part of supply chains?

April 7, 2017 8:16 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  For some time now, Sententia Partners has been researching and writing about the use of blockchain in the financial services industry to help promote efficiency and transparency, save costs and improve security and regulatory compliance. The more we learned about the technology, the more we realized there was the potential to use it to reshape global supply chains and enhance competitiveness of enterprises worldwide. When we started talking... Read More


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Sententia Partners News and Thought Leadership Tips

July 7, 2016 6:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We had a great second quarter here at Sententia Partners. One highlight for Sherree DeCovny was attending Nasdaq’s biennial Technology of the Future Conference (ToF) in Stockholm in May. She had a great time meeting up with colleagues from Nasdaq and other exchanges across the world in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. She wrote a couple blogs while she was there covering Day One and Day Two of... Read More


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Spaced Out: Supply Chains in Space

June 17, 2016 9:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Kieran Cottrill Commercial space travel is no longer science fiction. Companies such as SpaceX,  Virgin Galactic, and Blue Origin LLC (the spaceflight company owned by Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon.com) are developing commercially viable space vehicles. Why is there so much interest in venturing into outer space? One reason is that space travel offers the ability to reach all corners of the globe much quicker. If someone in Australia... Read More


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Two lessons I never thought I’d learn from sports

June 2, 2016 4:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Kieran Cottrill One of the great things about sports is its many intricacies. A plethora of minute details can make a huge difference in the outcome of a contest. I’ve watched innumerable games in every main sport, and I can safely say that I’m still learning. Here are a couple of interesting things I found out recently not about games, but about the sports business. Lesson #1: Big... Read More


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Tips for Smoothing the Thought Leadership Process

April 27, 2016 8:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The first quarter of 2016 has been super busy here at Sententia Partners – that is, in a good way. One highlight was organizing and attending a one-day supply chain conference in Boston. Our writing projects for clients included a white paper on marketplace lending and a bylined article on insurance-linked securities. Our blog posts were on subjects as diverse as electronics recycling and safety risks in food supply chains... Read More


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Extracting Data from Suppliers Need Not Be Like a Root Canal Procedure

February 1, 2016 5:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Companies communicate with their suppliers on multiple levels, but one that is becoming more important – and for many organizations increasingly onerous – is requests for compliance information. These days companies must comply with a mind-boggling array of rules and regulations, and the compliance process often requires them to collect information from suppliers. In addition, there are certification and auditing schemes that companies participate in and various internal programs... Read More


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Fashion’s New Line in Green

November 16, 2015 3:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The global apparel retail industry is a $1.2 trillion[i] behemoth that is about as in-your-face as any industry can be. Yet most of its supply chain – and hence its sustainability track record – lies hidden beneath the surface, emerging occasionally when disasters attract the glare of publicity. What comes to light is a highly diffuse industry where a cavalier approach to eco-friendliness is often compounded by a scarcity of... Read More


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Reining in Midstream Oil & Gas Project Costs

October 30, 2015 6:49 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Midstream oil and gas infrastructure projects don’t have a great track record for staying on budget and on schedule. A new report from Trimountaine Group entitled Midstream Construction Risk Report: Reining in Midstream Project Costs sheds light on the sources of the variance and the significance for the industry. Trimountaine Group analyzed data on 246 midstream projects from 2009 through 2014 totaling more than 3,000 lines of data to... Read More


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Rare Birds in Analytics

October 7, 2015 6:09 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Companies across all industries are trying to figure out how to use their data to measure and predict outcomes, make smarter decisions and increase customer satisfaction. Often they have so much data that it’s hard to know where to start. It’s always interesting to learn from those who have taken the plunge what has and hasn’t worked. In a webcast entitled “Health Analytics: Find Data Beyond the Hospital Doors”,... Read More


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Food Business Harvests Crop of Local Buyers

August 13, 2015 5:20 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Nearshoring or reshoring – the transfer of manufacturing from remote centers to locations near end markets – is coming to the food business, but in a form that is much closer to home. Increasing consumer demand for fresh foods is supporting a shift to sourcing product from local growers rather than mega-producers thousands of miles away. Of course this is not a new idea; before the age of mega-farms... Read More