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A Kilowatt for Your Thoughts…

“A kilowatt for your thoughts dear…”, said Jane Smith as her husband peered intently at a 3D holo-advertisement for the latest model of the Hover SUV 550.  John Smith waved for his wife to come see his dream vehicle.  “Look sweetheart, it’s only 500 kWh a month!” he exclaimed.  Rolling... continue reading

CIO Article Asks Traceability Questions

I just found an interesting article in CIO magazine for December that although its a sponsored article, asks some interesting questions about ERP systems in the Food and Beverage space. Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand... continue reading

Allegro enjoys a successful 2016 despite a challenging market

I was in Dallas recently to meet with Allegro’s senior management team for a briefing on the company’s recent activities, their 2016 results and the outlook for the 2017. Reflecting on their 2016 results, Michael Hinton, Allegro’s chief customer officer & senior vice president of products and solutions, noted that... continue reading

Russia Engaged in Anti-Fracking Campaigns?

Hidden inside the recent report on Russian meddling in the US election is something rather interesting. In fact, it’s been hinted at for a couple of years and was even the subject of a Forbes article in which Continental Resources CEO said “Russia’s spent a great deal of money over... continue reading

Beacon – A cloud-based financial platform comprising trading and risk tools

Just before Christmas, I had a demonstration from a company called Beacon. The company was founded in early 2014 by Kirat Singh and Mark Higgins, both Technologists with a track record of delivering comprehensive trading technology platforms for banks like JPMorgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. Rather... continue reading

Traceability May Be The Hot Issue For 2017

Traceability is rapidly becoming or is already a major issue for many commodities. The widely accepted definition of traceability from the International Organization for Standards (ISO) is as follows, “The ability to identify and trace the history, distribution, location and application of products, parts and materials, to ensure the reliability... continue reading

The Obama Administration’s parting shot at the bald eagle

As I’ve mentioned it this blog before, I enjoy getting out and shooting photographs of birds and wildlife.  In my hundreds of trips around south Texas and the Gulf Coast, I’ve been fortunate to have spotted a bald eagle on less than a half dozen occasions.  When I do see... continue reading

Attention Consultants and Integrators!

The list of consulting firms and Integrators offering services in and around CTRM software will be updated between now and mid-February. Please check to see if your listing is accurate or even included and get back to us with any changes or additions. You can find the publication here. For... continue reading

Happy New Year!

We wish all of our readers a Happy and prosperous New Year!... continue reading

As we near the end of the year…

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, colleagues and industry friends the very best this holiday season and for the new year. Though the CTRM space has been a bit challenging for many this year, recent developments in the global markets do point to an... continue reading

CTRMCenter Upgrades

ComTech works on upgrades and performance improvement for this site all year long however recently, we have added a more robust RESOURCES section to the site. Here, you can find vendors, consultants and others actively engaged in our industry and even search using common search terms – just click the... continue reading

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Outside my window is frosty, icy and really quite chilly. By 3:30pm, its dark. It is that time of the year again. The tree won’t go up until December 24th, as is the tradition here, and Jezicek (Jezicheck) will visit sometime before dinner the same day leaving presents under the... continue reading

Flipping Energy – Why Big Oil May Become the Next “Masters of Flip”

Flipping homes. It seems to be all the rage on TV these days. Flip or Flop. Flipping Las Vegas. Masters of Flip. You get the idea. While the concept of flipping (buying an existing home at a very low price, improving it, and then reselling it for a profit) isn’t... continue reading

Trade Facilitation & Enforcement Act Highlights Significant Supply Chain Risks

After our blog regarding Traceability yesterday, I was alerted to the National Coffee Association who have highlighted the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act as a significant supply chain risk for the Coffee Industry and calls it ‘uncharted territory’ for importers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently detained the first... continue reading

Traceability Needs of Commodity Firms Growing

A story in today’s Financial Times highlights the growing need for traceability by commodity firms. Olam is under attack for both excessive deforestation in Africa and lack of visibility into its suppliers around its Palm Oil business while many of its competitors have committed to sustainable sourcing of the commodity.... continue reading

Reuters Poll On Oil Prices

Reuters has polled 29 analysts and economists on their views of oil price given the recent OPEC deal. Like me, most don’t see the OPEC deal having much impact on prices in the longer-term and that the deal would need to be extended beyond the six-months currently in play. “In... continue reading

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