Ags & Softs

Traceability and Kobe Steel

I just posted a Reuters story regarding Kobe Steel. At first sight, this is a story of mismanagement, lack of corporate discipline and profits at any cost – in... continue reading

CTRM Conference – What You Will Learn

The CTRM Conference is on October 5th in Amsterdam. This year we are co-hosted with EMART but in no way does this mean we are focussed on energy. We... continue reading

Agiboo Sponsor 2017 CTRM Conference

We would like to thank Agiboo for their Bronze sponsorship of the 2017 CTRMConference to be held in Amsterdam on October 5th. Agiboo BV, headquartered in The Netherlands, is a... continue reading

Traceability is Transforming Commodities

Traceability is a growing requirement for many commodities. As explained in prior blog articles and a white paper, traceability comes in three forms; 1. Product Segregation – Certified materials... continue reading

No, coffee is not the second-most traded commodity after oil

In a world now apparently filled with fake news – I thought this interesting – fact checking on a statement by Starbucks about coffee trade….from Politifact. By Jon Greenberg... continue reading

Agiboo Sees Increased Market activity

Jan van den Brom, managing partner at Agiboo, has noted a significant uptick in inquiries, demonstration requests, and buying processes since the beginning of the year. “I would say... continue reading

Catching Up With Cadran

A couple of weeks ago I caught up with Ed Pieters, CEO of Cadran Consultancy, to see how things were going. I discovered that Cadran has been very busy.... continue reading

Visiting with Hivedome

In amongst the marketing ‘noise’ in the CTRM software space are a few vendors that remain somewhat low key. One of those is Hivedome. Established in 1983, Hivedome has... continue reading

Is BlockChain the New Golden Bullet in Commodities Technology?

Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin. In essence, Blockchain is a digital ledger that it is a permanent, tamper-proof, record of transactions. According to an article by GovTech Singapore,... 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... 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,... 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... continue reading

Agiboo’s Subscription Approach Brings Dividends

Back in June 2016, Agiboo made an announcement regarding making its Agiblocks CTRM solution available in the cloud on a subscription basis. ComTech blogged about this development and suggested... continue reading

Solving Risk Reporting Issues in Heterogeneous CTRM Environments

I had a fascinating call with TRADESPARENT last Friday. TRADESPARENT provides a platform-independent Risk Management Solution for commodity traders & processors that supports the analysis of commodity-related risk, margins... continue reading

SAP Update: Rolling Out New Rural Sourcing Management Application

I recently took a briefing call from SAP speaking with the VP for Agribusiness and Commodity Management, Ms. Anja Strothkaemper. At the moment, SAP is busy implementing a number... continue reading

A Day With Dycotrade

Last week, I attended the Dycotrade Customer event in Rotterdam. It was held at the private Royal Maas Yacht Club and included around 45 customers and partners of the... continue reading