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Oct. 23, 2020 - Supply Chain Digest Flagship Newsletter


This Week in SCDigest

bullet Tired of Politics? Best Supply Chain Cartoon Captions bullet SCDigest On-Target e-Magazine
bullet Supply Chain Graphic & by the Numbers for the Week bullet New Stock Index

New Cartoon Caption Contest!

bullet Trivia      bullet Feedback
bullet New Expert Column bullet On Demand Videocasts



A new report from ARC Advisory analyst Clint Reiser lays out the
landscape across WMS, WES and Warehouse Control System (WCS)
software, detailing the WES value proposition, and describing
important changes in the WES market.


first thought


Supply Chain Graphic
of the Week
Using RFID and Blockchain to Track Serialized Items from Manufacturer to Retailer

This Week's Supply Chain

by the Numbers

Upcoming Holiday Parcel Crunch
RFID Tag Cost Breakthrough
US Manufacuring Recovery Stalls


Maersk Line Causing Competitive Concerns for Freight Forwarders


Oct. 14, 2020 Contest

Show Us Your Supply Chain Wit!!

It' Back! SCDigest's Weekly

Supply Chain Stock Index



The State of Retailer-Vendor Supply Chain Relationships 2020

Are Things Getting Better and More Collaborative - or Heading in the Other Direction? Third Biannual Study - Please Participate


Weekly On-Target Newsletter:
Oct. 21, 2020 Edition

Cartoon, Top SCDigest Stories of the Week

How Technology Is Shaping The Future Of Supply Chain

UN Supply Chain Expert and CEO of Morpheus.Network

Dan Gilmore

Revisiting SCDigest's Framework on RFID Process Change

What did Gillette, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever have in common in 2004?
Answer Found at the
Bottom of the Page

Tired of Politics? Best Supply Chain Cartoon Captions

I am too the point that as soon as I hear another political ad on my car radio I move with lightening speed to turn the channel or the radio off completely. That means the radio is off most of the time.

Regardless of your political slant, I am sure many of you are with me on that sentiment.


It's challenging to keep coming up with new ideas, but we'll keep doing it as long as we can.


Send us your
Feedback here

Among all the serious materials we have here at SCDigest, I must say the idea many years ago to have a regular supply chain cartoon caption contest to lighten things up a bit was among our better initiatives.

Except it wasn't really my idea. The illustrator who draws our cartoons actually reached out to me, seeing if I would be interested in such an idea. He was doing a caption contest for a web site that focused on industrial automation equipment (PLCs and such), and decided to look around for similar opportunities.

He was actually both concepting and illustrating each cartoon for this other publication, but I didn't think that work for us - you have to have the domain knowledge. So I said "We'll concept, you draw" and that's how we got started.

It has been a big hit since its inception. We regularly receive emails from readers saying the cartoon captions bring some laughs that help a bit with the near constant stress that can be part of supply chain.


So this week, to offer an alternative to all the largely depressing politics, once again here are some of the best cartoon/caption combinations we have received over the past couple of years. We've done this before, and received some very positive feedback on the effort, so let's give it another go.


I don't think there has been a contest where we didn't have at least one very good submission, usually more, but here are some of the recent best.


Any company affiliations of the submitters are what was sent at the time and may have changed since then.


Let's start with one of the winners from the May 27, 2020 contest, with this great caption from Cameron Jones San Bernardino, on robots moving into supply chain jobs:




Next, the March 25, 2020 contest on the changes wrought by the coronavirus led to this great cartoon caption from Fred Simpson of Columbus, IN:




For our Oct. 31, 2019 contest, Mike Wigglesworth of Caterpillar submitted a great caption for this ecommerce-related contest:



Equally good was another caption for this AI-related cartoon from Brian Spooner of Columbus, OH for the Feb. 14, 2019 contest:


So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed these, and had a least a few chuckles. We've had just a handful of cartoons that were close to repeatsover these many years of doing this, starting in 2009, but that's it. It's challenging to keep coming up with new ideas, but we'll keep doing it as long as we can.


The current caption contest can be found here.


Do you enjoy the caption cartoon contest winners? Any ideas for a cartoon? Let us know your thoughts at the Feedback section below.



On Demand Videocast:

Understanding Distributed Order Management

Highlights from the New "Little Book of Distributed Order Management"

In this outstanding Videocast, we'll discuss DOM, based on the new Little Book of Distributed Order Management, written by our two Videocast presenters.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Satish Kumar, VP Client Services, Softeon.

Now Available On Demand

On Demand Videocast:

The Grain Drain: Large-Scale Grain Port Terminal Optimization

The Constraints and Challenges of Planning and Implementing Port Operations

This videocast will provide a walkthrough of two ways to formulate a MIP, present an example port, and discuss port operations.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Dr. Evan Shellshear, Head of Analytics, Biarri.

Now Available On Demand

On Demand Videocast:

A Blueprint for WMS Implementation Success

If You Want a Successful WMS Project, You will Find the Blueprint in this Excellent Broadcast

This videocast lays out the keys to ensuring your WMS implementation goes smoothly, involves minimal pain, and accelerates time to value.

Featuring Dan Gilmore, Editor along with Todd Kovi of Radix Consulting and Dinesh Dongre of Softeon.

Now Available On Demand


Feedback will return next week.


Q: What did Gillette, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever have in common in 2004?

A: They were the first 8 companies participating in a trial for RFID tagged cases with Walmart - before the whole thing fell apart.

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