Clinton Uses “Dark” Magic

If you are following the media coverage after the GOP convention, you know that Democrats and their surrogates are describing Trump’s speech as “dark.” The first ten times I heard the word, I thought it might be a situation in which someone clever used the term once and others copied it.

That is not the case.

“Dark” is a linguistic kill shot from the left. I assume all the TV pundits on Clinton’s team got the message to use the word “dark” right out of the gate.… READ MORE

Martial Law Coming?

Let’s say Donald Trump wins the election. And let’s say Democrats believe everything they say about him – that he’s the next Hitler. Wouldn’t President Obama be obligated to declare martial law and remain in power?

I realize this question sounds silly when you first hear it. But keep in mind that Democrats have successfully sold the “racist strongman” narrative about Trump to their own ranks. If they’re right about Trump, we need to start getting serious about planning for martial law, for the good of the country and the world.… READ MORE

Clinton’s VP Pick

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Yesterday Hillary Clinton announced her VP running mate, Tim Kaine. Let me tell you how that decision looks from a persuasion standpoint. I’ll ignore Kaine’s education, experience, political preferences, and anything else that voters say they care about but don’t. Today, let’s just talk about how people will feel about it.

For context, consider Trump’s VP running mate, Mike Pence. He’s the perfect choice for Trump because of the contrast it creates. If you started with Trump and removed everything interesting about him, you’d have Pence.… READ MORE

First Class Ready!

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On May 7, 2016 we announced a partnership with CorpU for next-generation supply chain learning. Today our first course, Supply Chain Metrics That Matter, is ready for sale. The development is complete. The other courses, designed as fast sprints, are currently in development. The full course catalog will be complete by the Supply Chain Insights Global Summit. (Stop by on September 7, 2016 and test them out in the Digital Showcase.)
The other six courses are being tested by ambassadors.… READ MORE

Collaborating for Success

 Collaborating for Success

 Collaborating for Success

Shipping demand and prices for 2016 remain sluggish, experts say, leaving smaller third-party logistics (3PL) providers challenged and larger companies shopping for potential acquisitions. According to, Echo Global Logistics is an example of a fast-growing logistics company that is expanding through acquisition.

Echo Chair and CEO Douglas R. Waggoner said in an interview with that he believes the industry is ripe for “evolution” rather than “disruption” and he isn’t threatened by startups that seek to “Uberize” the 3PL business. “I think that we and some of our large competitors are in a great position to deploy technology, in some cases working in conjunction with some of these startups,” he said.… READ MORE

My Opinion of Trump’s Convention Speech

Trump gave his nomination acceptance speech last night. I grade it an A-. It wasn’t a speech for the ages, but it was presidential enough. As convention speeches go, it was solid.

As I have already blogged, all Trump needs to do is NOT act like a crazy racist for the next few months and he will win bigly. This speech introduced no new outrages, and voters are starting to get used to the old ones. So on a strategic level, it was a strong performance.… READ MORE

A River Runs Through It….

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A River Runs Through It is one of my favorite films. The scenes directed by Robert Redford are beautiful. As the drama unfolds, a family with many dramatic ups and downs always return to the Blackfoot River to fish. The river becomes the thread that connects their lives.  The last scene shows an old man sitting on the Montana river where he used to fish with his family many years ago. He mentions that nearly everyone from his youth is dead and he is haunted by the waters.… READ MORE

Will the next 15 years be a logistics golden age?

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 Will the next 15 years be a logistics golden age?

Logistics professionals help keep the world running in ordered motion. Their vision and imagination continually solve daunting challenges of time and space, yet forecast trends for the years 2016–2030 reveal a wave of change, which will test those talents. The phrase “like never before” could become ever more commonplace.

Here are five examples:

A growing global middle class will create a demand for logistics activities like never before. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), predicts the global middle class will grow to 3.2 billion people by 2020 and further increase to around 4.9 billion by 2030.… READ MORE

The Trump Kids Effect

I finally watched a replay of Donald Trump Jr.’s speech at the GOP Convention. It was a home run for content and delivery. I especially liked his approach of labeling Clinton as the “risky” candidate. That’s good persuasion. No one wants risk in their lives, and you can make a good case that Clinton brings some. It directly counters the impression that Trump is the dangerous choice.

But it was also A-B testing for his dad. If the media picks up on “risk” as a good theme, you will see more of that from Trump himself.… READ MORE

Newt’s Plan to Defeat ISIS

Newt Gingrich has a plan to defeat ISIS by destroying the technology in ISIS-held territory. I described a similar approach in this post.

The interesting part of this approach is that it frames the enemy as something from the past. This is more about persuasion than death. All we’d be doing is destroying the technology (and anyone standing near it) that did not originate within Islam. That seems fair to me.

Read Newt’s idea and mine. Some version of this kind of thinking is the answer.… READ MORE

Rocking the Vote — for Snoopy?

Check out my public service announcement as part of the Rock the Vote campaign to get people to register. (And notice I gave the wrong URL in the video. Forgot the “S.”)

Some of you might wonder why I’m encouraging other people to vote when I often tell you that personally I don’t vote. And you know I think that all voting is irrational. Well, let me explain.

The reason I don’t vote is because I study persuasion, and lately I write about it.… READ MORE

Arkieva Supply Chain Scope: The Robots Are Coming & Potential Growth in Demand Looms in The Near Future.

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Looking for a quick scope on the latest supply chain news, trends and tips? Look no further, here’s your Monday supply chain briefing from Arkieva. Don’t forget to follow #SupplyChainScope on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Supply Chain News The Robots Are Coming! What Kind of Jobs Can be Automated?

We all know the robots are coming, with a growing concern about the impact on the jobs market across the globe.

Robots overall generally means quite a broad swath of technologies, from machines that automate manufacturing to software that replaces the need for humans to perform tasks or make decisions.… READ MORE