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Mary Defilippe

Mary Defilippe

Director of Marketing at Eka
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Business Knowledge for IT

Coronavirus Infects Commodity Markets

27 Feb 2020

Nothing demonstrates the volatility of commodity markets better than the title of this blog. In just a few days, the virus went from a serious problem in China to a global health emergency impacting more than a dozen countries. As the coronavirus spreads, there is a cascading effect that runs through commodity markets, disrupting commodity tradin...

Financial Risk Management

Hedging Alone Can't Save Manufacturers from Risk

20 Jul 2018

Volatility is back – if it ever left – in commodity markets. Geopolitical risks have exploded in the past few weeks and months with the threat and reality of trade tariffs and trade wars, sanctions and political instability, adding to both price and supply uncertainty. Among those impacted – potentially severely – are CPG and manufacturing compani...

Blockchain Observations

Can blockchain solve two of agriculture's biggest problems?

05 Jun 2018

Blockchain is receiving a lot of hype these days. The number of corporate investors in blockchain companies hit a record high in 2017, with large banks, financial service organizations, and even technology leaders like Alphabet investing heavily in the technology. But, blockchain isn’t just for technology companies. Agriculture companies can gain ...


Can blockchain move from buzz to real world commodity solutions?

14 Nov 2017

If you follow technologies serving the commodities markets, you will have likely heard of ‘blockchain’. And if you have heard of it, but are still confused about what it might mean for your particular niche of the industry, you’re probably not alone. These days, it seems that many experts, both inside and outside the industry, are holding up bloc...