Pokemon Go is coming to a warehouse near you!


The Pokemon Go phenomenon, which has exceeded 500 million downloads worldwide , highlights the possibilities of augmented reality (AR) not just for gaming, but also for use in the supply chain.

Ways to think about Last Mile Delivery


Last mile delivery is going to change significantly over the next few decades.

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Compelling Use Cases for Drones in Today’s Supply Chain


Although the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently announced new rules for commercial drones, there is still not a clear short-term path for mass deliveries of packages via drone.

Ford gets free publicity for promising autonomous cars in 5 years


Neal E. Boudette, writing for the New York Times: At a news conference on Tuesday at the company’s research center in Palo Alto, Calif., Mark Fields, Ford’s chief executive, said the company planned to mass produce driverless cars and have them in commercial operation in a ride-hailing service by 2021. No steering wheel. No pedal. Fully autonomous by 2021. Can I take the over please?

Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.

Chinese eCommerce Company Launches Drone Deliveries


While the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently announced new regulations for commercial drones which is not bringing package deliveries any closer, online Chinese retailer successfully used drones to deliver packages to rural areas in the northern Jiangsu provice.

Logistics Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017


Making predictions in technology, even just one year out, are generally an exercise in futility, so this really isn't a forecast for 2017, but more a list of trends that I am interested in and keeping my eye on.

The 2016 Techgistics Year in Review


Photo by Oakozhan/iStock / Getty Images. 2016 was an incredible year for tech in logistics as companies both large and small are working on some transformative technologies not just for logistics, but for society as a whole.

Amazon’s Moat Widens: The Dominance of Amazon in one Chart


Everyone knows that Amazon dominates the U.S. eCommerce retail market, but exactly how well are they doing? According to data from Slice Intelligence , which scanned more than 1 million digital shopping receipts, Amazon accounted for 46 percent of all online spending in the U.S.

Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Amazon Go and the Jobless Future in Retail


Source: Amazon. Amazon is testing a retail store without check-outs; instead, you simply tap your phone when you enter and 'machine learning and computer vision' track what you pick up and let you just walk out.

Amazon on the hunt for Warehousing Space in Australia


The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that Amazon is looking for warehouse space in Sydney's west. Reminds me of a great quote from Richard Goyder , Wesfarmer Managing Director, when speaking of the threat Amazon poses to Australia retailers: Amazon will eat all our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. I couldn't agree more; retailers in Australia should be worried, very worried. According to a recent survey , more than 50% of U.S.

Can a Start-up save the World’s Largest Retailer


Walmart acquired , an aggressive eCommerce player founded in 2014 to take on Amazon, for $3.3 Walmart is a distant second to Amazon in online sales in the US - $14 billion compared to $63 billion for Amazon.

What supply chain lessons can be learned from Samsung Galaxy Note Recall?


Source: Samsung. Samsung has issued a full recall of the Galaxy Note7, described by some as an iPhone killer. The reputation of the brand and financial losses will be significant.

Uber is a Logistics Platform, Not A Car Service


Last week Uber announced that they would begin testing self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and that they had acquired Otto , a 90-person start-up that focuses on technology for self-driving trucks. Otto develops sensors and radars that can be quickly outfitted onto existing trucks.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

Amazon's Growing Robot Workforce is 45,000 Strong


According to a recent report in the Seattle Times , in 2016 Amazon significantly expanded the deployment of Kiva Robots in their fulfillment centers. Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012 and the robots automate the picking and packing process.

The“Uber-for-X” Model and the Complexity of On-Demand Delivery


Uber’s success in disrupting transportation has led to enormous VC funding of “Uber-for-X” businesses where smartphones are used to connect customers with nearby workers on demand.

Amazon, FedEx and Adjacent Innovation


Bloomberg Businessweek recently released a report by Devin Leonard, entitled “Will Amazon Kill FedEx?”.

Sprouts Farmers Market Partners with Amazon


Evan Hoopfer, writing for the Dallas Business Journal: “ Amazon is expanding its produce delivery services in Dallas.The service is part of Amazon’s “Prime Now,” which delivers goods in hours. ” ” What do you do when faced with a vastly stronger competitor? You team up. This seems like a no-brainer especially for small to mid-size retailers.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

Logistics Startup: FLEXE and Pop-up Warehousing


Source: FLEXE. Today's innovations from startups could be the source of transformation that shapes the future of logistics. Recent technological innovations have allowed startups to disrupt mature industries in a matter of a few years. Take Uber for example, a car service start up founded in 2009.

Onfleet and a Last Mile Delivery Platform


Source: Onfleet. The local last mile delivery market is a fragmented one with about 7,500 courier and parcel delivery companies in the U.S. alone.

Amazon Patent Reveals Flying Warehouses that Send Delivery Drones to You


Amazon has recently made waves in the industry with a series of moves that illustrate that it is serious about getting into the logistics business.

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Hungry for Miami eats? Guess who will bring it for free


Spoiler alert, it's Amazon there are no markups, and the service is free to Amazon Prime members. May the force be with Amazon's competitors. Permalink. Same Day Delivery Amazon

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Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

The Robots are Coming


A recent McKinsey and Co.

Who will Own Same Day Delivery: The Case for Uber


This is the second in a series of posts on same day delivery. You can the read the first post here. Source: Uber. In the previous post I highlighted a handful of the emerging on-demand same day delivery startups and the complexities inherent in building a 3-sided marketplace.

The Future of Last Mile Deliveries: Mercedes Vision Van makes Logistics Look cool


Source: Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes Benz and Matternet , a drone technology start-up, have partnered to create an integrated vision of the future for urban deliveries. Mercedes showcased the concept cargo van at the IAA Commercial vehicle show in Hannover, Germany last week.

Logistics: Automation and the Future of Work


Several recent studies have suggested that nearly half of all jobs are susceptible to automation in the next 20 years. Robots and artificial intelligence are poised to displace jobs in various industries, and the logistics industry is highly vulnerable to job loss.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

Amazon, Kiva Robots, and the Widening Moat


Travel time by warehouse pickers typically accounts for 50-60% of the total order fulfillment costs and considering that Amazon ships upwards of 5 billion items per year , optimizing the order fulfillment process has an enormous impact on Amazon’s bottom line. In 2012, Amazon acquired Kiva for $775 million and rolled out robots in their distribution centers in 2014.

Surging Package Volume Explains Why Drones Make Sense


Source: Amazon. The continued rise of eCommerce coupled with the growth of urban populations has put increased strain on last mile delivery in cities.

The Evolution of Retail Distribution


E-commerce is a major driver for global change in the logistics industry.

This is the Exciting Future of Augmented Reality


Guest Post by Y Media Labs This is a guest post from Rae Steinbach at Y Media Labs , an award-winning mobile strategy and application development company based in Silicon Valley. The topic, augmented reality (AR), is of particular interest to me both personally and professionally.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

Tesla’s Master Plan Part Deux and the Future of Line Haul deliveries


Source: Mercedes-Benz. Genius, Blowhard, Bond-Villain extraordinaire Elon Musk, depending on your point of view, published his Master Plan Part Deux for Tesla.

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Micro Hubs and Shared Mobility: A Share Economy Concept for Same-Day Delivery


If you’re like me, you’re probably shopping more online - making smaller orders more often and at the same time expecting fast and free delivery, even if it’s not urgent. The growth of eCommerce has fueled increasingly challenging delivery options for both retailers and major parcel carriers alike.

Who will own Same Day Delivery: The Uber Case


This is the second in a series of posts on same day delivery. You can the read the first post here. Source: UBER. In the previous post I highlighted a handful of the emerging on-demand same day delivery startups and the complexities inherent in building a 3-sided marketplace.

Amazon’s push into Private-Label Foods as a China Play


Greg Bensinger, writing for the Wall Street Journal : Inc. has quietly begun its first broad push into perishable private-label foods, enabling the online retailer to test new products with generally higher profit margins. Amazon this week began offering for sale on its website whole-bean and ground coffee under its new Happy Belly label, pitting itself against crosstown rival Starbucks Corp. Amazon also has rolled out bottled Mama Bear baby food in two flavors.

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.