Is Warehouse Robotics at the Inflection Point?

Locus Robotics

Very simply, 3PLs cannot find enough warehouse workers to meet their Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The crisis is exacerbated by increases in wage rates for warehouse workers. We have seen some wage rates as high as $40 per hour for warehouse associates.

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Companies Yet to Execute Digital Transformation in Supply Chain Planning


A North American-based survey of nearly 200 supply chain professionals from top CPG, distribution/wholesale, food and beverage, manufacturing, and retail companies found that 58% of respondents are still in the exploring or evaluating phases of digital transformation. PRESS RELEASE.

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What’s New with MMOG/LE Version 5?


The MMOG/LE assessment has been a go-to document for automotive supply chain best practices for thousands of global Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers since its first publication in 2002. What is MMOG/LE?

Supply Chain Redesign: A Conversation with Lennox International’s Keith Nash

Talking Logistics

He is primarily responsible for complex supply chain implementations across Retail, Pharmaceutical and Manufacturing verticals. Adam joined Manhattan in 2002 after the acquisition of where he supported their SaaS Transportation solution. Episode Highlights Guest Commentary Guest Commentary - Manhattan Associates Transportation Management Systems Warehouse Management Adam Bruun Keith Nash Lennox International Manhattan Associates supply chain redesign TMS WMS

Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2019

Talking Logistics

Virtually all of those startups disappeared by 2002 — they either burned through all of their investment money or were acquired by bigger fish. Wes Burt, Production Control-SCM-Assistant Manager at Toyota Manufacturing Canada, also gave an informative case study presentation.

IT gap in logistics

Supply Chain Movement

In 2002, only 27 percent of shippers (clients who outsource their logistics activities) were satisfied with their logistics suppliers’ IT expertise, even though IT was an essential element of 89 percent of those logistics activities.

Building the Network of Networks. Call for Action. Want to Help?

Supply Chain Shaman

Data sits–examples include images, map and location data, sentiment, telematics, warranty, and weather– on the doorstep of manufacturing companies and retailers. Computing memory was a barrier in 2002. In the 1980s, commercial internet providers evolved.

Still Think Dangerous Goods is Just Paperwork and Labels?

Talking Logistics

The prosecution was brought by [the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority] under the air navigation (dangerous goods) regulations 2002. The biggest reason why the GTM software market isn’t larger today is that many manufacturers and retailers still view global trade management as just paperwork.

Throwback Thursday

Supply Chain Shaman

The operating margin for the medical device industry is 4X that of the automotive manufacturer and 2x the margin of the hospital. I dusted off a 2002 presentation from P&G to share with the audience. Yet, the attendees wanted to discuss Lean warehousing.

VTech: A Story of a Supply Chain Leader

Supply Chain Shaman

Initially, this led to operating losses and write-offs and was turned around in 2002. Today the Company’s core businesses are cordless phones, contract manufacturing services and children learning products. The North American operation is the top manufacturer in the US cordless market.

Seasoned Leadership in Action™! An Interview with Michael Massetti, VP at Gartner!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The biggest career transformation for me was after leaving Dell when I joined Lucent in 2002 and entered supply chain in technology sourcing. In reality, a few abrupt moves and getting laid off in 2001 by Dell drove a sharp left-hand turn in my career in 2002 that evolved to where I am today.

Professor Yossi Sheffi on Resilience, Visibility, and Biggest Risks this Holiday Season


Professor Yossi Sheffi was on a sabbatical in the UK in 2002, when the world was still reeling from the 9/11 attacks. Consider manufacturing companies: “It used to be—go to China for products, parts, and material.

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Why Learning Technologies will Fundamentally Transform Retail and Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

In Part I of this series , I discussed why retailers, manufacturers and distributors are struggling to adjust to the new demands of the omni-channel consumer.

Lessons to Glean From the West Coast Port Dispute

Supply Chain @ MIT

But the implications of this standoff between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association go beyond idle ships and stranded freight containers. Limited options on the West Coast without new thinking?

How Supply Chain Strategy Misalignment is Killing Kmart USA

Logistics Bureau

The two companies switched positions in 1991, an event which heralded the start of a decade-long decline for Kmart, which ended in bankruptcy in 2002 and led to a subsequent merger with Sears in 2004. Cross-docking operations to reduce the need for warehouse real-estate and resources.

Amazon buys army of robots

Supply Chain Network

From CNN: “Amazon is buying Kiva Systems, a manufacturer of bright orange robots that scuttle around warehouses filling orders, for $775 million. Kiva, which was founded in 2002, makes robots that scoot around warehouse floors and pick up items from shelves to help fulfill customer orders. A “startup kit” of robots costs $1 million to $2 million, and a large warehouse operation with 1,000 robots costs $15 million to $20 million.”