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NextShift Robotics, An Autonomous Mobile Robot that Optimizes the Picking Process

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313 million dollars has been invested in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for use in material handling in the last several years. An autonomous mobile robot is a vehicle that requires no change to a facilities infrastructure to implement and operate. Often, these vehicles are led around a facility and then create a map of the facility that is followed subsequently. There are two types of AMRs. Path AMRs are more flexible forms of automated guided […].

The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

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Technical issues with blockchain for supply chain applications have been largely eliminated. The technology is being widely tested in pilots and proof of concepts but is not yet in every day usage. Experts predict that 2018 will be the year this changes. The post The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Trends Track and Trace blockchain supply chain

Robots for eCommerce Fulfillment

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For robots in eCommerce fulfillment, last year was the year of pilots. This year customers are willing to publicly speak about the benefits they got from eCommerce robots at eft’s 3PL & Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta. The post Robots for eCommerce Fulfillment appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Technologies Material Handling Retail ecommerce robots supply chain

Innovating Production and Supply Networks to Increase Value from New Product Introductions

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Product and service innovation, driven by digital technologies, is key to gaining extra value from new product introductions. One particularly interesting development is the emergence of modular plants. Forecasting a NPI can be very difficult. Modular plants help companies to scale economically. The post Innovating Production and Supply Networks to Increase Value from New Product Introductions appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Your Data Has Value. Learn How Technology Can Unlock It.

Supply chain data is flawed, we all know this. Hear ClearMetal CEO, Adam Compain, talk about how the right technology and strategies will give you better visibility and create value within your supply chain. The ability to move from reactive firefighting to proactive planning is closer than you think.

Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2018

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There are several key supply chain trends to watch in 2018. Omnichannel Revenue Management The retail supply chain has been going through a massive transformation. Traditional brick and mortar retailers seek to leverage their stores to better compete against Amazon and other ecommerce retailers. ARC’s Chris Cunnane does an annual survey omnichannel retail in conjunction with DC Velocity.

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The Most Common Supply Chain Fallacies

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This article describes the five most common fallacies surrounding supply chain management. Some of these are fallacies that have been around a long time and never seem to go away. Others are more recent in origin. The post The Most Common Supply Chain Fallacies appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Learning & Leadership fallacies supply chain

Will Delivery Bots Revolutionize Last Mile Deliveries?

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Starship Technologies has designed delivery bots that make last mile deliveries. They are not the only company operating in this space, but they are the only company, that has moved beyond the pilot stage to actual commercial operations. To revolutionize last mile deliveries, continuing funding will be needed. The post Will Delivery Bots Revolutionize Last Mile Deliveries? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Retail Transportation last mile Robot supply chain

Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain

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12 of the world’s biggest companies, including Walmart and Nestlé, are building a blockchain to remake how the industry tracks food worldwide. The group is focused on solving the traceability problem is known as Food Trust. There are many initiatives using Blockchain. This initiative is further along than any other. The post Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Food & Beverage Industry Track and Trace blockchain supply chain traceability

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A Maturity Model for Supply Chain Design

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LLamasoft has developed a maturity model related to supply chain design solutions. As a leading supplier of supply chain design solutions, this is a natural extension for them. Developing a maturity model, however, is not for the faint of heart. The model explicity ties ROI from a design project to the maturity level. The post A Maturity Model for Supply Chain Design appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Consulting Services maturity model supply chain

The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

Warehouse Robots Enable a Digital Transformation

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A leading MRO began a digital transformation three years ago. Because about half of this company’s 2017 revenues are related to warehousing services, several of their digital projects have been related to improving efficiency in their warehouses. This case study describes their approach to testing out mobile logistics robots. The post Warehouse Robots Enable a Digital Transformation appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Warehouse Automation digital robots supply chain

Tesla’s Supply Chain is Broken

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Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk dodged questions from financial analysts about the electric car maker’s condition last week on its earnings conference call. Musk refused to answer questions on Tesla’s capital requirements, saying “boring questions are not cool.” ” The Business Insider reports that Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne dubbed Wednesday’s call, in which Musk talked of “barnacles, flufferbots, and bonehead bears,” surreal.

HIROTEC Experiments with Next Generation Robots

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Historically, companies looking at a technology solution would put together a detailed business plan, and then only implement the technology if the forecasted financial returns exceeded their return on investment (ROI) target. But more companies are experimenting with next generation robots and other digital technologies, regardless of whether the ROI is there or not. HIROTEC AMERICA, part of the HIROTEC Group, is one such company.

No Driver Working Today Will Need to Change Careers Because of Autonomous Trucks

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Mike Reid, the Chief Operating Officer at Embark Trucks, said that “Anyone employed as a driver today will be able to retire as a driver.” What makes that statement surprising is that Embark is a leading developer of autonomous trucks. One might think that the goal of an autonomous truck company is to render drivers superfluous. The post No Driver Working Today Will Need to Change Careers Because of Autonomous Trucks appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

Siemens Commits to Additive Manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing has certainly gotten a lot of press over the years. In the supply chain space, the idea that inventory costs could be slashed by committing to additive manufacturing has been touted. In manufacturing, a common idea is that additive manufacturing can create more sustainable products by not lathing away materials that are wasted. But reality is beginning to catch up with rhetoric.

Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

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The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […].

Is Uber Freight a Going Concern?

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Is Uber Freight a going concern? Recent losses at the company, the shut down of UberRush, and the loss of key executives makes this a valid question. Experienced logistics executives are not surprised. The post Is Uber Freight a Going Concern? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Logistics Service Providers Logistics Technologies BluJay Solutions Descartes supply chain Uber Freight

Devon Energy Uses Real-time Visibility to Improve Trucking Operations

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Devon Energy generates huge volumes of data. The company’s real-time data system monitors 6.5 million data points from multiple sites, with more than 10,000 updates per second. Devon Energy has worked to change real-time visibility into actionable insights for better truck scheduling. The post Devon Energy Uses Real-time Visibility to Improve Trucking Operations appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints. Supply Chain Visibility Transportation real-time visibility supply chain

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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Using Big Data to Improve Your Supply Chain

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The term “big data” has been one of the hottest buzzwords over the last couple of years, and that’s not a big surprise. Statistical science and data analytics can help organizations (of any size and type) obtain historical measurements and generate actionable information that increases supply chain visibility, drives operational efficiency and supports overall growth. But knowing the importance of having access to data is only the first step. Organizations need to have the right […].

Blockchain: The “Building Block” of the Supply Chain of Tomorrow?

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Supply chain analysts are far more caustious concerning the maturity of blockchain for business applications that the broader tech community. Perhaps too cautious. One day after analysts appeared on a HighJump panel on this topic, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that claimed that 1.1 million items from Walmart are being tracked by blockchain, helping the massive retailer trace these products journey from supplier to store.

Why Transportation Needs to be Included in Supply Chain Collaboration

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Just how collaborative are your internal departments? If you’re running into issues when one department makes a decision that unintentionally affects one or more aspects of your supply chain, your answer is probably along the lines of “not very.” And it may be holding back your transportation team’s effectiveness due to a lack of supply chain collaboration. In many organizations, transportation is simply the recipient of collaboration that happens in other supply chain functions.

A Perfect Marriage: Demand Modeling and Supply Chain Design

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Demand modeling has emerged as a key decisioning tool in supply chain design. Standard forecasting tools can fall short if they can’t take into consideration external causal factors that drive demand like weather and economic and political indicators, or help predict demand 5-10 years out when making long-term strategic decisions. The post A Perfect Marriage: Demand Modeling and Supply Chain Design appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Understanding What’s Behind the High Demand for Flatbed Shipping

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High demand for flatbed shipping is rolling mightily into the peak periods of summer, continuing to drive historic supply issues across North America. While it’s difficult to predict how long it will last, what is predictable is that unprecedented demand of flatbed shipping will disrupt the typical cycles and seasonal trends we’ve come to expect, and make securing supply even more difficult as the market and carrier demographics remain fragmented.

What’s New in Last Mile Routing?

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Last Thursday, UPS announced its plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks supplied by the Workhorse Group. What increased UPS’s willingness to invest in these vans is innovative “smart charging” software that has implications for last mile routing. There are other interesting developments in last mile routing as well. The post What’s New in Last Mile Routing? appeared first on Logistics Viewpoints.

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The Smart Factory, Industrie 4.0, and Supply Chain Optimization

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In North America, the Internet of Things (IoT) is getting a great deal of attention. In one definition of the term “Internet of Things,” almost all objects have sensors, connectivity to a broader environment, and intelligence.

3 Air Freight Trends to Watch for in 2018

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The air freight landscape has experienced some dramatic shifts in recent years. In fact, those events seem likely to produce some headwinds for air freight shippers in 2018 in locating available air capacity, especially during peak seasons. Over the last few years, digitization has become more prominent in the air industry. As in most industries, big data obtained in real time, from real events, combined with flexible management, is helping air carriers take a more […].

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.

How Bird Flu is Impacting the Egg Supply Chain

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As I mentioned in last Friday’s news round-up, the United States will begin to import eggs from Europe due to a massive shortage. This marks the first time in more than a decade that the US has been forced to import eggs. The cause of the shortage is avian flu.

Exciting changes drive key supply chain technology investments

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I’ve just returned from attending and participating in several supply chain conferences around the country. There’s a palpable excitement in our industry about the sweeping changes fundamentally altering supply chain operations.

My Supply Chain Resolutions

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What resolutions should you make in the New Year to improve your supply chain? Here are mine: To remember that supply chains should be built backward from the customer. One way to do this is to use a Perfect Order metric as a key way of measuring the supply chain organization.

Reshoring Isn’t Happening

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Kearney publishes an annual study on reshoring. Their July 2018 release - their fourth annual “Reshoring Index” - shows record imports from traditional offshoring countries in 2017. Imports of manufactured goods into the United States from the 14 largest low-cost-country trading partners in Asia rose by a staggering $55 billion, or 8 percent—the largest one-year increase since the economic recovery of 2011.

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Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.