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Rebuild Your Supply Chain With the IoT

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Guest Post by Blue Label Labs This is a guest post from Catherine Metcalf with Blue Label Labs , a mobile, tablet, watch, TV and AR/VR app design, development and marketing agency.

Disrupting Logistics: 4 Innovative Blockchain Startups to Watch in 2018

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Source: The Daily Dot. The global logistics market is predicted to reach US 15.5 trillion in 2023. The world runs on trade and traditionally the industry has been plagued by inefficient processes, middlemen, and archaic technology.

Long-Haul Trucking: The First and Best Use Case for a Level 5 Self-Driving Vehicles

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In July 2016 , inspired by Elon Musk’s Master Plan, Part Deux , I laid out a concept for self-driving vehicles for long-haul trucking. I thought I would expand upon that concept in this post. Transportation has been the source of some of the greatest innovations in human history from the invention of the wheel to automobiles, ships , trains, planes, and rockets. These innovations have profoundly impacted how we move around, how we trade, and how quickly and cost effectively this all happens.

Pokemon Go is coming to a warehouse near you!

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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.

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.

The 2016 Techgistics Year in Review

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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.

Ways to think about Last Mile Delivery

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

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

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Walmart acquired jet.com , 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.

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The Evolution of Retail Distribution

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

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.

Onfleet and a Last Mile Delivery Platform

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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.

A Blockchain Primer for Logistics and Supply Chain

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The blockchain is a fascinating technology innovation that has the potential to disrupt many different industries. Here is a brief primer on the technology and potential use cases in supply chain and logistics. What is a Blockchain?

My Entry to the DHL Innovation Challenge

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I entered the 2017 DHL innovation challenge which was a contest to apply the principles of the sharing economy to logistics.

My Entry to the DHL Innovation Challenge

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I entered the 2017 DHL innovation challenge which was geared towards applying the share economy to logistics. The winner of this year’s challenge was Parcelly , a UK startup that provides on-demand collection points to resolve the problems associated with failed deliveries.

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.

Connecting the Dots on Amazon's patents in Logistics

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I've dug into Amazon's patent filings over the last five years and mined the patent titles for keywords related to inventory and logistics.

Amazon on the hunt for Warehousing Space in Australia

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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.

The Amazonification of Logistics

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The evolution of eCommerce has had a dramatic impact on both retail and logistics. Much of the changes have been spearheaded by Amazon who are largely responsible for shaping customer behavior and driving customer expectations around delivery.

Amazon Go and the Jobless Future in Retail

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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.

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Uber is a Logistics Platform, Not A Car Service

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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.

Chinese eCommerce Company Launches Drone Deliveries

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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 JD.com successfully used drones to deliver packages to rural areas in the northern Jiangsu provice.

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.

This is the Exciting Future of Augmented Reality

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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.

Logistics Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017

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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.

Location, Location, Location: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

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Amazon announced on Friday that it is acquiring Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. This will be Amazon’s largest acquisition to date but the purchase price is just 3% of Amazon’s market cap.

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Amazon, FedEx and Adjacent Innovation

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

Real time analytics for your S&OP Meetings?

If you aren't running a well-oiled Sales & Operations Planning process with the added benefit of sophisticated supply chain analytics & optimization - you are probably leaving major revenue and margin opportunities on the table. S&OP has become a standard process to improve business performance, collaboration and predictability. Ready to take things to the next level? This Guide offers insights into where commonly used technologies fall short, and what you should look for to get more value from S&OP using analytics. Download the buyer’s guide for S&OP.

Last Mile Delivery - Is it time to Share?

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There's a growing market in the last mile for same-day and next-day delivery fueled by increasingly demanding customer expectations.

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Amazon's Growing Robot Workforce is 45,000 Strong

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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.

Surging Package Volume Explains Why Drones Make Sense

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

Logistics: Automation and the Future of Work

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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.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

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

Uber Rethinking Transportation

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Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO: I’m excited to announce that Uber has acquired Otto, a 90-plus person technology startup whose mission is to rethink transportation, starting with self-driving trucks. If that sounds like a big deal—well, it is. More and more the world of atoms is interacting with bits. In order to provide digital services in the physical world, we must build sophisticated logistics, artificial intelligence and robotics systems that serve and elevate humanity.