3 Reasons Continuous Innovation is Vital for Manufacturers, Shippers, and Businesses Alike

Cerasis

Throughout the course of business, business owners, who may be in the manufacturing, retail, or in another industry, find themselves focusing on innovation. In fact, the annual ChainLink Research Study found innovation to be the top focus for those involved in the manufacturing community. Ultimately, innovation becomes a priority as its priorities align with the needs of IT departments and the overall business. Innovation For IT Departments.

Technology Improves Manufacturing Disaster Preparedness

DELMIA Quintiq

Disaster preparedness is imperative everywhere, but that goes double for the manufacturing industry. Predictive Analysis for Shipping. Businesses can make higher-fidelity predictions — including potential shipping delays — based on external forces like weather, storms, traffic pattern interruptions and more. This branch of technology helps manufacturers on two fronts: backup and disaster recovery.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

7 Innovative Warehouse Management Technologies to Adopt

Cerasis

Leading-edge manufacturers are partnering with providers of warehouse management systems to create customized software and smart robots that help manage the movement, storage and sorting of warehouse inventory. With increasing order volumes, numerous products to navigate, highly personalized order packing and faster shipping requirements, robotics solutions will help you effectively respond to volume growth and perform more tasks with less labor and at a lower cost.

Trends In Manufacturing: 5 Tangible Technologies are Shaping the Future of Manufacturing Now

Cerasis

Continuous improvement is part of the game in manufacturing. Among the new trends in manufacturing improving the industry, additive manufacturing and cloud-based systems will push manufacturing forward in 2017. In fact, rapid design and lightning-fast prototyping, reports Mark Dohnalek of Manufacturing Business Technology magazine , will allow manufacturers to design and produce products in a few days, if not hours. Manufacturing

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

In that spirit, we’ve combed the MH&L archives for the most innovative supply chain developments of the past year, as reported in our print magazine, on our website, in our e-newsletters, or our various social media channels. We hope you enjoy this salute to the best of 2018, and we look forward to even more innovations in 2019. Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2016 : robot pickers, bridge-inspecting drones, autonomous freight shuttles, and more.

Cliff Morris | The State of Manufacturing

4WL Consulting

C3Nano is a material technology company developing and manufacturing transparent conductive films, the main component in all touch sensors used in phones, tablets, and more. Based in Silicon Valley, they’re fully scaled in California but have operations in China and South Korea, giving Cliff an up-close perspective on offshore manufacturing, supply chain, and more. The top trends impacting manufacturing in the next 3 to 5 years. The Future of Manufacturing.

Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory. The practice, known as drop shipping, lets retailers offer more products for sale on their websites—such as multiple colors of the same sweater—without having to keep those items in stock.

Vizion’s Quality Data Enables Smarter Container Tracking

Gravity Supply Chain

Gravity partners with Vizion to help businesses make data-driven decisions, increase shipping reliability, reduce risks, and supply chain disruptions.

The Future is Now: Why these 5 Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Trends will Dominate 2018

Cerasis

Over the next two years, manufacturers are set to invest more than $250 billion in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and the use of technology to improve manufacturing will only increase. It is almost impossible to define the exact amount manufacturers will invest in technologies over the coming year, but they are moving toward more sustainable, cost-effective practices. in manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, and transportation management.

Interviewing the Innovators: Kegan Fisher, CEO of SOLS on the rise of on-demand, mass customised manufacturing.

Supply Chain Movement

It was the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter who coined the term ‘creative destruction’, the processes whereby entrepreneurs and their innovations create new technological paradigms and new industries that disrupt and ultimately destroy the existing ones. A new movement is taking place, driven by new innovators and new, disruptive technologies such as robotics and additive layer manufacturing (ALM). One of these new entrepreneurs and new innovators is Kegan Fisher.

5 Manufacturing Tech Trends You Need to Know to Prevent Risk and Boost Production

Cerasis

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are similar, but both function on the connection of equipment to the internet and applying data collected to consumer and business needs, including the needs of manufacturers. From boosting the level of artificial intelligence to promoting better means of mitigating and preventing risks, technology will change how manufacturers grow throughout 2017. The First 5 Manufacturing Tech Trends of 2017.

Trends 212

The History of the Shipping Container

Freightos

The History of the Shipping Container. 26 April 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Ideal X and the birth of modern container shipping, a development that played a critical role in spurring the global economy. But the modern shipping container has changed much more than one industry. The Shipping Container: Before 1956. Small trucker, Malcom McLean, fumes at slow loading of cargo aboard ship – “There has to be a better way.”.

Customer Experience Driving Innovation for High-Performing Companies

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of a research report published last week , “Competing on Customer Experience: The Driving Force Behind Supply Chain Innovation.” The research, produced by Adelante SCM and presented by BluJay Solutions (a Talking Logistics sponsor), was conducted to explore the links between supply chain management innovation, customer experience, technology adoption, and company performance. Logistics Service Providers Focus on Delivering Innovation.

5 Key Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

Talking Logistics

When we speak to supply chain leaders about innovations in their supply chain, it’s not always about drones, self-driving trucks, or automated warehouses. With enhancements in manufacturing and product development, it’s increasingly hard to distinguish product capabilities as a customer. We are seeing that businesses who invest in innovation and view supply chain as a competitive lever drive the most impact to their bottom line. Can your suppliers direct ship?

Better Visibility Drives Supply Chain Value and Innovation

Talking Logistics

The modern-day supply chain begs for visibility throughout the entire chain, from point of order, to packaging, shipping, and delivery. Supply chain and logistics decision-makers feel the weight of this shift, evidenced by the fact that control tower visibility ranks as one of the top investment priorities among them – whether manufacturers, retailers, or LSPs. This in turn yields improved performance and customer experience – key indicators of supply chain leaders and innovators.

MANUFACTURING MUST BE DATA-DRIVEN

ThroughPut

Manufacturing Must Be Data-Driven. One of the most common misconceptions about manufacturing is that it’s data-driven. In reality, supply chains have been historically slow-moving, especially in terms of innovation. Reluctance around supply chain innovation is unfortunate. Why Data Is a Unique Asset for Manufacturers. Data revealed how to fix the problem of shipping so much product that it ended up expired before it was used. Innovation Uncategorized

Data 40

Data and Digitization in Manufacturing

Enterra Insights

Manufacturing has been the lifeblood of the global economy for hundreds of years. Because manufacturers have historically moved factories to regions featuring cheap labor and few regulatory restrictions (sometimes referred to as outsourcing or offshoring), a misconception has arisen about the importance manufacturing to national economies. ”[1] Manufacturing becomes even more relevant to advanced economies thanks to data and digitization.

Data 100

Shipping Technology: Non-Tech Savvy Shippers Lose Advantage Over Time?

Cerasis

What happens when shippers simply forgo implementing shipping technology, and how can shape their future demise? Shippers Must Weigh In-House Versus Off-the-Shelf Shipping Technology Solutions. The first struggle with implementing shipping technology in an enterprise goes back to considering in-house versus outsourced tech solutions. In modern shipping, there are numerous off-the-shelf tech solutions and platforms that can enhance a company’s productivity.

Manufacturing in the Age of Uncertainty

QAD

But what if every pizza shop in America all of a sudden asked a single pizza oven manufacturer to build and ship an extra oven per shop? How does a manufacturer organize operations to meet unexpected demand shifts without creating inefficiency for the rest of the year? Bad weather disrupts shipping, earthquakes put plants out of production and the political environment can shift quickly. Today’s manufacturers are running more lean than ever.

What is the Hyperconnected Era & “The Internet Of Things” and What does it Have to Do with Manufacturing & Logistics?

Cerasis

Editor’s Note: This is our second post in a collaborative blog post series about mobility in manufacturing & logistics along with Catavolt, who helps manufacturing organizations drive operational excellence with mobile apps. We encourage our audience to visit The Catavolt Blog for more relevant posts about mobility in manufacturing for best practices, tips, and great industry insights. This new era brings with it an acceleration of innovation and disruption.

Supply Chain Innovation: The Path to Success!

Supply Chain Game Changer

Innovation is a team effort requiring collaboration and buy-in from all levels within an organization, and it’s especially true when it comes to bringing innovation to the supply chain. While new and buzzworthy technologies like drones and robotics are consistently being introduced, innovation for the supply chain is truly a continuum of small improvements that make a greater impact – whether it’s improving processes or the overarching business model. Subscribe Here!

The Top 10 Manufacturing Blog Posts from 2014

Cerasis

Today, we kick off our annual year end series highlighting the top blog posts in each of our 7 main categories: Manufacturing , Supply Chain , Logistics , 3PL , Business , Transportation , Freight. Top Manufacturing Blog Posts for 2014. Like last year, reshoring and the idea of a US Manufacturing comeback, or revivial, or rennaisaince (whatever you want to call it) was of huge interest to our readers of the Cerasis blog. Is Manufacturing Really a Good Career Choice?

Intelligent BOM Management Drives Manufacturing Success

Arena Solutions

Most manufacturing companies must rely on many supply chain partners to design and deliver products to their customers under budget and ahead of schedule. The increased use of supply chains and contract manufacturers (CMs) underscores the need to leverage systems that improve how BOMs are created, shared, and approved between internal and external teams. So, manufacturers and supply chain partners must be able to work in lockstep to ensure the delivery of high-quality products.

[PODCAST] Why Logistics Execs Who Glean Insights from Transportation Management Data Collaborate More & Reduce Shipping Costs

Cerasis

Transportation Management Data Insights Lead to Collaboration, Reduced Shipping Costs, & Beating the Capacity Crunch In this “The Freight Project Podcast” episode you’ll hear : The value to a business to have an executive in charge of driving change and innovation. Why collaboration between all entities in the shipping process is really the key to success in effective transportation management.

The Agility of Integration: eCommerce, Warehouse Management and Shipping for SMBs

Talking Logistics

E-commerce has blurred the lines between retailers, wholesale distributors and manufacturers. Cloud-based applications that manage e-commerce and enterprise resource planning (ERP) have lowered the barrier to entry for small- to medium-sized companies, and fueled an explosion of innovative products and high growth organizations. This allowed OYO Sports to efficiently pick multiple orders with one pass through the warehouse and pre-label for shipping.

MANUFACTURING MUST BE DATA-DRIVEN

ThroughPut

One of the most common misconceptions about manufacturing is that it’s data-driven. In reality, supply chains have been historically slow-moving, especially in terms of innovation. Reluctance around supply chain innovation is unfortunate. Why Data Is a Unique Asset for Manufacturers. Data revealed how to fix the problem of shipping so much product that it ended up expired before it was used. Manufacturers will need to overcome several hurdles along the way.

Data 40

ERP System to Help Improve Your Pick, Pack, and Ship Activities

My Office Apps

How an ERP System Can Help Your Pick, Pack and Ship Activities. Read on for some essential tips on how to improve your warehouse and shipping activities. Traditional product placement layouts, such as grouping products based on the manufacturer or the type of product, are largely inefficient and time-consuming. By placing the frequently picked products closer to the shipping area, warehouse staff can easily and quickly pick the items on demand.

A Sneak Peek into the Innovation Hub at FOCUS

Supply Chain Nation

FOCUS brings retail, warehouse and manufacturing professionals together to share best practices and hear how industry leaders are delivering real results with the help of JDA’s innovations. An exciting new addition to FOCUS is the Innovation Hub at the center of the Delivery Zone, where attendees have the opportunity to experience industry use cases leveraging various new innovations. Innovation is critical to profitable growth and efficiency.

The Top 5 Manufacturing Challenges in 2018

Cerasis

The manufacturing challenges in 2018 were evident. These are the most commonly faced manufacturing challenges to the industry in the US in 2018. Manual handling and safety Manufacturing can be a dangerous industry, and it’s vital that manufacturers are aware of health and safety regulations. Manufacturers must find ways to help lower the risk of injury. The Trends that Will Forever Shape Manufacturing in 2018 & Beyond. Manufacturing

Is Google the most innovative supply chain company in the world?

Freightos

The secret behind the innovation is Google X , a lab whose boss has the job title “Captain of Moonshot”, focused on looking at what everyone thinks is impossible and flipping it on its head. Over the past month, we’ve been posting supply chain predictions, brought to you by some of the most creative thinkers in the industry, including Joel Clum of CarrierDirect , Martijn Graat of LogisticsMatter.com and Steve Brady of Supply Chain Innovations Today.

UPS Supply Chain Innovation Keynote Presentation at SCRC Meeting this Fall

NC State SCRC

Over its history, the company has evolved from a small package delivery company, to include an airline, package tracking technologies, and global shipping capability. This has prompted UPS to create a new division, Supply Chain Innovation, that is tasked with helping to identify approaches to the evolution of supply chain outsourcing.

Innovation and the Role of TMS for Dangerous Goods

Transplace

Innovation and the Role of TMS for Dangerous Goods. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at Labelmaster’s Dangerous Goods Symposium , a forum to share the latest in dangerous goods regulatory updates, innovation, training best practices and practical solutions to keep companies up-to-date on the latest hazmat shipping regulations. Chemical manufacturing depends on raw materials that are subject to environmental, political and economic influences.

A Sneak Peek into the Innovation Hub at FOCUS

Supply Chain Nation

FOCUS brings retail, warehouse and manufacturing professionals together to share best practices and hear how industry leaders are delivering real results with the help of JDA’s innovations. An exciting new addition to FOCUS is the Innovation Hub at the center of the Delivery Zone, where attendees have the opportunity to experience industry use cases leveraging various new innovations. Innovation is critical to profitable growth and efficiency.

Nike partnership with Flex producing innovation coupled with digitization

NC State SCRC

I spent the last two days meeting with members of the Global Supply Chain and Manufacturing team at Nike, in Beaverton, Oregon. Not surprisingly, Nike and Flex have the same DNA when it comes to working on supply chain innovation. Flex is also working in other areas of Nike’s supply chain, to introduce other innovations while speeding up the process.

Get Your Manufacturing Processes in Gear for the Holidays

Oracle SCM

Every year during the holidays, anxiety hits shoppers, retailers, and manufacturers alike about whether the season’s hottest products will face shortages. For manufacturers, at least, it doesn’t have to be this way. Many manufacturers lack the end-to-end supply chain visibility and flexibility needed to plan for demand spikes, but you can improve your demand-planning capabilities by outsourcing at least some of your production processes.

SCM 85