Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities. Content Summary: New Electronic Vehicle Export Process Debuts at Port Everglades.

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!


Prediction: Small is Beautiful : Innovation will Increasingly Be Found in Small Companies. Just like the economist Schumacher predicted years ago in his incredible book, the biggest shifts will come from the smallest companies. This is how innovation ultimately occurs.

The Future is Bright with Innovation

Supply Chain Nation

Innovation is top of mind in 2017. CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly reports on the emergence of several new approaches to achieving supply chain visibility. The New York Post reports that the e-commerce giant has set its sights on a new target: after-market auto parts. Innovation Retail Supply Chain friday in 5Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

With how quickly new technology, tips and warehouse management techniques are emerging, wouldn’t it be nice to take a page from someone else’s book? These 36 innovative companies have figured out how to hack their operations, gaining some financial or media recognition for their methods.

Innovation in the Digital Age

Enterra Insights

Many a pundit has predicted that companies failing to innovate and/or transform into digital enterprises will end up failing. That begs the question: How has innovation changed in the digital age? AI and innovation. They are: Creating Space For Innovation.

Investing in Manufacturing Innovation & Competitiveness: Will the next Silicon Valley be located in the United States?


Editor's Note : In this guest blog post from Adams Nager, of ITIF (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation) , he stresses the importance of fostering innovation and spurring competitiveness of American Manufacturing by focusing on more R&D from both the public and private sectors. The area experienced explosive growth after the invention of the silicon semiconductor sparked waves of manufacturing innovation. Innovation Driven By Concentrated Industry Clusters.

A Disruptive Innovation in the Energy Supply Chain

Supply Chain @ MIT

The answer is the electricity grid, and a new design for an old concept, the battery, could change the way this supply chain operates. Sadoway and his team invented the new battery, which is due to start field trials in Cape Cod, MA, next year. Professor Don Sadoway at Crossroads 2015.

Technology Innovation the Central Topic at NRF’s Retail’s Big Show 2019

RELEX Solutions

The NRF Retail’s Big Show in New York is among the most important retail industry events of the year. It’s clear that this year, as in years past, technology innovation was the central topic both in presentations and in casual conversation.

India 36

Ivalua Exceeds $1B Valuation in New Funding Round to Accelerate Global Expansion & Technology Innovation


Investors in this round include Tiger Global Management, a new investor in Ivalua, and Ardian Growth, one of Ivalua’s early investors who increased its overall investment level. Customers realise more and faster value and never outgrow the platform, which allows Ivalua to consistently boast the industry’s highest retention rate, at over 98%, while also rapidly acquiring new customers. New Research

Is More Innovation in Education Required?

Enterra Insights

There is a lot of discussion about innovation in education; but, many pundits believe we are not innovating fast enough. Do we need disruptive education innovation. A few year ago Valerie Strauss ( @valeriestrauss ), an education writer, discussed a report released by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) claiming to measure innovation in education.[3] She rightfully asked, “Is more of something genuinely innovative?”

Will NYSHEX Lift Container Shipping Service Levels?

Supply Chain @ MIT

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), due to be piloted in January 2016, aims to overcome the chronic inefficiencies that afflict ocean transportation and add cost to global supply chains.

Eliminating Real-World Bottlenecks using AI from Silicon Valley to Mars


Erics’s current work at Ford Mobility involves scouting new mechanical engineering and robotics principles in an R&D lab. Eric holds a BSE from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSE from Columbia University, and an MBA from New York University. Innovation

Ivalua and Axbility Consulting partner to help companies create value through successful procurement transformation


Axbility Consulting, headquartered in New York City, is the North American subsidiary of Axys Consultants, a major player in management consulting with 215 consultants with an annual turnover of $31 million. With this new partnership, we are firmly committed to supporting and strengthening our common ambitions for global development.”.

Transportation Trends: What’s Ahead for Trucking with California’s Gig Economy Bill?


It’s a “move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure,” the New York Times reports. New Law, New Rules. Uber, Lyft, and many food delivery companies are not happy with the new law.

Dennis Vandel of Foot Locker Named a Retail Innovator Award Winner by Retail TouchPoints

Supply Chain Nation

Each year, Retail TouchPoints hosts the Retail Innovation Conference. In addition to featuring the latest in retail technologies and trends, Retail TouchPoints also hosts the Retail Innovator Awards (RIA) , an awards program that recognizes retail executives who are focused on driving change and success through innovation and disruption. During the 3rd Annual Retail Innovation Conference in New York, 24 leading retail executives were honored as Retail Innovator Award winners.

The 4th Annual Dynamic Distribution Disruption – Retail USA 2019


Channels: Supply Chain Freight eCommerce/Retail CSCO Focus Logistics 3PL Event Date: Tue, 2019-05-07 to Wed, 2019-05-08 Event URL: [link] Event Location: New York Number of attendees: 500 Programme URL: Brochure URL: Speakers URL: Purchase Recording URL: Event Organiser: Priyanka Asera & Emma Banymandhub Event Organiser E-mail: Précis: D3 USA is the innovation hub for 400+ senior supply chain execs from major retailers, brands, CPG and service provider companies.

The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf… The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack!


In our new book “ The LIVING Supply Chain “, Tom Linton and I propose that humankind needs to seriously consider letting the natural rules of evolution play out in the world of supply chain commerce as well.

The Growing Digital Connection Between Businesses and Consumers

Supply Chain Nation

I recently attended the CEWIT2017 Conference at the Center for Wireless and Information Technology’s facility at beautiful Stony Brook University in New York. This is one of the premier conferences in the development and application of emerging technologies, and it does an excellent job of bringing together academic research and industrial innovation in one forum. innovation internet of things machine learning

This Week in Logistics News (October 6-10, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Next week, I’ll be speaking at the Ryder Innovate Forum in Chicago and the Elemica reveal 2014 conference in Frankfurt. Million in Financing to Fuel Growth & Innovation. Lowenthal calls for innovative approach for freight infrastructure funding (Logistics Management).

How The Decentralized Web Will Drive Innovation In The Healthcare Industry

Janeiro Digital

Decentralized web technologies have the potential to reshape the way innovations are conceived and insights are discovered, to overhaul how providers deliver care and value, and to render data privacy concerns a thing of the past—all topics that feature in HIMSS’ own “2019 Healthcare Trends Forecast: The Beginning of a Consumer-Driven Reformation,” report. This creates a world of opportunity for building new kinds of innovative apps and services.

Data 46

SupplyPike Pledges to Bring 180 Jobs to Northwest Arkansas


There are the typical contenders like California, New York, and Seattle. At SupplyPike, we’re building some incredibly innovative ways to solve problems in logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM). When you hear “technology hub”, Arkansas may not be your first thought.

Can Blockchain become the solution for anti-counterfeiting and chain of custody?


Recent articles in the New York Times and in the I nternational Business Times highlight the emerging role of blockchain as a key enabler of improved integration between parties in the extended global supply chain. New business models came about and new information.

The Best Supply Chain Conferences of 2019


Supply chain conferences are an excellent way to connect with industry professionals, learn about new technologies, and refine your operation through the experience of others.

Rwanda Heads Technology Revolution in Africa

The Network Effect

Thus, according to the New York Times , one of the world’s smallest and poorest countries, “will be the first… to establish a commercial drone delivery network — putting it ahead of places like the United States.” New York Times.

Rwanda 203

Emerging technologies impacting contract management in the Financial sector


A meeting of financial supply management executives, faculty, and IACCM thought leaders took place on January 26, 2018 in New York. Clearly, there is a myriad of automations emerging, including block chain, process automation, AI, and digitization, and an entire new wave of technologies coming at us. New technologies will have a big impact in the future landscape of financial flows in the supply chain.

This Week in Logistics News (March 25-29, 2019)

Talking Logistics

You learn something new every day. A New Market Seeks to Draw Freight Bets (WSJ – sub. Inside Google’s Rebooted Robotics Program (New York Times) Transplace Invests in New Operations Center in Northwest Arkansas Black & Decker Fined $1.8M

Seeing is Believing: Debunking the Myths of 3D Printing at Materialise


First of all, 3D printing is not new; it has been around for more then 25 years, and is a fairly robust technology. Design for Supply Chain Emerging Issues in Supply Chain Innovation in the Supply Chain Supply Chain Management

Grocery continues to grow and evolve

Supply Chain Nation

is now available by delivery through AmazonFresh in the larger New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, Washington D.C. New leadership for Target grocery division. Featured Innovation Retail Supply Chain Amazon consumer trends friday in 5 retailFriday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

[WHITE PAPER REPORT] Revenue Growth At The Hand Of Improved Digital Supply Chains


The Center for Global Enterprise releases new research suggesting revenue growth at the hand of improved digital supply chains. The research unveils a new approach to enterprise supply chain management – focus on the customer and maximize demand.

Report 271

The Network Effect in Supply Chain and Logistics

Talking Logistics

Last week, UPS held an investor conference in New York and the main theme was “Networked for Growth.” Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation (Source: Adelante SCM). Where to Find Supply Chain Innovation. HP’s New Style of IT: The Social Supply Chain.

This Week in Logistics News (April 13-17, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Deal Reached on Fast-Track Authority for Obama on Trade Pact ( New York Times ). Robinson and MIT Develop New Model for Carbon Emissions. DAT Keypoint Software Adds Powerful New Reporting Feature.

SupplyPike Pledges to Bring 180 Jobs to Northwest Arkansas


There are the typical contenders like California, New York, and Seattle. At SupplyPike, we’re building some incredibly innovative ways to solve problems in logistics and Supply Chain Management (SCM). When you hear “technology hub”, Arkansas may not be your first thought.

Is Your Success with an IT Project the Same as a Flip of the Coin?

Supply Chain Shaman

Lets face it, getting a new project kicked off is tough. As a result, the funds for new projects are fewer and far between. Support technology innovation and test and learn. Throw a coin in the air. There is a 50% chance of heads and a 50% probability of tails.

Kroger launching reusable packaging partnership for grocery e-commerce


Kroger and Loop will pilot a new reusable packaging system, enabling customers in select markets to purchase more than 100 products from leading consumer brands that have been redesigned with durable containers. The Kroger Co.

The Experiential Supply Chain


In the early 20th century Ford and other companies pioneered assembly lines, a game-changing manufacturing innovation that made the mass production of identical goods possible. The experience economy stems from consumers’ desire to feel closer to the source of their purchases and to feel that they are part of a new, socially responsible generation of shoppers. It’s got a lot to do with the needs of this new experience economy. First it was the industrial economy.

[INFOGRAPHICS] The State of Internet of Things in 6 Visuals


There’s currently a whole lot of capital moving around the IoT tech sector, over 800 companies are working on IoT devices and platforms, and new IoT components come on the market on a regular basis. However, that isn’t to say that IoT innovation isn’t happening elsewhere.

This Week in Logistics News (December 8-12, 2014)

Talking Logistics

SAP Fuels New Era of Social Collaboration to Transform Work. SAP Readies a Big Business Marketplace ( New York Times ). Amazon to use bike messengers for one-hour delivery in New York City ( Reuters ).