The Inevitability of Warehouse Robots

Supply Chain Nation

Recently, while attempting to leave San Francisco International Airport, I found myself halted by the CAFEX coffee-making robot. The next day brought news of CAFEX shuttering stores throughout the San Francisco area.

$1B Investment in Flexport – A Smart Bet or Case of Irrational Exuberance?

Talking Logistics

The investment […] values the San Francisco-based company at $3.2

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Why Taxing Automation is a Bad Idea

Talking Logistics

Late last year, a San Francisco politician launched a statewide campaign to raise money for a California ballot that would penalize private enterprise for embracing automation in the workplace.

The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog

Freightos

San Francisco only. San Francisco only. airbnb), and to warehouse storage for absent small business owners. San Francisco only. Logistics is the prime example of a changing industry – colossal, ripe for disruption and utterly opaque.

Warehouses are the next HOT investment triggered by the digital transformation of the supply chain

NC State SCRC

A recent article in Bloomberg suggests that warehouses are now becoming one of the hottest investments in the market, based on recent moves by the Blackstone Group LP, who are betting $18.7

Is the Package Under your Tree?

Supply Chain Shaman

Cloud-based logistics and warehouse management are combining with B2B networks to enable multi-tier fulfillment. Cabs in San Francisco are delivering packages in their trunks using an application called FlyWheel and manufacturers are experimenting with Uber. Details matter.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Click the links below to compare this year's innovations to those from previous years: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017 : exoskeletons, autonomous forklifts, flying warehouses, last-mile delivery, and more. Warehouse Automation.

Wells Fargo: The Importance of Culture and the Dangers of Perverse Incentives

Talking Logistics

The giant San Francisco bank brags in earnings reports of its prowess in “cross-selling” financial products such as checking and savings accounts, credit cards, mortgages and wealth management…But that success has come at a cost. Successful leaders understand that a company’s culture is just as important to the bottom line as warehouse technology, distribution tools and operations systems.

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 Logistics Sessions Wrap up

Oracle SCM

Oracle OpenWorld took place at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, and amongst the vast array of keynotes and educational sessions were seven logistics sessions.

The Commerce Marketer Podcast With DSI’s Bob Carver

DSI

This year at SuiteConnect West in San Francisco, DSI’s VP of Cloud Inventory Solutions, Bob Carver was invited to join Commerce Marketing Analyst and podcaster, Gregory Zakowicz on the Commerce Marketer Podcast sponsored by Oracle Bronto Software. While many businesses have inventory visibility and availability within the warehouse down to an exact science, many begin to get lost when it comes to the last mile.

FMCG Humour: Supply Chain Communication Clarity

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

During the first visit to San Francisco for an externally run training course I was told that my English was quite good. The freezer control on the ice cream warehouse has broken down. A guy called William from the RM/PM warehouse. Your FMCG warehouse has just been robbed.

Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, “Christmas in October” Sales Get Results

Supply Chain Nation

Shipping and warehouse delays caused some Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases to be held up for days, despite thousands of extra workers hired to deal with the holiday buying surge. San Francisco Puts the Brakes on Delivery Robots.

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

Cerasis

The retailer started dealing directly with manufacturers in the 1980s, giving suppliers the job of managing inventory in its warehouses, the Arkansas Business article said. Forecasts are compared to inventory levels to ensure warehouses have enough, but not too much, inventory to meet demand.

The Exploding Use of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing

Cerasis

For example, robotics could be used to prevent a truckload of merchandise leaving the warehouse if a wreck has occurred several miles away. At a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse in Tracy, Calif.,

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

This term covers all the ocean ports on the West, including Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, Long Beach/Los Angeles and others. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), headquartered in San Francisco, represents the dockworkers that man the USWC ports. .

This Week in Logistics News (September 26-30, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Starting next year, Otto-branded trucks and others equipped with Otto technology will begin hauling freight bound for warehouses and stores, he said. Moving from trucking to ocean transportation, San Francisco startup Flexport Inc.

Supply Chain Technology Roundup: Drones and Droids

Elementum

Another significant application includes inventory control in warehouses, where drones have the upper hand in terms of both efficiency and accuracy when compared to their human counterparts. While they remain a relatively rare sight (except for people who happen to live in Washington, DC, or the San Francisco Bay Area), delivery robots may soon begin to appear on sidewalks throughout the U.S.

Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, “Christmas in October” Sales Get Results

Supply Chain Nation

This week: Earlier Christmas promotions may not be popular, but they get results; some shoppers say the quality of produce at Whole Foods has declined since Amazon bought the chain; what’s causing some Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders to run behind; San Francisco thinks twice about delivery robots; and Ford and Alibaba announce a partnership that could see Ford’s vehicles sold on Tmall. San Francisco Puts the Brakes on Delivery Robots.

Supply Chain Technology Roundup: Drones and Droids

Elementum

Another significant application includes inventory control in warehouses, where drones have the upper hand in terms of both efficiency and accuracy when compared to their human counterparts.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy.

Rapidly Rising Minimum Wages Will Significantly Increase Your Warehouse and 3PL Costs: Effective Strategies to Combat Their Impact on Your Bottom Line

Cerasis

Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Chicago have already moved to raise their wages and there are proposals for minimum wage increases across the country including in New York City, Washington, D.C.

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How Product Design Impacts the Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

A product might be attractive for customers but drive unnecessary supply chain costs because of the impact the product design has on sourcing, packaging, production, warehousing and transportation. Most warehouses have standardized rack dimensions and store products on pallets.

How Product Design Impacts the Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

A product might be attractive for customers but drive unnecessary supply chain costs because of the impact the product design has on sourcing, packaging, production, warehousing and transportation. Storage Most warehouses have standardized rack dimensions and store products on pallets.

How Product Design Impacts the Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

A product might be attractive for customers but drive unnecessary supply chain costs because of the impact the product design has on sourcing, packaging, production, warehousing and transportation. Storage Most warehouses have standardized rack dimensions and store products on pallets.

All Eyes Remain Focused on the Last Mile

Enterra Insights

Because consumers now expect purchases to be delivered fast (with next-day or same-day delivery becoming the norm), retailers are frantically buying and/or building warehouses so they can locate goods closer to consumers. Phillips ( @EEPhillips_WSJ ) reports that some retailers were so desperate to find warehouse space this past holiday season they set up temporary warehouses in vacant suburban lots and in parking garages.[5]

Top 20: The Ultimate Logistics Technology Roundup

Freightos

Ubiquitous data collection, as goods, supply chain assets and warehouses communicate with each all spell out huge data insights. Real-time access to information in the warehouse can fundamentally change how logistics employees work.

This Week in Logistics News (November 30 – December 4, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Million Investment to Power Warehouse Management Software in the Cloud.

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Using Machine Learning Tools to Improve Supply Chain Performance

Halo

In 2016, Lowe’s introduced LoweBot , an autonomous retail service robot in Lowe’s stores throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Or consider Walmart’s use of satellite photography and drones for scanning its warehouses. Machine Learning Tools Offer Much, but We Pesky Humans Continue to Play the Most Important Role. In simple terms, that “most important role” is the cycle of observation followed by critical thinking followed by action.

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Accelerate your Supply Chain Management at Oracle OpenWorld 2019

Oracle SCM

This year’s conference is being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from September 16 – 19. Supply chain organizations have been on a long journey to improve customer fulfillment and collaboration, especially in logistics functions such as transportation and warehousing. By Evelyn Tao , Product Marketing Manager, Oracle SCM.

The 2016 Techgistics Year in Review

Techgistics

Ford announced plans for self-driving cars, Uber launched trials in Pittsburgh and San Francisco , acquired self-driving truck startup OTTO , Google spun off their self-driving car group into Waymo , and Elon Musk wrote his Master Plan Part Deux on self-driving cars.

This Week in Logistics News (April 4-8, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Manhattan Associates Empowers Warehouse Managers With New E-Commerce Capabilities. Back in December, we welcomed two new members to our family: Milo and Otis, guinea pig brothers we adopted.

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Building a scalable supply chain for food startups

Logichain Solutions

External service providers, like co-manufacturers, co-packers, warehouse providers, and logistics companies, can help scale the business in a very flexible way and address volatile demand and supply situations. “Scaling your supply chain” is a term often used by startups.

Building a scalable supply chain for food startups

Logichain Solutions

External service providers, like co-manufacturers, co-packers, warehouse providers, and logistics companies, can help scale the business in a very flexible way and address volatile demand and supply situations. “Scaling your supply chain” is a term often used by startups.

Building a scalable supply chain for food startups

Logichain Solutions

External service providers, like co-manufacturers, co-packers, warehouse providers, and logistics companies, can help scale the business in a very flexible way and address volatile demand and supply situations. “Scaling your supply chain” is a term often used by startups.

Disruptive Times Require Adaptive Supply Chains

Enterra Insights

Distributed Warehousing. ” By that, he means, you have to locate warehouses closer to customers. The staff notes, “As a result of the expansion of its direct-to-consumer business, Nike is moving away from aggregating inventory in one central warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee, to putting product in facilities closer to the customer.” Few if any economic sectors have avoided digital disruption.