This year’s conference will focus on digital transformation, supply chain software, robotics and AI, geared for the senior level supply chain manager. NextGen Technologies are tough. In so many ways. They can prove tough to get your arms around. They can be tough to implement and integrate with your processes, which will inevitably change. They …
February 21, 2020
Here’s how one of the world’s largest 3PLs is looking to tomorrow’s innovative technologies, including heads-up display and robotics, to transform its operations today. If Modex 2018, the biannual materials handling trade event in Atlanta, is anything like years past, some of the best-attended booths will be from companies exhibiting technologies that will power distribution centers …
Over the last six years, a global leader in beverage alcohol has transformed its supply chain to be more agile, responsive, and attuned to growth. The result is a supply chain geared to out-innovate the competition. In November of 2014, Diageo North America introduced Regal Apple, a new flavored Canadian whisky with the premium taste …
Once slow to adopt automation, 3PLs are now leading the way. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought of 3PLs as innovators or early adopters of technology. Given the short-term nature of their contracts, the industry players focused on taking the fat out of processes and being great operators with conventional processes. Based …
Long used to handling boxes and some standard shaped items, picking robots are on the verge of moving into a world where they have to distinguish between thousands of quite different items. And they have to make picking decisions faster than people. Getting there will not be in the blink of an eye. In real …
It’s still early stages, but Rochester Drug Cooperative is proving that mobile robotic piece picking can get the job done in the right application. Up on a 19,000-square-foot mezzanine in a distribution center in western New York, order selectors at either end of a pick module are directed by voice as they walk through their …
It’s easy to think of technologies such as virtual reality, data analytics and autonomous mobile robots in the future tense. But that would be a mistake in 2018. Here’s where those and other NextGen technologies are already at work in the warehouse or knocking on the front door. Sometimes the NextGen Supply Chain is already …
It’s time to think of automation in the supply chain differently. Quite simply, the purpose of automation is expanding as new forms of automation evolve and transform how work gets done.   To begin, the purpose of automation is changing. “The last twenty-five years was all about who could make things cheapest, and the next …