• On-demand warehousing
Flexibility is the name of the on-demand warehousing game. Sure, it’s in early stages, but the potential is enormous. From Melbourne to Mumbai to Manhattan, it seems the entire supply chain is taking a crack at something new – on-demand warehousing. Actually, the concept is not as new as the name. After all, who doesn’t
  • Nick Vyas
On-demand warehousing matches companies with excess warehouse space with companies with short-term excess inventory. It’s a win-win. We spoke with Nick Vyas, executive director and co-founder of the University of Southern California’s Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management and assistant professor of clinical data sciences & operations. His most recent publication in Supply Chain Management Review
  • Picking robots in the warehouse
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
  • Robotics in the Warehouse
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
  • Supply Chain Risk
A new survey from SCMR and ASCM looks at how our readers and members are experiencing risk. When the Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium was formed 10 years ago, Greg Schlegel, one of the founders of the organization, remembers that just four or five attendees out of 20 to 25 raised their hands when asked
  • Rich Sherman digitization
We spoke with Rich Sherman, senior fellow at the Supply Chain Council of Excellence at Tata Consultancy Services. He also held senior management positions at several supply chain startups. His article “The Common Pitfalls of Demand Planning” appeared in the December 2018 issue of Supply Chain Management Review. NextGen Supply Chain: What is the value
  • John White
We spoke with John A. White III, president and CEO of Fortna, about the Internet of Things and the promise of supply chain visibility. He has more than 25 years of experience in supply chain systems and solutions, distribution strategy, design, implementation and operations management at a range of companies. These include Cap Gemini, Manugistics and Accenture. NextGen Supply Chain:
  • Robotics in the NextGen Supply Chain
A complete new breed of robots with more smarts and mobility will extend their influence on the supply chain. It wasn’t so long ago that people could generally agree on what an industrial robot looked like. They were typically big. Usually in cages to protect humans. And looked like a one-armed baseball slugger with a
  • Artificial Intelligence in the Supply Chain
Actually, AI is already in the supply chain – in demand planning, operational software, robotics and predictive maintenance. Early adopters may be leading the way, but, as you will soon discover, AI is not an opt-in decision. Instead, it will co-opt you. NextGen supply chain technologies can be deceiving. Not in the sense that they
  • Planning in the supply chain
Hierarchical planning may not be a headliner everywhere, but it sure gets the job done when the right balance is struck between strategy, tactics and operations. A couple of months ago, a reporter asked some people what are the biggest challenges in the supply chain today and into the future. As you would expect, trade