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 …
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 …
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 …
Jim Rice, deputy director of MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics, talks about innovation and its importance to the supply chain. Many companies today want to think of themselves as an innovator, but what does innovation look like in the supply chain? We put that question to Jim Rice, deputy director of MIT’s Center for Transportation and …
While blockchain has tremendous potential in the supply chain, for now, it is primarily limited to pilots and small scale deployments. We spoke with Ken Cottrill, co-founder and research principal at Chain Business Insights LLC. He is also global communications consultant at the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is currently pursuing research projects about …
The path to a digital supply chain has many challenges but even greater possibilities. Digitization of the supply chain is not new. Either as a concept or as a reality. But it does find itself in an interesting spot these days. Consider these three perspectives. “The ‘digital supply chain’ will be the logistics technology concept …
Forget the last mile. Tomorrow’s supply chain is about the final 50 feet. We spoke with Barbara Ivanov, director of the Urban Freight Lab at the University of Washington. She is also chief operating officer of the school’s Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center. Previously, Ivanov worked on freight research projects with the U.S. Department …
These technologies promise to improve MRO efficiencies while reducing costs and downtime quite noticeably. How plants and warehouses operate is changing every day. There are no great revelations in that statement. However, the real revelations are in the unseen consequences of those daily changes when it comes to MRO. What will it take going forward …
A new tool allowed the chip maker to fully automate inventory planning. The result: Inventory targets that planners accept more than 99.5% of the time. Inventory is a universal headache at most companies – with the potential for significant impacts, both good and bad. Too little inventory puts sales revenue at risk. Yet, having too …
NASA is looking to the logistics industry for proposals to deliver supplies to the moon Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before! …… Captain James …