Sure, we all know that restaurants and casinos are closing up shop, but yesterday, I had my first corona-related logistics experience. Like just about everyone else in America, if not the world, I’ve been following news about COVID-19. And like just about everyone else, my life has been disrupted, even though I live in a …
Amazon’s supply chain begins with the customer and works backwards. But Amazon is not alone. “Everything at Amazon starts with the customer, and we work backwards from there.” Todd Walker, spokesperson. Back in the March 2018 issue of SCMR, Michigan State’s Steve Melnyk co-authored an article titled Serving Up An Experience. Melnyk and his co-authors …
Along with building out an unparalleled network, Amazon is investing in associates to win the war for talent Here’s a fact for you: At present, Amazon employs more than 400,000 full and part-time associates worldwide across a network of 110 North American and another 75 around the globe. So, given that the shortage of logistics …
The robots are impressive, but what makes Amazon Amazon is delivering a customer experience. You don’t get that by automation alone. Amazon Robotic Fulfillment Center, North Haven, Connecticut Opened: June 2019 Size: 855,000 square feet Dock doors: 62 Throughput: 1 million + orders per day during peak Shifts: 2 10-hour shifts per day, with downtime …
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 …
The first generation of warehouse execution systems (WES) brought a new level of orchestration to automated warehouses. The next generation promises to bring a new level of optimization and productivity to the conventional warehouse. Get ready for WES 2.0. In June of 2007, I toured a recently opened 552,00-square-foot expansion to American Eagle’s Ottawa, Kan., …
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 …
For the past 31 years, Shawn Curran has worked in supply chain management at Gap Inc. He sat down with Supply Chain Management Review to discuss his career, the evolution of Gap Inc.’s supply chain and the future of the profession. In July 2016, SCMR published “A portrait of the supply chain manager,” our look …
Just months before the start of the 2016 holiday season, one of Gap Inc.’s distribution centers was destroyed by fire. Here’s the story of how resilience and innovation saved the day. It’s November, which means the holiday season is right around the corner. For most retailers, gearing up for peak is a matter of getting …
Keep an eye on micro-fulfillment and the development of AI On New Year’s Day, I posted a blog on the technologies I’ll be watching in 2020. The other day, I realized there are two more of note that I inadvertently omitted. This is what happens when you do things on a day when you’re thinking about football …