• 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
  • 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
  • MIT Transportation and Logistics
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
  • Blockchain in the Supply Chain
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
  • Digital Supply Chain
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
  • Barbara Ivanov
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