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 …
IBM is using Artificial Intelligence on the cloud to understand and interact with supply chain data. We spoke with Tom Ward, cognitive project leader at IBM. A 30-year IBM veteran, Ward appeared in the pages of Supply Management Review in early 2014 when he was leading global development and deployment of the company’s Integrated Supply Chain cloud computing strategy …
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 …
Global supply chains are under pressure. In the long run, that could be a good thing. Supply chains are on the move. Literally. Consider four quite different companies that bet big on China years ago. Hasbro is moving some production to India and Vietnam. Harley Davidson is at least partially on its way to Thailand. …
This month we spoke with Rosemary Coates about the impact of tariffs on NextGen supply chains. She is the executive director of the Reshoring Institute and president of Blue Silk Consulting. NextGen: Tariffs on Chinese and American goods are hotter than hot right now. What’s your view on the impact tariffs are already having and …
We’ve all heard the buzzwords: Robotics, artificial intelligence, predictive and prescriptive analytics, blockchain and digital transformation. In fact, every day, we read about a new technology that is going to revolutionize the way business gets done and supply chains get managed. Based on the press accounts, it’s easy to think that every competitor in a given industry is …
Picking robots in your Distribution Center? Yeah, sure. Let someone else prove it out first.   You’re in luck. Gary Ritzmann, director of operations at Rochester Drug Cooperative, has done just that. Better yet, his first picking robot has already paid for itself. A little more than two years since launch, Ritzmann says he thinks …
SCMR’s NextGen Supply Chain Conference will focus on the technologies enabling tomorrow’s supply chains… today.   What’s next in supply chain management? Wouldn’t we all love to know two years in advance. Actually, six months wouldn’t be bad, come to think of it. As a senior-level supply chain management professional, you’ll have a chance to …
There are few more big picture efforts underway in the supply chain today than digitization. The concept is quite simple. Take all the data from the various supply chain silos, convert everything to an electronic state and put it all in a central location. Then, fundamentally change everything you do to take advantage of the …
Gone are the days when a robot belonged only in a cage.   Oh, how industrial robots have changed. Gone are the days when a robot belonged only in a cage and there was little interaction with humans. Both piece-picking and autonomous mobile robots work side-by-side with warehouse and manufacturing personnel today. And with that …