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
  • Ethical Supply Chain
January 2, 2020
New research from APICS, Supply Chain Management Review and Loyola University Chicago finds that operating an ethical supply chain is an increasing priority. At a recent supply chain conference, futurist Gerd Leonhard observed that as business becomes digitized, supply chains increasingly rely on technology and our customers increasingly use the technology tools we provide, the
Technology continues to be the driving force, but it’s evolving. In early December, a researcher asked me what were going to be the solutions driving the supply chain 20 years from now.  To be honest, I didn’t have a clue. I think back to stories I was writing less than a decade ago, and none
  • Freight Management
The tools for managing contract freight are digitizing a broken model. Editor’s note: As a rule, we don’t run articles from solution providers touting their products. At the same time, there are those occasions when a provider comes to our attention with something that is unique to the market and we invite them to describe
  • Future of the Supply Chain
What will it take to find, train, and retain talent going forward? Three supply chain experts dust off their crystal balls and discuss the top ways to build the workforce for the future. As the national economy continues to improve and organizations strive to minimize risk, improve customer service, adopt solid omni-channel processes, and gain
“The world is moving so fast now-a-days that the man who says it cannot be done is generally interrupted by someone else doing it.” Those lines are as true today as when they were first published in the early 1900s. And it’s not just our every day worlds that appear to be evolving before our
  • E-commerce in logistics
December 20, 2019
Shippers are starting to see the incredible advantage that can be gained through the strategic management of e-commerce—especially as logistics professionals move out of their silos and into the C-suite. Industry experts further contend that walls will continue to be torn down before this disruption reaches an advanced and fully evolved stage. The rapid growth
  • Digital Supply Chain
Momentum is building around digital technologies including artificial intelligence, machine learning, Big Data analytics infrastructure, and soon, for blockchain deployments. But digitally transforming supply chains can’t be accomplished simply by sticking to a list of “hot” technologies it requires matching technologies to strategy and a commitment to change. Ever been in a diner where there
Last summer, we heard from supply chain executives from three small to mid-sized companies on the challenges faced by their organizations and how they’re addressing them. When it comes to managing their order fulfillment and logistics processes, mid-sized companies are, well, caught in the middle. On the one hand, their customers expect the same level
  • Kevin Zweier
This month we spoke with Kevin Zweier, Vice President of the Transportation practice at Chainalytics. Kevin Zweier manages the delivery of projects related to transportation procurement, fleet modeling and systems and operational assessments. Prior to joining Chainalytics, he led the North American Logistics Practice at ICG Commerce. He was previously at INSIGHT and Manhattan Associates. NextGen