This year’s conference will focus on digital transformation, supply chain software, robotics and AI, geared for the senior level supply chain manager. NextGen Technologies are tough. In so many ways. They can prove tough to get your arms around. They can be tough to implement and integrate with your processes, which will inevitably change. They …
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., …
Many Blockchain implementations fail because inadequate consideration is given to the complexity of scaling and managing the ecosystem. Nearly a year ago, I wrote a blog for this publication asking the question, “Are You Fit for Blockchain?” With so much hype and miscommunication surrounding the technology at the time, I offered readers a guide to use when …
Here’s a simple guide to use when considering blockchain technology for supply chain operations. Blockchain is getting the attention of digital supply chain leaders everywhere. The technology has been described as a game changer that will maximize supply chain efficiency, security and transparency. You may not subscribe to all the hype proclaiming blockchain as the …
Fortna®, The Distribution Experts®, a leading global automation, engineering services and software company, today announced that it has acquired Pierau Unternehmensberatung GmbH (“Pierau Planung”), a European-based, market leader in supply chain and logistics design, consulting, and project management. Pierau Planung’s management team will join Fortna following the transaction and continue serving its European region. Terms …
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 …
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 …
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 …