The NextGen Technology Supply Chain Conference will recognize companies leading the way on new technologies What does it take to put together an award winning supply chain utilizing NextGen supply chain technologies?  That’s one of the questions that will be answered at the NextGen Supply Chain Technology Conference, November 2-4, 2020 at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel in …
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 …
The companies said they will collaborate to facilitate the development of integration tools allowing for faster, seamless implementations to improve productivity and efficiency for shared retail and 3PL customers, as well as establish HighJump as a licensed retailer of Locus’s autonomous, multi-robot solution for warehouse fulfillment, too. A strategic partnership between Locus Robotics, a Wilmington, …
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 …
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 …
It’s still early stages, but Rochester Drug Cooperative is proving that mobile robotic piece picking can get the job done in the right application. Up on a 19,000-square-foot mezzanine in a distribution center in western New York, order selectors at either end of a pick module are directed by voice as they walk through their …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Autonomous supply chains will create a sea change in the way businesses operate Coming soon, supply chain management will experience a sea change in the way businesses will operate. We will see an era of hyper-connectivity where everyone in the ecosystem will exchange real-time information through connected devices. Information will be mostly de-materialized with every …