5 Reasons Why 5G Adds Value to Your Supply Chain

5G connectivity will shape tomorrow’s fulfillment operations – nullifying latency, extending the cloud’s reach, enabling real-time inventory status updates, supporting real-time analytics and more. It will provide at least ten times faster data transfer compared to 4G cellular networks. Event management of in-transit goods offers a great example of 5G’s value.

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What Truck Driver Shortage?

The ATA, an association for truck carriers, has been reporting a truck driver shortage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says this widely reported shortage does not exist. We as an industry have been too willing to accept the research of a self-interested body as credible. We should have known better.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 7 – 13)

Ah yes, it is officially palindrome week. This year, however, palindrome week takes on a whole new significance. After next Thursday (9/19/19), there will not be an official palindrome week until 2021 (we don’t count putting a 0 in front of the month around here). This is the end of a wonderful run of years, starting in 2011, where the dates read the same frontwards and backwards for a week+. And to quote one off […]

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Beware of Real-time Transportation Visibility “Big Hat, No Carrier”

Real-time transportation visibility has become a powerful tool for shippers and logistics services providers (LSPs). Because the market is so hot, a number of transportation visibility vendors have entered the space and, to get attention, have made big claims about their tracking capabilities, which are misleading potential users. What we are seeing is a bad case of “Big Hat, No Cattle”. If you haven’t heard the term before, it’s an old Texas saying about making […]

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The Robot Uprising Reaches the Store

The robot uprising is coming to a store near you. And no, I’m not talking about Skynet building T-1000 Terminators to take over the world (or store in this case). I am talking about how the retail store is drastically changing to become more automated, using artificial intelligence, and relying on non-human assistance for check-outs, price checks, and inventory management. Robots and drones are in stores now and retailers are looking to build upon their […]

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Big Data, Big Possibilities: The Power of a Telematics Platform

Fleet telematics has a robust return on investment. Multitenant platforms can be an elegant way to collect Big Data. Big Data, used right, has great power. Put them all together and what do you get? An interesting logistics technology. The Geotab Telematics Platform Telematics solutions provide truck fleets with the ability to remotely monitor the location, status, health, and activity of vehicles.  Geotab is the telematics company that gathers Big Data for analysis in their […]

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Who Will Win the Autonomous Trucking Race? Don’t Bet on the Big Guys

A small, thinly funded company – Starsky Robotics – was the first to test an autonomous truck on the Interstate. Starsky is zigging while the rest of the industry has zagged. Starsky is betting the simplicity in engineering will allow them to win the race to market autonomous trucks.

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This Week in Logistics News (August 31 – September 6)

It’s that time of year again. And no, I don’t mean back to school or the home stretch of the baseball season. I mean football season is kicking off. And once again, my hometown Patriots are set to raise another Super Bowl banner on opening night. In a step away from the norm, the NFL season did not kick off with the defending Super Bowl champions hosting the Thursday night game. My guess is that […]

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Benchmarking: Avoid Being The Tallest Pigmy

Benchmarking is the practice of comparing business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from other companies. It is used to measure performance using a specific indicator or indicators resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others to assess how well or how poorly a company is performing. This is sometimes referred to as “best practice benchmarking” or “process benchmarking”.  Management uses this process to evaluate various aspects […]

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Amazon’s Fall River Fulfillment Center Tour

As I conduct research on the global warehouse automation market, I hear statements such as “warehouse automation demand from Amazon and other e-commerce behemoths is draining automation providers of available resources and capacity.” Furthermore, Amazon purchased Kiva to capture essentially all of Kiva’s output capacity for its own use. So when I signed up for a tour of Amazon’s fulfillment center in Fall River, MA, I expected to witness large amounts of advanced automation. This […]

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