Shell’s Next Generation Operations Center

Shell Oil has created a next generation control room (CR) to monitor their deep water offshore production activities in the Americas. Shell Oil has created a control room whose scope of analysis is larger than the typical control room, and one that is also delivering an ROI much greater than is typical. The Shell CR is also an Internet of Things (IIoT) Big Data analytics solution.  From a supply chain perspective, this is a critical […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 16 – 22)

In the summer of 1992, my parents decided I was too young to go to a Guns n’ Roses / Metallica concert alone. They also decided they did not like either band, and would not be joining me. I was lucky enough to grow up about 1.5 miles from what is now Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, so I sat on my front steps and could hear some of the show. While this was somewhat enjoyable, […]

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A Guide to the Next-Step Network Modeling Process

Now more so than ever, companies understand the tremendous impact that logistics and transportation can have on their overall business performance and are taking meaningful strides to optimize their operations. And a next-step networking modeling project provides a systematic approach to driving meaningful change throughout the supply chain. Network modeling provides a decision support platform for many critical aspects of supply chain strategy and is performed in order to design an efficient and lean distribution […]

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Dematic and Intelligrated Acquisitions Highlight Warehouse Automation’s Superior Growth Potential

The global warehouse automation & control (WA&C) market has experienced numerous mergers & acquisitions over the years. However, most of the acquisitions have been smaller vendors that sell similar solutions that offer a complimentary technology, capability, or additional geographic presence to the acquirer. In contrast, the recently announced acquisitions of Dematic and Intelligrated represent major shifts in the global WA&C market. Dematic announced on June 21 that it is going to be acquired by the KION Group, one of […]

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Infor Embraces the Network

… why did Infor pay so much for GT Nexus? In his keynote, CEO Charles Phillips made the point that “no one wants to be on a network until everyone is.” But the GT Nexus network has traction with $100 billion in spend managed on the platform. “80 percent of the data needed to run a global supply chain,” Mr. Phillips claimed, resides with partners.”

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This Week in Logistics News

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Twitter’s full public launch. Work on the project started on March 21, 2006 with the very first tweet sent by Jack Dorsey. However, the full public version was not released until four months later. Today, Twitter is a little bit popular, with over 310 million active Twitter users. We here at Logistics Viewpoints actively use Twitter to let our audience know about our latest research, interesting articles we’ve […]

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Forwarder / Broker Benchmark: Challenging Times for Logistics Intermediaries

Forwarders and brokers are a critical part of international supply chains. They operate in incredibly competitive markets that can be characterized by tight margins and highly influenced by regulatory change. This past spring, we conducted a benchmark study with over 100 forwarders and brokers to evaluate how macroeconomic changes were impacting them, the strategies and tactics they were using to be successful and the importance of technology to their business. Below, we’ve included some of […]

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Forecasting: A Forgotten Requirement

A few months ago, I attended the ToolsGroup Supply Chain Transformation conference in Boston. I am always interested in case study presentations, as I find that I learn a lot about how companies are applying their technology and business processes to solve a problem. These case studies are also an opportunity to give other practitioners a different way to look at a problem they may be experiencing as well. One of the case study presentations […]

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3 Ways to Measure the ROI on a Pop-up Distribution Center

Holiday peak season. New product launches.  Flash sales. Does the mere mention of these make you anxious? In a supply chain, the balancing act of supply and demand can be tricky and at times costly. Forecasting, previously accepted as an art, now demands near science in order to succeed in today’s dynamic retail environment. However, your supply chain can only prepare for and react to the volumes based on the resources readily available within a […]

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IBM Continues to Improve their Supply Chain Control Towers

IBM manages more than $30 billion a year as part of its supply chain, with thousands of supply chain managers and analysts worldwide. IBM is using Watson and huge troves of weather and location data – IBM acquired The Weather Company last year – to improve their supply chain risk management program.

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