Author Archive for Ralph Rio

Why the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Desperately Needs Blockchain

The Supply Chain from farm to table continues to increase in complexity with pressures from changing customer interests, regulatory controls, and global competition.  Blockchain can aid in assuring a secure way to achieve traceability.

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The Internet of Things Changes Logistics in the OEM Spare Parts Supply Chain

By offering IoT-enabled condition monitoring, spare parts, and equipment repair services, equipment OEMs can remotely monitor asset health in their customers’ plants, anticipate failures, order the parts, and often execute repairs before the failure occurs.

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The Benefits of “Small Data” in Logistics

While “Big Data” has been getting all the attention, analysis of all that data can be improved if it is married with “Small Data.” In the emerging world of an industrial Internet of Things (IoT) – IoT applications used by industry – more and more smart devices with sensors are using Internet protocols to transfer data to other software applications to improve operations. This has led to an explosive growth in data – the “Big […]

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The Internet of Things Changes the Equipment Manufacturer’s Spare Parts Supply Chain

Suppose you’re in logistics for an equipment manufacturer or a maintenance manager in an operating plant, and a geek in your office keeps talking about the Internet of Things (IoT). Here is why you should listen: • The underlying technologies are available with no needed breakthroughs. • The potential business benefits are strong. The technology could help end users improve equipment reliability and reduce spare parts inventories. ARC Advisory Group defines Industrial IoT as connecting […]

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Amazon and Drones – Are They Nuts? How This Can Work

You probably saw the 60 minutes segment on Amazon with Bezo’s revelation of its drone project.  More recently, Fred Smith said FedEx has several drone studies underway.  UPS has chimed in too stating it has drone research.  Are they all nuts?  No.  Here is why. During the holiday season, internet purchases were reported to have grown 20+% year over year.  Compounded, that doubles within four years.  Using current methods, could there be a corresponding doubling […]

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