Author Archive for Steve Banker

Artificial Intelligence in Demand Planning

There is an arms race to incorporate artificial intelligence in demand planning solutions. Many new data sources, features, and tools are being explored. A new demand modeling tool has been introduced which will make it easier to analyze new data sources to see if they can be used to improve forecasts.

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What was Hot in Supply Chain Technology in 2017?

What was hot in supply chain technology? A look at 3D Printing, robots, autonomous trucks, the use of Social-News-Event-Media data for risk management, and the Uberization of Freight with ARC’s assessment of the maturity of these technologies.

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Supply Chain Planning in the Chemical Industry: Complexities Abound

Supply chain planning in the chemical industry is difficult because of the complexities associated with this industry. Optimization depends on models. The models for the chemical industry tend to be much more complex and detailed than in most other industries.

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The Tesla Truck Costs Twice as Much as Diesel

Elon Musk unveiled a prototype of an electric Tesla Truck on November 16th.  Over the Thanksgiving holiday the pricing was announced. It’s not pretty. The base price of the 300-mile range Tesla Semi is $150,000, and the 500-mile range model costs $180,000. That’s almost double the base price of a traditional semi truck according to CostOwl. There are real doubts on whether this truck can win in the marketplace. This is a Class 8 truck, […]

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Transportation Strategies for Emerging Brands

Emerging brands have very distinctive needs, including a different approach to transportation. Zipline Logistics has developed a distinctive niche for serving emerging brands.

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A Warehouse Labor Shortage? Robots to the Rescue

There is a looming warehouse labor shortage.  Logistics service providers (LSPs) are beginning to think that robots are the answer.

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8 Best Ways to Boost Warehouse Performance

ARC did a survey designed to uncover just what practices contribute to success in running a warehouse.  A successful warehouse was defined as a warehouse that is productive, safe, contributes to high customer service, and retains its employees.  In looking for best practices, we were looking at what high-performing warehouses were doing that is different from other distribution operations.

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The Peril of Circular Reasoning in Machine Learning and Forecasting

Machine learning engines can take data on forecast accuracy and use that data to automatically improve the forecast model. However, three is a rub. Lost sales is a key piece of data on the accuracy of the forecast, but lost sales is generated with a demand forecast. This is circular reasoning. But that does not mean this analysis is without value.

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Rail Freight is Losing Market Share: How Can it Improve?

Rail freight is losing market share to faster and more reliable modes. Better technology can be part of the solution.

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The Best Tactics for Retaining Warehouse Workers

ARC did a survey-based study to determine what techniques are most effective in retaining warehouse workers.

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