Author Archive for Steve Banker

An “Outside In” View of Your Supply Chain is Imperative

The best marketing executives have long worked to have an “outside in” view of their products. They want to understand how customers and potential customers think about their offerings. The supply chain profession needs to go much further to get to a similar level of maturity. New CaaS solutions can help.

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Fighting Carrier’s Complex DIM Weight Rules to Save Money

In 2015 when the largest parcel carriers introduced DIM Weight rules, making smart decisions on parcel shipments got much harder. Saving money on ecommerce shipping requires concurrently optimizing across various carrier services, their DIM rate rules, and clever cartonization. A new solution solves this complex problem.

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New IoT Applications for the Warehouse

The Internet of Things (IoT) is all about using sensor data to make better decisions. The use of sensor data to make better decisions is nothing new in warehousing. Warehouse management systems (WMS) have for decades relied on scans from barcode scanners to confirm floor level activities have occurred correctly. In the last ten years, we’ve seen other automatic identification technologies to achieve the same sorts of process reliability. Another historical IoT use case is […]

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Home Appliance Firm Implements a “Sharp” Planning Process!

What does it take to do Integrated Business Planning well? Sharp Home Electronics Company of America does it very well and this case study imparts some key lessons.

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Controlling Robots, Easier Said than Done

The use of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses is set to explode. Their are very different viewpoints of the best way to optimally manage the combination of robots and humans.

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HighJump Elevates their Product Development

HighJump is developing a new solution – a distributed order management solution for facilitating Omni-channel fulfillment. This has been a problematic product category, but HighJump’s looks promising.

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Robots, Robots, and More Robots

When Amazon bought a robotics company in 2012, interest in robots for the warehouse soared. Since then, there have been several entrants to the market. Recently, two new interesting solutions emerged.

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Prominent Carrier Reduces Turnover by Using Predictive Analytics

In an industry pressured by driver shortages, reducing driver turnover can be a source of competitive advantage. A prominent carrier used the SAP HANA analytics solution to significantly lower turnover.

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Price Optimization Finally Becomes a Tool for Integrated Business Planning

Price optimization could be a powerful tool for demand shaping. It could be used in Integrated Business Planning to help balance supply and demand. It’s rarely used this way. Why?

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Prepare for the Seasonal Surge in the Distribution Center Now!

It may seem strange to write about preparing for the Holiday surge in the Distribution Center so early in the year. But the e-commerce surge can increase order volume by a factor of five or more for some retailers. To prepare for those kinds of volumes, you really need to start now!

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