Author Archive for Steve Banker

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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Oracle’s CEO Safra Catz Emphasizes the Advantages of Cloud-based Applications

Cloud applications go in 50 percent faster. And upgrades are a virtual nonevent. But Safra Catz talked about the many changes Oracle had to make to truly embrace the Cloud.

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Amazon to Take On FedEx and UPS

Amazon is building a new Air Hub in Ohio. Amazon’s end goal is to deliver packages for itself and other retailers. This puts it into competition with FedEx and UPS.

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An American Steel Company Transforms their Supply Chain into a Competitive Weapon

An American steel manufacturer began its journey toward making their supply chain a competitive weapon in 2010 when they implemented a new Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process. Since then, the company has improved its delivery performance from the low 60s to over 90 percent; their quoted lead times are now the shortest in the industry.

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Demand Management Applications Need to Be Flexible

Demand management solutions need to be flexible! Over time, companies often go on a journey where their forecast accuracy is improved by using more and more data and by forecasting at a more granular levels. Demand forecasting applications need to be able to support this journey.

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Proposed Transportation Regulations to Impact the Autonomous Vehicle Market

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new safety regulations that will impact the Autonomous Vehicle market. The chief fear surrounding Autonomous vehicles is that they could cause crashes. The new technology proposed by NHTSA could help reduce many kinds of accidents.

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