Author Archive for Steve Banker

An Autonomous Mobile Robot Customer Speaks of Instantaneous Payback

At HighJump’s Elevate show in March, one of their customers – Hollar – spoke about implementing an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution and getting an almost instantaneous payback. I have been covering supply chain solutions for a long time and I’ve never heard that claim made.  Really excellent payback can occur in six months, a two-year payback is about average, and some heavy forms of material handling pay back in four or five years. The […]

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Test and Learn Digital Transformations

Digitalization requires learning. Pilots of supply chain planning software can cost millions. How can companies test-and-learn cheaper and smarter? A conversation with the leadership team of Solvoyo suggests some answers. Solvoyo is in a test-and-learn with a very large consumer goods company.

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Furniture Retailer Runs an Orchestrated Supply Chain

In March, Infor had a customer event at their headquarters called “The Journey to an Autonomous Supply Chain.”  “Autonomy” is their goal, but right now their GT Nexus product, recently renamed Infor Nexus, supports an orchestrated supply chain. If you look at the definition of orchestrated, you will see the word “arrangement.” And when the term orchestrated is applied to a music score, the arrangement is quite intricate. That certainly describes the supply chain operated by Havertys Furniture Companies, Inc.

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Supply Chain Blockchain Applications Won’t Work Without Data Standards!

Blockchain provides one mechanism for sharing information between supply chain trading partners. Because of the IT security, unchangeable records, and decentralized governance, the technology is getting a lot of attention.  But just as clear thinking depends upon carefully defining terms, effective supply chain collaboration requires a defined vocabulary. Business is just easier when you speak the same language as your customers, suppliers and partners. GS1 is the leading provider of these standards. GS1 is a […]

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The US Freight Brokerage Technology Landscape

Two top executives from Echo Global Logistic gave good presentations on what is hot in terms of technology for freight brokers. These presentations occurred at the Descartes Evolution conference last week.

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Demand Management Solutions Continue to Consume More and More Data!

There are a lot more demand forecasts being made today at companies then their used to be. Many of these forecasts depend upon having more data. Traditionally, demand management applications used order shipment history to make forecasts. But gradually new data sets were added that improved the forecasting accuracy. A demand management application can truly be a Big Data solution today.

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The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market is Growing Explosively

We just completed the new global market study on the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) market. The market is exploding. In my twenty years of doing market research I have never seen anything like the growth this market is experiencing.

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HighJump Elevate is a Wrap

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, wrapped up its annual user conference, HighJump Elevate, last week. HighJump is a leading provider of warehouse management systems (WMS), but their solution portfolio is broader.

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Canadian National Goes Green

Canadian National is committed to sustainability and outperforms their peers in this area. Canadian National is using fewer railcars and locomotives to ship more freight. Achieving these gains have been aided by some interesting supply chain technologies. This is also good for the bottom line.

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Kraft Heinz Stock Plunges to a Record Low Despite a Highly Efficient Supply Chain

Kraft Heinz Company’s stock plummeted last week despite having one of the most efficient supply chains in their industry. The shares dropped as much as 28 percent one day after writing down the value of some of the Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands and other assets by $15.4 billion. The company’s portfolio is filled with food products like Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese that are perceived to be less healthy by consumers seeking fresher, less processed alternatives.

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