Author Archive for Steve Banker

What Are Your Risks of Getting Infected by COVID? If Infected, How Likely Are You to Die?

Every few weeks I read a particularly well written and researched article on COVID. An article from the BBC – called Coronavirus: How scared should we be? – is the most insightful from the last month or so.  The author, Nick Triggle, writes “There are two factors that influence the risk we face from coronavirus – our risk of becoming infected and, once infected, our risk of dying or becoming seriously ill.” For the first […]

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A Labor Management System that Drives Worker Engagement? Who are You Kidding?

Manhattan’s Active Labor Management built in new features supporting worker engagement. Historically, a labor management system was more like a slap than a hug. The way they have gamified the system is one of the drivers of their approach to worker engagement.

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BD’s Control Tower Implementation

What BD’s Control Tower can do seems almost magical. But the control tower’s capabilities are a result of the technology and the implementation design. This article describes the design and implementation of BD’s control tower.

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BD’s Medical Supplies Control Tower Powers their Response to Covid-19

BD’s Control Tower provides end-to-end visibility of their supply chain. This has been of great value during the pandemic. This project is key to BD’s digital transformation. And with machine learning applied to Big Data, the solution will only get better with time.

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Worker Safety: Decontamination Robots to the Rescue

Workers across many industries don’t feel safe during this pandemic. Autonomous mobile robots emitting UV light can help kill COVID-19 microbes and keep workers safe.

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If Multi-sourcing is a Best Practice, Why Are so Few Companies Doing It?

Because of the pandemic, risk management surrounding sourcing has become top of mind. One best practice in this area is to identify and qualify alternate suppliers. Companies need to ensure they have alternate sources of supply that can ramp up to the volumes needed. This best practice urges companies to examine not just the cost of the sourced products, but also to understand the risks associated with not multi-sourcing key components.

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A Very Agile Supply Chain: The Inside Story of AGCO’s Response to COVID-19

AGCO is a supply chain success story. This is the inside story of AGCO’s response to the pandemic and how they developed such an agile supply chain. Agility does not just happen. This global manufacturer of agricultural equipment began their journey to improved supply chain resiliency in 2004.

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Social Distancing: Are the Costs of Shutting Down the Economy Worth It?

Because of social distancing, and the requirement for most Americans to stay home, we will have far fewer deaths from COVID-19. But our economy is also now in recession. Are the benefits from lives saved worth the costs in terms of jobs lost and the economy shrinking? Cost-benefit models say this was the right tradeoff.

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Global Control Tower Connectivity Is Critical for Ports

Ports are critical nodes in global supply chains. Making sure that port-related supply chains operate smoothly is imperative for companies and nations. ElMarie Hugo from BlueYonder is an expert on these supply chains. In this interview, she shares her thoughts on making these supply chains work much better.

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How Fast Can We Go Back to Work?

How fast can the U.S. go back to work? Our disaster preparedness capabilities, and the supporting supply chains, will help to determine the answer to that question. Two experts discuss these issues.

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