Author Archive for Steve Banker

No Industry Has A Better Success Metric than Baseball

Baseball has a key performance indicator that is unrivaled. The Wins Above Replacement Value tells a team exactly what they need to do to succeed. In business, and the supply chain realm, no other success metric has this clarity.

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Class 1 Railroads Need to Invest to Improve their Performance

Class 1 Railroads Have Been Charged with Unfair and Arbitrary Demurrage Fines My colleague Muhammad Wasay Rashid has just completed a market study on the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies by the global rail industry, including the freight segment. Mr. Rashid reports that sales of IoT technologies for Rail are bigger, and growing faster, in Asia and Europe. This article will explain why there are good reasons why North American Class 1 Railroads […]

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Drone Deliveries of Medicines Begin in the US

Wake Forest Baptist Health has begun drone deliveries of medicines and blood. As soon as a patient checks in at a Wake Forest Baptist Health infusion clinic, their specific medicine is created at the hospital and flown over via drone, creating an on-demand pharmacy for medicine with a short shelf life. Wake Forest Baptist has introduced a couple of routes from their largest facility in Winston Salem to larger clinics located only a couple hundred […]

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Ahold Delhaize’s Supply Chain Transformation

In December of 2019, the global grocery retailer Ahold Delhaize announced it was investing $480 million to transform and expand its U.S. supply chain operations in support of a new three-year strategy to move to self-distribution.  In self distribution, the company insources many supply chain activities that were formerly outsourced. Ahold Delhaize was formed in July 2016 from the merger of Ahold and Delhaize Group. The retailer’s grocery chain banners in the U.S. include Food […]

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How A High-Tech Manufacturer Navigated The Pandemic

A Hi-Tech Company’s Control Tower Helped It Better Manage Air Cargo During the Worst Days of the Pandemic In 2014, one of the world’s largest high-tech manufacturers started thinking about a digital transformation that would help them better serve their customers while also generating operational efficiencies. From a supply chain perspective, a robust supply chain digital transformation would involve end-to-end visibility of inventory in motion and inventory at rest in near real-time. And that inventory […]

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A Socially Responsible Manufacturer Thrives Despite Coronavirus

Being a socially responsible company can create a strong brand, a committed workforce, and loyal customers. It comes at a cost. The products will generally be more expensive, limiting sales. Progressive companies are often small, requiring them to use less-than-truckload.  Less-than-truckload has adverse service and environmental impacts. In short, fair trade and environmental initiatives lead to socially responsible manufacturers having more complex supply chains.

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What will Last Mile Delivery Look like Post-Pandemic?

Ecommerce sales have boomed during the pandemic. Young technologies that support last mile deliveries are getting increased attention. Which of these technologies have the most potential post-Coronavirus?

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COVID-19’s Beneficial Effects on the Consumer Goods Supply Chain

COVID-19 has put supply chain organizations under great strain. But there has been one nice side effect in the consumer goods supply chain. SKU proliferation has been reversed.

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Medtronic’s Digital Twin Journey

Medtronic MDT has been engaged in a digital transformation. This includes building out a digital twin of their end-to-end supply chain to make it easier for people to make better and faster supply chain decisions. The company has built a data lake to feed LLamasoft’s Supply Chain Analytics Platform, llama.ai, to create their supply chain digital twin. The solution has already been rolled out to support distribution flow path analyses. The solution allows them to make […]

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Managed Transportation Service Providers Compete on their Tech Stack

Managed transportation service providers compete on their tech stack. The transportation management system is core, but the platforms also have complementary applications, visibility and advanced analytics.

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