Author Archive for Steve Banker

Key Logistics and Supply Chain Shows to Attend in 2017

It is time to start thinking about the supply chain shows you will be attending in 2017. Here is a list of the key supply chain events of 2017.

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What Fleet Routing Solution is Right for My Company?

The idea that a supply chain solution should not be a “black box” solution – a solution that forces planners to blindly trust the output of the optimization engine – has been around for close to twenty years. In transportation, the need for this has been glaringly obvious because of all the parameters that can go into a “solve.”

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Key Supply Chain Trends to Follow in 2017

The problem with trends is that they are like a freight train gaining speed; everyone can see the train, but at what point do you say the train is really moving at speed? With that in mind, here are the trends I’m following and the predictions I am making.

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What Does Demand Sensing Teach Us About IoT Projects?

If demand management teaches us anything about learning to leverage the Big Data generated by sensors, it is that leveraging IoT data is likely to be a lengthy maturation process.

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Donald Trump and the “Made in America” Supply Chain

Supply chain executives at companies with global supply chains are paying close attention to what happens surrounding import tariffs and trade rules now that Donald Trump is the President elect. On the campaign trail Trump promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and impose punitive damages on goods made in China.

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Robust Routing Plays a Critical Role in Omni-channel Fulfillment

The most dynamic form of routing is focused on e-commerce home deliveries. The importance of routing starts right at the point of purchase on a web site. The choices given to consumers from the routing engine should help to maximize profitability for the retailer.

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UPS and Additive Manufacturing: Managing a Megatrend

UPS Invests in a 3D Printing Firm to Learn UPS actively monitors emerging technologies including 3D Printing. 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, was not that interesting to UPS initially. But as industrial manufacturers began making components, not prototypes for R&D, but direct material components used in finished products, UPS began to become interested. In time, they realized that this could be a megatrend that could reshape the face of the logistics industry. Alan […]

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Using Analytics to Predict Which Truck Drivers Will Have an Accident

Predictive analytics are being employed in interesting new ways to improve safety. Telematics solutions have long monitored events like hard braking and speeding to flag unsafe driver behaviors. But today, this driver event data is being enriched with other data streams to actually predict the likelihood of a specific driver having an accident. Omnitracs’ Critical Event Reporting is one such solution. According to Kevin Haugh, Chief Strategy and Product Officer for Omnitracs, “These are sophisticated […]

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Why Has Amway Invested 100s of Millions of Dollars in U.S. Manufacturing? It’s Not Altruism

Many of Amway’s products that are largely sold overseas, actually leverage “Made in America” as a key selling point. This has led to a global network of plants which prioritizes investment in the U.S.

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Will Logistics Provide a Good Career Path for Young Grads?

In this Presidential election, trade as a destroyer of jobs has been one of the few issues actually discussed. But automation kills many more jobs than trade. For young grads, based on automation trends, will logistics remain a solid career?

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