Author Archive for Steve Banker

Rail Freight is Losing Market Share: How Can It Improve?

Rail is losing market share to faster and more reliable modes. But technologies exist that can improve throughput substantially. Why aren’t the Class 1 railroads investing in it?

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Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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Lots of Noise around Blockchain in the Supply Chain, But Lots of Challenges

From a cybersecurity perspective, blockchain offers great advantages. The technology is being investigated for a variety of supply chain applications. But there are also challenges.

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Buffett Bets Against Autonomous Trucks

Warren Buffett made a multibillion dollar bet against the viability of autonomous trucks anytime soon. This was a good bet. The technological hurdles in getting to fully autonomous trucks remain substantial.

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Doing Good While Doing Well, The World’s Most Sustainable Companies

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the best known of the corporate sustainability reports. Almost 2,100 companies data was assessed via a Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). They have released their winners by industry category. Congratulations to the winners!

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A Garment Manufacturer Saves Money and Improves Service with an Unusual 4PL Arrangement

A global garment manufacturer entered an unusual Lead Logistics Provider relationship with their service provider, they actually allowed the 3PL to integrate into their systems and see who they were selling their products to. This unusual level of trust allowed the 3PL to provide not just warehousing and transportation services, but also robust inventory optimization to their customer. The results were fantastic.

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Logistics Solutions Are Becoming Marketplaces

Logistics solutions have long had logic for both improving a shipper’s transportation capabilities and for doing commerce. While these solutions supported commercial transactions related to shipping, these are not true marketplaces. That is changing.

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A Distribution Revolution in the Making: A Wholesaler Uses Mobile, Picking Robots

A revolution in robotic automation for the piece picking warehouse is emerging. The combination of mobile robots and picking arms is potentially revolutionary.  These solutions are just beginning to emerge. Rochester Drug Coop (RDC) has implemented a solution from IAM Robotics with future phases already planned. 

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3D Printing of Spare Parts: the Challenges are Surmountable

The opportunity to use additive manufacturing to print spare parts is widely recognized.  There have been challenges, but those challenges are becoming easier to overcome.

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What Can You Do to Prepare for a Flood Almost Biblical In Scale?

The flood is almost biblical in scale.  What could anyone do to prepare for something like that? Quite a lot actually.

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