Author Archive for Steve Banker – Page 2

There are Two Models for Truck Platooning: Which will Win?

Increased attention to truck platooning. In platooning, trucks are connected using direct vehicle to vehicle communication to allow trucks to tailgate each other very closely. This drafting creates fuel savings. There are two models for platooning. The opportunistic and the truck train model.

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Pipeline Scheduling Solutions Can Yield Real Business Value

When logistics folks think about transportation, the pipeline mode is an afterthought. But it is a very important mode that gets far too little coverage and is not sufficiently well understood. Pipeline scheduling solutions are every bit as complex as other transportation management solutions.

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Using Satellite Imagery as a Data Source to Improve Supply Chain Management

Satellite imagery data represents another data set that may have the potential to improve company’s supply chains. There are potential uses surrounding procurement, sustainability, and strategic planning.

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The Year of the Supply Chain Control Tower

LLamasoft has developed a new supply chain control tower. What makes is so interesting is it’s engine. It is built on top of a supply chain reference model that contains supply chain policies. Once I peeked under the hood at this reference model, it became clear to me this could be a very robust solution.

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Shippers Claim Class One Railroads Fines are Unfair, Illogical, and Arbitrary

Railroad customers objected to escalating fines across the country’s seven Class I carriers and referred to monopolistic, unfair, illogical, and arbitrary actions by most of the railroads.

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What is a Supply Chain Control Tower?

The term supply chain control tower is being used more frequently.  Some think it is being overused.  What is a supply chain control tower? From my perspective it must be a holistic supply chain solution. What does that mean? For me, it means the following ten things.

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Robotic Process Automation Can Be Used to Automate Supply Chain Solutions

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is software that is used to automate high volume, repeatable tasks. RPA can be used to improve legacy supply chain software. Ryder is using it to reduce the work required to produce quality transportation plans.

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Manhattan Associates CEO Calls for a Sustainable Approach to Ecommerce

Transportation produces large amounts of greenhouse gases. Ecommerce is inherently less green than traditional bricks and mortar retail supply chains; it contributes to larger transportation emissions than traditional retailing. Eddie Capel, CEO of Manhattan Associates, believes we need a more sustainable approach to Ecommerce supply chains.

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Do You Want Better Beef? Build a Better Supply Chain!

PFG wanted to provide better selections of beef to selective restaurants. But the commodity beef supply chain made this very difficult. They built a new supply chain that included audits, DNA testing, and better pay for better quality products.

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JDA Software Features Some Exciting New Products at their User Conference

JDA Software introduced a robust new control tower solution at their user conference. This SaaS based solution provides real-time visibility to shipments, orders at risk of not being fulfilled, and several other supply chain issues. More importantly it is visibility and remediation. It is worth noting, that being able to tap into the supply chain plans provides a much richer predictive capability than control towers that only use execution data.

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