Author Archive for Steve Banker – Page 2

Big Data, Big Possibilities: The Power of a Telematics Platform

Fleet telematics has a robust return on investment. Multitenant platforms can be an elegant way to collect Big Data. Big Data, used right, has great power. Put them all together and what do you get? An interesting logistics technology. The Geotab Telematics Platform Telematics solutions provide truck fleets with the ability to remotely monitor the location, status, health, and activity of vehicles.  Geotab is the telematics company that gathers Big Data for analysis in their […]

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Who Will Win the Autonomous Trucking Race? Don’t Bet on the Big Guys

A small, thinly funded company – Starsky Robotics – was the first to test an autonomous truck on the Interstate. Starsky is zigging while the rest of the industry has zagged. Starsky is betting the simplicity in engineering will allow them to win the race to market autonomous trucks.

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Dow Chemical Works on a Transactional Process Automation Strategy

Robotic process automation (RPA) has gotten a good deal of attention. RPA is process automation software that is used to automate high volume, repeatable tasks. The process automation Dow is investigating and developing extends to higher level decisions for which robotic process automation is not well suited. What Dow is doing, however, is RPA taken to a whole other level.

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Demand Planning Breaks Down During Recessions

Bonds had a yield curve inversion on August 14th. This often often signals a recession within about 14 months. Demand planning is difficult in these circumstances. This article discusses how supply chain teams can do better in these circumstances.

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How will the Looming Recession Impact Global Supply Chains?

On Thursday, yield curves inverted and the stock market tanked. An inverted yield curve signals a recession in 14 to 20 months. Companies need to prepare by developing more agile supply chains. Integrated business planning and supplier risk management are critical tools.

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How EDI Became Cool Again

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is cool again. Not all EDI, just EDI based on value added networks (VANs). The reason? More and more companies are engaging in digital transformations. In many companies supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing, where there are digital black holes.

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Digital Supply Chains Seek to Fill Information Black Holes

Digital supply chains seek to fill information black holes. For many companies’ supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing and how well they are doing it, where there are the most black holes.

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This Week in Logistics (July 27 – August 2)

This week in logistics was dominated by trade news. It was decided that trade talks will resume in September. Then, after a negative article in the Wall Street Journal, more tarrifs were imposed. Meanwhile the Democrat candidates for President talked trade in their debates on Wednesday and Thursday..

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Shelf Level Visibility is Critical to Retail Supply Chain Excellence

Retailers face some tough dilemnas. Growing SKU counts drive worse on-shelf availability. Growing reliance on direct store delivery holds fulfillment costs down, but DSD suppliers goals are not fully aligned with retailers. One thing is clear, retailers need better visibility to stock outs at the shelf level.

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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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