Author Archive for Steve Banker – Page 2

Walmart Expands Use of Bossa Nova’s Robots from 50 to 350 Stores

It was recently announced that Walmart has expanded its use of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) used for real-time, on-shelf product data. Walmart will put these AMRs in 350 stores. The robots come from Bossa Nova Robotics. I recently had the chance to talk to Sarjoun Skaff, the cofounder and chief technology officer at this San Francisco based company. I had seen AMRs with cameras designed to track inventory in stores before. The robots I saw […]

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When Real-time Visibility Isn’t

Real-time visibility is a hot topic. Everyone seems to want it. But even if you buy this solution, you do not get 100% visibility. And the visibility has gotten worse because of recent regulatory changes. But you don’t need total visibility to get good ROI.

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What Uber’s IPO Reveals About Uber Freight’s Marketplace Opportunity is Highly Misleading

Uber has a very powerful brand name. It undoubtedly contributed to Uber Freight’s growth. But if this was a stand-alone prospectus for just Uber Freight, and if the Freight division did not carry the name “Uber,” who would be foolish enough to invest in them?

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An Autonomous Mobile Robot Customer Speaks of Instantaneous Payback

At HighJump’s Elevate show in March, one of their customers – Hollar – spoke about implementing an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) solution and getting an almost instantaneous payback. I have been covering supply chain solutions for a long time and I’ve never heard that claim made.  Really excellent payback can occur in six months, a two-year payback is about average, and some heavy forms of material handling pay back in four or five years. The […]

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Test and Learn Digital Transformations

Digitalization requires learning. Pilots of supply chain planning software can cost millions. How can companies test-and-learn cheaper and smarter? A conversation with the leadership team of Solvoyo suggests some answers. Solvoyo is in a test-and-learn with a very large consumer goods company.

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Furniture Retailer Runs an Orchestrated Supply Chain

In March, Infor had a customer event at their headquarters called “The Journey to an Autonomous Supply Chain.”  “Autonomy” is their goal, but right now their GT Nexus product, recently renamed Infor Nexus, supports an orchestrated supply chain. If you look at the definition of orchestrated, you will see the word “arrangement.” And when the term orchestrated is applied to a music score, the arrangement is quite intricate. That certainly describes the supply chain operated by Havertys Furniture Companies, Inc.

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Supply Chain Blockchain Applications Won’t Work Without Data Standards!

Blockchain provides one mechanism for sharing information between supply chain trading partners. Because of the IT security, unchangeable records, and decentralized governance, the technology is getting a lot of attention.  But just as clear thinking depends upon carefully defining terms, effective supply chain collaboration requires a defined vocabulary. Business is just easier when you speak the same language as your customers, suppliers and partners. GS1 is the leading provider of these standards. GS1 is a […]

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The US Freight Brokerage Technology Landscape

Two top executives from Echo Global Logistic gave good presentations on what is hot in terms of technology for freight brokers. These presentations occurred at the Descartes Evolution conference last week.

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Demand Management Solutions Continue to Consume More and More Data!

There are a lot more demand forecasts being made today at companies then their used to be. Many of these forecasts depend upon having more data. Traditionally, demand management applications used order shipment history to make forecasts. But gradually new data sets were added that improved the forecasting accuracy. A demand management application can truly be a Big Data solution today.

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The Autonomous Mobile Robot Market is Growing Explosively

We just completed the new global market study on the Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) market. The market is exploding. In my twenty years of doing market research I have never seen anything like the growth this market is experiencing.

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