Author Archive for Steve Banker – Page 2

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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HighJump Elevate is a Wrap

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain solutions, wrapped up its annual user conference, HighJump Elevate, last week. HighJump is a leading provider of warehouse management systems (WMS), but their solution portfolio is broader.

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Canadian National Goes Green

Canadian National is committed to sustainability and outperforms their peers in this area. Canadian National is using fewer railcars and locomotives to ship more freight. Achieving these gains have been aided by some interesting supply chain technologies. This is also good for the bottom line.

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Kraft Heinz Stock Plunges to a Record Low Despite a Highly Efficient Supply Chain

Kraft Heinz Company’s stock plummeted last week despite having one of the most efficient supply chains in their industry. The shares dropped as much as 28 percent one day after writing down the value of some of the Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands and other assets by $15.4 billion. The company’s portfolio is filled with food products like Oscar Mayer hot dogs and Kraft macaroni and cheese that are perceived to be less healthy by consumers seeking fresher, less processed alternatives.

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A Digital Logistics Platform

The term “digital” has become all the rage. Parcel software, particularly the Public Cloud solutions, has been digital for decades. Parcel software provides label compliance, enables intelligent procurement, provides analytics and visibility to improve the shipping process, and allows for bills to be audited to insure the shipper has not been overcharged.

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Achieving Energy Savings through a Digital Transformation: The Vopak Case Study

Vopak, a leading operator of tank terminals, is undergoing a digital transformation. One of their projects occurred at their Savannah terminal. New sensors, machine learning, and optimization drove significant energy savings.

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Ecommerce Retailer Reaps Big Rewards Following a Supply Chain Planning Implementation

I talked to a large ecommerce retailer. They got great benefits from implementing a supply chain planning solution. But their plans to leverage AI are what is truly fascinating.

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Less-than-truckload Carriers Struggle to Effectively Price their Shipments

Effectively pricing shipments in the less-than-truckload industry is fiendishly difficult. Leading LTL carriers talk about their approach to this issue.

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