Archive for Logistics Technologies

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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Additive Manufacturing Has Both Potential and Challenges

Deutsche Bahn believes that additive manufacturing will result in high savings – in the multi-digit million range – in warehousing and spare parts procurement.  Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is of the upmost importance for Deutsche Bahn, especially in the management of spare parts for older trains.  But an international conference on this subject also pointed to the challanges of using this still immature technology.

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Blockchain Proof of Concepts Highlight Supply Chain Use Cases

Many proof-of-concept trials are demonstrating potential business benefits for the participants.  ARC has examined 24 pilot programs in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, food & beverage, logistics, mining, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and power industries.  By examining these PoCs, the primary goal in terms of business value could be determined for each one.

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The ABC’s of GPS Fleet and Asset Tracking

The major driver behind adoption of GPS tracking solutions is to ensure assets and fleets perform efficiently, optimally, and safely. GPS fleet and asset tracking refers to the method of tracking physical assets and vehicles using GPS technology.  Assets and vehicles can be tracked globally using hardware that combines the GPS technology with cellular and/or satellite phone technology.  ARC has recently published a study on this market.

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20 Things to Know About Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Management

Artificial intelligence is a hot technology. But is is a complex subject. This article seeks to explain the concepts, and simplify them, by focusing on how these technologies are used in supply chain management.

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3D Scanning Across the Value Chain

3D Scanning systems use laser or structured light technologies to generate a point cloud rendering of objects. This has value chain applications including inventory management, manufacturing quality, and insuring that warehouses and factories get built on time, on budget.

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This Week in Logistics News (December 8 – 14)

This is the end of the line. And by the end of the line, I mean this is our last news round-up for the year. And what a year it is has been. In my article earlier this week, I highlighted the top articles of the year, which included our takes on Amazon and Tesla’s supply chains, warehouse automation,crowdsourcing for last mile deliveries, blockchain, and more. On top of that, I have also learned a […]

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DHL Supply Chain’s Massive Investment in Emerging Technologies

DHL Supply Chain recently announced plans to deploy emerging technologies in 350 of its 430 facilities in North America. This is a $300 million investment. ARC had an opportunity to dive deeper into these investments with DHL’s North American leadership team.

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Autonomous “Cobots” Are Now Proven Warehouse Technologies

Collaborative autonomous robotics (cobots) in the warehouse have progressed considerably over the last few years. They have now proven their ability to significantly increase warehouse worker productivity by a factor of 2x-plus. The next hurdle is return on investment (ROI), which factors costs and time-to-value in with productivity improvements and other financial benefits. Port Logistics Group’s (PLG) analysis of its current Locus Robotics implementation project provides insights into the factors that make such a solution superior to other investment alternatives.

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The Road To Autonomous Truck Viability Begins To Clear

When it comes to driving autonomous trucks on the interstate, there are several issues that need to be solved. A startup called Wavesense has solved one key problem. The CEO of Wavesense talks with ARC about the other issues that need to be solved.

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