Archive for Logistics Technologies

The Autonomous Supply Chain

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan, which in an effort to reduce congestion on the city streets, built a beer pipeline under the streets. The pipeline is capable of carrying […]

Read More →

3D Printing and the Supply Chain

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has been around in one shape or form for a while. The process essentially entails building a three-dimensional object from computer-aided design (CAD) to add material layer by layer until a final product is complete. The use cases for 3D printing cover most anything you can imagine. In fact, recently, while on a weekend ski trip with friends, my buddy John was riding the chairlift with two women from France […]

Read More →

Digital Transformation of your Supply Chain Network in the Age of AI

Trying to understand and implement artificial intelligence (AI) for your supply chain network during your digital transformation efforts, or let alone finding the right partner in your journey, is like walking in an enchanted forest full of myths, ogres, and lost souls trying to find a way out. Finding the right path in there to an eternal bliss starts with knowing what is not right. Implementing AI is not a small feat and you may get bombarded with vague definitions and stories about how AI makes the world a better place. Let’s look at a few common myths you may come face to face with in your quest to transform your supply chain network by using AI while going digital in your organization.

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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.

Read More →

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 […]

Read More →