Archive for RFID & AIDC

Will Blockchain Technology Revolutionize Supply Chain Applications?

Building unbreachable supply chain applications is virtually impossible. So it was with great interest that I listened to how blockchain technology could be used to create robust tendering and visibility that can be wholly trusted.

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Picking with Vision

An announcement from DHL a few weeks ago heralding the success of a pilot project in Europe  involving the use of augmented reality for order picking is yet more evidence that when it comes to high technology, the once humble warehouse is not being left behind. For three weeks, 10 workers at a DHL customer (Ricoh) facility in Bergen op Zoom in the Netherlands were equipped with smart glasses (including Google Glass and VuzixM100) that […]

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Leading Healthcare Systems Respond to Obamacare by Making Supply Chain a Critical Differentiator

The health care industry in the US is undergoing transformation driven by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the increasing impact of consumerism. Healthcare providers historically have had prepaid plans where the cost of care was paid up front and the more procedures a hospital did, the more they got paid. Consequently providers felt little need to practice even the basic tenants of supply chain management or even understand the total cost of particular procedures. […]

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Intelligent Forklifts Will Reshape Warehouse Control

Traditionally, we said that warehouses were operated in either a manual, semi-automated, or highly automated fashion. In a manual warehouse, pickers used carts, forklifts and other “dumb” forms of carriage to go to picking locations, gather the inventory, and deliver those goods to the shipping dock. However, forklifts are becoming intelligent. With the right kind of control system, a warehouse using forklifts becomes semi-automated. Modern intelligent forklifts include diagnostics that allow the equipment to signal […]

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Dow Chemical’s Distribution and Transportation Risk Management Program

Large chemical and oil and gas companies are, in general, far more advanced in their supply chain risk management practices than companies in other industries. But my coverage of this area convinces me that Dow Chemical, in particular, is one of the most advanced companies in the world in supply chain risk management. Dow Chemical has revenues of $57 billion and employs 54,000 people around the world. It makes and ships agricultural, plastics and chemical […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 11-15, 2013)

On Tuesday morning I checked the reporting dashboard for Logistics Viewpoints. The screenshot below shows the search terms that were driving people to the blog that morning. The second item caught me by surprise; I thought only people interested in supply chain and logistics visited Logistics Viewpoints, but it seems like we attract a much broader and intellectually curious audience. In other news this week… Globe Tracker International Launches Revolutionary, End-to-End Tracking, Monitoring and Trade […]

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Macy’s Wins with Omni-channel Fulfillment

Last week Macy’s, the department chain retailer, announced its fourth quarter results. The company has done well in a tepid economic environment. Macy’s has been beating estimates for same-store sales for several months, posting year-over-year comparable store sales growth of 3.7 percent. In its peer group, Macy’s is one of the industry’s star performers. As Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet made clear in her call with financial analysts, Macy’s omni-channel strategy is one of three […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2013

Predicting the future has never been easy. Back in 1943, Tom Watson, the president of IBM at the time, said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1995, Robert Metcalfe, the founder of 3Com and the co-inventor of Ethernet, made this astonishing prediction: “Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 10-14, 2012)

This was a relatively quiet week for news, so let’s get right to it… Ryder Launches Mobile RydeSmart® 3.0 App Intermec To Be Acquired by Honeywell for $600 Million FedEx employee emails claim firm overcharged businesses (Reuters) Freight Shipments Fell 1.9% in October from September Cass Truckload Linehaul Index Driver Turnover at Truckload Carriers Remains High in the Third Quarter Trade deficit widens, imports and exports decline (Reuters) Next week we will publish our predictions […]

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This Week in Logistics News (November 5-9, 2012)

The US presidential election is finally over. $6 billion (yes, billion) was spent on the presidential campaign to end up where we started: same president, the Republicans in control of the House, the Democrats in control of the Senate, and the country still very divided. It’s hard to see how things will be different this time around when nothing has really changed. As Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over […]

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