Archive for Track and Trace

The Thanksgiving Supply Chain

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a time for FFFTT –  family, friends, football, thankfulness, and turkey. Lots of turkey. According to some reports I have seen, Americans will spend more than $1 billion on the 50+ million turkeys they will consume. Some of the biggest news that I have seen, however, is the technology upgrade that is happening this Thanksgiving. In fact, the country’s three largest turkey brands are making significant changes to their plans to improve […]

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RFID Enables Industrie 4.0

Walmart that was pursuing RFID as an evolutionary step to manage inventory throughout the entire supply chain. However, the interest subsided until the 2010’s, when RFID technology was reignited by the fervor of Industrie 4.0 and the rise of IIoT in manufacturing. 

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Blockchain Gains Traction in the Food Supply Chain

12 of the world’s biggest companies, including Walmart and Nestlé, are building a blockchain to remake how the industry tracks food worldwide. The group is focused on solving the traceability problem is known as Food Trust. There are many initiatives using Blockchain. This initiative is further along than any other.

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Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems: A Market Poised for Growth

I am currently finishing up my latest market study on global transportation execution and visibility systems solutions. Transportation Execution Solutions (TE) allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, and pay in the system. Visibility solutions allow real-time asset tracking across the entire distribution network. This enables improved estimated arrival times of goods. Visibility solutions are playing a larger role in the market, as real-time tracking of assets becomes more important. Suppliers […]

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Machine Learning for Transportation Execution and Visibility

I am kicking off some new research on the Transportation Execution and Visibility Systems market in the next week or so. This will be an update on a study Steve Banker did a few years ago, which looked mostly at the execution space, and how the Uber for Freight model was disrupting the market. According to ARC’s definition, transportation execution (TE) systems & marketplaces allow shippers to connect to multiple carriers and then tender, track, […]

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Blockchain: The “Building Block” of the Supply Chain of Tomorrow?

Supply chain analysts are far more caustious concerning the maturity of blockchain for business applications that the broader tech community. Perhaps too cautious. One day after analysts appeared on a HighJump panel on this topic, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that claimed that 1.1 million items from Walmart are being tracked by blockchain, helping the massive retailer trace these products journey from supplier to store.

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The Growing Maturity of Blockchain for Supply Chain Management

Technical issues with blockchain for supply chain applications have been largely eliminated. The technology is being widely tested in pilots and proof of concepts but is not yet in every day usage. Experts predict that 2018 will be the year this changes.

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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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HighJump’s Elevate Conference: A Corporate Coalescence

Today HighJump is wrapping up its 2015 user conference – the first since HighJump and Accellos merged into a single entity. The conference has around 650 attendees. And the new HighJump is now a substantially larger organization, as measured by revenues, employees, and products.  Combined revenues for 2014 eclipsed $150 million and the total staff is around 750 employees. The executives placed substantial emphasis on the technology strategy and development roadmap during the general sessions. […]

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Bolster Your Supply Chain’s Memory in Time for DQSA

In the movie Memento, the main character, Leonard Shelby, relies on tattoos and Polaroid pictures to retrace his past after amnesia wipes out his memory. He needs these details to faithfully reconstruct recent events and resolve the crime that upended his life. While you don’t need tattoos to track pharmaceutical shipments, the passage of House bill H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA), means track-and-trace requirements for pharmaceuticals have become more precise than […]

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