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A Practical AI Platform? What a Concept!

I’ve been briefed by several providers of AI platforms. I’m left uneasy by these briefings. It is as if Artificial Intelligence is like a magic wand, wave it and your problems disappear. But Teknowlogi appears to have a practical AI Platform, the first I’ve come across.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 29 – August 4)

Yesterday afternoon, I went to my town’s transfer station to drop off recycling and garbage. As I was dropping off my recycling, my car door was open and the Beastie Boys were playing on the radio. I was approached by a 15-year-old (give or take) who looked at me and said “Is that the Beastie Boys? My dad loves them.” I instantaneously felt old. But I also had a moment of nostalgia. I was just […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 8 -14)

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, and how it plays into its bigger rivalry with Walmart. New details have emerged about the acquisition, namely that Amazon beat out six other suitors to land Whole Foods. Whole Foods was initially approached by four private equity firms and two unnamed companies about an acquisition. The two unnamed companies were only identified as “Company X” and “Company Y,” with reports indicating that […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 1 – 7)

I hope everyone in the US had a happy 4th of July holiday. Earlier this week I learned a couple new fun facts about US Independence Day. First, I considered buying a US flag that had thirteen white stars on a blue background and 13 red and white stripes representing the 13 colonies that became the original 13 United States of America. I thought it would be appropriate to fly the original US flag on […]

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Supply Chain Planning Limitations and the Emergence of a New Paradigm

Every large global company has implemented enterprise planning systems to help keep their supply chains running, and research shows that billions of dollars are spent each year on upgrades and new implementations of these planning systems. So why does nearly every company still do much of their actual “planning” using offline spreadsheets or rely on small groups of data scientists to provide critical insight and business analysis?  Shouldn’t this be addressed by the expensive enterprise […]

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Leveraging Network Effects to Improve Managed Transportation

Jeff McDermott, the Sr. Vice President of Transportation at GEODIS, made the point in a conversation with me that there have been several new entrants providing managed transportation services. “Cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS) have lowered the barriers of entry in this field. But small players don’t have the economies of scale.” By economies of scale, Mr. McDermott is referring to network effects; being able to leverage visibility to large numbers of transportation moves and […]

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Are Your Yards Connected to the Supply Chain Ecosystem?

By definition, an ecosystem is a group of interconnected elements, formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment. The same concept applies in the supply chain, where networks of organizations—including manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, customers, and carriers—are all involved in the hands-on delivery of a specific product or service. While few would argue the important role that the manufacturing plant, warehouse, distribution center, and transportation channel play in getting goods from […]

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Manhattan Momentum 2017 – A Quick Takeaway and Case Study

As Steve Banker mentioned in his post earlier this week, the two of us attended the Manhattan Associates user conference in Las Vegas last week. The theme of the conference was “active solutions for an active world.” It was a pretty fitting theme when you consider how active today’s supply chain and commerce environments are, and how rapidly they are shifting and changing. During the conference, Manhattan’s CEO Eddie Capel introduced the new product strategy […]

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New Cartonization Technology Reduces Shipping Costs

Shippers surprised by unexpected dimensional weight fees The growth of eCommerce has put a premium on parcel carrier capacity.  In response, UPS and FedEx have continued to lower the bar for when they will apply dimensional weight rating to cartons, which means more shippers will pay more for cartons that are light relative to their size.   In response, shippers are looking for new ways to more efficiently and cost-effectively manage carton packing to either avoid […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 29 – May 5)

It has been an incredibly busy week. I am working on getting my latest Transportation Management Systems market study completed, while prepping to launch my annual omni-channel fulfillment survey, as well as an omni-channel order management market study. On top of that, it is conference season. Which means lots of travel. As I mentioned in my Wednesday article, I spent the beginning of the week in Chicago attending the BluJay Solutions user conference. I’ll be […]

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