After Brexit: It’s Time to Model Your Supply Chain

In June the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. As a result, the political system is in a state of chaos as the various parties jockey for control. Some of the changes expected from a Brexit (i.e. British Exit) vote have already happened. A week from the referendum, the pound was down 10 percent against the US dollar and eight percent against the Euro. The UK Chancellor has said there […]

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The Platform Revolution

There are interesting insights that can be derived from studying platform companies. I suspect the following insight will resonate with supply chain executives, “The traditional levers of action of controlling centrally what is done within the firm or exerting power over suppliers will not be sufficient, as much of the value is created outside the traditional boundaries of the firm.” In short, effective supply chain managers will increasingly need to become effective curators of network value.

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This Week in Logistics News (July 30 – August 5)

Later tonight, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games officially kick off. There are so many story lines to follow: Can Usain Bolt sweep the 100, 200, and 4 X 100 meter relay again? How many more medals will Michael Phelps win? Will Simone Biles lead the US women’s gymnastics team to another gold medal? But athletic accomplishments are only part of the story for this year’s Olympic Games. Other questions remain: Will Rio be safe for […]

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Evolving the Supply Chain for Anywhere-to-Everywhere Shipping

The supply chain as we used to know it is changing – and these changes are impacting not only retailers, but a variety of businesses and industries.  An increasing number of businesses that never had to worry much about shipping are finding themselves competing with experienced and emerging retailers. Just look at how major pharmacies and healthcare providers are rolling out ship-to-home medical supply services. Traditionally, manufacturers only had to worry about shipping products to […]

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Android OS at a Warehouse Near You?

Mobile computing and RF guns have been an essential tool in real-time warehouses for years. They’re certainly nothing new. However, ARC’s research into the WMS market shows that mobile apps are receiving substantial R&D dollars from a number of WMS vendors. There is widespread development of new mobile warehousing applications designed for Android operating systems for use on cost-effective, consumer-like hardware. These applications are also being developed by third-party consultants, and large WMS end-users to cost-effectively scale their warehouse operations […]

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Decoding the Physical Internet

The first email was sent in 1971, and many people look to this as a pivotal moment in the history of the internet. Flag Day, which occurred in 1983, was arguably even more important to enabling the modern internet because that’s when ARPANET switched over to TCP/IP. This is the protocol that standardized data packets in a way that made it possible to transmit information to and from a wide variety of computers and networks. […]

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Multicarrier Solutions save Shippers Money

Recently, I’ve talked to several executives at transportation execution software companies. One type of transportation execution solution is called a multicarrier solution. These are also known as parcel solutions. In today’s article I will focus on the functionality and technology associated with these solutions and their ROI. These software solutions allow shippers to rate shop among different types of small package services (next day vs. two day ground, for example) and carriers (FedEx, UPS, DHL, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 23 – 29)

This may very well be the last Logistics Viewpoints article ever. According to Armageddon News, the world is going to end today. They say a polar shift or flip will trigger worldwide tremors setting off earthquakes and a “rolling cloud” that will destroy the world. Luckily NASA has clarified that the polar flip is actually a common occurrence, is actually a gradual shift, and that it happens all the time. So do doomsday predictions apparently. […]

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Combating the Driver Shortage: From the Carrier’s Perspective

There is no denying that the trucking industry is in a state of flux right now. Even though demand is rising, the industry as a whole is facing a monumental shortage of qualified drivers. Just how big is that shortage? By the end of 2015, the driver shortage had ballooned past 45,000. Some estimates indicate that the shortage could reach over 150,000 by 2024. That is a scary thought, and one that will certainly drive […]

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Shell’s Next Generation Operations Center

Shell Oil has created a next generation control room (CR) to monitor their deep water offshore production activities in the Americas. Shell Oil has created a control room whose scope of analysis is larger than the typical control room, and one that is also delivering an ROI much greater than is typical. The Shell CR is also an Internet of Things (IIoT) Big Data analytics solution.  From a supply chain perspective, this is a critical […]

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