Archive for 3D printing

What was Hot in Supply Chain Technology in 2017?

What was hot in supply chain technology? A look at 3D Printing, robots, autonomous trucks, the use of Social-News-Event-Media data for risk management, and the Uberization of Freight with ARC’s assessment of the maturity of these technologies.

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How 3D Printing Can Alter the Supply Chain

I woke up on Sunday morning, made some coffee, and then logged on to Amazon.com and conveniently made a purchase from my couch. This simple set of two common daily tasks got me thinking about additive manufacturing (3D printing) and its potential to transform both current business models and their supply chains. My colleague Steve Banker has written on Logistics Viewpoints about 3D printing, its use for additive manufacturing and potential impact on logistics, and […]

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UPS and Additive Manufacturing: Managing a Megatrend

UPS Invests in a 3D Printing Firm to Learn UPS actively monitors emerging technologies including 3D Printing. 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, was not that interesting to UPS initially. But as industrial manufacturers began making components, not prototypes for R&D, but direct material components used in finished products, UPS began to become interested. In time, they realized that this could be a megatrend that could reshape the face of the logistics industry. Alan […]

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Additive Manufacturing in the Spare Parts Warehouse is Increasingly Feasible

There has been some breathless coverage of 3D Printing’s impact on the supply chain. In the supply chain realm is has been speculated that additive manufacturing could be able to transform the spare parts supply chain. The idea is that instead of carrying a plethora of slow moving parts across a network of warehouses, these warehouses could just manufacture the parts as needed. In 2014, one expert thought this was being overhyped. Today he is seeing signs of progress.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 23-27, 2013)

Tuesday night, I went to Staples with my daughter to buy some printer ink. She was immediately attracted to a colorful display, which caught my attention too. I took a picture of it and shared it on Twitter, which became my most popular tweet of the week:  3D printer and supplies at #Staples. The future is coming faster and faster. #3DPrinting #SCM #logistics pic.twitter.com/S4tGkRxR5u — Adrian Gonzalez (@talkinlogistics) September 24, 2013 Yes, the future is […]

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“The Future of America is Not an App”

Earlier this month, I interviewed angel investor Tom Friedman on Talking Logistics about the link between entrepreneurship, angel investing, and supply chain and logistics. In Tom’s experience working with startups, specifically those making physical products, many entrepreneurs are very knowledgeable about engineering and product development, but they lack the skills and expertise in one critical area to scale their companies: logistics and supply chain management. So I asked Tom, what needs to happen, what needs […]

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A Revolution is Coming to the Spare Parts Warehouse

Inventory management is very difficult in a spare parts warehouse. For example, if you are a car or truck manufacturer, your warehouse network needs to carry spare parts for a vehicle you might have stopped making decades ago. Further, your network of dealers and repair shops don’t want to wait for spare parts; industry standard is to provide them with next day delivery of requested parts. What this means is that a spare parts warehouse […]

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