Archive for analytics

Amazon Go – IoT to the 4th Degree

Amazon opened its check-out free Amazon Go convenience store to the general public last week. This high-tech low-touch store is a busy urban introvert’s dream. The opening triggered a second wave of media coverage that included descriptions of user experiences and a number of possible explanations about how Amazon is able to manage this high-tech customer experience. Amazon states on its website that this shopping experience is made possible by the same types of technologies […]

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Business Intelligence in 3PL: Mining the Value of Data

In today’s business world, “information” is a renewable resource and virtually a product in itself. Business intelligence technology enables businesses to capture historical, current and predictive views of their operations, incorporating such functions as reporting, real-time analytics, data and process mining, performance management, predictive analytics, and more. Thus, information in its various forms and locations possesses genuine inherent value. In the real world of warehousing, the availability of detailed, up-to-the minute information on virtually every […]

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Cutting Edge Control Towers

An advanced supply chain control tower is a hub for analytics. Depending on the problem the analytics can range from simple to very advanced.

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Leading Supply Chain Software Vendors Differentiate Their Offerings with Analytics

Earlier this month I attended the SAPinsider meeting in Las Vegas. SAP was actively promoting its HANA solutions, which uses in-process memory primarily for providing real-time analytics. HANA is particularly well suited to analyzing extremely large amounts of data very quickly. SAP says that HANA can analyze data hundreds of times faster than traditional approaches to business intelligence. The keynote address was given by Steve Lucus, the EVP and General Manager for SAP Database and […]

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Kraft Foods Implements Transportation Business Intelligence Solution

Last August, my colleague Clint Reiser attended the Oracle Transportation Management Special Interest Group (OTM SIG) in Philadelphia, an independently run conference that drew almost 400 attendees, predominantly Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) users. Clint wrote an ARCview report about this trip that contained three short case studies, including an interesting overview of Kraft Foods’ implementation of OTM’s transportation-specific business intelligence (BI) tool. Here is what Clint wrote: Mark Kissell of Kraft Foods and Brian Fish […]

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

The outbreak of violence in the Middle East was a troubling development this week, with possible supply chain implications in the near future if the situation worsens. Let’s hope the political leaders on all sides can diffuse this situation quickly and without additional violence. In other news… Freight Shipments Rose 0.1% in July from June Truckload Driver Turnover Surges in Second Quarter Retail Container Imports To Increase 8.5 Percent In September WTO to cut forecast […]

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Analytics is Integral to Optimization in JDA’s Transportation Management System

JDA’s transportation management system (TMS) product management team recently visited ARC to brief us on their product roadmap (JDA is an ARC client and Logistics Viewpoints sponsor). I also got a chance to see a product demo that highlighted those enhancements. Because I’m conducting research on supply chain analytics, the visit also gave me a chance to discuss the analytic capabilities of JDA’s TMS in more detail. I was intrigued by: How advances in TMS […]

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The Science Behind the Benchmarking of Lane Rates

Gathering benchmark data to drive better procurement is a very valuable exercise. In the realm of transportation, this means getting benchmark data on what companies are paying to move freight on particular lanes. However, for a benchmark to be valid, you need a sufficiently large sample size, which is not a  problem if you are moving freight from New York City to Chicago, but what if you have regular flatbed shipments between Helena, Montana and […]

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Guest Commentary: Retailers and Manufacturers Must Rethink their Planning and Fulfillment Strategies

This is an interesting time to be a supply chain professional. We are seeing a convergence of revolutionary trends that are causing retailers and their manufacturing suppliers to truly re-think how they approach their planning and fulfillment strategies. Here are some examples: Multi-Channel Retailing. Not long ago, a retailer’s transportation focus was on loading trucks and shipping into distribution centers and stores. The recent increase in parcel activity due to direct consumer fulfillment is changing […]

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Competing on Supply Chain Analytics

In 2007, the book “Competing on Analytics” by Tom Davnport and Jeanne Harris became a business bestseller. The premise of the book was that companies could create a competitive advantage by using Business Intelligence (BI) tools in smart ways. One advanced use of BI involves running a supply chain related experiment and then using a BI tool to measure the results. Supply Chain Management Review published an excellent article titled “The Case for Infrastructure Investment: […]

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