Archive for drones

The Autonomous Supply Chain

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan, which in an effort to reduce congestion on the city streets, built a beer pipeline under the streets. The pipeline is capable of carrying […]

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This Week in Logistics News (February 1 – 7)

I read an interesting article this week about food deserts. For those that don’t know, a food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. On the other end of the spectrum is a food oasis, which has higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods. In 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts, meaning that they live […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 19 – 25)

As the old adage goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But what happens when that imitation comes from the person they are imitating? And what happens when that form of imitation is seen as copyright infringement on a band’s song? Well, in 1988, John Fogerty faced a very rare court case in which he was accused of plagiarizing himself. Yes, you read that correctly. In 1985, after a hiatus of several years from […]

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The Robot Uprising Reaches the Store

The robot uprising is coming to a store near you. And no, I’m not talking about Skynet building T-1000 Terminators to take over the world (or store in this case). I am talking about how the retail store is drastically changing to become more automated, using artificial intelligence, and relying on non-human assistance for check-outs, price checks, and inventory management. Robots and drones are in stores now and retailers are looking to build upon their […]

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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […]

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Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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Jeff Bezos’ Drone Prediction was Far, Far Too Optimistic

Almost four years ago, Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes and unveiled his vision of having drones deliver packages right to customers’ door steps. He said we could achieve this in four or five years. We are far from achieving this, but last week the first regularly scheduled drone deliveries in an urban area were announced.

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You can’t really count on cycle counting.

Whether we like it or not, every company on the planet with any significant supply chain operation has an inventory reconciliation problem. It doesn’t matter if you are a retailer, manufacturer or logistics service provider, or if you have the latest and greatest warehouse management system. The fact is, if humans have to physically touch or scan inventory in the put away, inventory check or pick process, then errors will occur. The only debate will be the […]

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Beyond the Hype, Drones Really are Being Used to Improve Value Chains

While Amazon has gotten a lot of press surrounding the possibility of using drones to deliver goods to customers, current regulations make that all but impossible. But that does not mean drones are not in use. Some of the biggest application areas for drones include agriculture, mining, land surveying, media and entertainment, and inspecting infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, cell towers, wind turbines, pipelines, and power lines.

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The Best Part Of Daimler’s New Drone-Equipped Delivery Van Has Nothing To Do With Drones

Even though the idea of launching drones from the roofs of delivery vans, is silly; Daimlers new van is impressive nonetheless. The idea of a car maker as a provider of a holistic delivery system that combines the vehicle, material handling hardware and special racking, and enterprise software is a very interesting. That, not drones, is what makes a true step forward in the automotive industry.

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