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AutoStore and the Rise of Flexible Automation: The Parts Town Case Study

Historically, we talked about warehouses as being manual or highly automated. Manual warehouses are more flexible. Highly automated warehouses have much higher throughput, but their lack of flexibility adds risk. Parts Town has an automation solution called AutoStore that increased throughput but will also flex up to support Parts Town’s strong growth.

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Supply Chain Software Sector Gains From Patient Investors

Supply chain software companies have been garnering some major investments. Some quiet investments from patient investors are reshaping the industry, These supply chain software companies are benefiting from patient investors. The investors, in turn, are keen on software companies with network solutions. These “digital” companies are seen as having the opportunity to create new types of value for their clients.

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Machine Learning in Today’s Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

While speaking with a number of WMS product managers, I began to notice that machine learning was called out as a focal point for WMS product development efforts. In general, machine learning is a hot topic in the world of supply chain technologies. Just last week, Chris Cunnane wrote about machine learning for transportation execution. And Steve Banker recently wrote  about Vecna Robots use of machine learning to improve its vision system. Naturally, I wanted […]

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Convoy of Hope’s Journey to Logistics Maturity

When it comes to enterprise software, a truism is that the software contains “best practices.” Companies should change their processes to fit the best practices contained within the software. This will lead not just to better efficiency but makes the software easier to implement and upgrade. But as one company’s journey to logistics maturity shows, this often works better in theory than in practice. Some organizations have processes that need to be different and DO […]

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HighJump, Bigger and Better as Part of the Körber Family of Companies

When it comes to Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), HighJump is one of the three biggest providers of best of breed solutions. Last week, HighJump held their annual user conference – Elevate – in Dallas.  This is always a good chance to get caught up with one of the major players in the supply chain execution marketplace. HighJump was acquired by Körber (rhymes with Gerber) from private equity firm Accell-KKR, which had owned HighJump for the […]

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Supply Chain Visibility: How to Navigate Today’s Complex Landscape

Today’s global supply chain network is a labyrinth. Whether handled internally, outsourced, or a mix of the two, unanticipated roadblocks to the delivery of goods pop up left and right. These disruptions and inefficiencies hinder quality of service for customers and add costs to suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers. The map to avoid these obstacles is supply chain visibility (SCV). Visibility: The Game Changer Defined Visibility is the ease with which stakeholders, ranging from the suppliers […]

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HighJump Conference Affirms Strategic Progress

HighJump held its annual user conference last week in Orlando, Florida. The conference had about 650 attendees and a wide selection of session tracks, similar to the 2015 conference. Last year’s event was the first after the merger of HighJump and Accellos and management focused on the newly combined entity and path forward at that conference. Specifically, there was a strong emphasis on the company’s technology strategy and development roadmap (see Last Year’s Post). Logically […]

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HighJump’s Elevate Conference: A Corporate Coalescence

Today HighJump is wrapping up its 2015 user conference – the first since HighJump and Accellos merged into a single entity. The conference has around 650 attendees. And the new HighJump is now a substantially larger organization, as measured by revenues, employees, and products.  Combined revenues for 2014 eclipsed $150 million and the total staff is around 750 employees. The executives placed substantial emphasis on the technology strategy and development roadmap during the general sessions. […]

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App Stores Come to the Supply Chain Execution (SCE) Market

HighJump Software, a leading Supply Chain Execution (SCE) software vendor and an ARC client, announced yesterday the launch of its “HighJump App Station,” where customers can browse supply chain workflows and add them to their warehouse management system (WMS) anytime, similar to the way iPhone users can download apps from Apple’s App Store. HighJump actually previewed the App Station at its user conference back in October, but with everything else going on at the show, […]

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Direct Store Deliveries and Lowest Total Supply Chain Costs

From a supply chain perspective, it often makes sense to have the warehouse work harder, so that downstream recipients of shipments don’t have to work as hard. If certain tasks can be done more cost efficiently in the warehouse, then those tasks should be performed there.  However, there are instances where the warehouse can actually work less hard and still provide lower total supply chain costs. A recent article by Derek Curtis in “Raising the […]

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