Archive for mobile technologies

Distribution Center 3.0 – Thriving During Peaks and Beyond

Today’s digital culture has put tremendous pressure on distribution centers (DC) and warehouses, forcing them to drastically increase their pace of fulfillment to meet growing consumer expectations. This 24/7 ecommerce-driven industry transformation is causing greater peaks in demand that stretch equipment and people like never before. The impact of these peaks can have a domino effect through the supply chain – from DCs, to suppliers, to manufacturers and everyone in between. With these changes, many […]

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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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5 Supply Chain Trends You Can’t Ignore (Takeaways from Accellos Conference)

Are you working in a Company of Yesterday or a Company of Tomorrow? I love that question, which is from a blog posting by supply chain executive and consultant Tony Martins, who was my guest on Talking Logistics earlier this year; Tony was also a panelist in the Mega Trends Impacting Supply Chains session I moderated at last week’s CSCMP conference. I’ve been asking audiences that question the past few months whenever I give keynote […]

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Guest Commentary: Improved Logistics is in Your Pocket

With today’s smartphones, you can sharpen your game by juggling a multitude of tasks each day without letting anything slip through the cracks. How could you handle hundreds of emails, phone calls, text messages and meeting schedules each day without it? Improved mobile coverage and Wi-Fi connectivity make sure that you are connected at all times to all of this necessary information. When you travel on business, various apps — weather, maps, music, clock, camera, […]

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Guest Commentary: Lifestyle Trends Driving Supply Chain Innovation

In the supply chain software industry, uncertainty is certain and anticipating what’s next is what makes our days interesting. The innovations we develop must meet constantly shifting market demands and customer priorities, and it’s important to not only understand that the changes are happening, but also the drivers behind those changes. Here are a few of the macro-level lifestyle trends we are seeing influence supply chain management and software solutions. The consumerization of IT: Thanks […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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Supply Chain and Logistics Predictions for 2013

Predicting the future has never been easy. Back in 1943, Tom Watson, the president of IBM at the time, said “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” And in 1995, Robert Metcalfe, the founder of 3Com and the co-inventor of Ethernet, made this astonishing prediction: “Almost all of the many predictions now being made about 1996 hinge on the Internet’s continuing exponential growth. But I predict the Internet will soon go […]

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Guest Commentary: Next Generation of Visualization and User Interaction

I was recently invited to participate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Transportation & Logistics’ roundtable focused on the trade-off between planning and execution. The event spanned two days and presented an agenda of discussion topics across the multiple time horizons of planning (strategic, tactical and operational) as well as views on process and technology. The audience was comprised of an excellent collection of experts, including practitioners from a variety of industries, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 20-24, 2012)

Lots of news to cover from the last two weeks, so here goes… RedPrairie Acquires Leader in Mobile Workforce Management, Vortex Connect Transplace and LLamasoft Partner to Provide Enhanced Benchmarking Services and Supply Chain Optimization for Customers Accellos and Acumatica Partner Offer Integrated WMS and ERP in the Cloud SEC Adopts Rule for Disclosing Use of Conflict Minerals Retail Container Imports Expected To Increase 6.3 Percent In August Disagreements remain in ILA-USMX labor negotiations (Logistics […]

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Guest Commentary: Want Your Mobile Initiative to Succeed? Tie Use to Compensation

One of the biggest challenges to large-scale mobile rollouts is consistent use by the workers in the field. Unfortunately, it’s not unusual to hear that companies have mobile initiatives that are struggling or stalled because they cannot get their mobile workers or drivers to consistently use their mobile applications. While as leaders and managers we can talk about the business benefits of mobile technology, many field workers are slow to adopt them as they can […]

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