An Interview with Warehouse Robotics Veteran, Jon Schechter. Jon shares the insights and knowledge he has obtained from experience at Kiva Systems, RightHand Robotics, and AutoStore. Jon's experience with the internal processes and customer needs sheds lignt on the sources of value delivered by warehouse robotics companies, the necesseary perspective for sucess, and how these systems differ and complement each other.
The World Cup is upon us, which is an odd thing to be saying in November. Setting aside some of the issues related to this specific one, I’m excited as I am every four years, whether it is the women’s or men’s cup (Don’t go to a biennial cup, FIFA. Don’t do it.). It is […]
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Paul Delbar from OMP has a different take on what integrated planning means. OMP provides supply chain planning (SCP) solutions. Mr. Delbar has a succinct way of describing difficult concepts. Resilience is About Planning for Agility “Definitions of agility, resilience, visibility, and end-to-end collaboration are all very much tied together. Something happens in your end-to-end […]
Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from Emerge and offers tips for trucking companies to decrease their insurance premiums. The number of accidents in the trucking industry is up, and so are […]
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On November 4th, I interviewed Jim Andrew, the Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo, about their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program. PepsiCo is a very big company, the second largest food and beverage company in the world. PepsiCo generated $79 billion in net revenue in 2021, with 23 food and beverage brands that generate more […]
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This is our last weekly news roundup before for the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready for stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. So, what does the 2022 Thanksgiving holiday look like? In a recent NielsenIQ survey, 91 percent of consumers indicated they are planning on celebrating US Thanksgiving […]
Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from Chetan Chaudhari at GEP and examines the ongoing aluminum can shortage. This shortage is the culmination of various ongoing issues – geopolitical tensions related to […]
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Halloween is in the rearview mirror and Black Friday is on the horizon. As such, retailers and logistics providers are gearing up for the annual holiday logistics crunch. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has stated that holiday spending is expected to be healthy even with recent inflationary challenges, and it forecasts that holiday retail sales […]
DC operations in many companies are becoming more complex and changeable, with new business requirements, which are now coupled with new forms of modular automation and robotics. There are also many companies in the industry who have grown successfully and organically, that are still operating as they did when they were much smaller, simpler entities. […]
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When it comes to driving supply chain agility there are several solutions that are important, but the key solution is a Multi-enterprise Supply Chain Network (MSCN). A multi-enterprise supply chain network platform provides network-based order fulfillment applications and/or advanced network-based supply chain risk analytics. It is a solution built on a public cloud, many-to-many architecture […]
The countdown is officially on for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. In 9 days, the host country will take on Ecuador in the first match of the group stage. This marks the first time that the World Cup will not be played in its traditional timeframe of June and July. Instead, due to the […]
The Intersection of Warehouse Growth and Employee Scarcity The combination of continually growing consumer and business demand, a supply chain permanently altered after adapting to Covid, and the Great Resignation has cumulatively impacted the nation’s warehousing landscape like never before. The US Bureau of Labor statistics reported over 500,000 job openings in warehousing and transportation […]
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I had the opportunity to speak with Alan Prillaman, SVP of Client Services at Open Sky Group, about the 3PL market. Open Sky Group is a global specialist in the Blue Yonder (formerly JDA RedPrairie) supply chain platform. Alan works with 3PLs in his current role, and also worked directly for a 3PL earlier in his career. I asked Alan a few questions to obtain his perspective on the 3PL warehousing environment. First, for some
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As global supply chains continue to tackle ongoing disruptions, one major headwind that most organizations are faced with is the inflationary environment we are living through. This is starting to mount cost pressures just at the time when additional investments are needed to build resilience. So, how can organizations tackle the inflationary environment by finding […]
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As we near the end of the year, many supply chain executives will become embroiled in their firm’s annual strategic planning process. Before executives do that, it is worth reviewing the top trends that will be impacting supply chain management for the coming year and beyond. What follows are the top trends executives need to […]
There are certain movies that are simply iconic. These are the movies that everyone has seen, everybody can quote, and if it is on TV and you’re flipping through the channels, you will always watch it. Office Space fits this category for me. And now, Walmart is reviving the 1999 cult classic with a new […]
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Labor Management System Using Engineered Labor Standards to Impact Warehouse Output You were smart enough to invest in a tier one labor management system (LMS), but is your LMS smart enough to deliver the productivity you expected? Like any intelligent system, your LMS is only as smart […]
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At the end of September, I attended FourKites Visibility 2022 in Chicago, IL. As the tagline said, I was there to learn, connect, and be inspired. Those were certainly three things that happened. I was also fortunate to moderate a panel that explored a partnership approach to supply chain optimization. In that panel, I spoke […]
Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This article is from Can Buyuk at Solvoyo and examines the benefits of vendor collaboration. When it comes to business, companies aim to maximize their own objectives, such as sales and […]
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I interviewed John Sobeck, Vice President Material Management Services and Supply Chain 4.0 at the ZF Group, about their digital supply chain transformation journey. It turns out ZF has been on this journey for over 20 years! They began this journey before the term “digital transformation” was even being used. ZF is a Tier 1 […]
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