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Quantifying the Value of Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Networks—Part Five

Pharmaceutical manufacturers can realize value by carefully and methodically reducing inventory, reducing the amount of drugs that expire, and reducing counterfeits in their supply chain, all by using a supply chain network solution. Here we describe the mechanisms and estimate the value of those improvements.

Quantifying the Value of Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Networks—Part Four

We estimate the value that a multi-enterprise supply chain network could potentially provide via patient adherence and ease of doing business improvements. The value is quantified for a hypothetical archetypal pharmaceutical manufacturer. We elucidate the key metrics improved, mechanisms of improvement, and typical improvement range expected.

Quantifying the Value of Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Networks—Part Three

We propose and specify a hypothetical multi-enterprise supply chain application network with functionality for track and trace/recall, cold chain, inventory management, patient adherence, and identity management. Then we estimate the potential value of using such a network for an archetypal pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Quantifying the Value of Blockchain-Based Supply Chain Networks—Part Two

Pharmaceutical supply chains face a number of challenges that could be mitigated by the adoption of multi-enterprise supply chain application network technology. Here we describe the structure of pharmaceutical supply chains and key challenges faced, such as: diverse and divergent incentives among different supply chain participants, complexity and opacity of product and financial flows, strict regulations, perishable products, and elusive patient adherence.

Achieving Consistent Produce Quality—Part Two

Kaizen methods can help continually improve produce cold chain processes, starting by addressing low-hanging fruit problems and then progressing to ever more advanced practices. Knowledge-based systems can provide situational awareness and help workers make smarter, data-driven decisions in real-time, taking into account changing circumstances on the ground, such as expected field harvesting rate/timing, pre-cooler capacity and queue length, and projected reefer truck arrivals, departures, and capacity.

Achieving Consistent Produce Quality—Part One

There is an opportunity to substantially improve the consistency of produce quality and shelf life by adopting modern process disciplines and quality management techniques. The produce industry can learn from successful manufacturers who have, for decades, used statistical process control and related process disciplines to continually reduce process variation, minimizing waste and reliably creating consistent products conforming to precise specifications.

Pallet-level Monitoring – Part One

Pallet-level monitoring enables a more intelligent approach to distribution—Intelligent distribution and FEFO inventory management (First Expired, First Out)—as well as providing the data needed to optimize end-to-end processes for maximum shelf life. Implementing these approaches can cut losses in half for retailers and growers.

Green Hydrogen’s Role in Enabling Zero-Emissions Transportation – Part One

Hydrogen is likely to play a key role as we transition to low/zero-emissions transport. While battery-powered vehicles dominate in cars and light trucks, it will be a different story for ocean-faring ships and possibly for long-haul trucks and trains, where the unique advantages of hydrogen-derived fuels are more important.

ChatGPT, What’s It Good For?

There’s so much buzz about Chatbots right now. Is this a dangerous road or a high-value tool? Do Chatbots have a place in supply chain applications? We explore the controversies, the technology, and potential applications and abuses of chatbots.

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