Underlying Technologies

Technologies that underpin supply chain solutions such as AI/ML, analytics, IoT, SaaS, and ERP.

2024: The World at Crossroads—Part One

Vital decisions in 2024 will affect all of humanity in areas such as democracy vs. autocracy, the future of AI, and dealing with disinformation. In this first article in the series, we focus on AI, which is poised to provide enormous benefits for mankind. At the same time, it presents considerable known issues right now; and speculative very-high-consequence risks in the future. Here we discuss why 2024 will be a pivotal year, setting the direction for how mankind addresses those near-term issues and longer-term risks, with implications for decades to come.

Data-Enabled Digital Transformation—Part One

Data democratization and self-service analytics are a gateway to companies’ data-driven decision-making in this post-digital transformation world. Rapid digitalization has altered the scope and scale of data usage across industries and throughout supply chains. Database structures and data management processes require accessible, accurate, and timely data, integrated from many sources to progress alongside this evolving landscape.

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.

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.

The Case for Autonomous Long-Haul Trucking

Predictions for rollout of driverless cars have shifted from “before 2020” to “after 2030”. Here we explore the many reasons we will likely see driverless long-haul trucking in a hub-to-hub model well before driverless cars are plying our city streets.

Last Mile Delivery Excellence – Part One: Perfecting the Customer’s Experience

Customers’ expectations for delivery excellence continue to climb for faster, error-free delivery, more granular visibility, more convenience, and increased flexibility. Here we discuss specific strategies and capabilities that leading companies are using to try and perfect the customer’s delivery experience, such as via hyperlocal delivery, dynamic dispatch and routing, adaptable workflows, dwell time reduction, real-time visibility, expanding the range of delivery windows, locations, and options, sustainable delivery, last minute rescheduling, and more

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