Supply Chain Management Evolution: Planning and Execution Convergence

Supply Chain Management Evolution: Planning and Execution Convergence

In the 1960s, activities and processes that encompass the term “supply chain management” were performed in siloed departments (e.g., demand forecasting, distribution planning, transportation). As these concepts began to converge under a single, holistic program (“supply chain management”), technologies supporting these functions remained function-specific. While some...

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The Sweet Spot for Otto’s Self-Driving Autonomous Trucks

Uber is moving forward at a rapid pace with testing self-driving autonomous trucks within it subsidiary Otto. Last week, in conjunction with Anheuser Busch, Otto transported 45,000 cans of Budweiser 120 miles in Colorado, with a driver only touching the wheel to get on and off the highway. Uber’s entrance into the freight hauling market will bring another disruptor and differentiator to...

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Who is Driving That Truck?

Who is Driving That Truck?

There is a recent phenomenon here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A small fleet of cars that drive the speed limit, stay perfectly centered in their lanes, and only turn left when they have the signal. Uber has been turning a lot of heads in the “Burgh” with their self-driving car pilot. Ride share passengers are the first to reap the benefits of automation in a controlled setting; however, the...

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Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Many manufacturing and distribution companies are trying to leverage data in order to solve a variety of business problems. Some companies are focused on improving delays or inaccuracies in order fulfillment. Some are trying to consolidate logistics spend or improve forecast accuracy; while others look to streamline inventory levels and more efficiently store product.…

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Uber Entering $700 Billion Freight Hauling Business

Uber Entering $700 Billion Freight Hauling Business

Uber Technologies announced last month plans to build its freight network to help match freight to available haulers in an attempt to capture a portion of the $700 billion freight hauling market. After the recent acquisition of self-driving truck company Otto, Uber is already leveraging acquired industry connections and technology to compete with freight brokers and 4PLs.…

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Solving for Sustainability in the Supply Chain

Solving for Sustainability in the Supply Chain

40%, 48.8 million, and $1 trillion. These numbers given context may surprise you. 40%—the percentage of food wasted each year in the United States, with majority going to landfill. 48.8 million—the number of people living in food-insecure households in the United States. $1 trillion—the yearly retail equivalent of wasted food (not including costs for resources used in growing and...

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How Supply Chain Management Will Save Your Reward Points

After eight months of searching for a buyer, Marriott International Incorporated acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. (SPG) for a staggering $12.2 billion, creating what is now the largest hotel company with more than one million rooms globally. This merger is facing a number of technological and operational challenges, yet frequent travelers throughout the world have only one...

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Breaking Down a Truly Collaborative Supply Chain

In 1984, Toyota and General Motors (GM) created New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI)¹, a joint venture automobile manufacturing facility. NUMMI gave GM the opportunity to learn about lean manufacturing and was Toyota’s first manufacturing plant in North America. In order to be successful, NUMMI implemented the Toyota Production System and made continuous improvements to its...

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Managing the Campus Recruiting Supply Chain

Managing the Campus Recruiting Supply Chain

When people hear the term “supply chain management”, many envision the typical diagram consisting of suppliers, manufacturers, distributers and retailers all working in conjunction to efficiently provide a product or service to the consumer.  Although companies typically use concepts in SCM to optimize their supply chain operations, firms can also use similar methodology in order...

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The Changing Face of Consumer Goods: The Impact of Technology

As an Industrial Engineer with a background in research and an interest in supply chains, I have been keeping abreast of recent retail and distribution news like some people keep up with pop culture. In particular, my interests lie in tracking how technology is changing the face of consumer goods. It goes without saying that over the past decade, the effect of technology on the state of the...

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