Achieving the Full Potential of Your Warehouse Automation Investment

Achieving the Full Potential of Your Warehouse Automation Investment

We recently partnered with a large multi-site distribution client to conduct an assessment. They were operating with a mix of newer, automated facilities and older, highly manual facilities. In addition to the evaluating operational and management effectiveness, the client was interested in an analysis as to whether they were using their automation investment to its full potential.…

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Move Aside Cloud, Blockchain is the Newest ERP Trend

Move Aside Cloud, Blockchain is the Newest ERP Trend

On January 10, 2018, Geoprise Technologies Corporation, the maker of GM-X ERP, announced that it has partnered with Coin Sciences Ltd, maker of the MultiChain blockchain platform, to launch an ERP application leveraging blockchain technology to enable secure business-to-business collaboration and others are quickly following suit. Let’s take a step back to understand what blockchain is and...

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The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

The ABCs of Working With Generation X, Y and Z

By 2020, Millennials (also known as Generation Y) will represent half of the global population. Furthermore, Baby Boomers (those born between 1946-1964), will be retiring at a faster pace than ever. Generation X will not be able to fill all of the open positions, pushing Generation Y into leadership roles much sooner than previous generations.…

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Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

Stranger (Internet of) Things: A couple of factors to consider before making the investment

We recently attended the IoT Summit Chicago hosted by the Illinois Technology Association. This conference gathered over 500 professionals from around the globe to collaborate on best practices and discuss future trends in the often discussed, but rarely understood “Internet of Things (IoT).” We took a moment to reflect on time the conference and identify some key takeaways to share with...

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Your Operation’s Biggest Opportunity For Improved Productivity Isn’t What You Think

Your Operation’s Biggest Opportunity For Improved Productivity Isn’t What You Think

Over the last few years, I have led teams of West Monroe consultants through Productivity Blueprint Assessments at many different types of clients within the retail, distribution, and LTL trucking industries. The West Monroe Productivity Blueprint is an assessment based on P.U.M.P. methodology (i.e., Productivity = Utilization x Methods x Performance) that is designed to pinpoint areas of...

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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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