Rich Sherman says the Internet of Things will combine with Web 3.0 technology to create what he calls "Smart Supply Network 3.0." Sherman shares his vision of how this evolution will change the supply chain for the better.
Tim Voulopos grew up around transportation, majored in logistics and then worked his way up to an executive position at Cardinal Logistics Management. Today there is more technology and fewer drivers, which presents a real challenge, but the basics of trucking really haven't changed, he says.
When Jim Bowes established the National Logistics & Distribution Conference 10 years ago his aim was to provide a small, non-sales oriented conference for senior supply chain executives. Bowes discusses how NLDC has evolved and what he thinks the future holds.
Changes in the work force are driving companies to automate as much as possible and, where automation isn't feasible, to implement labor management best practices using standards and incentives, says Mike Romano, president of Associated Integrated Supply Chain Solutions.
The speed of change, sustainability and customization are three issues currently impacting the supply chain, says Dan Whitnable, director of business development at Hilmot Corp. He explains what these trends mean for the warehousing sector and its customers.
Less automated "standard" material handling solutions are perfect for new or smaller companies that do not require highly automated DCs. Klaus Wurm, vice president and managing director of Schaefer Systems, discusses the benefits of integrating standard elements to help such companies get their products to market quickly without big investments or lengthy implementations.
Ed Troianello, president of QSSI Software, discusses the features that customers are looking for today in warehouse management systems and strategies for controlling costs during implementation. He also cites common mistakes to avoid.
The pathway to full serialization and tracking of prescription drugs by 2023 is well under way. Bob Kennedy, vice president of business development at DMLogic, discusses the challenges and opportunities serialization presents for the pharmaceutical supply chain.
The right warehouse management system can help companies execute on the heightened service demands of omnichannel retailing. Chuck Fuerst, director of product strategy at HighJump Software, explains which features and capabilities are necessary and how the technology is evolving.