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Magazine Archives

January-February 2018

January-February 2018

If you frequent supply chain conferences, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that some of the best-attended sessions are the ones that focus on emerging technologies—or what we’re calling the NextGen Supply Chain. You may have noticed something else: While topics like Big Data, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain and robotics play to standing room audiences, there’s a lot of confusion about what to do with the information. At the 2016 APICS conference, one member of the audience asked a direct question at the end of an excellent session on Big Data by Hannah Kain, the CEO of Alom: “This sounds great. But there’s not a single individual in our operation who knows anything about this. Where do I start?”
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January-February 2018

January-February 2018

If you frequent supply chain conferences, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that some of the best-attended sessions are the ones that focus on emerging technologies—or what we’re calling the NextGen Supply Chain. You may have noticed something else: While topics like Big Data, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain and robotics play to standing room audiences, there’s a lot of confusion about what to do with the information. At the 2016 APICS conference, one member of the audience asked a direct question at the end of an excellent session on Big Data by Hannah Kain, the CEO of Alom: “This sounds great. But there’s not a single individual in our operation who knows anything about this. Where do I start?”

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January-February 2018 Features

10
Procurement is getting its digitized act together
While supply chain managers have been slow to integrate digitization in the procurement function, the trend may finally be gaining traction, says...

1
Get ready for the NextGen Supply Chain
If you frequent supply chain conferences, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that some of the best-attended sessions are the ones...

4
Oil Update: Back to the future, again
A look forward—and a look backward—on oil consumption and pricing.

7
Can we trust the “trust machine?”
In 2015, The Economist magazine famously dubbed blockchain technology “the trust machine” owing to its ability to create trust in business networks. This...

13
Get Smart (about replenishment)
Smart replenishment systems that continuously track inventories at the point-of-consumption (POC) are powerful technologies that can radically change supply chains.

20
The Benefits of Blockchain: Fact or Wishful Thinking?
Blockchain is still a largely unproven innovation in the supply chain, but it’s also one that companies can’t afford to...

26
NextGen Supply Chain: The Robots are Here
Long a fixture on the factory floor, a new generation of robots are ready for a broader range of applications. The only...

32
Transportation’s Tricky Balancing Act
Done right, economies of scale can lower a carrier’s average costs and the freight rates charged to their customers. Getting it...

40
Cold Supply Chain: Keeping it fresh
Enabling the global promise of fresh food requires a new framework IF YOU FREQUENT TRENDY RESTAURANTS or shop at your

48
A.I. and the path to breakthrough supply chain planning
Just as electricity transformed every industry 100 years ago, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is poised to transform every industry in the coming decade.

51
Blockchain’s great potential
Blockchain’s potential is immense, but most organizations have not yet made the investment.

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