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Are you ready for NextGen technologies? Just the other day, I had the opportunity to tour one of Amazon’s highly automated robotic fulfillment centers. I expected to be dazzled—and I was. But it wasn’t because of the automation. The tour was a reminder that there’s no question that NextGen technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, robotics, 3D printing and 5G are going to be the differentiators in tomorrow’s supply chain. The question is: Are you ready?
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Just the other day, I had the opportunity to tour one of Amazon’s highly automated robotic fulfillment centers. I expected to be dazzled—and I was. But it wasn’t because of the automation. While Amazon Robotics is exclusive to Amazon, there any number of goods-to-person picking solutions on the market, including robotic solutions, and well, anyone can buy a Dematic conveyor system and ship¬ping sorter. What was so dazzling were the things you couldn’t see: That’s Amazon’s overall supply chain as described by spokesperson Todd Walker, my tour guide for the morning, and the analytics behind every step in the process. In other words, everything Amazon has learned from shipping billions of packages and then translated into the analytics software developed by the world’s leading e-commerce platform. That’s Amazon’s secret sauce—and it can’t be easily replicated.

The tour was a reminder that there’s no question that NextGen technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, robotics, 3D printing and 5G are going to be the differentiators in tomorrow’s supply chain. The question is: Are you ready?

NextGen Technology is the theme of this issue of SCMR. We lead off with two views on AI. In the first, our Special Project Editor Gary Forger takes a clear-eyed view of where we really are with AI in the supply chain. That’s followed by a four-step approach to putting AI to work in your supply chain from T S Krishnan and Damini Gupta. Next up Infosys’ Sylvie Thompson and Gina Sweidan look behind the hype around 5G while Ohio State’s Steve DeNunzio discusses the potential for the Physical Internet—an idea whose time may be coming. We round out the issue with articles on disruption, including the role of 3D printing in manufacturing, and robotics, AI, wearables and other technologies in the warehouse of the future.

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March-April 2020

Are you ready for NextGen technologies? Just the other day, I had the opportunity to tour one of Amazon’s highly automated robotic fulfillment centers. I expected to be dazzled—and I was. But it wasn’t because…
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Just the other day, I had the opportunity to tour one of Amazon's highly automated robotic fulfillment centers. I expected to be dazzled—and I was. But it wasn't because of the automation. While Amazon Robotics is exclusive to Amazon, there any number of goods-to-person picking solutions on the market, including robotic solutions, and well, anyone can buy a Dematic conveyor system and ship¬ping sorter. What was so dazzling were the things you couldn't see: That's Amazon's overall supply chain as described by spokesperson Todd Walker, my tour guide for the morning, and the analytics behind every step in the process. In other words, everything Amazon has learned from shipping billions of packages and then translated into the analytics software developed by the world's leading e-commerce platform. That's Amazon's secret sauce—and it can't be easily replicated.

The tour was a reminder that there's no question that NextGen technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, robotics, 3D printing and 5G are going to be the differentiators in tomorrow's supply chain. The question is: Are you ready?

NextGen Technology is the theme of this issue of SCMR. We lead off with two views on AI. In the first, our Special Project Editor Gary Forger takes a clear-eyed view of where we really are with AI in the supply chain. That's followed by a four-step approach to putting AI to work in your supply chain from T S Krishnan and Damini Gupta. Next up Infosys' Sylvie Thompson and Gina Sweidan look behind the hype around 5G while Ohio State's Steve DeNunzio discusses the potential for the Physical Internet—an idea whose time may be coming. We round out the issue with articles on disruption, including the role of 3D printing in manufacturing, and robotics, AI, wearables and other technologies in the warehouse of the future.

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