Tag Archives: Gartner

Turning Big Data into Actionable Insights

By Carol Miller Big Data—the massively complex and exponentially generated data businesses generate and gather from multiple sources (including structured databases, unstructured machine outputs, and semi-structured records) at an increasingly fast pace—has long been on the radar of supply chain organizations as the source of potential competitive advantages for those who leverage it successfully. The organizations that harness, process, and ...

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Quantum Computing: The Future’s Coin Toss?

By Nicole Nelson Scott Shaw recalls a time in the not too distant past when he attempted to help a food manufacturer calculate an optimal scheduling scenario to grind grain. As the Clarkston Consulting senior consultant was well aware, the utilization of big hammer mills was extremely energy intensive, yet inevitable, as said grain served as the necessary basis—mixed with ...

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Supply Chain Winners

The organizations whose supply chains were aggressive about pre-pandemic investments in the digital technologies that enable them to serve e-commerce customers prove to be the most successful at weathering the coronavirus storm. By Carol Miller Expectations were low among financial analysts in the summer of 2020. Just prior to the release of second quarter results from multiple companies, predictions were ...

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The Accelerating Adoption of Robotics and Automation

Proactive adoption strategies for robotics, automation and intelligent transportation management solutions for the supply chain providing greater operational resilience. By Mary Lou Jay There’s little downtime these days at companies that provide robotics, automation and intelligent transportation management solutions for the supply chain. Since the pandemic hit, they’ve been flooded with requests for their products. David Clear, chief revenue officer ...

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Look Ma, No Hands!

Can you imagine a future where technology allows your employees to manipulate machines with their brain waves instead of manual controls or a keyboard? It might not be as far off as you think. By David Coburn Emerging technologies always draw their fair share of naysayers and skeptics—no doubt there were those who sniffed when the first powered forklift was ...

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Pandemic Spurs Supply Chain Reset

Digital technologies mitigate risk, allowing organizations to focus on better inventory management, planning for disruptions, future growth and other operational concerns. By Sara Pearson Specter The coronavirus lockdowns revealed shortcomings in many supply chains: cutting off supplies of raw materials and components; impacting labor with social distancing guidelines; increasing online consumer buying habits. As a result, many organizations’ supply chains ...

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The Rise of the Collaborative Superteam

Why “Humans + Automation + AI = The New Supply Chain Workforce” is the optimal formula for operational success. By Sara Pearson Specter Multiple surveys have confirmed that—as a result of COVID-19—companies worldwide are accelerating their investments in digital technologies as a means to better anticipate and forestall future disruptions. KPMG’s 2020 CEO Outlook, for example, found that 74% are ...

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Digital Supply Chain Twins

Increasingly, companies are utilizing the digital twin concept to create an end-to-end model of their supply chains for more accurate planning and timelier decision-making.

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