Help Wanted: Black Belts in Data
“Data scientists are the new superheroes” The qualifications for the job include the strength to tunnel through mountains of information and the vision to discern patterns where others see none.
Big Data At Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: How Analytics Drives Restaurant Performance
Barbecue and Big Data do not seem to be the most natural bedfellows – but one U.S. restaurant chain has thrown them together to increase sales and its understanding of the customer. Dickeys Barbecue Pit, which operates 514 restaurants across the U.S., uses a proprietary system it calls Smoke Stack.
Big Data Brings Relief to Allergy Medicine Supply Chains (WSJ)
Advancing supply-chain technology has enabled pharmaceutical companies to keep their allergy-relief products in stock. Many vendors now are combining data from thousands of stores of different retailers and cross-referencing it with weather, pollen and other data to make sure they can meet consumer demand—and not miss out on potential sales.
Dow Chemical, PepsiCo, and the Internet of Things
Companies can go down 3 paths in investing in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 1. Invest after many other companies have proven there is a good payback for a particular application 2. Start a technology incubation center to explore these technologies. 3. Place a big bet on the technology.
A New Breed of Rapid-Delivery Apps Cuts Through Urban Congestion(WSJ)
In São Paulo, startup Loggi has an app that makes life easier and more lucrative for package-toting couriers, while customers get their goods faster
Canada’s efficient grain supply chain
The Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre has compared the different farm-to-market systems of Australia and Canada. The report, “The Puck Stops Here – Canada Challenges Australia’s Grain Supply Chains”, shows Canada is able to move grain to markets in Asia for about the same cost as Australian farmers, despite greater distances both in-country and on ship.
Ford, GM and Nissan Receive Low Marks From Suppliers in Survey (WSJ)
The Detroit auto makers lost out on as much as $144 in operating income on every vehicle they produced last year due to strained relationships with their parts suppliers, according to an annual study.
Wal-Mart Builds Supply Chain to Meet E-Commerce Demands(WSJ)
Distribution centers dedicated to online sales are part of a new logistics strategy as the retail industry sees customers take sales online.