September 2016 Archive

September 30, 2016
SenseAware is FedEx’s IoT sensor-based logistics solution.

SenseAware is a multisensor device that monitors critical shipments – in near real-time – from when they are packed and picked up to the time they’re delivered and beyond. Typically placed inside packages, pallets, trailers and warehouses, the device collects data from items and transmits that data via wireless communication to an online application for monitoring and analysis.

September 30, 2016
Fast-Fashion Tricks Are on Display at Department-Store Chains (WSJ)

Lord & Taylor identifies top sellers, uses quick-turnaround methods from Xcel Brands to deliver goods to shoppers.

September 27, 2016
This is the first Adidas shoe made almost entirely by robots

Adidas’ robotic shoe manufacturing plant in Germany is now up and running. The athletic footwear giant shared its first shoe made almost entirely by robots late last week, building on the company’s long-term plan to add robot-staffed, custom shoemaking factories, dubbed Speed Factories, to its global supply chain.

September 26, 2016
Blockchain Makes Inroads in Shipping (WSJ)

Marine Transport International Ltd., a U.K.-based freight forwarder, has started using blockchain to create real-time digital ledgers of shipping data for use by port officials, cargo owners and others along global supply chains, the company said Thursday.

September 24, 2016
Five Technologies That Will Self-Orchestrate The Supply Chain (Forbes)

The supply chain of tomorrow will be leaner, faster and most importantly, self-orchestrated. This unprecedented pace of change will be driven by a few radical technologies that will be cautiously adopted by industry participants over the next 15 years. Here is a view of the top five Frost & Sullivan has identified from its comprehensive analysis on the Future of Logistics.

September 14, 2016
How to Transform Your Company into A Data-Driven Enterprise

In a recent study from Accenture, 97 percent of the senior executives surveyed see great value in creating a data-centric culture, yet only 17 percent had actually gone on to implement a big data strategy in their business. David Simchi-Levi examines this incongruity and reveals how business leaders can transform their company into a data-driven enterprise.

September 6, 2016
Inside McDonald’s Bold Decision to Go Cage Free (Fortune)

The era of mass-produced and processed food that McDonald’s helped create and came to embody is falling out of favor fast, especially with coveted millennial consumers. Industrial food was once viewed as safe and therefore better. Today wellness has moved from calories, carbs, and salt to ‘Where did the food come from?’ The terms that are important now are ‘antibiotic- and hormone-free,’ ‘natural,’ and ‘organic.’ ”

September 5, 2016
Fire at Gap New York Distribution Center Slows Online Orders (WSJ)

Gap Inc.’s turnaround efforts hit a glitch this week as a fire at one of the retailer’s largest distribution centers set back the company’s ability to fulfill online orders heading into the holiday season. On Monday, a fire burned through a company warehouse in Fishkill, N.Y. The building supplies Gap and Banana Republic merchandise to online and store customers primarily in the Northeast and represents about 10% of the company’s nationwide warehouse capacity.

September 5, 2016
Cloud Chronicles : Linux and AWS (Economist)

How open-source software and cloud computing have set up the IT industry for a once-in-a-generation battle

September 5, 2016
Cracks in the surface (Economist)

THE cement industry is one of the world’s most polluting: it accounts for 5% of man-made carbon-dioxide emissions each year. About 4.3 billion tonnes of cement were consumed in 2014—China alone needed more than half of that. It also produces 60% of the stuff, followed at a distance by India and America. The industry brings in about $250 billion a year. Cement firms have not attracted the ire of environmental campaigners in the way that oil firms have. But that could change if they shirk efforts to cut emissions in a manner consistent with keeping the world less than 2°C warmer than it was in pre-industrial times. For now, few cement companies are setting environmental targets that are tough enough.