December 2016 Archive

December 22, 2016
Merck Deploys AI For ‘Self-Driving’ Supply Chain (WSJ)

Company is in a multi-year project to improve demand forecasts, plans to deploy sensors and algorithms throughout its supply chains for pharmaceuticals and health-care products. The goal is to create an autonomous supply operation where computers make more decisions about allocating materials and distributing products,

December 10, 2016
Siemens and General Electric gear up for the internet of things (Economist)

The two firms are taking very different paths towards digitization. GE is completely reinventing itself, whereas Siemens is staying close to its roots. Siemens tends to be organised in vertical, industry-specific silos, such as machine tools and medical equipment. GE typically comes in horizontal, widely used layers, such as computer operating systems.

December 6, 2016
Amazon Moves to Cut Checkout Line, Promoting a Grab-and-Go Experience (NYT)

In the latest in its expanding set of experiments involving bricks-and-mortar retail stores, Amazon has created a small grocery store in Seattle that will allow customers to pluck drinks, prepared meals and other items off shelves and walk out without having to wait in a checkout line, the company said.