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28 September 2016
Starship Technologies' robots will start delivering in Washington, DC this autumn. Self-driving robots The self-driving robots, which have already been tested in Europe for grocery, food-to-go and postal deliveries, are designed for local goods (including groceries) deliveries, using pavements as pedestrians do, by travelling at slow speeds and with zero emissions. The robots will be introduc...
01 September 2016
Logistics provider DHL is to roll-out the next phase of its Vision Picking Programme. The system uses smart glasses and augmented reality technology to display where packages need to be placed on equipment. It also enables pickers to scan barcodes hands-free, removing the need for handheld units and paper. A successful trial In a recent trial in the Netherlands, the technology was found to i...
26 August 2016
Technology is having a profound impact on supply chains and on the people who work in them. Darren Smillie investigates how automation is reshaping supply chain structures and skillsets and uncovers ways in which businesses can manage the disruption. The promise of technology is that it improves the lives of those it’s designed for. But for all of its undoubted benefits there can also be some d...
24 August 2016
There is a clear split in the strategies that businesses currently deploy to acquire data for their supply chains. Darren Smillie examines the options and why it’s so important to have a plan for the data driven future. Data increasingly dominates decisions and determines the success or failure of supply chains to adapt to a frenetic and fast changing market. As the volume, velocity and variety...
15 August 2016
GS1 has formed a retail grocery advisory board which will focus on the perfect order and digital DNA. Improving efficiencies The board aims to provide better customer experience whilst improving efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Members include major retailers (ASDA, Boots, Co-op, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) and manufacturers (Coca Cola Enterprises, Dairy Crest...
26 July 2016
In the race to eliminate last-mile logistics costs, Suzannah Murphy looks at who's doing what in the busy world of drone innovations. Let’s be honest: there’s been a lot of drone-related news this year. With all these stories flying around faster than the drones themselves, there’s no better time for me to sit down and see what all the fuss is about in the race to eliminate last-mile logisti...
09 June 2016
The need for speed, especially in the online arena, is driving investment in supply chain automation. Has the food and grocery industry finally shaken off past demons to embrace supply chain automation? Laura shares her thoughts.   Historically, automated supply chains in food and grocery are relatively few and far between, with many of the big grocery retailers tending to shy away from ful...
05 April 2016
What can the industry learn from Amazon’s seemingly limitless capability for innovation? Laura John shares her thoughts. It’s probably best I ‘fess up right at the start…I use Amazon a lot! I’m even a Prime member, having been hooked just before Christmas when there was £20 off the annual subscription. Some of my favourite presentations for Supply Chain Analysis have been about Amazon’s suppl...