Is it possible, you may ask, to identify only 6 supply chain hot topics for 2016? Supply chain is such a broad topic, covering so many industries and territories that we will attempt to give it some focus. We hope our readership will understand by now that our perspective, due to the dock scheduling and yard management solutions we offer, is one where we see both the challenges in the trucking industry and those at the facilities’ docks. Therefore our pick for 2016 are issues that affect our customers (e.g., manufacturing, distribution, retail, grocery) and the trucking industry that serves them.
Recognizing that a yard management system (YMS) can add value to your operation is easy. You’re losing trailers or having difficulty finding them, your yard drivers’ productivity is questionable and difficult to measure, you’re paying detention fees and there may be congestion at your gate. All these examples are proof you need a YMS, and you know it.
One of the primary benefits the Internet of Things (IoT) will deliver for supply chain operations is improved visibility. End-to-end visibility has long been the holy grail of supply chain managers who know that it will enable efficiencies and drive down costs.
Security and privacy are huge new concerns in the age of the Internet of Things. With objects talking to each other, transmitting information about where they are and what's happening to them, the opportunity for criminals to intercept and steal data is expanding exponentially.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that is still very much in its infancy. It refers to the rapidly expanding universe of items that have some kind of embedded communications technology that allows them to communicate with other objects and networks around them.
This year we’re abandoning our traditional Christmas blog in favor of an end-of-year retrospect on the topics we covered in 2015. Since our mission is to help organizations improve the flow of goods in and out of their facilities through an efficient management of live and drop loads, our focus has been on events and issues that impact dock and yard operations.