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Move Over RFID: Real ‘Supply Chain Visibility’ is Here

Rob Stevens August 14, 2017

In the annals of predictions that don’t come true, TV meteorologists hold the top spot, followed by political pollsters and the cover of Sports Illustrated. Rounding out the top five are the long string of technology pundits who confidently predicted that supply chain RFID tracking would conquer and re-shape the global logistics industry.

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Sensors, IOT, Connectivity

Why Tive, Why Now: 3 Technologies Enabling Supply Chain Visibility Today

Dagny Dukach August 07, 2017

In the world of supply chains, visibility is key. Visibility means you can deliver what you promised, when you promised, and react quickly when delays or accidents occur. In the past, supply chain visibility was limited by fundamental technological constraints, but today, three key advances are enabling new levels of risk reduction and operational efficiency.

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain, Tive, Connectivity

Getting To Know Tive’s New Shipment Workflow

Walker Harden July 27, 2017

Many supply chain managers spend their days tracking down shipment schedules, interfacing with logistics partners, and monitoring shipments one at a time. The last thing a busy supply chain manager needs is more complexity. That’s why we’ve developed our new shipments workflow to provide all the benefits of real-time tracking while integrating seamlessly with existing supply chain management processes, enabling managers to plan, track, and analyze shipments all in one place.

Topics: Features, Supply Chain Visibility, Tive

‘Lean’ Isn’t Enough: 3 Steps to a Smart Supply Chain

Rob Stevens July 27, 2017

"We must not seek to optimize every resource in the system. A system of local optimums is not an optimum system at all." That’s what Jonah, the cigar-puffing sage of the famous Lean Manufacturing how-to novel, The Goal, tells Alex Rogo, a plant manager trying to reduce inventory.

Topics: Supply Chain, Sensors, IOT

New Walmart Mandate Makes Real-Time Tracking A Must-Have

Dagny Dukach July 20, 2017

On the heels of Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market and ever-mounting e-tailer competition, retail giant Walmart just announced it will be implementing strict penalties for suppliers who fail to meet rigorous delivery standards. Starting August 1st, suppliers must achieve 75% On-Time In-Full (OTIF) deliveries or be subject to fines up to 3% of the shipment's value. By next February, Walmart will insist on 95% compliance

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, trucking

Beyond Visibility: How to Build a Supply Chain That Thinks

Rob Stevens July 17, 2017

It's no surprise that tech is changing supply chain, but it is a bit surprising how far apart the worlds of tech and supply chain can be.  When we attend tech events, there's lots of talk of IOT backbones and new LPWAN formats that are replacing LTE, but when we hang out with supply chain people the talk is of problems with the MRP system and new EDP regulations and what the difference is between WMS and WES.  As proof of my point, I'll bet that many of you reading this understood only the first part of my previous sentence, and many understood only the second part.  (If you understood both please email me, we're hiring people like you.)

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Sensors, IOT

Welcome to the (Real) Wireless Age

Krenar Komoni July 11, 2017

In 1903, a wireless transmission station built by Guglielmo Marconi in South Wellfleet, Massachusetts was used to send the world’s first wireless transatlantic telegram: it was a simple greeting from Theodore Roosevelt to King Edward VII of the UK, and it laid the foundation for a century of innovation in wireless communication.

Topics: IOT, Boston, Connectivity

Massachusetts, Home of IoT

Rob Stevens July 05, 2017

The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council recently released a report (download it here) on the Internet of Things (IoT) that contained some interesting historical perspective on a fairly modern topic.  Tive is located in Boston so I'm a bit biased toward Massachusetts, but even I was surprised by how big a role the Boston area has played in the development of IoT.  

Topics: Tive, IOT, Boston

Telematics Is Not The Answer to Supply Chain Visibility

Rob Stevens June 27, 2017
We recently wrote a blog post describing some of the major technologies used to track inventory in transit. Eagle-eyed readers may have noted we focused on how companies track the inventory and not the vehicle - so today we are going to discuss the vehicle-tracking market and how it affects supply chain managers.

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Asset Tracking, Sensors, trucking

Location Alerts Let You Know When Goods Arrive (or Depart)

Rob Stevens June 20, 2017

Tive offers a variety of user-configured alerts - temperature, shock, humidity - and we're excited to announce that as of today we also support location-based alerts.

Topics: Alerts, Supply Chain Visibility

The Industrial Internet of Things Is Really Happening

Rob Stevens June 13, 2017

Last week I had the fortune to attend an event hosted by a large private equity firm focusing on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).  This was a private event so I'm not going to name any names, but the attendees included at least four CEOs of publicly traded companies, senior executives at some of the largest companies in America, and a handful of technology providers (yes, that's how I got in).  

Topics: Supply Chain, Sensors, IOT

Tive has raised $3.14 million to help us grow

Krenar Komoni June 05, 2017

I'm excited to announce that Tive recently closed a seed round to help us grow faster and bring our solution to more customers.

Topics: Tive

OffGridBox Delivers with Tive

Rob Stevens May 29, 2017

While most of the companies we work with are large manufacturing or shipping companies, occasionally we work with a smaller organization.  We thought we’d highlight one of our customers, OffGridBox, who uses Tive in an unusual way for a really unique and worthwhile purpose.  I recently interviewed Davide Bonsignore, COO of OffGridBox.

Topics: Supply Chain, Customers

ProMat Now and Then - What's Changed in Supply Chain in the Last 10 Years

Rob Stevens May 22, 2017

I recently attended ProMat, the biennial tradeshow for the material handling and distribution industry.  It’s quite a show - more than 35,000 people attend to see exhibits from almost 1,000 companies.  This marked the 10 year anniversary of the first time I attended ProMat in 2007, and I thought I’d reflect on some of the changes I observed. 

Topics: Supply Chain, Events

Asset Tracking and Supply Chain Visibility - Where Do They Meet?

Rob Stevens May 15, 2017

 Depending on who you ask, Tive is either an asset tracking company or a supply chain visibility company, or something in between.  Both of those terms have a bit of baggage, so we thought we’d take this blog post to help each of them unpack their bags and sort through their belongings.  

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Asset Tracking

The Magical World of Supply Chain Sensors

Rob Stevens May 10, 2017

One question we hear a lot at Tive is, “how is your sensor solution different from X?”.  We thought we’d provide a quick overview of the types of sensors companies are using in the supply chain, with some historical context.  We’re going to focus just on sensors in this piece, not to minimize the importance of the software solution that turns raw data into something useful for managers.

Topics: Supply Chain, Asset Tracking, Sensors

Nokia Shows off Tive at Hannover Fair

Krenar Komoni May 08, 2017

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Hannover Fair, one of the largest trade shows in the world.  Even more exciting than just being at the show, I was there with our partner Nokia as they shared their vision of how a real-time view of their supply chain will change their operations.  

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Events, Customers

Pharma Company Avoids Lost Sales by Using Tive

Rob Stevens May 05, 2017

We love sharing customer stories - here’s one that happened recently.

Using Custom Temperature Alerts To Ensure Safe Delivery

Rob Stevens May 04, 2017

One of the most-used features of the Tive shipment tracking solution is the ability to set configurable alerts.  In this post we’ll talk about setting temperature alerts, which are especially important for our cold chain customers.

Introducing the Tive Blog

Rob Stevens April 27, 2017

We're excited to share our brand-new blog. As our first post, I’d like to give some background on the company and why we’ve started this blog. As you probably already know, Tive is a startup focused on helping companies see their supply chains in a more comprehensive way.

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Move Over RFID: Real ‘Supply Chain Visibility’ is Here

In the annals of predictions that don’t come true, TV meteorologists hold the top spot, followed by political pollsters and the cover of Sports Illustrated. Rounding out the top five are the long...

Why Tive, Why Now: 3 Technologies Enabling Supply Chain Visibility Today

In the world of supply chains, visibility is key. Visibility means you can deliver what you promised, when you promised, and react quickly when delays or accidents occur. In the past, supply chain...

Getting To Know Tive’s New Shipment Workflow

Many supply chain managers spend their days tracking down shipment schedules, interfacing with logistics partners, and monitoring shipments one at a time. The last thing a busy supply chain...