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IoT Food Sensors Make Supply Chain Visibility a Piece of Cake

Dagny Dukach August 29, 2017

There’s a lot of buzz around IoT and its potential to revolutionize supply chain management. But what does IoT really mean? On the one hand, it’s about connectivity -- instantaneous data transmission anytime, anywhere. But the other key piece is getting access to that data in the first place. That’s why we were excited to read the recent news regarding the development of new IoT-enabled sensors that help consumers and businesses tell whether food is still safe to eat. Researchers with the American Chemical Society are developing cheap, disposable sensors that provide real-time information about the condition of food products, making it possible to know whether products are spoiled without performing any special tests or using any specialized equipment.

Topics: Supply Chain Visibility, Sensors, IOT, Connectivity

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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