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How Will Autonomous Vehicles Change Manufacturing?

It may be a while before self-driving cars, aka autonomous vehicles, become viable consumer goods, but autonomous mobility is already making its slow entry into the world of manufacturing. So far, about 10% of US manufacturers have adopted some kind of autonomous or semi-autonomous mobility within their value chains—mostly in the form of “free range” autonomous robots like self-driving forklifts, cranes, and even drones. In this way, the digitized planning and execution processes that are increasingly possible in the early days of the Industry 4.0 can be integrated more fully and more completely with what’s physically happening on the shop floor.

Interestingly, the vast majority of these early adopters cited cost savings as a top reason to make the switch—while a majority of those who hadn’t yet adopted this kind of techno


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20 Nov 2020
The sustainable supply chain: Why progress is perfection
 

With roadmaps to net-zero emissions underway in the West, Japan pledging to become carbon neutral by 2050 and China by 2060, pressure to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change is mounting around the world. Investing in a sustainable supply chain is no longer an option or afterthought with carbon

 
Jenny Reese
Kinaxis
 
20 Nov 2020
How to Choose the Right Transportation Planning Solution
 

Planning routes, tours, and frequencies sounds simple enough—but anyone who’s experienced the world of shipping and logistics knows that it’s anything but. In fact, it’s getting more difficult and complex all the time as global supply networks become more complex and customer

 
Brian Hoey
Flexis
 
20 Nov 2020
Manufacturing ERP Needs to Be More Than Vanilla
 

As an ERP buyer for manufacturing, you will come across several options with their claim to be suitable for any industry or situation. In reality, each ERP systems' design supports concrete business processes based on size and micro-vertical. Implementing an ERP outside its core expertise increa

 
Infor
Infor
 
20 Nov 2020
Maintenance 4.0: Improving production and profitability
 

Industry 4.0—The Fourth Industrial Revolution—smart technology and factories. Those concepts are probably all pretty familiar. But what about Maintenance 4.0? The story of Industry 4.0 is all about the evolution of manufacturing. Over the past 250 years, manufacturing has traveled the

 
Infor
Infor
 
13 Nov 2020
2020 Is Redefining What Customers Want from Their Next Warehouse Management System
 

As early as February 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 94% of Fortune 1000 companies were facing supply chain disruptions. It only got worse after that, as most of us can attest to from experience. After many months in which to update, re-tool, and transform their supply chain in

 
PV Subramanian
Blue Yonder
 


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The retail sector is always on the move. Whether this involves shopping centres, shops in inner city locations or at airports – trends change very quickly and the goods change just as rapidly too. To keep up with these developments, highly complex and process driven supply chains are needed. With our...

Supply chain transparency in modern food & beverage manufacturing: Building consumer trust

Achieving supply chain transparency across the food value chain is an increasingly complex process as many food and beverage companies are dependent on a multitude of suppliers with varying levels of supply chain soph...


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Net Zero Challenge—How Procurement Leads the Way in Decarbonization of Supply Chains
    
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Erema: Gaining a competitive edge through preferential exports

Erema, an Austrian manufacturer of recycling systems, uses AEB software to accelerate the proper classification of its components, manage supplier’s declarations, and ensure compliance in its exports. Erema ship...

The New Language of Procurement

The language of procurement speaks to an agenda driven by delivering value. Leading procurement organizations are well-versed in areas that resonate with financial officers and the performance narrative. They lead with h...


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