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Consumers ride the wave of supply chain innovation

Consumers ride the wave of supply chain innovation

Picking up on the 2015 E-Scan theme of ‘innovating through technology’, we thought you’d enjoy reading about game-changing advancements in supply chain management.

The rise of online shopping has changed the face of supply chains – people want to track their shopping every step of the way. And this doesn’t just relate to the transportation of the final product anymore.

Consumers are becoming more mindful, prompting them to trace the ethicality of products prior to purchasing. With companies such as Patagonia and Tesco leading the way, shoppers can jump online and discover more about the supply chain behind the product.

The depth of the transport and logistics industry often goes unnoticed. People think of planes, trains and automobiles, but it’s behind the scenes where things are getting really interesting.

Here are a few examples of supply chain improvements benefiting everyday people.

Online retailer The Iconic considers drone deliveries

The Iconic, the company leading growth in Australian online fashion retail, is planning to use drones to deliver its goods in the next two years.

Chief Executive, Patrick Schmidt, estimated its customers could benefit from speedy drone delivery within two to five years.

“We are pioneers of fast and flexible delivery, and we push the boundaries on delivery, so it’s something we are thinking about,” said Schmidt.

Read the full article here.

Smart Picker to deliver for warehouse management

A new app developed by RMIT University’s School of Computer Science and IT could be the key to valuable productivity and efficiency gains in the world of ‘pickers’.

Small and medium-sized enterprises will benefit from a new warehouse management system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and smartphones to assist warehouse workers to fulfil customer orders.

In addition, it can optimise the stock arrangement in a warehouse according to orders and/or projected customer demand.

“So the most demanded item will be moved closer to the loading dock, and items often ordered together are placed closer to each other,’’ said Andy Song, who led the development of the tool at RMIT University’s School of Computer Science and IT. “No existing tool or software product provides this.’’

Read the full article here.

How IKEA drives innovation in the supply chain

IKEA’s Tacoma distribution centre (in Washington, USA) sees innovation at the forefront of its warehousing operations.

IKEA has implemented multiple systems to streamline the supply chain, including moving team leaders away from traditional offices and onto customised bikes on the warehouse floor. Each bike is fitted with a laptop, giving team leaders the ability to work in ‘real-time’ alongside their co-workers.

Watch the short video here.


PUBLISHED IN Latest News ON May 12, 2015

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