What can go wrong when investing in supply chain infrastructure?

Supply Chain Infrastructure consists of:

  • Facilities required to process, manufacture, store and distribute products
  • Equipment required to process,...
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Why to Avoid 9’ Aisles in Your Warehouse Racking Layout

I recently wrote two blog posts on fitting pallet racking layouts within building columns of different sizes (see my post on 40’ columns spans and my...

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One of the Most Common Flaws in Distribution Center Design

If you’re expanding or building a new facility and think that maximizing storage density in every possible way will give you the biggest bang for your...

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Grocers as Food Curators – The secret weapon in online success

Whenever the subject of online groceries comes up, whether in supply chain publications, the mainstream media or just casual conversations among...

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User Experience or Cutting Corners

Every six weeks or so, it seems this photo (or variants of it) takes over LinkedIn feeds and other places on the internet.  The comment threads it...

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Pretty soon, every warehouse in the world will be a 3PL

Logistics has been dramatically transformed in the information age.  The ability to collect and transmit data; to build logic using that data to direct...

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Lessons learned from LIDD's UniPro WMS Assessment Survey

At the end of August, I’ll be out in Sacramento for the UniPro Scope event where I will present the results of a WMS assessment survey that we are...

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Big Data Hubris

I was in a meeting recently with the transportation team of a multi-billion dollar grocery chain and it got me thinking back to my days in engineering...

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Everything is an Incentive

The guys from Freakonomics did a podcast on the Cobra Effect which explains the myriad ways in which folks engineer incentives to create one outcome...

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The First World War and the Birth of Modern Logistics

The 100th anniversary of the First World War is an appropriate opportunity for us to outline the paramount role of logistics in times of war, just as...

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