Category Archives: Innovation

Capturing the Value of Predictive Modeling in Logistics

Capturing the Value of Predictive Modeling in Logistics

Third party logistics providers (3PLs) are constantly fighting for competitive advantage. In a fragmented industry, having an edge is critical to success. We collaborated with a leading 3PL on a Master of Supply Chain Management (SCM)  thesis research project to find ways to make the company more competitive. The research sponsor company gains an edge over itsRead More

Narrowing the Self-Drive Trust Divide

Narrowing the Self-Drive Trust Divide

Are we learning to trust self-drive vehicle technology? In January 2018 the AAA released the findings of its latest annual survey of driver attitudes in the US. Sixty-three percent of American drivers report feeling afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle. This is a significant portion of the country’s driving population – but it’sRead More

Can We Trust the “Trust Machine?”

Can We Trust the “Trust Machine?”

In 2015 The Economist magazine famously dubbed blockchain technology “the trust machine” owing to its ability to create trust in business networks. This capability resonates strongly in the supply chain world, where a lack of trust is a major obstacle to high-level collaboration. The promise of blockchain may be fulfilled in time, but at presentRead More

Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

Drones Connect with RFID to Catalog Inventory

Mismatches between inventory records and stock have long plagued the retail industry. A system being developed by the MIT Media Lab that uses an aerial drone to read radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on product packaging, could provide one solution to this perennial problem. Dubbed RFly, the system could also help to integrate warehouses andRead More

Augment or Replace: How Will AI Impact the Workplace?

Augment or Replace: How Will AI Impact the Workplace?

A future where Artificial Intelligence (AI) renders humans largely redundant in the workplace is one view of AI’s societal impact. Another view is that although AI will redefine the concept of earning a living, the technology will liberate individuals from routine tasks and enable them to perform to much higher levels. Both views were discussedRead More