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Amazon is just beginning to use robots in its warehouses and they’re already making a huge difference

Amazon acquired Kiva for $775 million in 2012 but only started using the orange robots in its warehouses in late 2014. The deal was expected to make inventory management more efficient. It’s now beginning to become clear by how much.<p>The “click to ship” cycle used to be around 60-75 minutes when …

Deutsche Bank

Amazon And Alibaba Bet The Future On Supply Chain Management: eRetailers Invest Big In Logistics

The world’s largest retailers are planning to not only grow into the world’s biggest logistics companies, but to completely revolutionize the industry. Both Amazon and Alibaba have recently made significant investments to their supply chain capabilities and in the not distant future they will soon …

Manufacturing

License plate readers a double-edged sword for NY village

FREEPORT, N.Y. (AP) — When this Long Island village switched on its "ring of steel" last fall, it knew it was getting a potent policing tool. The …

License Plates

How an Apple employee once stood up to Steve Jobs — and got promoted for it

Dubinsky fought back against the plan - giving an ultimatum that she would quit - and instead of getting fired, she got promoted.<p>That's according to an anecdote about former Apple employee and Palm CEO Dubinsky in the new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, published this …

Harvard Business School

The past, present and future of ASUS, according to its chairman

"Namaste!"<p>That was how ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih greeted some 2,000 fans at his "ZenFestival" event in New Delhi last week. And yes, he yelled on stage, just as he always does, with a generous helping of buzzwords and "thank yous." And there have been other memorable moments. One time, Shih …

Mobile Technology

11 Essentials for Supply Chain Management

Over the years, I have had the privilege of teaching supply chain management to both students and practitioners. In addition, I have had the …

The Mechanics of 3PL Partnerships

How do you keep a shipper-3PL relationship running smoothly? Learn the tools of the trade.<p>A logistics outsourcing relationship should run like a …

Your 3PL as Supply Chain Risk Management Partner?

As I discussed last Friday, Accenture published a report recently on supply chain risk management. Seventy-six percent of the companies that …