Four Ways to knock out last mile complexities

Four ways to knock out last mile complexities.

By Ashokkumar J. Bafana

The parcel delivery market has matured in the last years. Despite the latest advancements in this field, the cost of last mile logistics is often close to 50 percent of the total logistics cost. 

While some companies are investing in last mile delivery changes, such as drones and self-driving vans as the future of delivery, there are still many that are struggling and should invest in identifying a new set of business models and technologies for successful parcel delivery.

Five Ways IoT is Changing Supply ChainFive Ways IoT is Changing Supply Chain

By Rob Stevens

In a world where you can monitor everything from your refrigerator to your pets in real time on your phone, it’s no surprise that supply chain is experiencing its own IoT revolution. IoT, or the Internet of Things, refers to a new technology framework in which products are constantly connected and sending real-time data to the cloud. As supply chains grow ever more complex, companies are adopting new digital solutions built on an IoT foundation, and these solutions are enabling a new level of end-to-end visibility into in-transit goods. Below are some of the key ways in which IoT is changing the face of supply chain today.

Averting Disruptions

Preventing supply chain disruptions during construction.

By Matthew T. Strong

Disruptions are an inevitable part of construction because the complex process of building or remodeling a facility does not occur in a vacuum, but rather in the context of the larger world, where many forces are at play. At active manufacturing and processing facilities, disruptions can have ramifications up and down the supply chain, costing money and causing delays. These problems can be mitigated by working closely with the general contractor to carefully plan a construction or retrofit project.

Construction work is very different from the production, maintenance and administrative work that represents the bulk of the activity at most facilities. Construction consists of a series of change events requiring continuously altered conditions in order to be efficient. On the other hand, most business operations are more regular and depend on reliable environmental conditions in order to maintain efficiency. Clearly, the intersection of these opposing activities has potential for problems. Preparation is the key to completing work and protecting business operations.

Digital Tracking

With digital tracking, predictability is the new key word for distributors.

By Robert Farrell

In today’s electronic world it’s only a matter of time until manual data recording tasks are eliminated completely – and the trucking industry is the next target on the digital radar. Make no mistake this mandate will have a widespread impact on businesses outside of the transportation industry. Warehouses, distributors, manufacturers and other links in the extended supply chain must plan for it now; or pay the price later.

You may have heard that there’s a radical change that will soon be impacting the shipping industry. A new government mandate will initiate a nation-wide digital tracking procedure that will more accurately monitor trucking activity. In the cab, electronic logging devices will replace manual log books. This move removes any gray area by replacing subjective and often inaccurate driving logs with real-time data. With digital tracking’s eye in the sky, the status of any truck will be known instantly.

Breaking Ground

Innovations in pharmaceutical manufacturing advances delivery of groundbreaking therapies.

By Mauricio Futran

The concept of continuous manufacturing (CM) is not a new one; after all, everything from cars to snack foods have utilized the process, automating their production lines from start to finish on a single line while tracking status throughout, for many years. However, while other industries have enhanced their processes to apply newer technological capabilities associated with continuous manufacturing, the pharmaceutical industry’s traditional “batch” manufacturing – where pills or products are created in a step-by-step process that can take weeks and span multiple production facilities – remains the norm. This has shifted rapidly in recent years, with both the agencies and the pharmaceutical companies pursuing a number of advanced technologies to enhance efficiency, reliability, agility and reduce cost.

As an industry professional, it is my belief that as the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and market evolve, so should our manufacturing sites and processes in order to accelerate our ability as manufacturers to meet customer needs. The need for this shift in approach was further underscored in the past two years through recommendations from health care authorities.

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