Women have been making invaluable contributions to the supply chain and logistics community for decades. At our Elevate user conference, we’re hosting the Women Leaders in Supply Chain Luncheon to honor and empower women leaders in the industry. As a little history lesson, we pulled together a list of five inspirational women that have pushed the industry in their own unique ways.
In this look back at one of Elevate 2019's track sessions, we see how Brightstar’s robust inventory tracking systems helped optimize operations and boost picking efficiency.
Now in its sixth year, Elevate — HighJump’s annual user conference — has become an, and we quote, “unmissable” industry event. Spanning four action-packed days, Elevate unites 700 supply chain professionals for unparalleled educational trainings, networking opportunities, panel discussions, and brainstorming sessions.
HighJump Voice will have a larger presence than ever before at this year’s Elevate User Conference in Orlando!
A massive event like the Super Bowl doesn’t just happen overnight. Here are some of the logistical considerations that go into making the big game a success.
In many ways, 2019 was a big year for us — we received awards and accolades from all across the supply chain and logistics industry. We’re heading into 2020 with a full head of steam, and we’re looking forward to our Elevate Conference where our customers and other conference-goers will get a first look at amazing things to come.
Here’s a quick recap of some of the highlights from the past year:
Singles' Day sales continues to shatter records year after year. Here's how supply chain managers are meeting the challenges of the world's biggest shopping day.
When you think of the biggest shopping day of the year, what comes to mind? Most Americans would probably suggest Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday. However, another day earlier in November far surpasses these major shopping events.
Though it originally began as an unofficial holiday in China for bachelors, Singles' Day — named for the date 11/11 — has become the largest offline and online shopping day worldwide. In 2018, Alibaba Group — China's answer to Amazon — reported record-breaking sales of more than $30 billion dollars, and 38.4 billion in 2019.
From a spiked seltzer scarcity to KFC's fried chicken shortage, we take a look at four instances when the supply chains of major brands failed to deliver.
A well-organized and efficient supply chain includes a lot of moving parts. From planning and production to housing inventory and transporting goods, there are a number of interrelated processes that need regular and proactive management to keep the supply chain running smoothly.
Unfortunately, a snag at any point in the supply chain can have a damaging ripple effect. Here are a few examples when supply chain operations went wrong—with some lessons companies can learn from them.
At the beginning of 2019, I came across an article that was titled "Record Number of Robots Replaced Humans in 2018". Naturally, I clicked on the article to see what this was all about, and quite frankly, came away a bit disappointed. The disappointment was not at the number of robots shipped to North America, which was indeed a record number. What was disappointing was the lack of information about the actual replacement of jobs due to the increased shipments of robots. While the article did a good job of highlighting data published by the Association for Advanced Automation (A3), it lacked drawing any alignment to how this record number of robotic shipments actually impacted employment.
The lack of alignment brings up the question of whether or not there is an actual correlation between jobs and robotics and automation? Clearly there is a correlation, but does this correlation have to be negative? Is it possible that the growth in automation technology is actually helping to create new jobs and opportunities? These are the types of questions we should all be asking ourselves, because the fact is, robotics and automation technology is increasing in its use and we must be preparing for how automation will impact the future of employment. The question is no longer if robotics will become useful in new ways and industries (it is) rather the question is how fast will the growth in the use of robots be and how will this impact economic and employment opportunities.
The tariffs placed on China are creating ripples throughout the supply chain industry. Those with operational flexibility and supply chain agility can be in a better position to navigate these shaky times.