Sean Elliott, CTO

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    What We Get Wrong About Digitization and Supply Chain's Future

    Posted by Sean Elliott, CTO on Jan 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

    Whereas traditional growth models can be summarized in concepts of “more”— more racks, more servers, more space, more workforce — the future requires a shift towards leaner, smarter strategies focused on business agility. Digitization represents this shift in mindset and technology. Businesses need to learn how to operate within smaller footprints; process high-volume, low SKU orders; manage inventory in fluctuating markets, and execute across a wider, interspersed fulfillment network. This requires proactive planning and the technological means to pivot at the speed of customer expectations.

    The old ways are becoming less effective in today’s economic climate, pushing businesses toward the next thing. Yet, there’s a flaw in how the supply chain industry generally talks about digitization and the supply chain of the future.

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    Topics: Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), supply chain

    Why Blockchain is Stalling in Supply Chain Management

    Posted by Sean Elliott, CTO on Dec 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    Blockchain technology has the potential to drive efficiency and transparency in the supply chain — so what’s the hold up?

    Blockchain technology first emerged over a decade ago as a tool to support Bitcoin.[1] Managed by a peer-to-peer network, it serves as a digital ledger for verifying and recording transactions. The “chain” is made up of a series of time-stamped, immutable “blocks” of data with no central authority. In this way, blockchain is a uniquely democratic and transparent record.

    Since its creation, the technology has gained traction and is now being recognized as a tool capable of revolutionizing a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, retail, healthcare, and beyond. 

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    Topics: supply chain, blockchain

    Robotics Solutions For eCommerce Inventory Management

    Posted by Sean Elliott, CTO on Oct 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    Although many businesses still feel like robotics are years away from mainstream adoption, vendors aren’t waiting for slow adopters to come around. Shopify’s acquisition of robotics company, 6 River Systems, shows just how fast the warehouse automation landscape can change. This move makes it easier for many online retailers to solve complex eCommerce inventory management challenges, which we’ll dive into in a bit. Sometimes a moving, evolving field might be met with a “wait and see” approach. But, with vendors making adoption easier and more palatable, we expect just the opposite for robotics.

    Robotics vendors aren’t getting buzz solely because of the cool factor. As the latest additions to supply chain automation, robotics address the same issues as traditional automation, but in a new way. In short, these solutions add strategic and operational flexibility. Flexibility in overhead costs. Flexibility in resource deployment. Flexibility in warehouse design. Flexibility in growing your business.

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    Topics: eCommerce, warehouse automation, inventory management

    Analyzing the Early Stages of Amazon-Owned Whole Foods

    Posted by Sean Elliott, CTO on Jan 29, 2018 7:00:00 AM

    More than two decades ago, Jeff Bezos founded a website with the belief that a centralized online model would be better for consumers and his business than physical stores. That website, Amazon.com, started with books and over the years has become a one-stop shop for anything you could ever want. The result is the most powerful online retailer in the world and one of the most influential companies on the globe.

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    Topics: Distribution & Logistics, Retail, eCommerce, Omni-Channel