Cybercriminals are using data to target internet of things devices, generating fake data that can misinform a company's operations and lead to other casualties, Dan Swinhoe writes. Observers report that IoT security is lacking, but could be strengthened through regular patching and following best practices.
Big distribution networks that span large geographic areas and feature separate leadership teams can be a major financial drain for companies, Rob Ruffin, Meghan Shehorn and Debjit Banerjee of Bain & Co. write. To cut costs and streamline operations, develop a long-term strategy that incorporates digital and modeling to eliminate inefficiencies in the system.
Blockchain has the ability to transform supply chains, bringing a new level of transparency to operations that customers will appreciate, writes Sweetbridge CEO and Chairman Scott Nelson. "Perhaps the most effective route to adoption involves two things: clearly showing your suppliers how they will benefit from using blockchain, and providing them with easy and inexpensive means of participating," he writes.
Digital twins have to be accurate and highly functional to create smart systems of the future, writes Joe Sawicki of Mentor IC EDA. Sawicki explains the importance of integrated circuits in digital twin development.
Safety professionals shouldn't be deterred by the challenges associated with digital; new technologies are a huge opportunity that can deliver broad gains in workplace safety, say Pete Sullivan and Adam Cooper of Accenture. Don't leave digital to IT teams, Cooper adds, arguing safety leaders need to be involved in the process.
Manufacturers and two school districts in Cleveland County, N.C., hosted the annual Making It Work fair on Thursday to educate students about opportunities in the field. "The overall experience is pretty cool, learning about different careers and what you can do with manufacturing and engineering," said high school senior Peyton Humphries.
In August 2016, a Gap distribution center caught fire, resulting in $100 million worth of lost inventory and equipment, but the company used innovation to help right the ship. The company worked with a systems integrator to set up operations at a Gallatin, Tenn., facility that now uses mini-load and shuttle technology, piece-picking robotics and a warehouse execution system.
The federal electronic logging device mandate could create raw data with hidden patterns that could be used to change the way supply chains, freight and transportation industries are run, writes Ben Ames. Ames likens the potential transformation to data-based decisions to the experience of Major League Baseball documented in the book,"Moneyball."
FedEx Freight is using 20-foot-long flat trucks with lift-gate support for e-commerce orders of heavy goods through a last-mile delivery pilot in Dallas and Fort Worth. The company is using in-house drivers and its branded trucks for the test.
The American Logistics Aid Network is responding to areas threatened by fire in California. The nonprofit organization works to coordinate relief needs through supply chain professionals including for storage, equipment and logistics.