The Internet-of-Things is driving Supply Chain Execution Convergence

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Nov 25, 2014 9:18:00 PM


Historical perspective:

In the 1970s when I worked in the Export Credits Guarantee Department, shippers used paper based shipment notifications.  

In the 1980s we tolerated a 24-hour delay in getting a shipment notification or ASNs using EDI.

Today I still see organizations using paper documents, traditional spreadsheets or Google Docs for directing inbound arrivals. When shipments arrive, conversations over walkie-talkies at the gate arrange drop locations and door assignments. This approach misses the opportunity to capture valuable data about trailer visits.


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Inside the yard, traditional approaches don’t capture actual dwell times, delays at the dock and metrics around missed appointments for pick-ups. 

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A basic Yard Management Systems (YMS) captures performance metrics that create the foundation for improving operational efficiency. Automated real-time data captured using machine-to-machine communication provides the highest quality metrics, as they are not subject to human error.

An advanced yard management system provides real-time location tracking for trailer assets (RTLS). Integrating data from the Warehouse Management (WMS) and Transportation Management Systems (TMS) delivers the context needed from these traditionally disconnected systems, to create a broader Supply Chin Execution perspective. This connected Internet-of-Things (IoT) based approach is what progressive organizations need to stay competitive. 



Why bother:

The real value of using a connected supply chain based on IoT (machine-to-machine) communications, is to track shipments over the road, in the yard and within the four-walls, results in two primary benefits, in my view:

  • Firstly, having a real-time picture of where assets are, what state they are in and dock door or parking spot availability, is what enables dynamic dock door or parking spot assignments (without walkie-talkies).
  • The second, more significant output is the wealth of metrics that get collected. These metrics enable process improvements that result in outcomes that include, improving customer service times, reducing delays in the facility and gaining cost savings.

As predictability is in short supply outside the four-walls, so it pays to be really good at being reactive. Situational awareness is the key to being poised to deal with the endemic indeterminism inherent in over the road transportation.



 

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PINC Air Elevates Supply Chain Execution to New Heights

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Nov 14, 2014 10:48:00 AM

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Alameda, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2014 - PINC Solutions, the world’s #1 provider of advanced yard management and supply chain execution solutions - powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) - is proud to announce PINC Air.

The supply chain industry today has focused on last-mile delivery as the primary application of drone technology, missing significant opportunities in addressing upstream logistics challenges. Many large manufacturers struggle with keeping an accurate and timely inventory of supplies and high-value finished product, situated in either high-density holding areas, or distributed over large facilities. PINC Air provides the ability to efficiently and effectively survey a wide area to autonomously locate and inventory assets.

Ideal applications for such aerial robotic technology include tracking trailers, finished vehicles, heavy machinery and oil exploration supplies.

Features include: 

  •     Fully autonomous flight
  •     Automatic collision avoidance
  •     Return to home and auto landing
  •     Industrial grade components
  •     Automatic RFID data collection
  •     Optional video capture

“PINC Air represents yet another industry first, building upon our significant and patented* innovations in supply chain execution.” stated Matt Yearling, PINC’s CEO. “This product addresses a real need for many of our customers operating at significant scale, in delivering high-value low-cost asset tracking capabilities, especially in heavy manufacturing and large lay-down yard situations.”

Production availability of PINC Air is scheduled for early 2015. To stay abreast of developments and get a sneak peeks of PINC Air, visit http://www.pincsolutions.com/Air.

About PINC Solutions 
Leading brands use PINC’s supply chain execution and advanced yard management solutions to orchestrate and optimize freight shipments across their supply chain and trading partner networks. As the pioneer of cloud-based real-time location systems (powered by the Internet of Things), PINC’s solutions provide enhanced visibility and collaboration capabilities, enabling customers to reduce costs, optimize inventory management, increase velocity and improve asset utilization.

*PINC’s Real Time Location System (RTLS) using the combination of passive RFID and GPS based sensors patents include 7321305, 7245215 and 7236091

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Cloudy Outlook for Server Hugging

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Oct 22, 2014 1:15:00 AM

Today, I read an article in Supply Chain Digest by Dan Gilmore: Calculating the Costs of On-Demand vs Traditional Supply Chain SoftwareDan describes traditional on-premise application hosting models versus cloud models, and everything in between. 


When I was in my 20's, I was what people call today a "server hugger". During the week, I managed an IBM 3081 mainframe at British Telecom. On Sunday's I worked at a fashion retailer as a member of the computer team. We used hand-held bar-code scanners to tally-up what we sold over the week for our management reports. I am the guy on the right in the picture below, which shows the computer team huging our DEC PDP-11:

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During my years at CA Technologies, I learned that enterprise IT teams spend 75% of their resources maintaining existing systems. This leaves very little resource for new initiatives such as supporting development of new markets, improving competitiveness and increasing customer retention, all of which increase profitability. 

Today, I am a keen supporter of what Dan describes as vendor hosted and managed applications. My server hugging days are most certainly over. 

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The 4 C’s of Supply Chain Execution (SCE)

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Aug 20, 2014 1:31:00 PM

C1: Convergence. To get a complete picture of SCE, you need to have visibility across Transportation, Yard and Warehouse management functions.

C2: Collaboration: You have to enable collaboration (based on single-source-of-truth) between the third-parties involved in SCE including shippers, carriers, drivers and 3PLs

C3: Consistency: IT systems need to be integrated so you can get a coherent, real-time view across existing planning and scheduling systems. Integration is the key to connecting the dots between inbound shipments, yard movements and warehouse activity so you can streamline check-in, assign dock doors, or drops, minimize moves and close out a visit to the warehouse when the outbound shipment departs the facility

C4: Cloud. Distributed systems create islands of data.  The cloud provides unprecedented availability, secure accessability and flexible integration to enable the C's above.   

PINC’s Enterprise Visibility Suite delivers on all these fronts by following shipments across facilities (as shown in the image below) and allows enterprises to view multiple facilities side-by-side against criteria such as departure time variance and dwell time   overview

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PINC Announces Enterprise Visibility Suite

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Jun 17, 2014 5:08:04 PM

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PINC used its presence at the Gartner Supply Chain Conference on May 21st, to announce the Enterprise Visibility Suite. You can see the press release at http://www.pincsolutions.com/news#EVS 

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Heartbleed OpenSSL Mitigated

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Apr 11, 2014 7:27:12 PM

PINC has patched all our secure IT systems to the level required to mitigate the potential industry-wide threat posed by the Heartbleed security exposure.

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March News 2014 Pros to now award and Supply Chain and Transportation USA Show

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Mar 13, 2014 8:41:47 PM

 
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As the weather starts warming up, it’s time to dust off those golf clubs and get ready for a few relaxing rounds of golf. We at PINC understand that “Every Yard Counts” and in the spirit of the forthcoming Masters tournament in Augusta we thought it would great if we could help you refine your golf game.
If you are planning to attend next week’s Supply Chain & Transportation USA Expo in Atlanta, please drop by our booth (3216) and have PINC’s resident Golf Pro (Katy Smith) help you sharpen those critical putting skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to win a putter.  More importantly, myself and the PINC team would personally welcome the opportunity to get to meet you.
Safe travels. Looking forward to teeing off with you next week…
Best, 
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CEO, PINC
 
  
 
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PINC CEO Nominated as a ‘Pro To Know’ by Leading Publication
PINC Solutions, the world’s #1 provider of Yard Management and Supply Chain Execution solutions, announced that Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC, has been recognized by Supply& Demand Chain Executive magazine in their 2014 ‘Pro to Know’ awards. The annual list identifies top supply chain professionals who have made significant contributions to innovation and advancements that empower supply chain excellence..  >> Learn More
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January Newsletter

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Feb 10, 2014 9:09:53 PM

 

February 4th, 2014

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When you really care about supply chain execution visibility, every yard does count

 

 

Welcome to the first PINC newsletter for 2014. Please watch my video for a quick update. Because of your support over the holidays, we wrote a sizable check to the Susan B. Koman for the Cure this week.

Best, Matt 

CEO, PINC Solutions

 

  

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PINC Solutions Named to Food Logistics FL100 2013 for Fifth Year 

For the past decade, the editors of Food Logistics have identified software and technology providers that help food and beverage manufacturers, food service distributors, and grocery retailers attain their business goals. The FL100 is comprised of software providers as well as equipment and technology companies whose products and services play a significant role in food and beverage supply chains. >> Learn More

 

Industry Expert - Chauvin joins PINC as vice president of Products

We are proud to announce Lou Chauvin has joined PINC Solutions as its vice president of products. He will provide overall direction, planning and commercialisation of the company’s logistics tools for the industry.

Chauvin, who has 30 years of executive and product leadership experience, moves over from his role as vice president of Product Management, Engineering and Customer Support at Zebra Technologies' Enterprise Solutions Group. There he was responsible for providing enterprise visibility solutions to the industrial manufacturing, maritime, commercial aerospace, and transport and logistics industries. >> Learn More

 

>> More PINC news

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The smart supply chain needs both real-time operational data and analytics

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Feb 3, 2014 11:19:00 PM

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I read with interest today's article on how IBM is driving value into Supply Chain with Analytics to create a "smarter supply chain". It provides the following example:
 
"The idea is to “embed analytics into the fabric of supply-chain processes.” Traditionally, analytics has been performed within planning processes on a periodic basis. IBM now wants to take that capability a step further, building analytics into its execution function. It wants to produce reports and generate recommendations directly to users on a day-to-day frequency."
 
At PINC, we have been doing our part to make supply chains smarter, with the analytics we produce:
 
  • At a site level, our yard management solutions select the optimal parking slot or warehouse gate in real-time as it is checked in at the gate. This form of reactive scheduling requires our cloud-based systems to have an accurate picture of all yard activities. Customers still try and plan for shipment arrivals over the day, to spread the load and minimize waits, but trucks hardly ever arrive at their appointment times, making such planning almost redundant. Daily or even hourly data is not current enough.
 
  • At a yard network level, our Transportation Suite services provide analytics based on past activity that centralized supply chain execution managers use to view shipments across the supply chain.
 
Our definition of the "smarter supply chain" encompasses both analytics to aid planning and real-time information to make supply chain operations more reactive to real-time demands on the ground.      
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PINC Solutions Appoints Industry Expert as Vice President of Products

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Jan 6, 2014 7:49:00 AM

ALAMEDA, CA – January 6, 2014 - PINC Solutions, the market leader in advanced yard management and supply chain visibility solutions, today announces that Lou Chauvin, who brings over 30 years of executive and product leadership experience, has joined as Vice President of Products. Lou will be responsible for leading the overall direction, planning and commercialization of the company’s products.

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Lou’s previous leadership role was as Vice President of Product Management, Engineering and Customer Support at Zebra Technologies’ Enterprise Solutions Group, where he was responsible for providing Enterprise Visibility Solutions to the Industrial Manufacturing, Maritime, Commercial Aerospace, and Transportation and Logistics industries. Prior to Zebra, he worked at Eastman Kodak Company for 12 years as a General Manager, Director of Publishing Services and Engineering.

“With PINC I see something special” said Lou Chauvin. “I believe the team, technology, vision and customer focus is very unique in the industry today. I’m very excited about being part of the impact we are about to make.”

“Lou is a well-respected expert in the field of real-time location systems and I am excited to have his insight and experience as part of our team” said Matt Yearling - CEO of PINC Solutions. “His joining PINC provides additional depth to the leadership team and commitment to delivering on our vision for advanced supply chain execution services. I’m looking forward to getting our new innovations in the hands of our customers this year and Lou will be instrumental in making that happen.”


About PINC Solutions 

PINC is the leading provider of Yard Management, Trailer Shipment Visibility and Enterprise Supply Chain Execution solutions for Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics, and Transportation industries, and is used by the world's leading brands.

PINC pioneered the development of cloud-based solutions and sensor networks, using their patented passive RFID, GPS and mobile technologies, to dramatically improve the reliability and economics associated with the deployment of real-time location systems (RTLS) for its customers.

Learn more about PINC Solutions at www.pincsolutions.com.

 

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Pradeep Bhanot, PINC Solutions
press@pincsolutions.com
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As pioneers of Advanced Yard Management Systems using passive RFID to provide real time location services, we share our views on the evolution of Supply Chain Execution technologies and their impact on the business.

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