Supply Chain Execution in the IoT Age

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Jul 16, 2015 6:34:36 PM

Today, Steve Banker published a really interesting article about the The Evolution of Warehouses in the Age of IoT, which talks to opportunity to use IoT and Big Data technologies in warehouses. One great use case Steve describes is about using sensors to alert warehouse operators about exception events in the cold chain where food product temperatures exceed defined thresholds.

At PINC, we take a broader view of IoT that encompasses the warehouse, transportation and the yard with our YMS. Together the WMS, YMS and TMS can be characterized as Supply Chain Execution. IoT is all about gathering raw event streams from sensors, filtering, interpreting and putting this data in context to make it meaningful. Sensors provide an essential feedback mechanism that planning systems need if they are to improve. Real-time sensors also enable execution to adapt to real-time inputs, so when a trailer has been at a dock door too long, an alert can be generated to make it a priority operation. Our capabilities can guide operators how to handle exceptions, or alternatively automatically handling.

When you start trusting a simple, easy-to-use and powerful exception management system fed by IoT, supply chain applications actually become fun to use.

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Driving Supply Chain Convergence

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Jul 7, 2015 9:27:00 PM

Today Supply Chain 247 published an article: What’s at the Core of Supply Chain Execution Convergence? The article does a great job of describing what convergence means to shippers and talks to the importance of thinking beyond the traditional silos of warehousing and transportation. The core value to an organization is better visibility and improved collaboration across parties involved in shipments.

Where PINC’s view diverges from the article (which focused on transportation and warehouse perspectives) is that we believe the Yard Management System is the natural place to converge information from the warehouse management and transportation system siloes. The greatest degree of visibility comes from having a real-time view of shipment execution over-the-road, in the warehouse and in the yard. Supply chains are increasingly using sensors to replace manual input. The YMS in particular can instrument assets, yard truckes, and fixed locations at the facility, such as gates to pass real time location information to operations staff. This removes teh dependence on manually entered data and electronically validates that drivers dropped the trailer where they directed to. 

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Integrating the data captured by the TMS, WMS and YMS is the key to delivering a holistic view across supply chain execution. The TMS provides inbound shipment visibility. PINC maps trading partner networks to provide shipment visibility across locations. The ASN provides shipment details that accelerates check-in processing at the yard. Next the YMS uses RTLS to provide real time locations for the trailer in the yard.

An integration to the WMS confirms the outbound trailer is being loaded and finally, the YMS managed check-out from the facility provides positive confirmation that the shipment has left the warehouse. In many ways, the TMS, YMS and WMS are planning systems. By using real-time IoT sensors, they get actual execution data which can be used to improve future planning accuracy. 
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PINC managed the execution of 6.4 million shipments in 2014

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Jun 3, 2015 8:03:00 PM

PINC’s network brought real-time visibility to more than 6 million road freight shipments across the US, Canada and Latin America last year.

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Our advanced yard management systems (YMS) enabled leading brands  to close the loop in shipment planning, accelerate order fulfillment cycles, and reduce their transportation costs.

Freight service demand is increasing, the demand for transportation-focused technologies is also growing, driving the need for visibility. The collaboration of transportation management systems (TMS) and advanced yard management systems (YMS) can provide accurate shipment data and continuous real-time visibility to take the guesswork out of transportation management and shipment.

PINC’s advanced yard management system (YMS) offers continuous visibility for transportation assets. That means data and asset location are not updated once a day, or once an hour, but continually. Continuous visibility in the yard enables the YMS to track the journey of a trailer from its pending arrival to the exact time of its departure. An advanced YMS also knows all about all the assets in the yard including door type, load type, carrier, size, history, and location. With continuous visibility dock managers can assign the right trailer to the right shipment, transportation managers track the location and progress of trailers, and operations managers enjoy an efficiently run yard.

With integration, PINC YMS and TMS can close the loop in shipment planning by creating a seamless series of moves from source to destination. The YMS controls the gate or means to check-in an asset. If the TMS shares the BOL and dock appointment with YMS as the trailer enters the yard, the YMS can verify that the shipment is correct upon the trailer’s arrival. The shared data integration provides more accurate data by eliminating manual data entry. With advanced information, the check-in process goes smoothly with less likelihood of shipment delays and exceptions.

When Advance Shipment Notifications (ASN) combine pending arrivals data with PINC Solutions’ asset visibility and shipment details, destination facilities can plan more efficiently for pending drop and live shipment loads. The gate guard quickly checks-in the asset and directs it to a drop location. PINC Advanced YMS determines where and when to pick up the trailer. For a live load, both systems can work to ensure that the dock door and labor are available. The driver checks-out in record time. A TMS/YMS collaboration can take the wasted time, delays, and fees out of transportation management.

PINC’s Advanced Yard Management System (YMS) is positioned to determine the best-sized asset in the yard for a shipment and to reduce the time that a driver waits in the yard for shipments. The end result is higher margins, reduced idling time, better use of equipment and drivers, and expedited door-to-door shipments. With TMS/YMS integration, customers can now focus on assets and shipments both on the road and across their entire network of facilities. Trading partners can now collaborate in real-time to lower transportation costs while escalating the movement of shipments across the supply chain.

According to the the latest shipment information in PINC’s cloud based platform, 2015  shipments will exceed last years, so we can look forward to delivering greater value to our customers.
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The Profound Impact of the Internet-of-Things on Supply Chains

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

May 5, 2015 11:41:26 AM

Matt Yearling published a great article on the impact of the IoT on Supply Chains. Read it >>here 

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Internet of Things Will Deliver $1.9 Trillion Boost to Supply Chain & Logistics Operations

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Apr 16, 2015 5:24:00 PM

Today DHL and Cisco published a paper (linked here) indicating the Internet of Things will deliver $1.9 Trillion Boost to Supply Chain & Logistics Operations. The Trend Report estimates that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today. The areas benefiting the most will be in warehousing, and freight transportation.

PINC’s pervasive IoT sensor network is already tracking millions of freight shipments every year, providing real-time asset locations that our Advanced YMS and Supply Chain Execution solutions turn into meaningful information.  

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The paper discusses how the real value of IoT is just beginning to boost Supply Chain operations and the outlook is that it will make a very dramatic impact on the efficiency of tomorrow’s supply chains.  Visit www.pincsolutions.com to learn more about our IoT  platform.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Technology: YMS takes flight

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Apr 14, 2015 1:17:00 PM

Some interesting perspectives on the yard management market and trends in the April adition of Logistics Management . Nice to see PINC Air get some airtime and our customer UTSI get recognition of ther use of PINC's Advanced YMS. 

PINC Air will be on display at this week's RFID Journal Live event on San Diego. 

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The event will feature 2 PINC Air Supply Chain Drone's on display, one in the PINC booth #642 and one in the Omni-ID booth. PINC Air will also be featured in the presentation by Rod Flores of Daimler Trucks North America. PINC's customer, RR Donnelly will be featuring their printed "Drone Ready" RFID Tag.  

It promises to be a great event. 

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PINC's Next Generation Yard Truck RFID Reader

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Apr 3, 2015 7:13:15 PM

Check out our new Power Management Unit mount, complete with our new Impinj Speedway Revolution RFID reader. 

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Using IoT for Visibility and Predictability

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Apr 2, 2015 6:43:42 PM

A recent article in Supply Chain 247 (Capitalizing on the IoT with Visibility and Intelligence) discussed how Internet of Things (IoT) momentum is reaching critical mass. This got me thinking about examples of how much we already use various sensors to improve trailer visits that are managed by modern yard management systems.  

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To illustrate the point, take a use case of a truck and a loaded trailer arriving at a Distribution Center (DC). Since the load had left its source facility, the destination DC has been automatically tracking its progress. Fed via the truck’s telematics system, the Yard Management System (YMS) has been continuously optimizing its expected journey within the facility based on its predicted arrival. It’s goal – to accelerate ingress into the facility and to optimize the scheduling of unloading.  Instructions, and outlooks of what to expect on arrival at the facility, have been periodically messaged back to the driver’s smart device.

As the truck arrives at the facility, a read of the trailer’s RFID tag positively confirms that the load has arrived at the location, recording the precise time and day. Information linked to the load is automatically retrieved and displayed on the kiosk screen at the unmanned gate. As the truck pulls up to the unmanned gate, it is weighed and cameras capture a 360 degree image of the trailer. The driver confirms the details of his load at the kiosk screen with a single click, and is instructed where to drop his current load and pickup his new load.

Throughout the trailer’s visit to the DC, it is regularly scanned to confirm its location. Real-time information of the trailer journey and location is relayed to the carrier and other interested parties. At the end of its visit, the trailer leaves and begins the next leg of its journey, the DC remains aware of its existence and used the meaningful knowledge it captured to assist load planners looking for equipment and trim future potential dwell time. Meaningful information relating to the carrier and trailer visit have been captured for future analysis.

This example demonstrates the use of multiple types of IoT sensors, which are by no means exhaustive, including the driver’s cell phone, truck telematics system, RFID tags, RFID readers, video processing, weight scales and smart kiosks. These sensors all played their part in minimizing human interaction and automating the entire visit. 

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RFID Boosts Productivity at Daimler Truck Factory

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Mar 3, 2015 4:24:03 PM

The Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) facility in Saltillo, Mexico, is employing an RFID system to know exactly where within its yard each trailer loaded with specific materials and components is located. By attaching passive UHF RFID tags to the trailers, the company can direct yard-truck drivers to the specific location where trailers need to be retrieved and then delivered, thereby saving time that the staff previously spent driving around the yard reading serial numbers, using the radio and manually writing down trailer ID numbers on paper. The system has enabled DTNA to achieve 99 percent trailer location accuracy within its yard, and has allowed yard workers to increase productivity. Learn how Daimler has been able to reduce its number of yard trucks, and how the system also provides real-time management reporting about trailer arrivals, trailer movement and worker productivity.

Visit RFID LIve in April 15-17th to see the presentation:

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Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Market, 2014 - 2020

Posted by Pradeep Bhanot

Jan 12, 2015 5:40:55 PM

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PINC is profiled as a leading supplier of RTLS solutions in 2014 global research study - Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2014 - 2020

 

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