Talking Rain was founded in 1987, but business exploded just a few years ago when the Seattle-based beverage company decided to expand nationally with Sparkling ICE®, a carbonated, flavored water. The overnight success demanded a supply chain overhaul. Rapid growth strained Talking Rain’s limited distribution network, and dramatic seasonal fluctuations made it challenging to accommodate space needs. The beverage producer
A seamless customer experience depends on solid data. In a new article for Logistics Tech Outlook, Saddle Creek’s CIO, Donna Slyster, discusses the role of electronic communication in today’s supply chain. From EDI to Web services, she explores current practices and where automated data flow is headed. Following is an excerpt from the article . . . Electronic Communication for
Saddle Creek Logistics Services (www.sclogistics.com) announced today that the company has selected cloud-based customer engagement software solutions on a single platform from Enspire Commerce (www.enspirecommerce.com) to enhance its omnichannel supply chain capabilities. Enspire’s software suite includes an order management system (OMS) with enterprise inventory visibility, product information management (PIM) solution and trading partner management/EDI solution. By leveraging the Enspire solution,
It is no secret that subscription box sales are exploding. Visits to popular subscription sites are up almost 3,000 percent in the past three years, according to Hitwise data.i To gain a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded marketplace, many subscription companies are moving from traditional subscription services to an ecommerce business model. Instead of insisting that “one size fits
Most successful logistics operations share a common denominator: careful attention to solution design. Laying the groundwork with an eye toward the desired end result can help to ensure optimal efficiency and effectiveness. DMADV, a Six Sigma management technique, can be a valuable tool for guiding the solution-design process. This data-centric quality strategy is proven to improve service levels, enhance efficiency
Transportation costs are rising, drivers are hard to come by, customers are more demanding . . . the transportation industry is a challenging place these days. Leading companies take advantage of integrated transportation management systems (TMS), mobile communications and reporting to gain a competitive edge. Top-tier systems like TruckMate, PeopleNet, and Mercury Gate can be cost-prohibitive for many companies, however.
It looked like something out of Star Wars, but the unidentified object flying inside our Lakeland, Fla., warehouse yesterday was actually a drone. The Innovation Lab at our headquarter campus has been actively testing the use of drones in production environments. Equipped with specialized scanning hardware and software to perform cycle counts and physical inventories, drones may prove to be