Brian Hoey

Recent Posts

Route Planning in the Era of Logistics 4.0

December 20, 2018
Over the course of human history, many of or most critical technological advances have been put to use in helping people and goods get from Point A to Point B more effectively. Logistics 4.0 is no different.

Is the Furniture Industry Ready for Industry 4.0?

December 18, 2018
As the era of Industry 4.0 continues to ramp up, new corners of the world of industry will continue to see rapid growth and changes—how will the furniture industry respond?

The Benefits of Inbound Pull in Modern Logistics

December 13, 2018
What does mixology have to do with modern logistics? They can both demonstrate the value of pull-based planning.

Sustainability in the Automotive Supply Chain

December 11, 2018
Deciding on acceptable trade offs between sustainability and profitability, uncovering areas where sustainability increases profitability, and developing new KPIs for managing vendors and suppliers: these are the questions that arise in the modern automotive supply chain.

A 5 Step Guide to Optimizing Total Logistics Costs

December 06, 2018
For manufacturers in the modern, global supply chain, it’s not uncommon to face the following question: you want to lower your total logistics costs, but how much risk are you willing to incur in order to do so?

How (and Why) to Improve Your Forecasts with Demand Sensing

December 04, 2018
The introduction of real-time technology into the supply chain has led to the rise of demand sensing in modern forecasting workflows. But what is demand sensing, and why should you care?

The Top 4 Challenges in Modern Newspaper Distribution

November 29, 2018
Press distributors are called upon to move products straight from production lines to customers. From a logistics perspective, this can be a significant challenge, especially when you assume that the papers will always come off the production line at the last possible moment.

Digital Manufacturers: What to Look for in a 3PL

November 27, 2018
How is finding a 3PL like hiring a new employee? They both need great references, the right technological skills, and room for growth.

How Real-time Decision-making Will Change Your Whole Supply Chain

November 22, 2018
What can smart fridges tell us about real-time information in the supply chain? Read on to find out!

5 Keys to Optimizing Furniture Logistics

November 20, 2018
Many modern furniture manufacturers rely on workflows that skip the inventory stage altogether, with products going straight from their respective production lines to delivery vehicles. As a result, furniture logistics can present some of the thorniest problems faced in modern transport planning.

Forecast Accuracy: Demand Sensing in the Supply Chain

November 15, 2018
What does batch baking have to do with improving forecast accuracy in an industrial setting? Both require a nuanced understanding of the factors that predict future demand levels.

5 Questions for Evaluating Industry 4.0 Technology Solutions

November 13, 2018
In a recent poll, PwC found that while 60% of respondents were “dabbling” with Industry 4.0 technology, only 3% had truly achieved a working Industry 4.0 paradigm. Why? In part because it can be difficult to evaluate the software solutions involved.

6 Supply Chain Digitization Stats to Know

November 08, 2018
91% of German manufacturers are investing in digitization, but only 6% say they’re fully digitized. What does this tell us about the nature of supply chain digitization?

5 Key Benefits of Supply Chain Analytics

November 06, 2018
How is supply chain analytics like the Moneyball revolution in modern baseball statistics? Read on to find out.

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Logistics 4.0?

November 01, 2018
What does the annual hop harvest have to do with Logistics 4.0? They both demonstrate the importance of connectivity and real-time communication in modern manufacturing and shipping.

5 Surprising Facts About Inventory Management in the Industry 4.0 Era

October 30, 2018
In 2015, the global cost of overstocking goods was $470 billion, and the cost of under-stocking was more than $600 billion. What implications does this have for modern manufacturers?

How Industry 4.0 is Changing Product Life Cycles

October 25, 2018
Modern product life cycles involve a lot of prototyping, and it has historically been difficult to know in advance what the result of any given change or adjustment might be. Luckily, Industry 4.0 is rapidly changing the journeys that products take from conception to production.