Brian Hoey

Recent Posts

Order Slotting in the Automotive Supply Chain

October 23, 2018
How do you answer thorny questions about demand, capacity, and inventory management in a way that yields smooth production scheduling and minimum of slowdowns? One potential answer is to implement order slotting.

5 Crucial Transport Logistics Stats to Know

October 18, 2018
Logistics 4.0, digital logistics, modern transport logistics: whatever you want to call it, the new paradigm emerging in the world of transporting goods from production plants to consumers is gaining steam rapidly.

4 Benefits of Strategic Network Planning

October 16, 2018
In the past, logistics providers have been stuck making decisions about routing, hub placement, and network administration based on incomplete, past-oriented data. Strategic network planning turns that data into concrete predictions about the effects of any possible changes or adjustments.

The Integrated Tour Planner's Journey

October 11, 2018
Optimize for time, or do you opt for the shortest route in order to save on fuel costs? Should you utilize transfer points at which you consolidate or break up shipments, or go for a continuous, unbroken transport? How do you optimize tour planning from a supply chain planning perspective?

6 Supply Chain Management Statistics to Know

October 09, 2018
In the spirit of data-driven decision-making in the automotive supply chain, here are a few statistics that might be important for supply chain managers to know going forward.

5 Important Considerations for Smarter Route and Tour Planning

October 04, 2018
As we enter the Industry 4.0 era and supply chain planning technology becomes more and more sophisticated, planners are increasingly being given the tools to tackle the traditional hurdles of route and tour planning in a smarter, more agile way.

5 Key Benefits of Logistics 4.0

October 02, 2018
Logistics 4.0 is to old-school transport management as navigating without a GPS is to driving with a smartphone: it boosts connectivity and eases pain points at every turn.

What Industry 4.0 Will Mean for Your Employees

September 27, 2018
The first three industrial revolutions changed the nature of work and the daily lives of workers. Will Industry 4.0 do the same?

How-to: Optimizing Your Planning Flow

September 25, 2018
Let's say you're an OEM, with a sleek manufacturing space and a sophisticated, technologically cutting edge process for creating a particular automotive part. How can you build towards a production planning workflow that's equally sophisticated?

Optimize Your Inventory Management with These 3 Strategies

September 20, 2018
When it comes to inventory management, every decision you make has an effect on the rest of the process, just as each new factor adds complexity. Luckily, there are some tactics that manufacturers and others can employ to better manage their stock levels and warehouse or container usage.

Match Game: Choosing the Right Container for the Right Parts

September 18, 2018
How is container management like moving into a new home? They both get a lot harder with limited visibility.

Industry Report: Automation in the Supply Chain

September 13, 2018
These days, when most people think of automation, one of their first thoughts is of self-driving cars. What many people don’t realize, as they picture themselves magically napping away their morning commutes, is that when it comes to autonomous vehicles there are actually six levels of autonomy.

The Impact of Cognitive Analytics on the Automotive Supply Chain

September 11, 2018
Machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing. Together, these technologies and others have come to be known as cognitive analytics, and even in their developmental stages they’re already having a widespread impact on the way the automotive supply chain.

The Logistics 4.0 Tipping Point

September 06, 2018
As we approach the era of Logistics 4.0, a number of factors will contribute to its fast-approaching tipping point, including smart factories and the global supply chain.

What Industry 4.0 Will Mean for Your Planning Workflows

September 04, 2018
Imagine you own and operate a pin factory at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. One day, you come in and announce to your workers that you’ll be implementing steam powered machinery into your production processes. How would your workers respond, and what can that tell us about Industry 4.0?

4 Surprising Uses for Real-time Information in the Supply Chain

August 30, 2018
In recent years, real-time information has become a key value-added proposition for bolstering efficiency and decreasing waste in modern supply chains. Is this technology being utilized to its maximum effect, or are there still new use-cases for real-time information?

The Marriage of Industry 4.0 and Job Shop Scheduling

August 28, 2018
What, exactly, is it that makes Industry 4.0 and job shop scheduling a match made in heaven?