Brian Hoey

Recent Posts

Ignoring S&OE Is Increasing Your Risk

August 23, 2018
As Gartner defines it, S&OE is tasked with making small daily and weekly adjustments to inventory restocking, transport logistics, and other matters that require real-time monitoring, making it an ideal workflow for managing risk.

5 Uses for Machine Learning in Supply Chain Management

August 16, 2018
If you follow the news and trends in supply chain management, you’ve no doubt noticed that machine learning (ML) is often touted as the next major innovation in this long line of technological evolutions—but what, exactly, is it, and how can supply chain managers put it to use?

How Logistics 4.0 Will Impact Supply Chain Management

August 14, 2018
Logistics 4.0 is more than just an emerging component of Industry 4.0—it's a powerful connecting force in the global supply chain.

5 Ways In-Memory Technology Adds Business Value

August 09, 2018
Companies throughout the global value stream have been slow to adopt in-memory technology—in part because they’re not entirely sure what the relevant value propositions are. In pursuit of clarifying those value propositions, here are five ways that in-memory technology can help your business.

Is Your Supply Chain Ready to Go Digital?

August 07, 2018
As more and more businesses go digital, a digital supply chain is quickly becoming a necessity in the automotive and manufacturing worlds.

5 Key Elements of Logistics 4.0

August 02, 2018
What are the distinct elements that define Logistics 4.0 systems? How do these elements incorporate the logic of Industry 4.0, and how do they build on the logistics paradigms of the past?

Production Scheduling 101: Tackling the Job Shop Problem

July 31, 2018
How do we reconcile the difficulty of scheduling production in a job shop with the obvious value that it presents for many businesses, and what can that tell us about the future of job shop scheduling?

5 Ways Increased Visibility Can Help You Scale Your Business

July 26, 2018
Here are five way that end-to-end (E2E) supply chain visibility plays an important role in building a smarter, more efficient business.

The Future of Shipping Is Digital

July 24, 2018
What will shipping’s digital future mean for your business? What challenges will it present and what problems will it help to solve?

5 Key Strategies for Improving Operational Capacities

July 19, 2018
In order to remain competitive in the world of modern manufacturing, production planners are constantly searching for new ways to derive more value from their operations via improved operational capacities.

Why Your Customers Can't Wait for Industry 4.0

July 17, 2018
As businesses work to adopt Industry 4.0 principles into their supply chains, even OEMs essentially become service providers.

How ENisco Mastered Job Shop Scheduling (Case Study)

July 12, 2018
To help you as you navigate the hurdles inherent in job shop scheduling, we’re happy to present a case study on ENisco’s successful attempt to master the job shop problem.

Is Your Factory Ready for Industry 4.0?

July 10, 2018
Because Industry 4.0 relies so heavily on machine-to-machine communication (with an eye towards autonomous machine decision making), there is a high standard for the necessary level of digitization.

5 Logistics Trends to Watch Out For

July 05, 2018
Though many of the impending changes in the world of logistics will no doubt seem daunting, they will also present new opportunities for businesses to grow and gain competitive advantages. Here are a few of the most interesting emerging logistics trends to watch out for.

5 Ways to Measure Supply Chain Visibility

July 03, 2018
Today’s supply chain managers are often in pursuit of that elusive measure of supply chain health: end-to-end (E2E) supply chain visibility.

5 Predictions for Advanced Analytics in 2018

June 28, 2018
Each year, topics like big data, advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence dominate conversations about supply chain technology, becoming the focus of increasing amounts of speculation as the real power of these technologies becomes clearer and more apparent.

Why You Should Never Do Job Shop Scheduling in Excel

June 26, 2018
Fun fact: In computer science, job shop scheduling is considered an NP-hard problem, which in this case means that the problem is complex enough that there is no known algorithm that can solve it quickly under all circumstances.