Brian Hoey

Recent Posts

6 Important Industry 4.0 Statistics to Know

June 21, 2018
In the spirit of turning data into insights, here are six important statistics about Industry 4.0 to consider as you navigate the complexity of the modern supply chain.

Why In-memory Technology Matters

June 19, 2018
Recently, some businesses have been turning to in-memory technology (both in-memory databases and in-memory processing); but is that a meaningful way to empower agile decision-making for planners?

Getting the Most Out of an Integrated Supply Chain

June 14, 2018
To begin with, one of the most mission critical goals of an integrated supply chain must be to improve visibility and data accessibility.

The Freight Forwarder's Guide to Industry 4.0

June 12, 2018
If Industry 4.0, which has been touted as the fourth industrial revolution, has an impact that is remotely comparable to those of its predecessors, then it’ll be remembered for a lot more than just powering the smart factory.

A 5-step Guide to Minimizing Supply Chain Risk

June 07, 2018
In February of 2018, popular fast food brand KFC was in the midst of making some big changes to its UK supply chain. What followed was a cautionary tale about failing to manage supply chain risk.

4 Facts About Green Supply Chain Management

June 05, 2018
Adopting a green supply chain can offer competitive advantages while decreasing inefficiencies.

A Real-time Planning FAQ

May 31, 2018
What is real-time planning, and how can it effect your supply chain?

What Is Logistics 4.0?

May 29, 2018
In the spirit of Industry 4.0, some have taken to referring to new and emerging logistics paradigms as Logistics 4.0—but what exactly does this term mean?

Transport Logistics in the Era of Industry 4.0

May 24, 2018
The rise of Industry 4.0 is already bringing about significant changes in all aspects of supply chain management, and transport logistics is no exception.

A Fruitful Union: The Intersection of Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0

May 22, 2018
The concepts that make up the Industry 4.0 framework don’t have to stop at the edge of the factory floor. Indeed, the very same principles that drive modern, digitized manufacturing are also bringing about the era of Logistics 4.0.

The Future of Procurement in Supply Chain Management

May 17, 2018
Out of date quotations and inefficient processes lead to businesses consistently settling for prices that don’t reflect current market trends or their own particular needs. In the era of Industry 4.0 we’re finally beginning to see some meaningful changes to the procurement process

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact the Global Supply Chain

May 15, 2018
We’ve spoken a bit on this blog about the impact that artificial intelligence and machine learning can have on a given company’s supply chaining planning and day-to-day operations, but what impact does this technology stand to make on the global supply chain as a whole?

On Getting the Most from Your Transport Logistics

May 10, 2018
Decision-making silos and poor data integration make an accurate view of the supply chain difficult to come by. The end result is that businesses struggle to get the most out of their transport logistics.

How the Industrial IoT Can Add Business Value 

May 08, 2018
The Industrial IoT (IIoT) refers specifically to internet-connected factory machinery and sensors, along with any connected devices that might be integrated into manufacturing workflows.

5 Fascinating Facts About Advanced Analytics

May 03, 2018
As of only a few years ago, most companies were analyzing a mere 12% of their data, but the rise of big data and advanced analytics is sure to drive that number up in coming years.

How Strategic Network Planning Can Combat Risk

May 01, 2018
Traffic, weather, and other supply chain events conspire to disrupt the plans of freight forwarders and supply chain logistics experts around the globe. One of the industry’s most important challenges is to mitigate those risks. Strategic network planning is a method of doing just that.

Why Industry 4.0 Will Create More Business Moments

April 26, 2018
Manufacturers that are able to implement Industry 4.0 systems will be able to produce more business moments and take advantage of the opportunities that they represent.