How your Business challenges impact Warehouse operations

Introduction: Link between Strategy and Operational practices Back in 2016, I wrote an article on LinkedIn that followed the journey from Corporate strategy to Operational practices. (link below). Often, Operations leaders on the floor are kept in silo as far as the corporate strategy goes. The strategy, after transforming in several ways, makes their way…

Warehouse Analytics : A Cheat Sheet View

You don’t need to wait for sensors data With all the hype around smart warehouses (most of that hype is well deserved), you may develop a notion that in order to gain the full advantage of advanced analytics in your warehouse operations, you need to wait till your warehouse is fully automated and/or smart. Fortunately,…

Evaluating your Supply Chain execution capability level

The evolution of your Supply Chain capabilities depends on where your current state lies. The infographic below provides a very high level view of different levels of Supply Chain execution capability. So which level is your organization’s Supply Chain at? I have kept this assessment illustration high level on purpose, in order to illustrate only…

TICK Stack: The Open source solution for managing sensor data

Step Zero of your IIoT Analytics journey Applications of IoT in Supply Chain and manufacturing  are evolving from hype to maturity and considering the pace of technology explosion, industrial scale IoT solutions become the norm in next 2-3 years in my opinion. You need to get on the learning curve now and start experimenting, if…

Applying Classification algorithms on sensor data for Fault Detection

Introduction One of the numerous advantages of Smart Factories is the real time visibility into operating parameters of your equipments on the floor, transmitted by sensors. Leveraging this data optimally is key to harvesting true benefits from your Smart manufacturing investment. In this post, we will discuss how we can apply Machine Learning methodologies on…

ISA 95 – The Analytics enabler framework behind Smart Manufacturing

Why this sudden interest in Smart Manufacturing? With emerging technologies like IoT and IIoT grabbing headlines, the interest in Smart manufacturing  or “The factory of the future” has peaked. Many providers have developed and launched products and platforms that allows manufacturing organizations to convert their manufacturing floors into smart factories (sample representation below). So what…

Leveraging IoT to build a Predictive Logistics platform : An Introduction

Introduction IoT technologies are predicted to generate a massive amount of data, when leveraged at an Industrial scale in Supply Chains. Using IoT technology to gain competitive advantage is actually not just about the data but more about how you leverage all that data being collected. Advanced in technology and computing now allow you to…

Three realistic applications of Clustering algorithms in Logistics Management

In this post, we will explore some applications of clustering algorithms within Logistics Management space that can actually be applied relatively easily and are actually already being used by many organizations. For those who want to try building these models in Python, please email me on singhkum@umich.edu and I can share the Python code and…

Where did Sears go wrong ? A Supply Chain and Analytics perspective

I. Data, data everywhere…not a single byte put to use As you may have read in the Fortune article (link at the end), Sears started as a catalog-only retailer decades before it opened its first store. It got rid of the catalog business in 1993 since it became extremely unprofitable (Sears was supposedly losing $1M/day)….

Five ways to retain your Data Science talent

1. Think long term during the hiring process In this Data Science frenzy, it is easy and tempting to hire what I call “warm bodies” – resources that will “get the job done”. Hiring advanced analytics talent is an investment, not only in monetary terms but it is also an investment in your organization’s future….

Launching a successful Self Service Machine Learning product

So you have a Self Service Machine Learning product offering….. Unfortunately so do a plethora of other companies The fact is- the marketplace in this space is already getting crowded. Many organizations are joining the rush to transform themselves to align with Digital Transformation explosion. Every major IT company, including many that were largely perceived…

Developing a smart Six Sigma program in Digital Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing is plain automation..until you know how to extract the full value and evolve it into Smart Manufacturing Real time process monitoring is one of the key functionalities of Digital manufacturing. In addition to allowing you to monitor your manufacturing process for optimality , it also provides you an opportunity to upgrade your quality…

What Exactly is Digital Transformation ?

Digital Transformation is the third step of your Digital Journey Many  “Digital Transformation experts” use the terms digitization, digitalization and digital transformation  interchangeably. However, they have distinct meanings, particularly in the context of Supply Chain. They can be treated as steps in a process, starting with a literal conversion and ending with the creation of…

Ten building blocks of your Supply Chain strategy

Supply Chain strategy as a competitive weapon In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, developing a robust Supply Chain strategy is critical in order to be able to serve your customer better and faster than your competitor. Even though it has become important to ensure that Supply Chain strategies are not rigid and have flexibility to…

Four ways to prepare your Supply Chain for Recession

Prepare for the inevitable In a 2010 HBR article titled “Roaring out of Recession”, the authors analyzed data from three different recessions (1980,1990 and 2000) to evaluate the impact on public companies. One interesting finding from that study was that out of 4,700 public companies studied, 9% of the companies not only recovered from Recession-they…

Supply Chain segmentation : An applied example

Increasing importance of Supply Chain segmentation Ever evolving consumer and Supply Chain landscape is driving increased complexity into product offerings and distribution channels, which then impacts the effectiveness of the Supply Chain. Supply Chain segmentation is a powerful tool that when leveraged effectively, will allow you to provide a great brand experience to your customers…

Segmenting your Supply Chain for Digital transformation

Robust and relevant processes are the foundation of digital transformation Digitization happens around a process and if the processes in place are not optimal,  realizing the true value of digitization of your Supply Chain will be challenging. What is the most effective strategy to implement digital is a very broad discussion topic in itself. You…

My contribution to National e-Governance policy of Government of India

Received this on April 30th in an email from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. Pleasantly surprised since I completely forgot about this. Back in October 2018, when I had some down time between projects, I came across this section on the Digital India website, requesting ideation papers pertaining to e-Governance and…

An introduction to IIoT Data flow in a Distribution Center

  IoT and IIoT generated data will dominate the next wave of advanced analytics. As an advanced analytics professional, it is critical to understand the IIoT data flow architecture at a high level, in order to leverage the data generated efficiently. This post aims to provide an introduction to the flow. Effort has been made…

Is your Distribution Center Smart ?

During the holidays break last year, I got a chance to read a White paper focussed exclusively on robotics and automation, that included interviews from hundreds of Distribution center (DC) operations managers managing automated warehouses. The survey was conducted anonymously and the managers expressed their candid opinion. What was surprising was the finding that ~…