News Article | April 28, 2017
The human brain is an enigma wrapped in a skull, but the field of neuroscience is beginning to unravel its secrets. What we learn could be used for good – such as how to develop prosthetic limbs and wheelchairs that can be controlled directly by a patient's thoughts – or bad, like the possibility of mind-controlled weaponry. To help us navigate the potentially murky waters of probing and peering into the human mind, researchers from Switzerland have proposed four new human rights relating to limitations on how the brain should be read or manipulated. Brainwaves can be tracked using electroencephalography (EEG), and that's helping us map out which parts of the brain are involved in which processes, diagnose concussions, guess which number someone's thinking of, help stroke victims regain their motor skills or let "locked-in" people communicate with the outside world. If that's the "out" signal, than transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is the "in": placing a magnetic coil on the back of the skull, the patient's brain can be directly stimulated to boost memory or learning, send messages, treat migraines or even play games. But there's a dark side to the technology. Unlocking the secrets of the brain may leave our innermost thoughts open to being hacked, read and shared without our consent, we could lose our sense of self, or in the worst case scenario, we could be effectively driven insane. "The mind is a kind of last refuge of personal freedom and self-determination," say the researchers. "While the body can easily be subject to domination and control by others, our mind, along with our thoughts, beliefs and convictions, are to a large extent beyond external constraint. Yet, with advances in neural engineering, brain imaging and pervasive neurotechnology, the mind might no longer be such an unassailable fortress." With these concerns in mind (pun intended), the researchers from the University of Zurich and the University of Basel proposed four new human rights that might become increasingly relevant in the near future as neuroscience advances. According to the team, every human on the planet should have the right to cognitive liberty, mental privacy, mental integrity, and psychological continuity. Freedom of choice, speech, press and religion are key to the US Constitution, but all of these could fall under one umbrella: cognitive liberty. An individual's mind is where they make all of their personal decisions relating to what they believe, say and do, and the researchers propose that this should be preserved as a fundamental human right. Organizations and governments should not be able to "forcibly manipulate the mental states, and implicitly the brain states of individual citizens," and people should have the right to refuse coercive uses of neurotechnology. It's a little terrifying that this even needs to be considered, but as that technology advances over the next few years or decades, it's worth laying the groundwork now. Thanks to the internet, our personal information has never been more public, but what happens when organizations or governments are able to record data straight from our brains? We don't always have direct control over our thoughts, and as the researchers point out, even if someone has consented to an EEG scan, the device could pick up far more information than the person wanted to share. The team's idea of mental privacy could be satisfied by ensuring that these devices can only read the brainwaves that the person explicitly agrees to, and the information gathered should be protected from leaking all over the internet. That's particularly important because our thoughts are about as personal as information can get, and the inextricable link to our identity might make it impossible to keep that data completely anonymous. If a shady third party is messing around with your computer without your knowledge, it could corrupt the data. Now imagine that the "computer" is your brain – corruption there could, literally, drive you insane. Brain-computer interfaces are already coming into use for prosthetics that can be controlled through thought, meaning that patients come to think of them as their own limbs. But these devices could be remotely accessible, which would be as disturbing as if some unknown person suddenly seized control of your left hand. To protect people from that horror story, and the possible slippery slope towards brain-washing, the paper puts forward mental integrity as a human right. People build their identity on memories and thoughts, and neuroscience is already beginning to uncover ways to actively alter these things. Memories can be implanted or erased, potentially leading to behavioral changes (either deliberately or through carelessness), which could result in people losing their sense of self. Preserving this is what the researchers call a right to psychological continuity. While not all of these scenarios are relevant right now, it might be a good idea to start thinking about them in terms of health, law and ethics, before they become a reality. The finer details, how the ideas should be implemented and to what extent, is all still up for debate, but the researchers are keen to get the conversation started. The research was published in the journal Life Sciences, Society and Policy.
News Article | April 17, 2017
With increasing confidence and now a second patent, researchers at a Deerfield, IL medical clinic have developed and are applying a combination therapy that holds promise for millions of Americans suffering from mental depression that is resistant to conventional care. By combining two accepted treatments, innovators led by Steve Best, M.D., director of the Neuroscience Center, Deerfield, IL, have discovered a therapeutic method that benefits even long-troubled patients who suffer conditions ranging from suicidal inclinations to substance abuse and also chronic neuropathic pain. Pain patients have been able to discontinue or dramatically reduce opioid use. Dr. Best, who is also the Medical Director at Abbott House in Highland Park, IL and a member of the board of directors of the Cook County North Suburban affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, received word of the second patent award during the first week of April, 2017. “The patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is added validation for the combination therapy we are applying when we help patients suffering from mental depression. Very often, the same patients are troubled by chronic pain,” Dr. Best said. Subspecialty-trained in Neuropsychiatry, Dr. Best came to believe that emotional pain and chronic pain are linked and can be addressed most successfully with a combination of two medically accepted therapies. The novelty of Dr. Best’s insight lies in discovering a synergistic effect from the combining of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) applied along with ketamine. According to The Neuroscience Center, the combination therapy can be performed in the outpatient setting, does not require general anesthesia, and has no effect on a patient’s memory. The patented method is reliably effective for the treatment of depression and chronic pain, even for patients who are unable to find relief from conventional therapies and even in cases of substance abuse. Dr. Best and The Neuroscience Center have found that, during the six years of study, as many as ninety percent of the patients have been able to reach some form of remission. "That means the person is able to return to work and leave the disability roll. They’re able to mend broken marriages, families, and resume their lives,” Dr. Best said. “So far, results have lasted up to six years." With medical professionals saying that ten million Americans have mental depression not responding to conventional therapies, and that as many as 40 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain, why is the promising combination therapy found at a handful of locations worldwide instead of in widespread use? “Medical science is careful and costly,” Dr. Best said. “For example, a small pilot study examining only two forms of the combination can approach one million dollars in cost. Then, if that study involving 40 patients is statistically successful, additional studies will examine new combinations. And so on. We hope for that day. In the meantime, what we are seeing increases our confidence and our enthusiasm.” In addition to the notice of the second patent award, Dr. Best and the researchers are heartened by the growing interest other medical researchers are showing in the combination therapy. During 2016, the world medical community learned of the innovation through reports in a half dozen global medical journals. Dr. Best is also in contact with other U.S. and Brazilian university groups engaged in complementary research paths. “The time is coming when this combination therapy will be utilized proactively and commonly in complex cases to prevent multiple treatment failures,” Dr. Best said. “This will improve the quality of life for millions.” ###
News Article | April 17, 2017
Open Sky Group (Open Sky) is changing the paradigm for supply chain software implementations for mid-market companies. No longer will companies be stuck with long and risky implementations. This shift is driven by Open Sky’s disciplined, agile methodology and a no-modifications approach. As a result, Open Sky has shortened the time to value for mid-market companies and has now successfully completed an impressive number of installs of the latest versions of JDA Warehouse (WMS) and Labor (WLM) Management as a JDA Partner. “Our disciplined, agile methodology and no-modifications approach is part of what is helping to speed the time to value for our clients. The methodology we’ve developed repurposes aspects of Agile software development concepts and applies these to Warehouse and Labor Management implementations. This greatly streamlines the workload and gets early and consistent involvement from critical members of the team,” says Chad Kramlich, senior vice president of client services for Open Sky Group. “Although it might sound easy, a no-modifications approach can be tough and takes strong project and change management. Even with those two critical pieces, success still relies on the exceptional skills of our teams and the configurability and usability of these latest versions of JDA WMS and WLM. Combined, this helps customers successfully get up and running more quickly with less risk and in many cases at a lower cost of ownership than alternatives.” “Open Sky Group has a keen ability to rapidly implement the JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management solutions for mid-market companies,” says Greg O’Sullivan, group vice president, global partner alliances and channels for JDA. “Further, with their successful software implementations and high customer satisfaction, Open Sky Group is a key part of the JDA Partner ecosystem.” ABOUT OPEN SKY GROUP, AUTHORIZED JDA RESELLER Open Sky Group (Open Sky) is a consulting company specializing in services for WMS, Labor and TMS software implementations. Open Sky is also an Authorized Reseller of JDA Warehouse Management (WMS), Warehouse Labor Management (WLM) and Transportation Management (TMS) software. Named twice to the Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, Open Sky strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for implementing Supply Chain solutions.
News Article | May 3, 2017
With the release of the new, refreshed Nissan LEAF getting closer by the day, doing a comprehensive comparison of the two would make some sense — to help those interested in getting a Nissan LEAF decide between waiting for one of the refreshed ones or simply getting one of the current offerings now available at low price points. Since Push EVs has already beat me to it, though, I’ll just go ahead and highlight some of the points made over there, while adding my own thoughts. Before getting into that, however, some findings from our new EV report seem worth highlighting here. Apparently, only a sliver of current Tesla drivers plan to buy a Nissan LEAF, but … … plan to next buy a Nissan LEAF. Whether that would be a current-gen LEAF or a next-gen LEAF, we didn’t ask. With regard to appearance, the new Nissan LEAF (as seen in spy spots and also possibly leaked renders) seems to be of a much more conventional design than the current LEAF. That presumably should help sales grow a great deal. The majority of people who I’ve talked to about the subject seem to think that the new LEAF is a much better looking car. (The current Nissan LEAF certainly has a polarizing appearance — as do some of Nissan’s other models, such as the Juke.) With regard to pricing, that remains something of an unknown, but it would stand to reason that Nissan will be looking to remain competitive in that regard with the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (which will be getting a range upgrade next year) and with Kia’s soon-to-be-released electric models. This would entail undercutting the Tesla Model 3 and Chevy Bolt on pricing and aiming for strong “value for the money” appeal. This is all speculation, though — Nissan may stick to its current pricing structure, and could possibly lose sales to Hyundai and Kia as a result. With regard to range, I’ll just quote Push EVs here: “The entry-level trim of the new Nissan Leaf with the 40 kWh battery should attain at least 160 miles (257 km) EPA range, which is a nice improvement. However, it’s still not clear if the 60 kWh battery — needed to surpass the 200 miles EPA range — will be available in the mid and high trims from the beginning or will be introduced later.” And I’ll quote a bit from the section relating to charging as well: “An internal 3-phase (11-22 kW) charger in Europe would make the Leaf at least as popular as the Renault Zoe. … I remember Nissan former CEO, Carlos Ghosn saying multiple times that bigger battery capacity isn’t the only solution for range anxiety, which could be overcome with more public charging stations and electric cars capable of faster charging. If Nissan doesn’t deliver in this field it will be a big letdown. To match the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s capability to charge up to 80 kW at DC fast chargers, it will require a TMS (thermal management system) to keep the battery cool.” That would represent a big change in design, though one that the company has probably been working towards for a while now. Presumably, after all, that’s why the company has been hesitant to increase the size of the LEAF’s battery-pack too much to date — because of the need to add a thermal management system if that happens. So, what’s the overall takeaway of the comparison? As always, it depends on the factors given the most weight. If you want a comparatively conventional-looking car, then wait for the new LEAF. If you don’t care about that, then the current LEAF can be bought fairly cheaply. If you need a higher range than the current LEAF offers, then wait. If you live in a city where everything is close together and you also have a garage where you can charge overnight, then maybe buy one now … etcetera. Another finding from our just published 93-page EV report is that many EV drivers consider 130 miles or less range to be adequate for their needs. That means they don’t really need to wait for a long-range LEAF or Model 3. There’s one more thing to note, however: the new Nissan LEAF will reportedly feature the company’s new ProPilot semi-autonomous driving tech — which will reportedly allow for fully autonomous single-lane highway travel. Remember, that’s a tech our research indicated a lot of today’s EV drivers want. People who place high value on fully autonomous highway travel — those who commute long distances for work everyday, travel for work a lot, etc. — may well want to wait for the new LEAF. That said, if you commute long distances regularly, then maybe the Nissan LEAF isn’t for you, as there isn’t really much in the way of a national electric vehicle fast-charging network in the US yet. As we reportedly previously, though, as a result of its settlement with the US government in relation to the diesel emissions cheating scandal, Volkswagen will be over the next decade or so building out a decent network — from the sounds of it. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.
News Article | April 24, 2017
Triumph Business Capital, member of the Triumph Bancorp, Inc. group and provider of working capital financing solutions to small and medium sized businesses, announced today the official launch of TriumphPay, a new application that streamlines the carrier payment process for brokers and carriers alike. The announcement was made during the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) Capital Ideas Conference in Las Vegas. “TriumphPay is the next stage of evolution of payment processing in for-hire transportation,” said Steven Hausman, President & CEO of Triumph Business Capital. “The carrier payment process is an extremely costly and inefficient transaction model. Brokers deal with high processing labor, disruption from many factoring companies and poor capital utilization. Based on configuration, TriumphPay can be both free to brokers and a fraction of the cost of factoring to carriers. We are excited to offer a product that brings this much value to both principals in the transportation supply chain.” TriumphPay seamlessly integrates into a brokerage’s existing TMS (Transportation Management System) and core accounting platforms so that brokers can confirm payment to carriers with a click of a button. Brokers can customize their payment terms, including quick-pay options, to match their business model. Carriers can self-select payment terms and options, including ACH, wire transfers, fuel cards and express codes. “Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked with and provided delivery of funds to thousands of carriers and brokers. TriumphPay is the culmination of our research and knowledge base as it relates to improving efficiency and profitability in the transportation industry,” said Ray Workman, VP of Special Operations for Triumph Business Capital. “Through lots of collaboration, we’ve built a tool that leverages industry-standard technology to manage AP securely and seamlessly. Our goal is to make carrier payments easy, effective and efficient.” For more information on TriumphPay, please visit TriumphPay.com Triumph Business Capital is an operating subsidiary of TBK Bank, SSB (Member FDIC) which offers invoice factoring and payment processing solutions to transportation and other service industries. Triumph Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: TBK) is a financial holding company with a diversified line of community banking and commercial activities.
News Article | April 22, 2017
Transporeon Group Americas Chosen as a Top Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics The leading cloud-based transportation and logistics management platform is recognized for a third consecutive year for its ability to create a singular shipper connection to a world of carriers. Fort Washington, PA, April 22, 2017 --( Transporeon is a complete end-to-end transportation platform with solutions across the logistics lifecycle. By creating a singular shipper connection to a world of carriers, the Transporeon platform was chosen for its ability to automate processes and drive efficiencies to lower costs and increase productivity for both shippers and their transportation providers. “Historically, there was a lot of focus around TMS’ functionality for the individual shipper. Along the way, the connectivity portion, or how you ‘integrate’ with trading partners and carriers, was neglected,” says Ed Moran, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Transporeon Group Americas. “Transporeon has created an advantage for many of the world’s leading manufacturers by understanding how those companies are currently using their existing technologies, then leveraging those systems to connect with trading partners and carriers to accelerate or enable operational efficiencies. We are honored that an industry authority like Inbound Logistics recognizes Transporeon for building value through networked transportation management from procurement to payment.” “There is an emerging need for shippers to access more real-time shipment information and cut down on the manual nature of keeping in touch with carriers and logistics providers,” says Felecia Stratton, Editor, Inbound Logistics. “Seamless network connectivity has become a critical - and often overlooked - success factor in transportation sourcing, tracking and execution, and is one of the reasons we selected Transporeon again this year.” Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. Drawn from a pool of more than 300 companies, using questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research, Inbound Logistics selects the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers who are leading the way in 2017. Editors seek to match readers' fast-changing needs to the capabilities of those companies selected. All companies selected reflect leadership by answering Inbound Logistics readers' needs for scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation. By connecting shippers and carriers through a collaborative, real-time network, Transporeon links today’s largest global network of shippers, carriers and users in more than 100 countries with singular web plug simplicity. For more information on how Transporeon Group can create advantages for your organization, please visit http://www.transporeon-group.com/us/. About Inbound Logistics Since its inception in 1981, Inbound Logistics' educational mission is to illustrate the benefits of demand-driven logistics practices, give companies the knowledge to help them match the inbound flow of materials to their demand, and align their business process to support that shift. Inbound Logistics offers real-world examples and decision support to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory, and offset rising transport costs, supporting business scalability across their value chain. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at www.inboundlogistics.com. About Transporeon Transporeon is the leading global cloud platform for intelligent transport logistics. It creates a digital connection between shippers and carriers, achieving smarter, transparent and more cost-effective movement of goods around the world. By digitizing the entire logistics supply chain, it also enables real communication and collaboration across the worldwide shipper-carrier community. The company links today’s largest global network of more than 1,000 shippers (manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers), 55,500 carriers (logistics and transportation service providers, 3PLs, freight forwarders, brokers, and drivers), and more than 100,000 users in over 100 countries through a range of software-as-a-service solutions available in 25 language versions. Unique in the market, Transporeon Group solutions include onboarding, consultancy, and lifetime support with multilingual customer support in 25 different languages. This ensures a customized fit for each organization, boosting shipper/carrier performance and cutting costs while optimizing carrier margins and lowering CO2 emissions. Transporeon services are ISO certified. Group headquarters are in Ulm, Germany, and Transporeon Group Americas is based in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Fort Washington, PA, April 22, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Transporeon Group, the leading global cloud platform for intelligent transport logistics, has been selected as a 2017 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider by Inbound Logistics magazine for the third consecutive year. Chosen by the editors of the first publication to recognize technology’s role in transforming transportation, the award distinguishes providers with proven customer success in solving a variety of transportation, logistics and supply chain challenges.Transporeon is a complete end-to-end transportation platform with solutions across the logistics lifecycle. By creating a singular shipper connection to a world of carriers, the Transporeon platform was chosen for its ability to automate processes and drive efficiencies to lower costs and increase productivity for both shippers and their transportation providers.“Historically, there was a lot of focus around TMS’ functionality for the individual shipper. Along the way, the connectivity portion, or how you ‘integrate’ with trading partners and carriers, was neglected,” says Ed Moran, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Transporeon Group Americas. “Transporeon has created an advantage for many of the world’s leading manufacturers by understanding how those companies are currently using their existing technologies, then leveraging those systems to connect with trading partners and carriers to accelerate or enable operational efficiencies. We are honored that an industry authority like Inbound Logistics recognizes Transporeon for building value through networked transportation management from procurement to payment.”“There is an emerging need for shippers to access more real-time shipment information and cut down on the manual nature of keeping in touch with carriers and logistics providers,” says Felecia Stratton, Editor, Inbound Logistics. “Seamless network connectivity has become a critical - and often overlooked - success factor in transportation sourcing, tracking and execution, and is one of the reasons we selected Transporeon again this year.”Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. Drawn from a pool of more than 300 companies, using questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research, Inbound Logistics selects the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers who are leading the way in 2017. Editors seek to match readers' fast-changing needs to the capabilities of those companies selected. All companies selected reflect leadership by answering Inbound Logistics readers' needs for scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation.By connecting shippers and carriers through a collaborative, real-time network, Transporeon links today’s largest global network of shippers, carriers and users in more than 100 countries with singular web plug simplicity. For more information on how Transporeon Group can create advantages for your organization, please visit http://www.transporeon-group.com/us/.About Inbound LogisticsSince its inception in 1981, Inbound Logistics' educational mission is to illustrate the benefits of demand-driven logistics practices, give companies the knowledge to help them match the inbound flow of materials to their demand, and align their business process to support that shift. Inbound Logistics offers real-world examples and decision support to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory, and offset rising transport costs, supporting business scalability across their value chain. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at www.inboundlogistics.com.About TransporeonTransporeon is the leading global cloud platform for intelligent transport logistics. It creates a digital connection between shippers and carriers, achieving smarter, transparent and more cost-effective movement of goods around the world. By digitizing the entire logistics supply chain, it also enables real communication and collaboration across the worldwide shipper-carrier community.The company links today’s largest global network of more than 1,000 shippers (manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers), 55,500 carriers (logistics and transportation service providers, 3PLs, freight forwarders, brokers, and drivers), and more than 100,000 users in over 100 countries through a range of software-as-a-service solutions available in 25 language versions.Unique in the market, Transporeon Group solutions include onboarding, consultancy, and lifetime support with multilingual customer support in 25 different languages. This ensures a customized fit for each organization, boosting shipper/carrier performance and cutting costs while optimizing carrier margins and lowering CO2 emissions. Transporeon services are ISO certified. Group headquarters are in Ulm, Germany, and Transporeon Group Americas is based in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Transporeon Group Americas
News Article | April 18, 2017
Supply chain technology leader, 10-4 Systems today announces the completion of an integration between JDA Software’s industry-leading Transportation Management System (TMS) and 10-4’s real-time visibility technology (Freight Portal). The project cements the strategic partnership between JDA and 10-4 and their mutual commitment to customer excellence by providing single-source visibility that allows shippers to manage exceptions for in-transit shipments and view carrier partner analytics. The integration involves 10-4 technology consuming shipment level information from JDA Transportation Management and marrying that with carrier tracking data, which generates real-time access to critical shipment data like ETA calculations, dwell time, arrivals, departures, and risk assessment. The analytics can be accessed internally and shared externally with customers – providing an end-to-end experience that brings those customers into the supply chain. “Our partnership with JDA creates a significant advantage for our customers running on JDA’s platform,” says, Travis Rhyan, CEO and President of 10-4 Systems. “It’s great to partner with a company that shares our commitment to helping our mutual customers have a great experience with the technology and be part of the digital transformation that is driving our industry forward. “As we grow our transportation partner ecosystem, we look to capitalize on unique and compelling technologies. Adding 10-4 as a partner to integrate its technology with JDA Transportation Management will help us meet the needs of our customers in providing single-source visibility into in-transit shipments and view carrier partner analytics,” said Fabrizio Brasca, Vice President, Solution Strategy, Intelligent Fulfillment, JDA. Find out more about 10-4 Systems and JDA Software at JDA’s upcoming global conference, FOCUS 2017. The conference is held in Las Vegas, April 25-28, 2017. http://www.jda.com/focus About 10-4 Systems 10-4 is redefining the future of freight execution with intelligent Supply Chain Visibility that harnesses the power of Big Data. We provide shippers, carriers, & 3PLs full shipment transparency, while empowering them to provide visibility to their customers, in REAL-TIME. Our goal is to drive efficiencies across the global supply chain and to transform the customer experience across the industry. For more information, visit http://www.10-4.com.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Open Sky Group (Open Sky), and Clemens Food Group (Clemens) announce the successful, rapid upgrade to the latest version of JDA Warehouse Management for Clemens’ PA facility. Clemens, a leading pork producer under the Hatfield brand, handles over a million unique case IDs daily inside their complex, high-volume, FDA regulated operation. The warehouse management system (WMS) was deployed in under six months with a second, highly-automated greenfield site in Coldwater, MI slated to go online in August. This will be followed directly by the deployment of JDA Warehouse Labor Management at both facilities. “Right out of the gate we imposed an aggressive timeline with a firm go-live date for the project; there was no room for error. Open Sky met the project’s deliverable dates with time to spare. Examples of our early achievements include at three weeks performing receiving functions in the new system and running production line receiving in both systems for a month prior to go-live. Key ingredients for success were Open Sky’s agile methodology and their deeply-experienced project teams,” said Chris Carey, VP, Supply Chain for Clemens. “Open Sky is leading the charge with rapid deployments of the latest WMS and WLM solutions from JDA. We have the most experience – bar none – and we’re leveraging that with each new project,” says Chad Kramlich, SVP of Client Services for Open Sky Group. “The Clemens team shared our sense of urgency and commitment to the crucial tasks of the project; they were right there with us. As a result, they’ve seen tremendous gains and we’re looking forward to what they’ll achieve in Phase II and beyond.” Greg O’Sullivan, group vice president, global partner alliances & channels for JDA Software says, “Open Sky Group is truly out in front with the latest releases of JDA Warehouse Management and JDA Warehouse Labor Management. The work that Open Sky and Clemens have done only adds to the proof points for existing clients considering upgrading to the newest version.” ABOUT CLEMENS FOOD GROUP Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation, family-owned integrated pork production operation including farming, processing, transportation, and logistics. Based in Hatfield, PA, since 1895, the company’s heritage is deeply rooted in strong family values and a commitment to being responsible and contributing members of the communities where they operate, always with the highest degree of integrity and ethics. Clemens provides service and brand solutions that help their customers profitably manage and grow their business. Their focus is supplying the highest quality products to partners via a responsive and sustainable system while providing advanced solutions that simplify partners' operations. ABOUT JDA SOFTWARE JDA Software is the leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors. Our unmatched solution portfolio enables our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve visibility so they can deliver on customer promises every time. More than 4,000 global customers run JDA, including 73 of the top 100 retailers, 71 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 13 of the top 16 3PLs. With JDA, you can plan to deliver. ABOUT OPEN SKY GROUP, AUTHORIZED JDA RESELLER Open Sky Group (Open Sky) is a consulting company specializing in WMS, Labor and TMS software implementations. Open Sky is also an Authorized Reseller of JDA Warehouse Management (WMS), Warehouse Labor Management (WLM) and Transportation Management (TMS) software. Named twice to the Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, Open Sky strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for implementing Supply Chain solutions.
News Article | April 25, 2017
4SIGHT Supply Chain Group, a leading supply chain consulting, engineering, and IT services provider, announced today the hiring of Robert Svendsen as Director of the firm’s JDA Practice. A well-known JDA solutions expert, Svendsen will play an integral role expanding 4SIGHT’s JDA capabilities and overall service offerings. Svendsen brings more than 20 years of experience helping companies optimize their supply chain operations using the JDA Intelligent Fulfillment suite of applications. Prior to joining 4SIGHT, Svendsen served as Director of Information Technology for Hitek Logistic. Before Hitek, he spent 11 years working for a JDA implementation partner where he served as Team Manager and Senior Project Lead. Svendsen has deep experience across many industries including retail, apparel, 3PL, and consumer packaged goods. His domain and JDA application expertise stem from years of immersion in the integration of JDA’s supply chain solutions with new and existing business processes. Bob will deliver direction and knowledge to help 4SIGHT clients successfully implement, upgrade, and optimize JDA’s WMS, TMS, and LMS solutions along with other applications in the JDA Intelligent Fulfillment suite. "We are very excited to have Bob lead our JDA Practice. Our clients will benefit from his functional and technical JDA expertise and his experience with complex deployments across all major industry verticals,” said Frank Camean, president and chief executive officer of 4SIGHT. “Bob is recognized and respected across the industry as a go-to JDA expert. We are proud to have him as a member of our leadership team to help grow and strengthen our JDA Practice." "I’ve worked alongside 4SIGHT team members on numerous projects in the past and all presented the company as one with great values, teamwork, and direction,” said Svendsen. “Taking this position was a no-brainer and I look forward to working alongside the team to grow our JDA Practice." About 4SIGHT Supply Chain Group 4SIGHT specializes in supply chain consulting, engineering and information technology. Our seasoned professionals average more than 19 years of experience helping companies across all industries solve their distribution, fulfillment and transportation challenges. As a testament to the value our clients place on our expertise, experience and integrity, 4SIGHT has received multiple industry awards. For more information, please email us at in4mation(at)go4sight(dot)com or call 973-435-0025. On the web: http://www.go4sight.com.
News Article | April 18, 2017
This report describes how sectors of the industry are using information systems to manage their operations, as well as how these solutions are evolving. We hope that by clarifying the context in which many of the established solutions have been used, we can help people understand the opportunities (and disadvantages) presented by some of the solution sets now emerging. The primary goal is to try and identify the critical developments and solutions that will be transformational, or at least enable transformational capabilities for their users. We recognize that not every organization can adopt transformational capabilities as fast as they might wish: issues of resources, culture and ongoing contracts are always factors that must be considered. However, we believe that we can act as a reference point for companies looking for some insight and perspective into what may seem to be a bewildering mix of nomenclature and choice. Key Findings: - Monolithic enterprise software applications are ill-suited to a world in which supply chains are becoming increasingly fragmented. - Cloud computing has enabled companies to dramatically improve visibility across their supply chains, but the main software platforms offering this capability each have their limitations. - Whilst connectivity and latency issues were once an insurmountable obstacle to cloud computing in certain geographies, infrastructure development is rapidly overcoming the problem. - Though it is still in its infancy, the development of blockchain technology could prove to be the missing piece in the puzzle of end-to-end visibility. - For many retailers and manufacturers, fragmented sources of data are the chief barrier to the effective implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Key Topics Covered: 1.0 Introduction to technology trends 1.1 Executive summary by Ken Lyon 1.2 The digital landscape 1.3 Mobile devices 1.4 Cloud services 1.5 Ubiquitous broadband 2.0 Overview and definitions of core technology types 2.1 Technology in the supply chain 2.2 Increasing supply chain complexity 2.3 What is supply chain management software? 2.4 GTM (Global Trade Management Systems) 2.5 WMS (Warehouse Management Systems) 2.6 TMS (Transport Management Systems) 3.0 Moving from functional control to process-control 3.1 Where should technology investment be directed? 3.2 Visibility in the supply chain: The backbone of any Control Tower platform 3.2.1 Case study: Visibility in the supply chain 3.3 Control Towers 3.3.1 What a Control Tower is doing 3.3.2 Control Tower solutions in practice 4.0 LSPs and disruptive technologies 4.1 Technology evolution for logistics service providers 4.2 Technology evolution - moving into a networked industry 4.3 What are the real threats for industry incumbents? 4.4 Why LSPs will adapt and survive 5.0 Technology and the future of e-commerce 5.1 Overview of the development of the e-commerce market 5.2 Technology push 5.2.1 Artificial Intelligence (AI) 220.127.116.11 Delivery flexibility 18.104.22.168 IoT 22.214.171.124 Autonomous vehicles 126.96.36.199 Warehouse automation 5.2.2 3D Printing 5.3 Market pull 5.3.1 Address mapping 5.3.2 Cross-border e-commerce 5.3.3 Returns 6.0 Technologies to watch 6.1 AI/Personal assistants 6.2 Connected sensors/ IoT 6.3 Autonomous vehicles/Transportation management 6.4 Blockchain 6.5 Social networks for the office 6.6 Virtual reality/Augmented reality 6.7 Ones to watch - Innovators in supply chain software 6.8 Concluding statements For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/nzbgh7/trends_in Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call +1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call +1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/critical-technological-developments-and-solutions-that-will-shape-the-future-of-the-logistics-industry-2017---research-and-markets-300440857.html