Today, Steve Banker published a really interesting article about the The Evolution of Warehouses in the Age of IoT, which talks to opportunity to use IoT and Big Data technologies in warehouses. One great use case Steve describes is about using sensors to alert warehouse operators about exception events in the cold chain where food product temperatures exceed defined thresholds.
At PINC, we take a broader view of IoT that encompasses the warehouse, transportation and the yard with our yard management system. Together the WMS, YMS and TMS can be characterized as Supply Chain Execution. IoT is all about gathering raw event streams from sensors, filtering, interpreting and putting this data in context to make it meaningful. Sensors provide an essential feedback mechanism that planning systems need if they are to improve. Real-time sensors also enable execution to adapt to real-time inputs, so when a trailer has been at a dock door too long, an alert can be generated to make it a priority operation. Our capabilities can guide operators how to handle exceptions, or alternatively automatically handling.
When you start trusting a simple, easy-to-use and powerful exception management system fed by IoT, supply chain applications actually become fun to use.