Today, Steve Banker published a really interesting article about the The Evolution of Warehouses in the Age of IoT, which talks about the opportunity to use supply chain IoT and Big Data technologies in warehouses. One great use case Steve describes is using sensors to alert warehouse operators about exception events in the cold chain when food-product temperatures exceed defined thresholds.
At PINC, we take a broader view of supply chain management 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. Supply chain 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 your Supply Chain 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 in the handling of exceptions or, alternatively, automatically handling the task of re-prioritizing workflow.
When you start trusting a simple, easy-to-use, and powerful exception management system fed by supply chain IoT, supply chain management applications actually become fun and more efficient to use.