Leverage IoT to Digitally Transform your Warehouses, Distribution Centers and Depots

Cloudleaf IoT delivers Digital Disruption

For the day to day consumer of goods, it’s easy for us to forget that warehouses, distribution centers and depots are a key link in the supply chain. Often, all we know is that we want our products to arrive at the right time, at the right place, and at the right price. Not a tall order, is it? What we often overlook is the massive amount of complexity that exists in even the most basic supply chains that manufacture and deliver goods to either their consumers or to other industrial partners. The buffers and coordination points (or nodes) in virtually every supply chain exist in the form of warehouses, distribution centers and depots. There are some subtle and then significant differences between those 3 types of nodes. A warehouse, for example, is mainly used for storing products for specified time frames, while a distribution center (apart from storing products like a warehouse) offers value-added services like product mixing, order fulfillment, cross docking, kitting and packaging. The distribution center tends to be a higher velocity or flow through environment when compared to a warehouse. Moving on to depots, a depot will share many of the traits of a distribution center, but they also will […]

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Blockchain & Cloudleaf

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Alongside IoT and IIoT, another emerging technology beginning to demonstrate its potential to redefine next generation supply chain operations is blockchain. Most commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, blockchain (while in nascent stages), is actually a sophisticated record-keeping concept that solves for consistency, efficiency and transparency across distributed ledgers. Cloudleaf provides blockchain-agnostic APIs written at the cloud level to allow participation with any blockchain ledger. From the article: “The sheer volume of touch points in a typical global supply chain is revealing the fundamental weakness of the manual transaction processing approach. Paper-based record keeping is simply not designed to scale growth or handle the increased volume of transactions, complexity or security required by a globally integrated supply chain. Even more problematic are the large data repositories this approach creates that reveal very little of what is happening on the front lines.” “Enterprises are moving to digitize their supply chain processes in order to achieve new levels of visibility and proactively manage costly interruptions. Blockchain offers a promising collection of distributed technologies, databases and connectivity solutions that, combined with IIoT solutions, has the potential to transform an enterprise’s reactive legacy manufacturing processes into a proactive global supply chain of cooperative partner relationships.” Read […]

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