Cloudleaf and SAP: The Intelligent Sensor Grid for Digital Commerce

Cloudleaf SAP Digitalist Magazine Future of Commerce

The consumer products industry may well be the greatest beneficiary of IoT. No other sector faces more pressures from more directions with more frequency. Continual shifts in consumer behavior, business models, and cost structures are making constantly increasing demands on consumer products. Given this, the consumer products industry needs the ability to adjust quickly to these changes, and that is only possible with real-time visibility into its supply, manufacturing, distribution, and the end-to-end value chain.   Do more faster and for less: IoT adoption in consumer products The business case for IoT encompasses manufacturing, quality control, logistics management and inventory movement – all in an always-on consumer market of constantly changing consumer patterns. For CPG companies, strategic initiatives are especially numerous. Among them: Improving product lead times Alleviating inventory shortages Balancing supply and demand Reducing losses due to recalls/spoilage/leakage with proper condition monitoring Improving supply chain efficiency through data insights Take food producers, for example. The product must not only meet market demand, but the required freshness of its ingredients means that it has a limited shelf life. The need to keep shelves stocked means more frequent shipments. The timing of those shipments mean a fresh product must always be […]

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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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