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 […]Read More +
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 […]Read More +
Cloudleaf CEO, Mahesh Veerina talks about the emergence of sensor technology and how Cloudleaf is standing out as an end-to-end solution. He also talks about deployment, scale, and where Cloudleaf is headed as a growing company. “We are solving a very important problem in this whole visibility and condition monitoring market. We are also doing it at an enterprise and carrier-grade scale. The world will be full of sensors and I see 2018 and 2019 as the inflection point. We will have millions if not billions installed. Therefore, the question is how you manage the sensor networks and extract the relevant data. Then, its how you consume and process the data into actionable insights. We are tackling a very important problem that is not largely well-served right now.” Read the full article here.Read More +
Cloudleaf was recently featured in “Gartner Cool Vendors in Enterprise Networking” (May 7, 2018). From our President & CEO, Mahesh Veerina, “We appreciate the recognition that comes with being included in the Cool Vendor report by Gartner, as we feel it demonstrates that we are providing an IoT/cloud solution serving a broad need in the realm of enterprise networking,” said Mahesh Veerina, President and CEO of Cloudleaf. “With our core offering, the Sensor Fabric™, we are just getting started and look forward to further developing our product offerings to help companies everywhere elevate their operations by transforming complex layers of physical assets into streamlined and actionable business insights.” Highlights from the report: These cool vendors are providing the types of tools that enable better network visibility and agility to help drive better uptime and performance for emerging demands, such as IoT.” “Enterprise networks remain a critical component for the evolution into a competitive, digital business. Among the top 10 technologies CIOs expect to help differentiate their businesses from competitors, cloud services/solutions, mobility/mobile applications, Internet of Things, infrastructure/data center and automation are all directly affected by the performance of the enterprise networks.” “Who Should Care: I&O leaders for enterprise lines […]Read More +
Cloud-based IoT applications are increasingly supporting supply chain operations across all categories, including warehouse & transportation management. A joint survey produced between MHI and Deloitte Consulting provides a glimpse at adoption rates and highlights eleven technologies for next generation supply chains. From the article: “Cloud computing ranks highest in terms of adoption, reaching a 57% adoption rate this year.” “Additionally, when asked about plans for five years from now, 91% of the more than 1,100 supply chain professionals surveyed say they will have introduced Cloud-based systems. That means it will soon be the rare company with supply chain operations that doesn’t have at least some Cloud-based applications.” Read the full article here.Read More +
As consumer demands shape demands for more closely monitored goods in the food and beverage industry, suppliers gain a competitive edge and lower penalty costs with cold chain visibility. With continuous temperature, dwell time and condition monitoring, Cloudleaf is helping companies get ahead. From the article: “This uptick in consumer driven demand for premium products has put pressure on the food & beverage industry to deliver products sourced from across the map that are fresher, made from natural ingredients, and certified cruelty-free. Free from artificial preservatives, these products come with far shorter shelf lives and lower tolerance for prolonged exposure to varying environmental conditions of temperature, humidity, (ultraviolet) light, and elemental oxygen.” “Industry stakeholders are experiencing increased regulations resulting from implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). These stakeholders include every participant in the cold chain including: growers, production mills, packagers & bottlers, import & custom authorities, distributors, shippers, and retailers.” Read the full article here.Read More +
In a February 2018 report by 451 Research titled, “Cloudleaf’s Connectivity Devices and Cloud-Native Applications Aim to Make IIot a Breeze,” Christian Renaud and Jeremy Korn discuss how the ‘digital transformation’ of industrial networks has outpaced actual implementation, especially in brownfield environments. Highlights from the report: “The intertwined problems of interoperability, cost and security often prevent companies from realizing their industrial IoT (IIoT) plans. Cloudleaf seeks to address these entrenched complexities with its portfolio of cloud-connected gateways and sensors. The company’s comprehensive ‘edge-to-cloud’ offering allows industrial enterprises to quickly and cheaply upgrade their manufacturing and distribution processes, resulting in a ‘network mesh’ of connected devices that collect and aggregate data throughout the system.” “Cloudleaf might be a young company, but it has a relatively mature product offering, having carved out a niche space for itself within the industrial IIoT sector where it doesn’t have to worry about partnering with OEMs. This strategy allows Cloudleaf a vendor-agnostic suite of products, which can be implemented in a variety of use cases, greatly expanding its potential customer base. Cloudleaf ’s sensors measure other environmental features other than location, giving administrators a more holistic and continuous view of their networks. In sum, if an […]Read More +
When it comes to tracking and monitoring an increasingly complex industry landscape, pharmaceutical supply chains pose intricate challenges to meet health and safety standards. Cloudleaf’s value-proposition represents a paradigm shift in enterprise-grade IoT adoption and usage across internal and 3rd partner facilities. By reducing IoT deployment from months to days and adoption costs to a tenth of typical IT system implementations, Cloudleaf is able to deliver immediate and sustained ROI. Highlights from the article: “Manufacturers have long known that when it comes to safety of their drugs and medical devices, errors can add up to more than law suits, damage to the brand or lost profits, but pose significant risks to health and life…systems are primarily designed to support the needs of enterprise business processes, information flows, reporting, and data analytics. They do little in the way to streamline operational workflows across various R&D, clinical trials, manufacturing, approval and marketing phases. Long term, this lack of operational visibility can lead to compromised output quality, increased risk, and lower TCO.” “If maximizing productivity was all the rage yesterday, today is about sustained value, through operational visibility, real-time access to granular asset data, collaborative relationships between stakeholders across manufacturing supply and demand […]Read More +
Auto manufacturers have long been at the mercy of customized, in-house software and technology systems. With the advent of IoT, however, new possibilities are coming online as more cloud-based technology solutions can adapt across industry and company needs. Cloudleaf is a system that requires little more than an Internet connection to deploy for a variety of enterprise operations. Cloudleaf has built an integrated ‘mesh’ of IoT sensors, gateways and cloud applications designed to provide visibility over the location and condition of assets in the supply chain, with returnable automotive containers and stillages a prime use case. “Once such containers arrive at the vehicle manufacturer’s assembly plant, the supplier has almost no visibility as to where they are and they can often leak out to other suppliers,” notes Cloudleaf head of marketing, Nitesh Arora. “The result is an adverse impact on both profitability and service levels.” Highlights from the article: “Micro-applications allow us to be much more agile,” sums up Jack Cooper’s chief information officer, Kirk Hay. “Trying to do these things as an extension to our major enterprise systems would take longer and involve much more testing and training. We can experiment with a micro-application without incurring either the same cost […]Read More +
In a field of bewildering expansion, IoT will begin to see the consolidation of platforms into clear leaders. One of the main defining factors, as the IoT technology space begins to contract, will be the ability to demonstrate immediate results for customers. Cloudleaf, for example, is easily deployable, where companies can quickly determine if it is the right technology solution for them. Article Highlights: “This summer, the number of IoT platforms surged to 450, according to IoT Analytics, up from 260 two years prior. But as 2017 draws to a close, the platform market seems frothy and fragmented, recalling the mid-1990s when a large number of search engines emerged in the early days of the modern internet.” “The IoT platform vendors that survive will have proven they can help their customers win short-term efficiency gains and address operational and business problems in a compressed time frame, Arora said. “I talk to a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and many of them complain the time to value for an IoT platform is anywhere from six months to a year,” he noted. “They can’t afford to wait that long to see results.” Read the full article here.Read More +
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As Fog computing takes hold (replacing single, centralized cloud-computing with local and distributed computing centers), IoT solutions will have to adapt. The numbers for the Fog industry’s growth are compelling. Cloudleaf is well-positioned as a vertical solution, as highlighted in the article, “Why Fog Matters!” in the Fog World Congress (October 2017). From the article: “The worldwide Fog market will reach $18 billion by 2022 with largest segments in energy/utilities and transportation, followed by the healthcare and industrial markets. Fog computing will connect the cloud and edge devices and anything in between. Fog Computing is a horizontal, system-level architecture that distributes computing, storage, control and networking functions closer to the users along a cloud-to-thing continuum. The value proposition of IoT and Fog is very broad. It seems the positive impact on the number of industry is limitless. Opportunities cover both vertical and horizontal applications.” Read the full article here.Read More +
From RFID to Sensor Technology
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