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How Can IoT Help Make Supply Chains More Sustainable?

How Can IoT Help Make Supply Chains More Sustainable?

In a 2016 report, the global consulting firm Ernst & Young proclaimed that “supply chain sustainability can no longer be ignored.” The report, titled “The state of the sustainable supply chain,” was based on interviews with supply chain, procurement and sustainability specialists from over 70 companies around the world. Ernst & Young found that all businesses they asked, from mid-sized firms to multinationals, are taking action to adapt to geopolitical changes, raw material shortages, and changing weather patterns, as well as to improve the impact of their activity on communities and the environment. One important aspect of supply chain sustainability is the carbon footprint. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines carbon footprint as “the amount of greenhouse gases and specifically carbon dioxide emitted by something (such as a person’s activities or a product’s manufacture and...

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“Surprises and disruptions are the name of the game in global supply chains”

I just stumbled over an article from Peter T. Leach on JOC.com about "West Coast congestion points to need for greater shipment visibility". see JOC article here The quote in the title of this blog is from an anonymous importer in Peter's article. We, at Arviem, can fully support the message from this anonymous importer as well as that of Peter's article. Arviem's real-time cargo monitoring services can provide that greater visibility. The Arviem services allow among other benefits the independent calculation of the estimated time of arrival (ETA) as well as anytime visibility of the actual position of all cargo in transit. With the data coming from the cargo directly, at the edge of the supply chain, Arviem is independent from any data sources of any other party in the supply chain, that "aren't up-to-date" quoting Peter's article again. With a very user-friendly cargo monitoring...

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Industry 4.0 and Real-Time Cargo Monitoring

It means reduced costs and improved efficiencies. It means greater speed and scale. It means smarter products and services. It means Industry 4.0. In order to make all this happen, factories need to become more flexible, more intelligent and more efficient – machines, assets and products will start “talking” to each other within the factory but also between the different players. The car manufacturing process is an often-used example. At the moment the car manufacturer assembles the injectors into the engines, the information will also be sent to the injector supplier and to the supplier of the injector supplier – a seamless vertical integration will happen, which allows not only efficiency gains. HOWEVER – I have hardly ever heard about the Industry 4.0 implications on the physical integration among the factories, warehouses, suppliers etc. The supplier of the injector supplier knows...

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The “Google of Trade”

Chris Sciacca from IBM is interviewing Stefan Reidy from Arviem. Ther article was published here   I first met Stefan Reidy, CEO and founder, of Arviem several years ago when he was in NY City to speak with Forbes magazine for an article on his ideas for tracking freight containers using a variety of wireless technologies. During the interview Reidy was incredibly enthusiastic about what this could mean for the future of supply chains. In fact, he liked the idea so much that he started up his own company less than two years later in 2008. After recently reading about Arviem's new collaboration with H.B. Fuller I decided to catch up and see how things are going. 1. First, the name, arviem, where does it come from? Stefan Reidy (SR): When we founded the company, we were looking for a compelling name. We thought about hawk eye, cargo monitoring, etc. But if you Google these buzz...

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Arviem Operations – a look behind the scenes

It’s all about logistics! But most of us do not even notice its existence. These days we can buy nearly every product in the world online and receive it at home within a few days. Millions of goods are packed, collected, stored, transported, transshipped and delivered daily. Many of these shipments do need special care because their contents are. perishable fragile dangerous time-critical of high value critical in terms of humidity or shock That is where Arviem’s Cargo Monitoring Services come into play. But for once I do not want to talk about the needs or the benefits our system is providing to our customers. This time I would like to introduce you to Arviem’s Operations and I would like to let you take a short look behind the scenes. Arviem Operations takes care of the daily business. The team ensures safe and on time deliveries and does the entire backend setup. Our Operations team...

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Moisture and Condensation as a Challenge for Cargo in Transit

One of the main problems our clients from all different industries encounter in terms of damage of cargo in transit is the moisture and condensation – especially on those shipments with long transit time. It is common practice to use moisture absorbing ‘desiccant’ bags in order to minimize the risk – but once saturated, they serve no further purpose. Also the risk is rather the condensation, which will happen depending on the dew point. Desiccant bags may marginally reduce the dew-point-threshold, but they can’t eliminate the risk of condensation. The Relative humidity of an average shipment can easily vary between 40% and 90%. However, the up and down of the relative humidity is not always relevant and most likely will not affect the cargo as the container is a closed ecosystem. Assuming a temperature of 11.5 °C with a relative humidity of 91% inside the container would lead to a dew...

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Real-time container tracking reports shock of 20G on a container while in transit

Attached a picture of a container, which was exposed to a shock of 20G while in transport. Thanks to real-time cargo monitoring, the shipper immediately was able to assess the impact on its cargo and make decisions on - continuing the trip, and/or  - reorder cargo in a new container - inspect container - claims handling - proactively inform the client The real-time monitoring also allows to precisely identify - location of the incident, - time, - custody, and a historical analysis on how often such incidents happen(ed), where and in whose custody. All this information allows to mitigate future risk, reduce insurance premium and capital...

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The Silk Railway: freight train from China pulls up in Madrid

Source: The Guardian The longest rail link in the world and the first direct link between China and Spain is up and running after a train from Yiwu in coastal China completed its maiden journey of 8,111 miles to Madrid. En route it passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving at the Abroñigal freight terminal in Madrid. The railway has been dubbed the “21st-century Silk Road” by Li Qiang, the governor of Zhejiang province, where Yiwu is located. Its route is longer than the Trans-Siberian railway and the Orient Express. The first train was met by the mayor of Madrid, Ana Botella, and Spain’s minister of public works, Ana Pastor. It consisted of 30 containers carrying 1,400 tonnes of cargo – mostly toys, stationery and other items for sale over Christmas across Europe. According to China’s ambassador to Spain, Zhu Banzao, it will return laden...

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How holy is the Grail of Real-Time in Supply Chain?

A transportation management system (TMS) helps companies move freight from origin to destination efficiently, reliably, and cost effectively. In a TMS survey, ARC found that respondents indicated freight savings of approximately 6 percent with the use of a TMS application. TMS achieve these savings based on process enforcement, visibility, analytics, and optimization. Whereas process enforcement and optimization are based on visibility and analytics – any visibility benefits or any analytics functionality is only as good as the data quality and the currentness of data processed. Capgemini also indicates, that the demand for global visibility is increasing and that shippers want to know where everything is located across the entire supply chain at any given point. Shippers today are still challenged by disparate systems, an obstacle no serious global shipper can afford. The conclusion...

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How to make your supply chain read your mind?

Forget about Siri! Talking to your iPhone is certainly cool. But you still have to tell Siri what you want and what Siri has to look for. Wouldn’t it be great, if your phone would anticipate, what you want to ask and give you the answer before you have even asked for? The same probably the case with supply chain managers. It is certainly cool to “talk” to the ERP system and get the system do the planning, the ordering, the invoicing, …. But like with my iPhone – every day I manually have to turn on the silent mode, when I go to bed, or I have to turn on the airplane mode when entering the airplane, or turn on/off Bluetooth for my headset in the office. I want these things to happen automatically, so I don’t have to worry about them anymore. Likewise the supply chain manager: He most likely would also appreciate, if certain actions would happen automatically and he did not have to worry...

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Tilbury Docks: Man dies after found among 35 others in a shipping container

A few weeks ago, we published a sad story in our blog about refugees discovered in Morocco. Now, another such sad story got published by BBC (see below). Real-time cargo monitoring could not only save lives but also prevent gangs from their brutal trade with human lives. **** http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-28817688 BBC News - 16 August 2014 A man has died after 35 people - including children - were found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks. The survivors - believed to be from the Indian subcontinent - are said to be recovering "fairly quickly in most cases" at nearby hospitals. They were discovered after a freighter arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium at about 06:00 BST and was being unloaded. Essex Police have launched a homicide investigation and officers are being assisted by their Belgian counterparts. Supt Trevor Roe said staff at the docks were alerted to the container by...

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How real-time cargo monitoring can save lives

Is it morally defensible to write about African refugees to actually advertise a commercial cargo monitoring service? Hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to cross the Mediterranean from the North African coast to Europe. Figures for the first few months of this year already show a dramatic increase on previous years. They know they are putting their lives at risk in the hope of a better life in Europe. In order to cross the boarders, many options are tested out, among them also travelling as stowaways in containers. While the container is in transit to the outbound port, refugees intrude into containers and try to reach their goal like prisoners in metal boxes. For the shipper of the container there is another side to the coin. Customs clearance of containers will be slower, cargo will arrive later and/or miss the vessel and most likely some of the cargo can’t be used...

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How real-time cargo monitoring could optimize the fuel consumption in Supply Chains

Fuel prices remain volatile and continue to increase. The price of fuel has a direct impact on transportation costs. Some experts have calculated that each $10 increase in the cost of barrel of oil results in a 4-cent per mile increase in transportation rates. That adds up! For an average arviem client, this would mean around 400US$ more for each and every shipment.   Increased transportation costs can affect the optimal design of a supply chain. With low transportation costs, it often makes sense to pool inventory in fewer locations so you can optimize space, labor and inventory pooling. However, as transportation costs increase it is more optimal to place inventory closer to customer locations, reducing overall transportation miles. However, as a distribution professional, it can be significantly more complex to manage multiple smaller warehouses rather than a single large facility. ...

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