C.H. Robinson taps into predictive analytics to build supply chain resilience

supplychaindive | September 15, 2017

C.H. Robinson taps into predictive analytics to build supply chain resilience
3PL and freight broker C.H. Robinson has launched a software package to assist users in reducing supply chain disruption wrought by weather and other disasters using predictive analytics, DC Velocity reported Wednesday.The software, known as "Navisphere Vision," combines historical data unique to the user with machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. It then quantifies likely supply chain threats and acts to avoid the pending disruption.A combination of enhanced shipment visibility and business intelligence support the platform. Machine learning actually underlies AI, allowing it to make independent decisions leading to reduced risk for supply chains. This is no news to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society (IEEE Computer Society), which predicted the influx of machine learning in its 2016 "Future of Tech" report. In fact, German pharmaceutical provider Merck has been sampling such technology since 2016 in the form of its FusionOps software, which adjusts forecasts when events like hospital fires or natural disasters affecting drug demand occur.

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“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics”. This is a famous quote from ancient Chinese military general, Sun Tzu. Many military leaders have emphasised the importance of logistics in winning wars. Today, business leaders recognise the importance of logistics to ensure that they win the battle against their competitors. From small businesses to global corporations, each and every one of them uses some form of logistics. Many will take care of logistics internally by sourcing a supplier, warehousing products and handling reverse logistics. However, in recent years there has been a shift in trend, with many companies, large and small, choosing to outsource the responsibility to third party logistics companies. There has also been an increase in the use of logistics consulting companies, who offer advice all along the supply chain.


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“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics”. This is a famous quote from ancient Chinese military general, Sun Tzu. Many military leaders have emphasised the importance of logistics in winning wars. Today, business leaders recognise the importance of logistics to ensure that they win the battle against their competitors. From small businesses to global corporations, each and every one of them uses some form of logistics. Many will take care of logistics internally by sourcing a supplier, warehousing products and handling reverse logistics. However, in recent years there has been a shift in trend, with many companies, large and small, choosing to outsource the responsibility to third party logistics companies. There has also been an increase in the use of logistics consulting companies, who offer advice all along the supply chain.

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