It’s Not all about that Bass…It’s all about the Software

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While ‘All About that Bass’ was one of the biggest ear worms of last summer, when it comes to supply chain automation, there is a different new tune being sung.  It turns out that it isn’t all about that bass, but all about the Software.

This isn’t just a supply chain story either. Willy C. Smith, in a recent Harvard Business Review post, ‘Does Hardware Even Matter Anymore?‘, sums it up: “In more and more businesses, physical objects are no longer the primary basis for innovation and differentiation. They come second to innovations in computer code.”

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A three-year payback on an automation installation?

It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? That an automation installation could pay for itself in just 36 months—or sooner?

But it’s true. Depending on the level of automated system installed and the specific circumstances surrounding an operation’s current mode of operation, an investment in automated material handling systems and technologies could very well produce a three-year return on investment (ROI). [Read more…]

ProMat ’15 – Grease isn’t the word, it’s Software

PrintAnother ProMat has come and gone. With ProMat 2015 now in the books, the theme that seemed to resonate throughout the show was software.

While many vendors don’t like it said, the differences between the mechanical product offerings each has aren’t all that much any more. Its the software that is the new separation point. [Read more…]