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The future of retailing? Wheelys 247 is beta testing in Shanghai.

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … Continue reading

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The cobots are coming! Actually they have arrived already

In case you did not know a cobot is a collaborative robot (a word not yet recognised by a spellchecker).  Universal Robots was the first company to develop such a machine nearly ten years ago.  Their website tells you all … Continue reading

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Learn to speak robotics

For all new technologies there is a jargon specific to that context.  This may make it difficult to understand how the technology works, what it does, and whether it is performing as expected.  So this link takes you to a glossary of … Continue reading

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No one offshores their operations any more, do they?

We define offshoring as moving operations from a high cost economy, often the ‘home’ country of the firm, to a low cost economy (page 444).  And this whole issue has had a much higher profile with the election of Donald … Continue reading

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Robots in the fields

Forgive the rock ‘n roll backing track – this gives a good idea of how robots are going to be used in the agricultural sector in the near future.  There will be more about the impact of robots on operations … Continue reading

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Factory of the Future according to Goldman Sachs

Interesting insight into how manufacturing may change in the next few years.

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Managing short-term inventory – baggage handling at Heathrow T5

So many reasons for posting this video about baggage handling at Heathrow T5: T5 features is a case study (8.2) in our book; the opening of T5 is generally considered to be a good example of how not to do … Continue reading

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Autonomous shipping

There’s been a lot in the media recently about driverless cars (autonomous vehicles).  This is Rolls Royce vision of how shipping fleets could also be controlled without any crew onboard.  This vision is not speculative.  The company already has a … Continue reading

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Going soft – how robots do not need to be hardwired

I’m not sure of the operations management implications of this (yet), but who cares – the video is great and the ‘octobot’ even more so…

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