Supply Chain Technology

Flying Drones For Better Warehouse Management

Almost exactly one year ago, our MBAs were doing field research at cannabis dispensaries in the Pacific Northwest and looking into “How Fruit Packing Warehouses Use Technology.” In the small town of Bingen, Washington, there’s a new fruit packing warehouse that transformed its entire operation using automation and robotics. They’re just one of more than […]

5 Real-World Use Cases for Blockchain in Supply Chains

Using blockchain technology to create efficiencies in large industries could reap billion-dollar rewards for driven founders. For example, we recently met with a startup called Othera that is using blockchain to transform the residential mortgage industry. They’ve partnered with a co-op that represents over 150 mortgage originators that generate in excess of $230 billion in mortgages per year. The founders are experienced […]

7 Tracking Technologies for Supply Chain Transparency

On our first road trip to San Francisco we headed straight to Haight-Ashbury, the birthplace of 1960s counterculture and one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. We were hoping to score some LSD, and within about five minutes of arriving at the famed intersection we bought a sheet of acid from the first […]

Automated Warehouse Robots Made in China

“I Worked at an Amazon Fulfillment Center; They Treat Workers Like Robots,” was the title of an article by Time Magazine which went on to talk about how workers were having a hard time enduring “the agony of walking 15 miles a day and doing hundreds of squats.” They shan’t be worried about that for […]

Samsara Emerges as Leader in Industrial IoT

No matter how innovative an idea you think you have, that and $3.50 might get you a small drip coffee at Starbucks. Ideas are worth nothing. Execution is everything. That’s why we’ll often see numerous startups trying to tackle a particular problem with technology. A few years later, a leader will suddenly emerge that hasn’t been at it […]

IoT Inventory Management Uses AI for Supply Chains

Famous American philosopher George Carlin did a brilliant riff on stuff. He rightly contended that we just spend our lives moving and acquiring our stuff, and a house is just a pile of your stuff with a cover on it. Companies that are in the business of making and selling stuff have to be able to […]

How to Avoid a Collision Between Two Boats Using AI

In our recent article on the State of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in China, we talked about how the bright minds at Tsinghua University have counted upwards of 4,925 AI enterprises worldwide that have AI technologies or products as their core operations. It seems like the pace is slowing, and now we’ll see some consolidation as all […]

Battery-Free Bluetooth Tracking Tags From Wiliot

The difficulty with trying to stay on top of emerging technologies is that they change so quickly. While sometimes it’s just an old technology packaged with a new name, in many cases there are concepts – often with more than one name – that are truly new and exciting. That’s what we thought about this whole […]

Red Point’s AI Counterfeit Detection Technology

While some people might think of Barcelona as a place to stare at Gaudi architecture and watch Messi play football soccer while drinking non-alcoholic beer, it’s also home to a thriving tech scene. Just last week, Barcelona startup Red Points took in $12 million in Series B funding to bring their total funding to over […]

10 Startups Making Ocean Container Shipping Easier

We’re not sure when the term sailor went out of vogue, but we now call those guy seafarers – all 1.6 million of them that pilot the 68,723 merchant ships that navigate our world’s oceans. We say “guys” because 98% of seafarers are males, a fact that may be partially explained by the fact that women […]