Welcome to a new feature of SupplyChainDigest,
an occasional series of “no holds barred” interviews
with supply chain management thought leaders.
first pundit is John Hill, one of the true pioneers of the
WMS and data collection industries and an extremely popular
writer and speaker on these and related topics. From his role
in the 1980’s as the CEO of Logisticon, one of the first
providers of real-time WMS systems, to his current position
as a principal at ESYNC, a leading systems integrator, John
Hill has worked with hundreds of companies over the years.
His opinions are always worth hearing.
We covered a lot of ground with John, and his thoughts as
usual were provocative and personal. Key takeaways:
||While the current RFID hype may be overblown,
the technology is real and offers benefits in many applications
outside Wal-Mart compliance.
||While WMS providers offer increasingly mature,
packaged software, the problem is that too few companies
take full advantage of those capabilities.
||Part of the problem is that software providers just aren’t
providing the depth of talent needed to maximize deployment
||Users could help themselves too by being
less rushed to make decisions, making sure they really
understand their processing requirements, and getting better
input from users on the floor.
We asked him what three things companies could do right now
to improve their supply chains. His response:
||Focus on building total team ownership of
any initiative from Day 1.
||Taking a detailed approach to profiling current
operations and defining requirements.
||Recognizing that supply chain execution projects require
significant resources and budget accordingly.
Click here for a full transcript
of our Q&A with John Hill. It will be worth your time.
Agree or disagree with John Hill’s perspectives? How
can users or vendors improve their processes to achieve better