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James Cooke

About James Cooke

James Cooke has provided thought leadership to the supply chain industry for many years, writing about supply chain software and strategy, and materials handling and distribution practices. He has been an editor on such publications as CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly, DC Velocity, Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, Supply Chain Management Review, and Warehousing Management. And he is the author of the book, “Protean Supply Chains,” published by Wiley in 2014 about industry trends. He joined Invata in 2016.

  • Fulfillment efficiency

The Ebb and Flow of Fulfillment Efficiency

The Lean Philosophy movement developed by Toyota years ago, inspired many companies to find ways to eliminate Muda — a Japanese word meaning futility or waste — from their manufacturing and supply chain processes. Identifying seven types of wastes, the most egregious of which is […]

  • eCommerce and ASRS shuttle

Why an ASRS is a Must-Have in the E-Commerce Fulfillment Game

E-commerce has ushered in an era of constant variability in demand as online and mobile shoppers expect to be able to buy any product at any time. That makes it difficult for omnichannel retailers to predict on any given day what they will be selling. […]

  • Single Stream of Inventory Return on Investment

How a Single Stream Of Inventory Sets The Stage For Financial Gains

In a previous blog, we discussed the operational benefits that omnichannel retailers gains from switching from maintaining separate inventories for each sales channel to processing retail, e-commerce, and wholesale orders from a single stream of inventory.

In serving as the cornerstone of an […]

  • Single Stream of Inventory enhances omnichannel fulfillment efficiency

Why a Single Stream of Inventory Matters in Omnichannel Fulfillment

More than a decade ago when omnichannel retailers first began adding e-commerce fulfillment to their distribution operations, they typically set up separate material handling systems to process retail, wholesale, and e-commerce orders. In doing so, they also set up separate inventories dedicated to each channel. […]

  • Big Data in the DC...

How Big Data Will Improve DC Productivity

In the era of Intralogistics 4.0, companies will turn to “big data” analysis to find ways to fix problems and improve productivity in their distribution centers (DCs.) Big data analysis is the process of examining large data sets to discover hidden […]

By |June 5th, 2017|Fasttrak WM+ Software, Intralogistics|0 Comments
  • Invata Intralogistics Machine Learning software

Machine Learning to Optimize Intralogistics 4.0 DCs

In the era of Intralogistics 4.0, “machine-learning software” will be the key to optimizing the order fulfillment process in omnichannel distribution centers (DCs). Enabling computer systems to learn without being explicitly programmed, machine-learning software will be used to analyze operations on […]

By |May 22nd, 2017|Intralogistics|0 Comments
  • 3D printing in the DC? You bet.

How 3D Printing Will Transform the Distribution Center

As we enter the era of Intralogistics 4.0, the process of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it’s commonly called, will mature and the price of the technology will diminish. As it does, it will add a new dimension to the […]

By |May 8th, 2017|Intralogistics|0 Comments
  • Intralogistics 4-0 Robotics

Intralogistics 4.0 Will See Robots Alongside Humans in the DC

In the era of Intralogistics 4.0, the presence of robots and humans working side-by-side in the distribution center will become a familiar sight. Although robots have been in use for the last few decades, primarily in manufacturing operations, they will see greater adoption in distribution […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Intralogistics, Uncategorized|0 Comments
  • Industry 4.0 - Intralogistics 4.0

Get ready for Intralogistics 4.0

There’s a lot of talk today about Industry 4.0. For intralogistics practitioners, the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution will not only lead to major changes in how goods are picked, packed and shipped in a distribution center (DC), but also trigger a period of […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Intralogistics|0 Comments
  • Inquiry is part of Invata Intalogistics Culture

Intralogistics is About Inquiry

We ask a lot of questions at Invata Intralogistics, usually in the context of learning more about our customer in a sales situation. We know that consistent inquiry combined with follow-up probing will lead to a more thorough understanding and a mutual confidence with our […]

By |January 25th, 2013|Material Handling Consulting|2 Comments