How IoT Devices Change Supply Chain Management

We are surrounded by IoT devices for decades and are an active user of it. One of the earliest classic examples of IoT enabled devices is from the early 1970s when our first ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) went online. GE (General Electric) is using the concept of IoT from years in building its jet engine technology. We are now seeing a lot of Internet connected smart cars and automated driving. Gartner says, by end of 2022, a quarter of a billion vehicles will be connected to the internet for improved in-vehicle services and automated driving.

Industry4o.comIoT devices use sensors to measure specific aspects of the world around them, including location, temperature, humidity, light levels, movement, handling, speed of movement and other environmental factors. IoT devices come in many form factors including RFID chips, smart devices and mobile sensors.

In a Supply chain environment, deployment of IoT technologies can improve customer service, revenue growth, profitability, working capital deployment, asset utilization, time to market, waste reduction, sustainability, equipment/product uptime, security, agility and risk mitigation.

Applicability of IoT  (Few of the key Use Cases) in Supply Chain:

Authenticate the Location of Goods at Any Time ,Track Speed of Movement and When Goods Will Arrive , Monitor Storage Conditions of Raw Materials and Products,Locate Goods in Storage , Administer Goods Immediately Upon Receipt, Real-time shipment and inventory visibility and tracking ,IoT-enabled cameras to spot defects and reject faulty products , Asset tracking by attaching an RFID tag or a barcode to each item etc.

Here are a few IoT in supply chain examples of how large-scale corporations benefit from IoT on a daily basis:

Amazon. Back in 2012, the company acquired connected robots for warehouse management. The main task of automated technology is to identify products by scanning QR-codes on the parcel. By implementing IoT in the warehouse, Amazon uses the human workforce more productively, allowing people to focus on tasks like packing, wrapping, or inventory management.

Volvo. The company is using a connected cloud-based system to monitor the shipment of car parts from different countries. Volvo uses the Internet of Things to track vehicle delivery to the corporation’s international suppliers.

Nissan. The car manufacturer relies on IoT automation to connect various industrial plants. The company has implemented intelligent warehouse management systems at its factory in Sunderland, UK.

New Maersk Line. The Danish shipping company piloted its Remote Container Management System back in 2016 — it monitors the temperature and humidity of the goods in containers, reducing food spoilage and resource waste. The platform monitors sea conditions and improves the precision of weather conditions planning.

Industries from healthcare to manufacturing to finance all stand to receive a major bump in productivity, slashes to overhead spending, and more by implementing this set of emerging technologies. To summarize, an IoT-based platform is a great investment for small businesses and large companies alike, as long as you have a clear objective for what you need the technology to accomplish for you. Having said that, this doesn’t come without some things to watch out for. Will talk about that in next article sometime soon.

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Bala Subramanian

Mr. Bala Subramanian is a business leader with more than 20 years’
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