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Do Patent Leather Shoes Reflect Up?

By Art van Bodegraven | 09/10/2017 | 2:00 PM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.


It'll take more than parochial school to answer this poser, won't it?  Meanwhile, patents do dominate the supply chain news these days.  Amazon,already has some 45,000 or 50,000 robots that command the goods-to-picker space, thanks to the acquisition of Kiva.

Now, Amazon, has patented a case picking robot that will take untold thousands out of their workforce.  Not bad for a people-dependent enterprise.

This from an innovator that is making the blimp and its dispersed inventory all its own.

Who else is disrupting supply chain operations?  Look, we've got a handful of inventors and backyard mechanics who are puttering around the fringes.  But, transforming SCM fundamentallly and on a regular basis appears to be the purview of a mega-organization that is devoted - devoutly - to changing the game, one that rewards innovation and industry dominance.

The equation is not likely to change - and that's good for me, for you, for all of us, but maybe not so much for Amazon's competitors



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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