The SCIA is a live competition in which a panel of judges join EDGE Conference attendees to hear presentations on innovative solutions and real-world results form top supply chain companies. The competition is held throughout the week of the EDGE Conference and winners were announced on the final day at the closing session.
This award program receives approximately 50 submissions each year. A panel of reviewers, consisting of members of CSCMP's Research Strategies Committee (RSC) and the editorial board of SupplyChainBrain, narrow down those submissions to the top innovative teams who then become the finalists at CSCMP's Annual Conference.
This year, in addition to the winners, the top five submissions were:
BuySeasons/FastFetch: How BuySeasons Achieved Record Order-Fulfillment Productivity
This session presented a case study describing how BuySeasons, a major online retailer of costumes, accessories, seasonal decor, and party supplies, planned and implemented a new order-fulfillment system that more than tripled picking speeds while accommodating a peak-season surge in shipping volumes with significant reductions in direct labor costs. The impressive increases in picking speeds resulted from replacing BuySeasons' legacy voice-picking technology with 40 batch-picking carts employing multimodal picking technologies and from the introduction of optimized picking strategies.
Intel: AI/Cognitive Computing Based Sourcing Intelligence
Intel has employed its technical prowess to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing tools to aid in making sense of the vast quantities of unstructured data it faces in today's data-centric world. Supply chain decision makers now have targeted and proactive information to support more complex data-based decisions, to identify new options and opportunities, and to alert potential supply disruptions and supply chain risks.
Kansas City Southern Railway Company: Unified Cargo Processing - Laredo International Rail Gateway
Since its implementation in August 2017, the Unified Cargo Processing (UCP) operation has significantly increased capacity for crossing trains at the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo International Rail Bridge which is the busiest International Rail Gateway in North America. The streamlining of non-intrusive inspection processes for northbound trains has resulted in faster rail car processing and time
savings, increased collaboration between the
US, and Mexico Customs, all of which has translated into greater time availability at the bridge in which to cross more trains and ease a "bottleneck" to international trade.
Pfizer: New Pharma Supply Chain In-Transit Visibility Standard
Pfizer shared its end-to-end in-transit visibility global "Track-iT" app that is currently used by over 1,000 colleagues across its supply network to track over 15,000 healthcare SKUs with focus on the customer and patient. This in-house conceived and
developed app is driving the latest technology platform to meet the needs of Pfizer's Highly Orchestrated Supply Network (HOSuN) through leverage of in-house and freight provider systems, milestones and analytics.
Schneider Electric (R&D)/Vector Consulting: GOING BEYOND AGILE
Agile methodology formerly in place at Schneider Electric (R&D) could not give the desired results, so the company re-examined the boundary conditions of this methodology. Subsequently, by exposing the generic conflict underlying all software development processes and by using the insights gleaned from the wrong assumptions of this conflict, a flow model was innovated by applying supply chain thinking. The new Rapid Feature Flow Model, not only increased productivity by a whopping 71% but also created a more harmonious work environment for the development teams!