Virtual You – Coming Soon

Virtual You – Coming Soon

October 20, 2019

Imagine using cloud supported technology and mixed reality headsets to create a virtual you, capable of using your own voice to deliver flawless speeches in languages you don’t actually speak!

This technology was recently showcased by Microsoft.  While the technology is currently expensive and requires some changes or improvements to be a reality in the business world, it holds interesting promise for the future of video conferencing, making it even more versatile and realistic than ever before.

Other companies have various holographic communications technology in the works as well.


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This post is based on the Video Conferencing Daily article, Azure Video Conferencing Impresses at Inspire 2019, by Ethan J., October 8, 2019; the Business Wire article, Double Me brings the Jedi Hologram Conference to every home by 2020, by Albert Kim, September 5, 2019; and the YouTube videos, Move over Tupac! Real Life-size Holograms set to Revolutionize Videoconferencing, by Human Media Lab, April 18, 2018, and Demo: The magic of AI neural TTS and holograms at Microsoft Inspire 2019 Continue reading

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Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

Grocers Gain Supply Chain Visibility

October 11, 2019

C&S Wholesale Grocers has partnered with FourKites to enable supermarkets and retailers to track store deliveries in real time from orders to delivery with a Delivery Alerts tool.

FourKites uses a predictive analytics platform with a proprietary algorithm to optimize shipment arrival. The network of more than 4 million GPS/ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) incorporates data from “truckload, LTL, ocean, rail, intermodal, last-mile and parcel transportation modes.”

C&S reported lowered operating costs, improved on-time delivery performance, and a 65% reduction in internal productivity loss.


Video Spotlight: How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?


This post is based on the Supermarket News article, C&S brings retailers more supply-chain visibility, by Russell Redman, September 24, 2019, and the YouTube video, How Is FourKites Defining Supply Chain Visibility?, by FourKites, July 18, 2017. Image source: Noel Hendrickson/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. Is C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Delivery Alerts tool an operational success? Explain.

Guidance: Yes – it lowers C&S’ operating costs, improves on-time performance, and increase productivity.

2. How does the Delivery Alerts tool better enable C&S to manage its supply chain?

Guidance: C&S has real-time information on its truckload, less-than truckload, ocean, rail, last-mile, and parcel transportation modes to Continue reading

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Like many other start-ups, Wag has been overwhelmed by its own success.

Wag is a dog-walking service that, like Uber, links pet owners and a network of walkers online. Launched in 2015, it seemed poised for rapid growth, especially after benefiting from an enormous injection of capital. However, growing pains started hurting the company, and it lost market share. Former employees put some of the blame on new management for failing to understand the company and develop a sound strategy.


Video Spotlight: Wag Dog Walking Review


This post is based on the CNN.com article, Dog-Walking Startup Wag Raised $300 million to Unleash Growth. Then Things Got Messy, by S.A. O’Brien, September 27, 2019, and the YouTube video, Wag Dog Walking Review – Wag App Reviewby Red Pill Vegan, June 8, 2018. Image source: Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What is Wag’s core business? Is the direction taken by top management consistent with the core business?

Guidance: Wag’s core business is taking the best care of people’s pets. Top management’s primary concerns seem to have shifted from a love for dogs to market growth with more walkers, centralized operations, and cost reductions. The Continue reading

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