I am presenting tomorrow at the Descartes Evolution event in Fort Lauderdale. I flew in a day earlier to mingle with many of the logistics professionals the event attracts. The conversations are about telematics, same day delivery and a bunch of innovations that don’t get much attention in a world obsessed with the latest mobile devices and social networks.
My talk is titled “My heroes have always been operational folks” and it goes into 20 case studies of how if you peel the current industry buzzwords like Big Data, Mobile Computing,, Sustainability and Agility, the really impressive use cases come from the supply chain/logistics world.
A really nice touch last night was a reception where Descartes honored innovations in its customer, partner and employee base. The customers honored are
- John Lewis Partnership (which I had blogged about here )
- Ferguson Enterprises
- W.S. Badcock
- Carson International
- John S. James Co.
- Vandegrift Inc.
- MK Alliance
I was honored to share a table with Paula Carson, EVP at Carson International. which is in the business of “taking the complexity out of international freight forwarding and customs clearance”. Below she is with the award she got last night.
On the screen behind her was a video on the Tesco Homeplus (the virtual grocery store at a subway stop) implementation I blogged about here. Descrates honored its S. Korean partner with an award last night for its role on the Tesco project, and they were good sports and swayed to the Ganggnam music as they accepted their award.