From SCDigest’s On-Target E-Magazine From Too Much Pain in WMS Deployments to Walmart’s Failed RFID Mandate to Enterprise Supply Chain Management, Hill and Dan Gilmore Discuss Supply Chain SCDigest Editorial Staff John Hill is a legendary figure in the Warehouse Management Systems and automatic data collection worlds. Currently a consultant with St. Onge, he was CEO of WMS pioneer in the late 1970s/early 1980s, a company that helped define the modern WMS market and which produced a large number of professionals that greatly influenced the industry after Logisticon’s ultimate closure. He and a small group of folks – notably the late Dave Scott – ran a small consulting firm called Cyprus for many years through and beyond the 1990s that had influence in the market well beyond its size. He was a fixture giving conference presentations for years, to the point many assumed he was running a very large consulting firm. He has been highly involved and influential in the MHI organization (the former Material Handling Institute) and automatic identification group AIM, and indeed is a chart member of a group called the AIDC 100 . In the Fall of 2003, just weeks after the first issue of Supply Chain Digest in September, Hill did the very first “unplugged” interview with SCDigest editor Dan Gilmore. Now he’s back in 2015 with a much longer discussion, summarized in Gilmore’s First Thoughts column last week. As the WMS market has grown and matured, I think frankly that the level of talent on the WMS vendors’ front lines has diminished. And a number of them are subcontracting implementation to third parties. As promised then, below you will find part 1 of the full transcript of that interview. Part 2 next week. Gilmore: When we first did this in 2003, there had been […]
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