I have known John Hill , one of the most well-recognized and influential figures in the areas of Warehouse Management Systems, automatic data collection, and supply chain execution, for about than 20 years – though I have no memory of when and where we first met. But I do know he did me a favor early on in SCDigest’s history by participating in the very first "unplugged" interview we ever ran, just weeks after our first issue ran in late September, 2003. You can find that here: John Hill "Unplugged" 2003 Does Hill have any regrets? Not many, but one was related to an idea he and Dave Scott had for a new kind of WMS that never made it to market. So I thought it might be fun to do it again here in 2015, and both Hill and I enjoyed the effort. For those that don’t know, Hill is currently a consultant at St Onge, and has had a great career, perhaps most notably as CEO of a company called Logisticon, which was one of the earliest WMS companies and which ultimately produced many people who played prominent roles in WMS after Logisticon closed under some very unusual conditions (more on that someday) that had nothing to do with Hill. 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 […]
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