The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

The Future Supply Chain

May 7th, 2013

Supply Chain thought leaders are meeting across the nation over the next few months to develop the first-ever U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. Ian Hobkirk attended the meetings held in Washington D.C. May 7-8.  In this post he outlines his personal theories on how the coming years will unfold for the supply chain.


Read more.

Voice-Directed Warehousing: A Changing Role for a More Mature Technology

May 1st, 2013

Our research has brought to light an interesting aspect of a trend that has been developing for the last several years: the rise of voice-directed warehousing as an alternative to WMS enhancement. The eye-opening finding is that the headline with voice is no longer about hands-free operation, although that certainly continues to be a major benefit to adopting such systems…

Read more.

Boston Strong

April 22nd, 2013

I suspect most people who have lived or worked in Boston would attest, Bostonians have a deep, almost spiritual connection with their city. Over a century ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote a poem simply titled “Boston”, in which he chronicled the pivotal role that the city had already played in advancing the cause of human freedom…

Read more.

John Diebold to Lead Supply Chain Consulting Practice

February 26th, 2013

Commonwealth today announced the addition of John Diebold as Director of Consulting. His appointment is integral to Commonwealth’s ongoing commitment to providing exceptional service to its fast-growing client base. In his new role, Diebold will lead and grow Commonwealth’s supply chain consulting group

Read more.

Planning a Warehouse Layout with Imperfect Data

February 7th, 2013

Working with less than perfect data is a reality of the distribution center/warehouse layout process. Commonwealth has discovered over the years, however, that it is possible to develop a sound design and warehouse layout despite data gaps or inaccuracies by applying a few basic principles.

Read more.