05/01/16

WHY WE WENT WITHOUTWIRE?

I started Appolis almost 15 years ago.  The idea around the name was “city of applications” [app] + [olis].  At that time mobile devices such as the PalmPilot and HP iPAQ were showing potential to maximize the power of the internet.  In the early days, we were building applications for construction site management, home inspection, data collection for auction sales, and of course inventory.  Today, we are recognizing a more focused view.  Inventory.  Inventory Sciences to be specific.  As you move through our web site, we hope you will sense the excitement that we have about solving inventory challenges for a wide variety of organizations.

Microsoft Azure + Power BI + SQL Reporting = A Match Made in Inventory System Heaven

It’s not a mathematical equation, but it is an equation for outstanding inventory management. Three elements which, when added to WithoutWire’s already powerful, state-of-the-art inventory management solution, triple the benefits to be gained.
Built on Microsoft technologies, our affordable cloud subscription leverages Microsoft Azure and its integration to Active Directory for scalability and security, to bring you the data analytics embedded in Microsoft Power BI and SQL Reporting Services.

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What do Amazon, Uber and Airbnb have in common?

On the face of it, not a lot. One is an online retailer. One is a ride service. And one is a matchmaker between travelers and cool places to stay. Putting those differences aside, we find that what they have in common is a business model that we would all love to... read more
Are You Ready to be Happy and Carefree?

Are You Ready to be Happy and Carefree?

I don’t read business magazines that often, but yesterday I read a few articles that compelled me to write about. It reminded me of the company I started long ago; Appolis. Appolis is not a super successful company. We are successful to be sure, but a few Harvard Business Review articles reminded my why I remain optimist. We are good at survival. The company recently turned 13 years old and despite our failures, we seem to be very good at attaining a great degree of success in part because we make creative products and we are good at converting failure to success.

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Observations on the Future of Manufacturing

I recently visited a manufacturer that is growing at an incredible pace. The kind of pace that I observed in the reverse manufacturing market.

Side note: Another more recognizable term for reverse manufacturing is refurbishing or repurposing. These businesses buy broken or used stuff for pennies on the dollar, and either fix or disassemble for parts. Great business model!

My visit today reminded me of the 3D printing movement. One of the most revolutionary aspects of 3D printing is its ability to economically produce 1 offs. Rare and unique parts or in the realm of consumerization; unique value when it’s pinpointed to the right buyer.

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Big Data for Big Inventory

While traveling recently, I had a chance to read an article (Meet a Start-Up With a Big Data Approach to Hiring) in a magazine about how Big Data is being used to help HR divisions in organizations predict the outcome of new hires. Whitetruffle provides a data service using a proprietary model which analyzes 50 categories of “signals” in a job candidates profile. The claim is that the more data they get, the smarter the model becomes. The result is that you end up hiring better employees. While I’m not an expert in the “Big Data” trend, I summarize its purpose as simply “more data to analyze, means better results”. Big Data analysis can be a valuable tool to selecting the best performers for your company, but it can also be used for selecting the best performing method of picking, receiving, and bin strategies.

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Rugged Scanners vs. Consumer Devices

Over a year ago, we rolled out the concept of using a low cost consumer device for warehouse picking at a major trades how. In 2012, the feedback can be summed with the comment “Why?”.

Fast forward to 2013. A month ago, the feedback has changed! Now the same people are embracing the concept. The term “Tipping Point” comes to mind. The reasons may be varied, but one this is certain, buyers are on board with the idea that cheap devices from Apple and those running Google Android are more then a crazy idea for use in warehouses. The reasons are very strong:

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Creative Ways to Deal with Lot Tracking in Your Warehouse

If you’re a distributor or manufacturer and lot tracking is heavy on your mind these days, then this article is for you. I know lot tracking requirements can be very difficult to plan for and implement. Especially since the world around us wants faster and more accurate traceability and recalls. The biggest question that will drive the strategy your organization uses is this:

How much additional labor are you willing/able to incur?

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