Drive-through collection points and dark stores: The time has come to industrialize (logistics) processes

03/06/2020 | Pauline Poissonnier, Reflex Solutions Manager, Hardis Group

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen online demand for fast-moving consumer goods go through the roof, with customers picking up their purchases from drive-through collection points or opting for home delivery. Once the crisis abates, maintaining this level of demand will require organizational changes, by food and non-food retailers alike, in order to enhance the customer experience, optimize resour...

Managing e-commerce returns: six tips for more efficient logistics

27/05/2020 | Expert opinion - Romain Louis, Product Manager, Hardis Group

Almost all retailers offer a return service for items purchased online, and many use the option as a selling point. Although the service is popular with consumers, it can be a real headache for retailers, with significant logistics costs. Return management is also a vital part of the customer experience. This article explores six tips for efficient, low-cost management of return-related logi...

What does the future hold for legacy AS/400-IBMi systems?

13/05/2020 | Expert opinion - Vincent Amet and Laurent Coutellec, Practice Managers, IS Transformation, Hardis Group

At one point, we thought we’d seen the end of AS/400-IBMi systems, sacrificed on the altar of modernization. But that view underestimated just how robust, reliable and secure these systems can be—and how they can create business value. Here, we examine why legacy systems remain central to the digital transformation of business, and what role they will play.

Omnichannel supply chain: where do factories fit in?

20/11/2019 | Expert opinion - Jérôme Pedreno, Business Developer, Logistics Solutions, Hardis Group

The growth of marketplaces means that manufacturers are now selling directly to their end clients. Today's connected, automated factories are no longer merely places where things are made: they are becoming fully fledged logistics hubs where firms process B2B and B2C flows—and pick and ship e-commerce orders. Orchestrating intralogistics processes and flows with greater precision gives manufact...

Edge computing: the ideal addition to cloud computing for distributed AI

20/09/2019 | Expert opinion - Damien Pasquinelli, CTO, Advanced Solutions, Hardis Group

Edge computing offers a solution to the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), providing the capability to store and process data right where it is generated, in close proximity to sensors and other connected devices. Combining this new-generation distributed architecture with the centralized cloud computing model is a cost-efficient way to distribute artificial intelligence (AI).

Will we all, insiders included, be consultants by 2030?

17/04/2019 | Expert opinion - Philippe Le Gloahec, Consultant Manager, Hardis Group

Will we all be consultants by 2030? This is a big question that has come up time and again in recent years. But it isn't always framed in the right way. The real issue isn't about employees' status or the supposed end of employment contracts, but rather about the future of organizations and the role that their members play-both within and outside.

Omnichannel logistics: a marriage of convenience between stores and e-commerce firms

20/02/2019 | Expert opinion - Pauline Poissonnier, pre-sales consultant, logistics solutions, Hardis Group

With omnichannel logistics, retail outlets and e-commerce firms are pooling their traditional strengths to address the challenges they face. As stores become local warehouses, they need to be better organized and improve how they work.

No artificial intelligence without collective intelligence

09/01/2019 | Expert opinion - Philippe Le Gloahec, Consultant Manager, Hardis Group

Artificial intelligence is a source of uncertainty, fear and enthusiasm. But whatever we think of AI, its march will continue at pace in the coming years. So now is a good time to think again about how organisations can develop collective intelligence.

What will the logistics warehouse look like a few years from now?

22/11/2017 | Expert opinion - Jean-Yves Costa, Deputy Manager of Logistics Solutions at Hardis Group.

Which technologies will be heavily integrated into warehouses in the future? Some trends are already taking shape such as robotization, automation, artificial intelligence and connected warehouses. It is, however, difficult to imagine that all warehouses will look alike in the future due to the diverse range and ever-changing specific requirements in each sector, types of logistics flows and cu...

Insurance and connected devices: bespoke, but not without trust

05/07/2017 | Expert opinion - Dorine Millot, Business Consulting consultant

Insurers see connected devices as an opportunity to create new products, precisely adapted to each individual. Such insurance plans will only appeal to insured parties on condition of financial gain or substantial value creation and if they're certain that any collected data is subject to powerful protection.