Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Stocking the shelves

When we outline there plan for distribution in socialism, critics often deride proposals as bureaucratic central planning and  that the market is the best way of determining supply and demand. We answer that capitalism itself as provided the logistics of a supply chain that merely simply requires tweaking for a future socialist society to decide what is required by communities. Bar-codes and an integrated computer system already control stock-levels of local supermarkets linking to their regional distribution centres which in turn is connected with their suppliers and manufacturers.

Coca-Cola haveimplemented a new system operated by tech firm Trax which digitised the previously manual stock-taking process. Relying on pen and paper stock records that then had to be inputted into a computer was hardly ideal. It led to delays in replenishing empty shelves. Implementing the Trax system resulted in a 63% reduction in "out-of-stock" occurrences and audit times that fell from 20 minutes to two minutes. Retailers are out of stock about 8% to 12% of the time at the moment but systems like  Trax can reduce that to 3% or 4%.
Using shelf-mounted cameras and augmented reality on smartphones and tablets, Trax's image recognition system monitors all the products on open shelves and in coolers, understanding how they differ in size, shape and colour.
A "panoramic stitching engine" pieces together the in-store images to recreate the full shelf, while analytic software recognises each product. The supermarket is instantly alerted if brands are out of place or missing from the shelves.
The firm is identifying 250 million products a month and providing real-time data to 170 retailers and brand manufacturers around the world. 
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45272834

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Quote of the Day

Norman Finkelstein put it best in 2014:


I don’t advocate anything. It’s not my place to advocate. First of all, I’m not a Palestinian. Second of all, I’m not Israeli…. I don’t live anywhere near the affected regions…. Anyone who’s involved in politics knows that politics is not about personal preferences. If you ask my personal preference, I would say that I don’t believe in two states; I don’t believe in one state; I happen not to believe in any states. I’m an old-fashioned leftist in that regard. But politics is not about what you prefer; it’s not about what I prefer. Politics is about a realistic assessment of the balances of forces in the world.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Against the Anti-Vxxers

Having just engaged in an exchange with anti-vaxxers, i came across this article which should be a very useful resource.

https://thelogicofscience.com/2016/04/28/vaccines-and-autism-a-thorough-review-of-the-evidence/#Anti-Vaccers'%20Lists%20of%20Papers

https://thelogicofscience.com/2017/12/29/if-vaccines-are-a-scam-to-make-money-why-dont-we-routinely-vaccinate-for-diseases-like-cholera/

Another handy website

https://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/