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November 12, 2018

Joint Supply Chain and IoT Leadership Council Meeting Unites Thought Leaders Across Ecosystems

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Metro Atlanta’s transformation into a top tech market is founded on innovations within its industries. Deloitte ranked the region as the #2 metro area for digital supply chain, and the presence of numerous Internet of Things and Smart Cities projects currently active in metro Atlanta mark the city’s forward-thinking ideology.

The Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Supply Chain Leadership and IoT Leadership councils recently met for a joint meeting to unite figures from organizations around the region driving this progress.

Rubicon Global Vice President of Sustainability David Rachelson spoke to council members on his company’s technology-driven approach to solving issues around waste and recycling. Rubicon provides solutions to companies through the diversion of waste from landfills with an added focus on serving small business owners.

“We are a proud Atlanta-headquartered company and a proud inductee into the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Backed by ATL program,” Rachelson said.

Backed by ATL is a program founded by the Metro Atlanta Chamber, providing customized support to high-potential companies and fueling economic impact for the region. The initiative recently unveiled plans to double the program in 2019.

Rachelson shared a story from his youth that eventually led him to an interest in sustainability.

“I trace my interest in the environment to an oil spill in 1989,” Rachelson shared. “I felt inspired to assemble a group collecting cans in my neighborhood and donated them to a local nonprofit.”

Rubicon is similarly dedicated to using their business as an environmental and social force for good. In America, the average citizen tosses 4.4 lbs. of trash every day – a process that is linear, beginning at the creation of a product, the use of a product and the eventual waste of the product. Rubicon encourages an alternative circular approach that includes designing, building and using items with the express intention of reuse or “upcycling.” In this way, there is no “end of life” for the product. Rubicon recently transformed processes for Upstairs Atlanta.

Rachelson also presented on Rubicon’s Smart City technology, currently rolled out in over 25 U.S. cities. Municipal and private sector trash collecting trucks use an app and a pod device attached to the vehicle to collect service confirmations, provide vehicle tracking and enable documentation of driver-side issues. The use of the technology will provide for a level of accountability, while also eventually leading to more efficient service.

Aprio Partner-in-Charge of Manufacturing and Distribution Adam Beckerman presented on the state of the manufacturing in Georgia.

Manufacturing is currently the second largest private industry in Georgia with 10,000 plants and 340,000 workers. However, few organizations are investing in digitization or other forward-thinking practices, including workforce training and long-term strategic innovation.

“It may not matter much today, but it will matter tomorrow,” Beckerman said. “My advice is to start small and to start now.”

The Georgia Manufacturing Survey revealed that only 38 percent of small manufacturers have implemented digital tech in Georgia, compared to 84 percent of large manufacturers. The survey further concludes that there is 65 percent higher profitability for manufacturers pushing innovation.

For more information on the Supply Chain Leadership Council, please reach out to Ben Harris. For more information on the IoT Leadership Council, please reach out to Cynthia Curry

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