Ken Lyon

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Ken Lyon is Managing Director of Virtual Partners Ltd and has over 30 years of experience in the transportation industry. Ken specialises in the use of advanced information systems to manage the operations of 3PL (Third Party Logistics), 4PL and Lead Logistics Providers and their trading partner networks. Over the past few years he has helped start-ups concerned with supply chain technologies and before that, he spent 10 years as a Director and VP of information services at UPS, helping to establish its Logistics and supply chain services Group. Ken was recently appointed Chairman of the Board for an international logistics software group and also sits on the board of Ti. During the past 25 years, he has participated in conferences and conventions for the US Department of Defense, Government of Singapore, The JOC, Nikkei and many others. Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a member of the US OSD sponsored Highlands Forum.

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Recent briefs by Ken:

There may be trouble ahead


The digital identification of items that can be read by machines and systems is starting to raise some fundamental questions about operational realities. Issues such as security, power consumption and longevity are all areas requiring greater collaboration and standardisation.

Excitement at the edge…


As every part of a modern supply chain starts to generate huge amounts of data, edge computing may be needed to meet the demands that cloud computing can’t fulfil.

What’s to become of the shopping mall?


Shopping malls need to provide a compelling reason for potential customers to use them in the future, which means adapting their physical layout and accompanying logistics infrastructure.

Download an update to change your car


Electric car company Tesla has established a reputation for building attractive and innovative vehicles. But when one influential review body said their cars weren’t as good as they could be, Tesla issued a performance update via a software download, something no car company had done before.

The EFT Logistics CIO Forum EU – Amsterdam


Ti Advisory Board Member Ken Lyon gives his take on the recent EFT Logistics CIO Forum in Amsterdam, explaining how some of the attendees were utilizing disruptive technologies to their advantage.