Story originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal on May 20, 2020. Excerpts from the story below. To see the full story visit WSJ.com.

The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting the need for tools that can track such data in real time and give companies more flexibility to respond to late developments.

Those tools could be applied “on the manufacturing floor, the warehouse shelf, or the trucks and fleets and their status on the routes,” said Blue Yonder Chief Executive Girish Rishi. “What’s literally happening at 8 a.m. this morning vs. 10 a.m. this morning at a pharmacy, what’s available.”