This Week in Logistics News (February 8 – 14)

Sustainability continues to be a hot topic within supply chain management. One area that has proven to be an uphill battle is the reduction of packaging waste for home deliveries. I actually wrote about this topic as one of my very first Logistics Viewpoints articles nearly six years ago. To this day, when I receive a package at my house, I am surprised at how much air and packaging materials are delivered. This week my […]

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Make Your Supply Chain a Sustainability Champion

Today’s headlines are filled with disheartening news about climate change, resource depletion, pollution, hunger, access to clean water, and poverty. The world is paying a high price for the traditional “take, make, use, waste” philosophy that failed to consider the long-range social and environmental consequences of mass consumerism. In response, in 2015 more than 190 countries joined to endorse 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) ― defined by the United Nations ― as part of a […]

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Coronavirus and the Automotive and Pharmaceutical Supply Chains

Earlier this week, the death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus rose to over 1,000 people, invoking memories of the 2003 SARS outbreak. While the human aspect of this outbreak is clearly the biggest story, the virus is causing major disruptions in global supply chains as well. As my colleague Steve Banker pointed out yesterday, the global high-tech supply chain has been hit particularly hard. But other industries are feeling the impact as well.

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Coronavirus Impacts Global High-tech Supply Chains

Global hi-tech companies are struggling with the impact of the coronavirus. While the mortality rate at 2 percent does not sound like it should shut down global supply chains, 25 percent of those infected end up in intensive care. The high-tech industry is impacted particularly hard because so much of their contract manufacturing resides in China and they run JIT supply chains.

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TireHub Demonstrates the Success of the Amazon Business Model in B2B

TireHub is working to transform the tire distribution industry. They are using digital, supply chain technologies, to create on service excellence. Interestingly, the company was formed by two competitors – Goodyear and Bridgestone.

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This Week in Logistics News (February 1 – 7)

I read an interesting article this week about food deserts. For those that don’t know, a food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. On the other end of the spectrum is a food oasis, which has higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods. In 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts, meaning that they live […]

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Five Ways Data Is Transforming the Supply Chain

Real-time supply chain data is the foundation for trust between supply chain partners. And so it follows that the data – and the data supplier – that underpins any network should be agnostic. From a technology perspective, the typical enterprise in the supply chain is a collection of silos. With a solid foundation of common data across these silos, trust can blossom between supply chain partners.

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The Greater Boston Warehouse Robotics Cluster

Boston in known as The Hub – but it has really become the hub of warehouse robotics in the United States. MassRobotics and Humatics hosted The 2020 Logistics and Warehousing Executive Briefing. Insights and valuable perspectives were shared by robotics users such as FedEx, the regions robotics innovators, and providers of complementary technologies and services.

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The Retail Supply Chain Revolution

There is a revolution in retail supply chains. The rapid growth in ecommerce is driving technological innovation and experimentation at an uprecedented rate.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 25 – 31)

The long wait is over, and we are almost ready for kick-off in the Redemption Bowl. I mean Super Bowl. On Sunday night in Miami, FL, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will battle it out for football’s ultimate prize. This Super Bowl is a chance at redemption for the coaches, as both of them lost their lone Super Bowl appearance to the Patriots. Andy Reid has consistently been one of the […]

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