Archive for Logistics Trends

How to Mitigate the COVID-19 Impact on Your Supply Chain Operations

We’ve been receiving a number of questions from customers asking how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (aka coronavirus) on their operations, employees, customers and carriers. The good news is there is a lot that can be done now with your existing logistics and supply chain solutions. You could also quickly take advantage of new ones to be safe and mitigate the financial impact on your business. Here are a few ways you can help […]

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The Autonomous Supply Chain

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan, which in an effort to reduce congestion on the city streets, built a beer pipeline under the streets. The pipeline is capable of carrying […]

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The Ongoing Impact of Coronavirus

Coronavirus continues to impact the world, stunting supply chains and the global economy. The impact has been far reaching, and at Logistics Viewpoints, we have documented many areas of concern, including the impact on manufacturing supply chains in Southeast Asia, the automotive and pharmaceutical supply chains, the high-tech supply chain, and the impact on retail. Steve Banker has also recently highlighted 20 things to keep in mind as we make contingency plans for the impact […]

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Coronavirus Impacts Manufacturing Supply Chains in Southeast Asia

China is the largest source of imports (2018) for 9 of the 10 Southeast Asian economies and the largest or second largest export market (2018) for seven of the countries in the region, Indeed, as an economic bloc, Southeast Asia is China’s second largest overall trading partner, trailing the EU but ahead of the USA. However, the extent of impact on the manufacturing sector of each country (see below for analysis of the six major […]

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Creating a Resilient Supply Chain

Today we recognize that the supply chain is a source of strategic advantage. In our quest to drive scale and reduce costs, we have architected supply chains spanning the globe. However, as these supply chains become increasingly globalized, they are also more vulnerable to disruption. Natural disasters, weather events, business cycles and more recent challenges, such as the threatened tariffs on Mexican goods, the ongoing trade war with China, and the outbreak of the coronavirus, […]

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3D Printing and the Supply Chain

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has been around in one shape or form for a while. The process essentially entails building a three-dimensional object from computer-aided design (CAD) to add material layer by layer until a final product is complete. The use cases for 3D printing cover most anything you can imagine. In fact, recently, while on a weekend ski trip with friends, my buddy John was riding the chairlift with two women from France […]

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2020 Supply Chain Technology Trends

There are some young supply chain technologies that are getting a lot of buzz. But how mature are these technologies?  Do they have a proven ROI? Are they worth piloting? Or can we safely ignore them for a few more years?

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Most Popular Logistics Articles of 2019

It’s the last few weeks of the year which means it is time to look back at the year in logistics. As always, it was a busy year covering the latest supply chain and logistics trends, emerging technologies, mergers and acquisitions, major news announcements, and more. We want to take this opportunity to reflect on the Top 15 most popular logistics articles written this year and see what our readers found to be the most […]

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The 2019 Holiday Logistics Guide

And like that, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday are in the books. This means we have hit peak holiday shopping and shipping season. This year, however, there is an added wrinkle for retailers. Namely, with Thanksgiving being so late this year, retailers are left with six less days of holiday shopping after Black Friday. As a result, Black Friday saw record traffic in the way of online activity, with 10 million more shoppers […]

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The Logistics Economy: An Update

There have been recent signs of macroeconomic weakness. Let’s take this opportunity to review some of the data and dig a little deeper into the area relevant to the logistics sector. Are the concerns simply related to US-China trade, or are there signs that that trade difficulties are impacting other areas of the economy that in turn impact the broader logistics sector?

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