This Week in Logistics News (December 29 – January 4)

Happy new year and welcome back to the Logistics Viewpoints news round-up. The holiday season was another record breaking year, as customers flocked to the web and to the store for all their gift-giving needs. And for those living near the Dutch coast, an additional round of gifts is showing up. Or should I say washing up. An estimated 270 containers are thought to have been knocked off the Panamanian-flagged MSC Zoe in rough seas […]

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Why the Food & Beverage Supply Chain Desperately Needs Blockchain

The Supply Chain from farm to table continues to increase in complexity with pressures from changing customer interests, regulatory controls, and global competition.  Blockchain can aid in assuring a secure way to achieve traceability.

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Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2019

ARC Advisory Group 2019 supply chain trends of the year include: Global Trade and Tariffs; Logistics Labor Shortages and Automation; The “Digital Supply Chain” as the Logistics Technology Concept of the Year; expansion of Machine Learning and AI Enhancements. With taxes and duties accounting for a substantial portion of cost of goods sold, it is likely that companies will be reevaluating the impact on their global supply chains. Meanwhile, the “digital supply chain” is a conceptual umbrella term that will continue to be used to identify supply chain software, communications, and automation efforts that meet certain digital criteria.

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The Top Supply Chain Stories of 2018

The top supply chain stories of 2018 included trade wars, increasing logistics labor costs, natural disasters impacting regional and global supply chains, and omni-channel innovation.

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Delivery Robots Show Promise in Supply Chain Management and Logistics

With competition for more efficient and effective warehouse management and supply chain management solutions on the rise, the topic of autonomous delivery robots is increasingly being seen as a potentially disruptive force for retail deliveries. Innovation by robotics and drone companies continues at a torrid pace.   At the same time, some delivery companies and logistics firms are conducting tests, or unveiling early production models, to identify areas where robots can best be used to assist […]

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3D Scanning Across the Value Chain

3D Scanning systems use laser or structured light technologies to generate a point cloud rendering of objects. This has value chain applications including inventory management, manufacturing quality, and insuring that warehouses and factories get built on time, on budget.

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Digital Transformation Workforce Evolution

Currently, many companies view digital transformation as being technology-driven. Machine learning, cloud architecture, microservices, augmented reality, and IIoT platforms are just some of the technologies driving endless discussion among end users as well as fierce competition among solution providers. Often missing from these conversations is a focus on the human element of digital transformation.  Where do people fit in? What changes will occur in the digital transformation workforce?

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Transportation Management and the Promise of Machine Learning

Transportation Management solutions have a proven ROI. But the additon of Machine Learning opens up some exiciting possibilities. ARC is excited about the promise of machine learning to allow a TMS to better handle competing objectives and discover nonobvious impacts on performance.

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This Week in Logistics News (December 8 – 14)

This is the end of the line. And by the end of the line, I mean this is our last news round-up for the year. And what a year it is has been. In my article earlier this week, I highlighted the top articles of the year, which included our takes on Amazon and Tesla’s supply chains, warehouse automation,crowdsourcing for last mile deliveries, blockchain, and more. On top of that, I have also learned a […]

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Warehouse Labor: Are You Fully Leveraging This Critical Asset?

As companies strive to improve warehouse efficiency and service while cutting costs, a lot of attention is focused on the role of leading-edge technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics — and rightfully so. These emerging capabilities are moving companies toward achieving the vision of the Autonomous Supply Chain, which senses and responds to disruptions automatically. But equally important are the warehouse employees who control and implement these technology solutions on a daily […]

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