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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Digital Twin is an Old Idea – Just New to Supply Chain

It has been many decades since a circuit is designed digitally and its performance tested using a digital twin; an architect constructed the building and laid out its HVAC and plumbing on the building’s digital twin; a company invested in a new distribution center only after significant number of simulations and animations on the digital twin; a dentist scanned a mouth and planned for the treatment on the digital twin; and pilots learned how to […]

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Vertical Farming for Supply Chain Efficiency

Indoor vertical farming has been around for quite some time but is starting to garner a lot more attention these days. As the world population continues to expand, so too does the amount of fruits and vegetables needed to feed the world. Generally speaking, we are not creating new farmland to accommodate the increase in fresh food required. Vertical farming can be part of the solution to this problem.

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Global Shipping Trends: What to Expect in 2020

Now that the fireworks are over and New Year’s resolutions are set, it’s time to prepare for global shipping in 2020. And that means looking at ongoing trends and changing regulations. One thing’s for sure, freight forwarding never has a dull moment. Recapping 2019’s top global shipping disruptors Before we jump into expectations for this year, let’s set the stage by looking at some of the top events in 2019 that may have affected global […]

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The ROI of Trade Compliance

What is the return on investment (ROI) associated with trade compliance? If compliance is understood as the chance that company might have to pay a hefty fine for noncompliance, then statistically, there is no ROI associated with compliance. You might think that would make it tough to sell this type of software. You’d be wrong. Almost no one must pay penalties for noncompliance in trade. Let’s take the example of global trade compliance (GTC) solutions […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 18 – 24)

Thirty-six years ago, today, on January 24, 1984, Apple Computer placed the Macintosh personal computer on sale in the United States. This was the first mass-market personal computer that featured a graphical user interface, built-in screen and mouse. Upon its launch, it was bundled with two applications designed to show off its interface: MacWrite and MacPaint. This was the beginning in a long line of computers from Apple. The original Macintosh computers were significantly more […]

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US Production Execs Support Increased Tariffs Despite the Risks of Recession

When you read business magazines, it is easy to get the impression that business executives are overwhelmingly opposed to increasing tariffs. When it comes to US manufacturing executives, that is not true. A majority of manufacturing executives believe that a global recession is likely in 2020 (61%) and that an extended trade war would likely lead to a global recession (70%). Despite this, more execs support tough trade policies than oppose them.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: The Retailer Survival Kit

Returnless refunds is only one of many ways in which Amazon is taking e-commerce fulfillment and customer service to the next level. To remain competitive, robust fuflillment capabilities are a necessity, and resposiveness and other customer service capabilities are a valuable diferentiator in today’s intensely competitive retail environment.

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