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This Week in Logistics News (May 2 – 8)

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. But it will certainly be different than Mother’s Days of years past. Instead of getting together and enjoying brunch and hug, more people will be looking at socially distanced or virtual celebrations. Even so, people are ready to spend this Mother’s Day. According to an annual survey from the national Retail Federation (NRF) and Prosper Insights & Analytics, while 71 percent of respondents are social distancing, 78 percent say celebrating […]

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Applying The Hard Lessons of COVID-19 to Build a More Resilient Supply Chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reexamine so much of what society took for granted before the virus outbreak. What lessons have we learned to date that will prepare us when the next crisis hits? It’s a critical question for those of us in the industry. The pandemic completely exposed the world’s dependence upon a highly complex, fragmented and inefficient global supply chain. As we look past the current pandemic, it’s clear that we need a more resilient supply chain – one that can easily flex and adapt during future times of crisis and stress (which, invariably, will come). How do we go about turning that into a reality?

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This Week in Logistics News (April 25 – May 1)

Sustainability has been a hot topic in supply chain and manufacturing circles lately. Earlier this week I saw an article about Taylor Guitars, one of the world’s most well-known makers of acoustic guitars, and how it has been looking at alternatives to using exotic wood for its instruments as regulations around the use of exotic wood has tightened. So now, when customers buy a new Taylor guitar, it may not be made from exotics wood […]

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Powerful Reactions: Omnichannel Responds Well in a Crisis

By February, omnichannel retailers were responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, closing stores and factories in China, and reallocating inventory to still-active markets to mitigate the pandemic’s initial impact. Changes of this magnitude and nature do not come easily for most retailers, but those with truly integrated omnichannel systems can see, project demand for and shift inventory with relative ease, just one of the many ways omnichannel retailers can respond to a global pandemic or […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 18 – 24)

This past Monday was Patriots Day, which in Boston is one of the best sports days of the year. But, due to coronavirus, the Boston Marathon has been pushed off until September (hopefully) and the Red Sox season is on hold. Usually, millions of spectators flock to the historic marathon route to cheer on the word’s best as well as weekend warriors as they push their bodies to the limits with the hope of making […]

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Corona Damages Mechanical Engineering Supply Chains

The mechanical engineering industry is feeling the consequences of the corona pandemic with increasing force.  A very recent survey by VDMA, the German association for the mechanical engineering industry, was answered by 965 member companies and clearly shows this.  The share of companies whose operations are affected rose from 60 to 84 percent within two weeks.  Almost every second company affected (45 percent) suffers from “serious” or “noticeable” disruptions along the supply chain.  Only 5 […]

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Conflicting Realities in the Face of COVID-19

The future remains uncertain as the country continues to combat COVID-19. A big question facing the nation is when and how to re-open the economy. While some states are pushing to re-open their economy (or beaches, in the case of Florida), others are cautioning that doing so too early would be socially irresponsible and bad for the economy. The ongoing pandemic has put added strain on the global supply chain, with companies exploring new fulfillment […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 4 – 10)

As sports around the world continue their imposed hibernation, the companies that supply athletes and teams with sports equipment are shifting their focus. Rather than producing uniforms, equipment, and apparel, many companies are now producing masks for healthcare professionals as supplies continue to run low. Nike is re-purposing sneakers to make face masks and shields for healthcare workers. Under Armour is making no-sew face masks for hospital workers. Bauer, and its sister companies Cascade and […]

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COVID-19 and 3D Printing

A couple of months ago I wrote an article about 3D printing and the supply chain, looking at how additive manufacturing can and will impact the end to end global supply chain. Specifically, I looked at how companies are beginning to explore on-demand manufacturing rather than traditional manufacturing models, meaning they can keep less physical inventory on-hand. Using a digital representation of parts allows manufacturers to make small changes to digital files quickly at no […]

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This Week in Logistics News (March 28 – April 3)

The coronavirus pandemic has moved non-essentials employees to their home offices for the last few weeks and for the foreseeable future. This has dramatically increased the popularity of virtual conferencing app Zoom, as employees, students, and friends look to remain connected in this time of isolation. Just how popular has the app become? Currently, it is the most popular Apple and Android app in the world, and its stock price has more than doubled since […]

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