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Drone Deliveries: Are They Actually on the Horizon?

The United States has been lagging behind other parts of the world when it comes to the testing and adoption of drones for last mile deliveries. This is not due to a lack of interest or research and development efforts from some of the largest drone manufacturers. In fact, companies such as Amazon, Google, and UPS have invested incredible amounts of money into how they can deploy drones to make deliveries. These companies have also […]

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Drones Over Africa: Delivering Lifesaving Medical Supplies

Drones have earned a place in the medical supply chain in Africa. But before Rwanda started using drones, careful thought had to be given to when this mode made sense and when it didn’t.

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Jeff Bezos’ Drone Prediction was Far, Far Too Optimistic

Almost four years ago, Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes and unveiled his vision of having drones deliver packages right to customers’ door steps. He said we could achieve this in four or five years. We are far from achieving this, but last week the first regularly scheduled drone deliveries in an urban area were announced.

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You can’t really count on cycle counting.

Whether we like it or not, every company on the planet with any significant supply chain operation has an inventory reconciliation problem. It doesn’t matter if you are a retailer, manufacturer or logistics service provider, or if you have the latest and greatest warehouse management system. The fact is, if humans have to physically touch or scan inventory in the put away, inventory check or pick process, then errors will occur. The only debate will be the […]

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Beyond the Hype, Drones Really are Being Used to Improve Value Chains

While Amazon has gotten a lot of press surrounding the possibility of using drones to deliver goods to customers, current regulations make that all but impossible. But that does not mean drones are not in use. Some of the biggest application areas for drones include agriculture, mining, land surveying, media and entertainment, and inspecting infrastructure such as roads, bridges, buildings, cell towers, wind turbines, pipelines, and power lines.

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The Best Part Of Daimler’s New Drone-Equipped Delivery Van Has Nothing To Do With Drones

Even though the idea of launching drones from the roofs of delivery vans, is silly; Daimlers new van is impressive nonetheless. The idea of a car maker as a provider of a holistic delivery system that combines the vehicle, material handling hardware and special racking, and enterprise software is a very interesting. That, not drones, is what makes a true step forward in the automotive industry.

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Robots and Drones in the Warehouse

… the day began with a panel on cutting edge technologies that could change the face of logistics. Panelists spoke at length about drones and robots in the warehouse.

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This Week in Logistics News (October 24 – 30)

Tomorrow is Halloween. Pumpkins have been carved, pumpkin seeds have been roasted, candy has been bought (and opened, eaten, and more has been bought), and costumes have been purchased or made. And tomorrow, children across the land will go door to door asking for candy, while dressed in these scary, funny, cute, or ridiculous costumes. It’s certainly one of my favorite holidays of the year. But there is so much planning that goes into the […]

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Amazon and Drones – Are They Nuts? How This Can Work

You probably saw the 60 minutes segment on Amazon with Bezo’s revelation of its drone project.  More recently, Fred Smith said FedEx has several drone studies underway.  UPS has chimed in too stating it has drone research.  Are they all nuts?  No.  Here is why. During the holiday season, internet purchases were reported to have grown 20+% year over year.  Compounded, that doubles within four years.  Using current methods, could there be a corresponding doubling […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 2-6, 2013)

There are huge piles of leaves in my backyard that I need to bag before Tuesday, the last day the city will pick them up, so let’s go straight to the news because I have a date with a rake this afternoon. Amazon to Deliver Packages Using Drones GrandJunction’s Technology Platform Surpasses 60 Million Local Deliveries Managed Descartes Reports Fiscal 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results Container shipping lines Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV in merger talks (Financial […]

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