Archive for drones

Drone Deliveries of Medicines Begin in the US

Wake Forest Baptist Health has begun drone deliveries of medicines and blood. As soon as a patient checks in at a Wake Forest Baptist Health infusion clinic, their specific medicine is created at the hospital and flown over via drone, creating an on-demand pharmacy for medicine with a short shelf life. Wake Forest Baptist has introduced a couple of routes from their largest facility in Winston Salem to larger clinics located only a couple hundred […]

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The Future of Drones is Now

Is the future of drones here? There have been plenty of trials that would indicate that home delivery drones are right around the corner. The FAA has loosened restrictions and selected eight companies to help establish technical requirements for home delivery. However, there are still a number of obstacles to overcome. But, for other uses, drones are getting the job done. This includes inventory management within warehouses and yards, monitoring equipment at ports, farms, and job sites, and re-stocking ships at sea. With these use cases in mind, the present and future of drones both look bright when it comes to drones.

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This Week in Logistics News (May 23 – 29)

On Wednesday, SpaceX was set to become the first piloted launch to orbit of a privately owned and operated spaceship. The launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft also would have been the first piloted flight to orbit from US soil in nearly nine years. However, bad weather rolled through Florida and the launch was scrubbed. But the company will try again tomorrow, with a scheduled launch time of 3:22:45 pm EDT. This is the next […]

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This Week in Logistics News (May 16 – 22)

This Monday is an important day. It is Memorial Day, a US federal holiday to honor and mourn the military personnel who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. But that is not the only important thing happening on Monday. It is also my birthday. And while this is exciting, there is still one more important thing happening. On Monday, May 25, 2020, as the Massachusetts economy opens in its multi-phase plan, barber shops […]

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Amazon, FedEx, and UPS Prepare for the Post COVID World

The post COVID world will likely look a lot different than what we experienced just a few short months ago. As economies begin to open, restrictions abound and are likely to remain in place until a vaccine is created and administered across the country. In this post COVID world, the supply chain will continue to be a key cog in ensuring that the economy can function, and home deliveries will be the new normal for more and more of our retail needs. To that end, Amazon, FedEx, and UPS have put changes in place to deal with the changing nature of customer demands and interactions.

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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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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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Digital Transformation in Retail

A few months ago, I attended the ARC Advisory Group’s Industry Forum in Orlando. While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview a few ARC analysts including Craig Resnick, Harry Forbes, Inderpreet Shoker, and Jim Frazier. I also had the opportunity to sit down with Ed O’Brien and discuss digital transformation in the changing retail landscape. Specifically, I asked Ed about three main things. First, the role of digital transformation […]

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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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This Week in Logistics News (February 1 – 7)

I read an interesting article this week about food deserts. For those that don’t know, a food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. On the other end of the spectrum is a food oasis, which has higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods. In 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts, meaning that they live […]

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