Archives for October 2015

Chain Links: What we’re reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 10/28/2015 | 6:54 AM


Who needs addresses to ship packages? Collier’s examines global logistics trends. And millennials are impacting federal transport spending(?)



Shyp’s Packages Ditch Addresses to Make Delivery Easier


San Francisco-based on-demand shipping company Shyp last week announced “address-free shipping,” with a new focus on the actual recipients of packages. The way it works is simple: Instead of shipping addresses, Shyp customers get usernames instead, and their addresses and delivery preferences are synced to those usernames. When a contact wants to use Shyp to send them something, he or she can just type in the username, rather than a street address.


Source: Wired.com


From First Mile to Last Mile: Global Industrial and Logistics Trends


This analysis from the commercial real estate service firm Colliers International notes a growth in size of “first mile” facilities due to the increase in e-tailing. This is because warehouses and distribution centers now need to have more space for automated equipment to handle fast-paced consumer demand. E-tailing is also driving growth in the number of small warehouses located in urban areas.


Source: Colliers International Group Inc.


Israeli engineer designs grounded drone delivery service


Forget “multicoptor” drones hovering over rooftops ready to drop the latest best seller onto your front step (or head). An Israeli industrial designer has developed a ground-based unicycle drone that carries packages on its “head” and delivers the package to the right customer with the help of facial recognition software.

Source: Reuters


Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort


Russian submarines and spy ships are “aggressively operating” near the undersea cables that carry the vast majority of global Internet and telecommunications data. Some U.S. intelligence and military experts are concerned that Russia could attack these vital data conduits if hostilities should erupt, reports The New York Times. This scenario and its potential implications for global trade are discussed in “Uncertainty on the high seas,” by Erik Peterson and Stephen Klimczuk-Massion of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Councilin the Q2/2015 issue of our sister publication, CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly.


Source: The New York Times


Driving Habits Among Millennials Impacting Transportation Industry: Report


Millennials’ driving habits are impacting federal transportation spending in unusual ways, according to an Oct. 19 report from Standard & poor’s Credit Research and published in Latin Post. The report indicates that the youthful subgroup is less likely to drive, and when they do they're more likely to use compact vehicles. This means they are consuming less gas and depriving the Highway Trust Fund, which is funded by user taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, of revenue.


Source: Latin Post





Chain Links: What we’re reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 10/21/2015 | 5:00 AM

A booming global 3PL market, Amazon seems ready to rock with global fulfillment, and Bitcoin for logistics 


Retailers boost capacity for online sales fulfillment with giant DCs

In a rush to keep up with the pressures of e-commerce, retailers have doubled the size of new distribution centers built in recent years, a report from commercial real estate broker and consultant Colliers International Group Inc. shows. Expert says e-commerce warehouses demand more workers and greater automation than traditional DCs.

Source: Colliers International Group Inc.

3PL market will be worth $925 billion by 2020: report

The 3PL industry is on track for big growth over the next five years, driven by the trend of international companies outsourcing their logistics services in an effort to concentrate on core competencies, according to a forecast from San Francisco consulting firm Grand View Research, Inc. Large companies are struggling to manage geographically dispersed supply chain operations in the global economy, and industry-tailored 3PL firms are there to pick up the business.

Source: Grand View Research, Inc.

Uber’s latest logistics play: UberRush in SF delivers packages

Uber took another step into logistics last week, launching UberRush in San Francisco to deliver packages door to door.

Source: SFGate.com  

Logistics and Bitcoin: A match made for global trade?

Last month, Rimas Kapeskas, managing director of the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fundpublished a blog post on “Longitudes,” the official UPS blog, asking, “Does Global Trade Need A Global Currency?” It discussed the potential for bitcoin and blockchain technology to ease friction for logistics and payments that make cross-border trade possible.

Source: Pyments.com

Amazon ready to roll into global fulfillment field, analyst says

With its scale and technology, Amazon is poised to capitalize on a potential $450 billion opportunity in global logistics and fulfillment services, writes Baird Internet Analyst Colin Sebastian.

Source: Robert W. Baird & Co.

Three Ways Automated Pallet Storage Solves Throughput Issues in Frozen Product Storage Areas

With the global frozen food market predicted to grow to $307 billion by 2020, warehouses currently using manual processes in their frozen product storage areas might consider material handling automation. That’s because automated pallet storage and retrieval systems can improve throughput of slow- to medium-moving frozen products by enhancing handling practices in three ways. 

Source: viastore

Ebook: Using Inventory Modeling to Develop a Holistic Inventory Strategy

Inventory strategy isn’t as simple as determining safety stock levels. There are many other stock considerations and interdependent factors to think about, such as capacity levels, stock location, transport costs, customer demand, and more. How can you understand the impact of all these variables on your inventory—and your business? 

In this ebook, learn new ways to use modeling technology to achieve holistic inventory optimization for “right-sized” inventory levels. 





Chain Links: What we’re reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 10/14/2015 | 5:45 AM


Different ways to earn your supply chain chops in the classroom. Automation fuels the future. And Llamasoft gets $50 million in funding from Goldman, Sachs


Hazmat transportation blog and videos provide up-to-date information

A blog produced by LabelMaster, a provider of hazardous materials compliance software, products, and services, offers up-to-date, important information about all aspects of hazardous materials transportation in multimedia. Expert commentaries on current events and hot topics like lithium-ion batteries and new chemical labeling regulations are available in article form and in video interviews as well as infographics and news reports.

Source: LabelMaster


Rise in holiday sales relies on shoppers’ digital interactions

Deloitte’s annual retail holiday sales forecast predicts that 64 percent, or $434 billion, of U.S. retail store sales this holiday season will be influenced by shoppers using their desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones to do activities other than simply buy goods – such as finding inspiration, reviews, product locators, or the option to buy online and pick up in the store.

Source: Deloitte 


Llamasoft lands $50 million to develop supply chain software

Look for fast growth from the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based supply chain software company Llamasoft after the company received $50 million in financing from investment banking giant Goldman, Sachs & Co. to fund technology development and growth initiatives in its supply chain design, analytics, and planning solutions.

Source: Llamasoft


Logistics Companies Expect Business Gains From Pacific Trade Deal

Supply chain providers are gearing up for a surge in business they believe the historic agreement will bring to Pacific trade.

Source: Wall Street Journal


Building the World—A DHL Perspective on Future Engineering & Manufacturing Supply Chains 

According to this recent study from DHL, manufacturing and engineering account for 70 percent of all global trade volume. For this reason along, it is important to keep up on key trends in the sector, such as: regionalized supply chains, new collaboration models, intelligent and sustainable manufacturing, and the compromise between supply chain efficiency and redundancy.

Source: DHL Customer Solutions and Innovations


Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S. Productivity and Job Growth

A new white paper from the Association for Advancing Automation tries to combat the common perception that robots take jobs away from people. Instead the paper shows a positive correlation between increases in robot sales and decreases in unemployment levels.

Source: Association for Advancing Automation


A New Path to an MIT Master's Degree

Last week, MIT upended the traditional education model by announcing a pilot program that would allow learners worldwide to take a semester's worth of courses in its top-ranked, one-year Supply Chain Management (SCM) master's program completely online, and then complete an MIT master's degree by spending a single semester on campus.

Source: MIT News


The Supply Chain Management World University 100: Best B-Schools For Supply Chain Talent

Research firm SCM World polled 719 supply chain professionals around the world in September 2015 and asked: “As a marker of supply chain talent, please select your top three universities.” Here’s what the study revealed.

Source: Forbes.com 


Rail shutdown would cost $30 billion, study finds

A shutdown of the nation's railways at the end of the year if Congress does not move a deadline for automating most of the nation's trains would cost the U.S. economy $30 billion, according to a study conducted by the American Chemistry Council. 

Source: TheHill.com





Chain Links: What We’re Reading This Week

By Mark Solomon | 10/08/2015 | 5:02 AM


What is RFID’s value in the warehouse, why automation isn’t a job killer, and it’s time to buy candy.


Boeing posts time-lapse video of 787-9 Dreamliner construction

Dependable air freight relies on strong airplane construction, and now Boeing has released a four-minute time-lapse video showing just how the company builds its 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, a similar plane to one scheduled for delivery to the Luxembourg carrier Cargolux Airlines International S.A. 

Source: Boeing


What Is RFID's Value in the Warehouse?

We don't really know, since it has never been accurately quantified—and that should change.

Source: RFID Journal


Amazon Dashes In With 'Fresh' UK Launch Dealing Blow To Supermarket Sector

Amazon.com. has launched its one-hour groceries online business Amazon Fresh in Birmingham, with its London launch later this October. The launch of Fresh also paves the way for Amazon to introduce the “Internet of Things” into Britain, according to e-commerce fulfillment specialist Parcel Hero. But it warns “hard-pressed” supermarkets better watch out.

Source: Forbes.com  


Megaships are worsening overcapacity in the container market 

Container shipping lines are poised to take delivery of a new generation of "megaships" over the next two years, just as the growth of world trade is slowing down, contributing to massive overcapacity in the market. The trend towards larger vessels is not without problems especially for other businesses in the transport system, and the trend could be nearing its limit as the economies of scale associated with megaships decline.

Source: Reuters.com


Supply Chain Insights releases its 2015 “Supply Chains to Admire” list

 “Supply Chain Shaman” Lora Cecere, founder of the research and analysis firm Supply Chain Insights, has announced the companies that have made its second annual “Supply Chains to Admire” list. Winners were chosen based on improvement on such metrics as growth, inventory turns, operating margin, and return on invested capital (ROIC), as measured over the period 2006 through 2014. Only eight of the companies studied made the list for two consecutive years: Audi, Cisco Systems, Eastman Chemical, EMC, General Mills, AB Inbev, Intel, and Nike.

Source: Supply Chain Insights LLC


U.K. warehouse demand exceeds supply

A survey by a British warehousing group said demand for space is rapidly growing and is outstripping the country’s limited supply. 

Source: Transport Intelligence


4 Reasons Why Automation Isn’t a Job Killer

Many people fear that as technology advances, our jobs will fall by the wayside. But technology is actually helping us to do our jobs better. Here are four reasons why automation isn’t taking over for humans.

Source: PAS


Survey: U.S. households to spend $11.3 billion on Halloween

The holiday shopping season covers more than just Christmas and Hanukkah, with a new survey showing that 74 percent of U.S. households plan to spend money on Halloween-related items, spending an estimated $11.3 billion on candy, costumes, and decorations.

Source:  International Council of Shopping Centers


The opinions expressed herein are those solely of the participants, and do not necessarily represent the views of Agile Business Media, LLC., its properties or its employees.


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