Chain Links: What we’re reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 11/11/2015 | 2:24 AM


Eight big-picture logistics trends. Wal-Mart plays hardball with its suppliers. And a survey shows some retailers may have made their own bed before the holidays even start.

Eight predictions that will shape the future of logistics

In this blog post, futurist and trendwatcher Richard van Hooijdonklooks at technological shifts that he says will revolutionize the future of logistics. We’re not just talking delivery drones here; we’re talking innovations like underground tubes through which goods will be transported via driverless steel carts.

 Source: richardvanhooijdonk.com


Warming opens famed Northwest Passage to navigation 

Beneath the Aurora Borealis an oil tanker glides through the night past the Coast Guard ice-breaker Amundsen and vanishes into the maze of shoals and straits of the Northwest Passage, navigating waters that for millennia were frozen over this time of year. Warming has forced a retreat of the polar ice cap, opening up a sea route through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for several months of the year.

Source: Yahoo.com


Wal-Mart’s message to suppliers: “Talk to the hand” 

Despite public statements that it wants to “do right” and develop more strategic relationships with its suppliers, retail behemoth Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has issued an ultimatum to many of them: cut your prices. And no backtalk allowed. At a recent supplier meeting, according to a Reuters report, suppliers were not allowed to ask questions. In this blog post, Adrian Gonzalez questions the wisdom of Wal-Mart’s return to the old days of squeezing suppliers.

Source: Talking Logistics, by Adrian Gonzalez


For some retailers, the holidays may already be over

JDA’s 2015 Consumer Survey finds that half of shoppers who experienced a prior issue with a retailer will not return for “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” deals, and nothing will change their minds.

Source: Supply Chain Network

Retailers Focus on Large Distribution Centers, Small Urban Warehouses for Fast Delivery

As third quarter fundamentals continue to show improvement in the industrial sector, retailers are honing their distribution center strategy to meet current e-commerce demands. 

Source: National Real Estate Investor


Game Changing Strategies: Respond to the Titans

Jim Tompkins, CEO of consultancy Tompkins International, offers a new thought leadership video. He explains the importance of the Titans’ supply chains and why businesses must respond to Alibaba, Amazon.com, and Wal-Mart Stores through creating a competitive supply chain. With the use of graphics, quotes, data, and proven results, it is clear businesses must be able to compete with the Titans in order to achieve profitability.  

Source: Tompkins International

Chain Links: What we’re reading this week

By Mark Solomon | 11/04/2015 | 2:52 AM


An Uber-trucker comes to market with deep pockets. An expert touts RFID’s value beyond inventory visibility. And a new home for a whole lot of bats.


Convoy Debuts, Aiming to Be the Uber of Trucks

A Seattle-based startup aims to bring trucking into the 21st century: Nothing new there, except that Convoy is backed by some heavy artillery: Amazon.com Founder Jeff Bezos, Salesforce Founder Marc Benioff, and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp. 

Source: Bloomberg.com


Beyond Inventory Visibility

Retailers should use RFID data to improve business processes and enable a true omnichannel shopping experience, writes RFID expert Bill Hardgrave. Here’s what they need to do.

Source: RFIDjournal.com


Consumers Demand More Visibility Into the Supply Chain

Consumers are beginning to ask tough questions of big brands. Shoppers are asking why store shelves are empty. Online browsers are wondering why they can’t track goods bought over the Internet. And, perhaps most crucially for modern business, people are beginning to ask where their goods come from and who made them. 

Source: Forbes.com


DOT builds condos for bats under bridge

About 3,000 bats that have been living under a bridge will come home to new digs next spring thanks to efforts of Minnesota state highway and wildlife officials. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently installed a “bat condo” and three additional bunkers alongside the new Interstate 90 bridges over the Mississippi River to house a “significant” colony of little brown bats that have been roosting in the old bridge, which is scheduled to come down next year. The project is part of an effort to preserve bats because they are threatened by white-nose syndrome. 

Source: Winonadailynews.com


7 Tips on How to Attend a Trade Show

We attend numerous trade shows and know how valuable they can be. Yet they also can also be overwhelming, and it’s not easy to get the full benefits of attendance. Lantech, the makers of stretch wrappers, case erectors, and other material handling equipment, has posted an item on it company blog that includes tips for getting the most out of a trade show, both on the floor and after you return to home base. 

Source: Lantech


Google plans commercial drone deliveries by 2017 

The search giant plans to launch “Project Wing” with the flying robot machines.

Source: BBC


Target tests international expansion through online portals

After its missteps opening brick and mortar stores in Canada, Target is exploring a new strategy for expanding internationally: entering a new market digitally. To handle the shipping end of this challenge, the company is turning to a perhaps surprising choice: eBay’s global shipping program. 

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune


The robots chasing Amazon

Amazon made waves when it purchased Kiva Systems for $775 million and then stopped selling its warehouse robotic system to anyone else in the marketplace. But now new competitors are arising, such as Fetch Robotics. Fetch’s wheeled robot follows pickers with a bin until the bin is full and then darts off to the packing area.

Source: Bloomberg Business


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


Chain Links: What we’re reading (and watching) this week

By Mark Solomon | 09/30/2015 | 11:15 AM | Categories: Current Affairs

Does your firm need a supply chain czar (yes!). Echo Global Logistics’ CIO looks to build a killer logistics app.  And holiday shoppers want more shopping and shipping options (Surprise!)


Why your company needs a chief supply chain officer

The success of behemoths like Apple has as much to do with their savvy management of far flung factories as with design or marketing, and some companies are thriving thanks primarily to behind-the-scenes finesse. This has put more and heavier responsibilities in the hands of once-lowly buyers, leading to what one report called “The Rise of the Chief Supply Chain Officer.”

Source: Fortune.com


CIO seeks to build the ‘killer app’ for logistics

Echo Global Logistics’ new CIO, Tim Kutz, is directing the company’s 110 IT staff to build the “killer app.” That means refactoring the company’s proprietary transportation system so that it can adapt to new business models or respond to dynamic market changes.

Source: CIO.com


How to Turn 176,000 Tons of Sunken Concrete Into an Underwater Highway

Before you can build a new roadway, you've got to grade the gravel bed that will serve as its foundation to within a one-inch margin of error. But that standard operating procedure gets a bit trickier when you try to do the entire thing 95 feet underwater. 

Source: PopularMechanics.com


Cleaning Up the Supply Chain 

The Environmental Defense fund is working with companies to clean up consumer products supply chains. Three key areas currently being the center of their efforts are deforestation, fertilizer pollution and hazardous chemicals. 

Source: EDF


Survey: shoppers want more holiday shopping and shipping options

Most Americans plan to shop both in stores (94 percent) and online (92 percent) this holiday season, with 94 percent of consumers planning to shop from a computer and 49 percent making purchases from a mobile device, according to the 2015 Holiday Shipping Survey from Pitney Bowes.

Source: Pitney Bowes


Startup generates instant freight price quotes

A logistics technology company called Freightos Ltd. has landed $14 million in venture funding to help launch a service that replaces basic Excel and
 PDF files with automated, online price quotes for freight forwarders.

Source: Dow Jones


FDA-Regulated Goods Imported from Tianjin to Require Extra Documentation

The Food and Drug Administration announced that it will require additional documentation for entries of FDA-regulated goods that originated from, were stored in, or transited through the Binhai New Area industrial center in Tianjin, China. Human and animal food products, human and animal drug products, and medical devices that left the Tianjin area on or after Aug. 12—the date of a huge explosion at a hazardous chemical container storage and distribution center—will require additional information to enable the FDA to make an admissibility decision. The article explains which documents will be required in specific circumstances.

Source: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report 

What we're reading: Online order delays, the rise of the machine, and more

By DC Velocity | 09/23/2015 | 5:00 AM

Labor shortage could delay your online orders

As online sales growth continues to outpace that at physical shops, experts say retailers are already having trouble filling positions in the heart of their digital operations—their warehouses. 

A continuation of this trend could be particularly troublesome for companies during the peak shipping days of the winter holiday season, when distribution centers often require two to five times the staffing, said Frank Layo, a partner at supply chain consulting firm Kurt Salmon. 

Source: cnbc.com


In Japan, the rise of the machines solves labor and productivity problems

What would robots in the distribution center look like? This article describes how one drug wholesaler in Japan has cut its workforce in half by employing robots, which currently handle 65 percent of its item picking.

Source: Bloomberg Business


E-commerce Growth in India

India is projected to be the fastest-growing B2C e-commerce market in the BRIC countries in the next five years. This conclusion is drawn in a new publication by Germany-based secondary market research expert yStats.com. The report, titled “India B2C E-Commerce Market 2015” also reveals the main challenges faced by online retail in this country, including underdeveloped logistics and low credit card penetration.

Source: Ystats.com via Pressebox   


Is your warehouse management system as agile as your business?

Being able to evolve and adapt your business processes to changing demands is a critical component to your success. A new Warehouse Management System RFP template can help.

Source: HighJump


The impact of reusables theft

This microsite from reusable packaging manufacturer Rehrig Pacific details how much the theft of reusables costs companies each year and strategies for battling the growing problem.

Source: Rehrig Pacific


Shyp Thinks It’s Solved the Problem of Push-Button Shipping

Shipping? Yep, there’s an app for that. 

A new service from San Francisco-based startup Shyp lets you snap a photo of anything you need to ship, then push a button inside an app. Within 20 minutes, a Shyp-dispatched courier comes to your doorstep and whisks away your items. Not much later, the app gives you a tracking number so you can watch as the package gets delivered—all for $5 per shipment. No post office lines, boxes, or packing tape necessary.

Source: Wired.com


In corn-growing states, tall crops pose seasonal road hazard

The broad leaves and thick stalks can stand up to 12 feet high, forming a wall of foliage that turns rural roads into long, narrow corridors of nothing but corn.

For drivers navigating the gravel roads that crisscross Midwestern farm country, the plants go by in a noiseless blur of green, yellow and brown. But the annual crop brings an often-ignored danger: Some roads are so sheltered by the towering corn that motorists can't see each other until just before they collide, with potentially deadly results.

Source: Des Moines Register

Chain Links: What we're reading (and watching) this week

By DC Velocity | 09/16/2015 | 4:00 AM

Putting the pieces together

As a way of testing the skills of its technicians, Ryder took one of its new tractor cabs and put it through a gauntlet of destruction that included an exploding debris field, a destructive spike strip, and the impact of a two-ton wrecking ball. Then, Ryder gave a team of 10 of its technicians 24 hours to repair it. 

Source: Ryder System via YouTube  


Wal-Mart’s Suppliers Are Finally Fighting Back

Wal-Mart has a long history of demanding that its suppliers meet high standards while simultaneously squeezing costs out of their supply chains. But new storage fees and a 90-day payment schedule are causing some suppliers to push back.

Source: Bloomberg Business


How the new CBP requirements may affect your global shipments

On Aug. 31, 2015, Customs and Border Protection announced that the mandatory deadline for filing ACE Entry Summaries and ACE Cargo Release Entries has been delayed from Nov. 1, 2015 to Feb. 28, 2016. What does this mean for global shippers? Craig Seelig, WiseTech Global product manager for customs and compliance Americas, explains, and tells why it’s important to take action now.

Source: WiseTech Global


A Hard Road: Why CPG Companies Need a Strategic Approach to Transportation

Transporting goods to retailers is now the greatest worry of consumer-packaged-goods supply chain leaders, according to the 2015 Supply Chain Benchmarking Study conducted by Boston Consulting Group and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. More than 80 percent of the leaders interviewed cited transportation as their top-of-mind concern.

Source: Boston Consulting Group


Amazon’s new Boston warehouse could be springboard for one-hour delivery

Amazon.com Inc. has leased a 96,600-square-foot section of a food and beverage warehouse in the Boston suburb of Everett, Mass., sparking speculation that the e-commerce giant is laying the groundwork for one-hour delivery in the region.

Source: The Boston Globe


California's Department of Transportation seeks to build largest animal bridge in the country

Doing so would allow wildlife to avoid dangerous freeways and spread back into other natural areas of the state.

Source: Consumeraffairs.com


Summit will show how logistics can impact sports

Sports will take center stage during the 13th annual Indiana Logistics Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Indianapolis when three key executives of major sports organizations share stories of their biggest logistics issues. Executives from the Indianapolis Colts, INDYCAR, and NCAA will participate in a segment titled “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Logistics in Sports” to discuss how logistics is a critical success factor for sports.

Pete Ward, Indianapolis Colts chief operating officer, will recount his team’s legendary 1984 nighttime move from Baltimore to Indianapolis with nine hours’ notice, and what goes into taking an NFL team on the road week after week.

Source: Batesville (Indiana) Herald-Tribune

Chain Links: What We're Reading This Week

By Mark Solomon | 09/09/2015 | 6:10 AM

Transportation Simulation from a TMS: Is Anyone Really Using This Capability?

We have a new generation of transportation management systems (TMS) based upon more powerful in-memory technologies. This has created more advanced transportation simulation capabilities. The way it works is that a user would have dual instances of the TMS. An operational TMS would continue to plan, manage, and execute transportation moves. A simulation/test environment could take months of actual historical shipment data (forecast data can also be used), load massive amounts of data into the tool (this is truly a Big Data application), and answers the question, “What would have happened if we had done this instead of what we actually did?”

An interesting theory. But is anyone actually using these types of capabilities? 

Source: Forbes


General Mills pushes ambitious environmental plan

General Mills has outlined an ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions by 28 percent over the next 10 years. But to accomplish this, they are going to need significant help from their supply chain. The cereal company says that nearly two-thirds of General Mills’ total greenhouse gas emissions occur beyond its direct operations.

Source: Fortune


Lessons from the Tappan Zee Bridge

To address congestion, New York is constructing a $4 billion replacement for the 60-year-old bridge over the Hudson River. Decades of indecision, disagreement, and delayed maintenance and repair illustrate why this and other U.S. infrastructure projects are needlessly costly and behind schedule.

Source: The Atlantic online


A smart way to fund transport programs

As Congress returns from the recess to debate a long-term highway bill, Ken Orski, one of the more insightful observers of the transport funding scene, opines on a sensible and sustainable way to go about it.

Source: infrastructure USA


Vision systems set new record

North American sales of machine vision systems and components grew 16 percent to $1.2 billion in the first half of 2015, the market’s highest first half total in history, according to new statistics issued by AIA, the industry’s trade group.

Source: AIA


Costco and other warehouse clubs have transformed retail more than Amazon

The rise of e-commerce has changed Americans’ shopping routines in profound ways, but a new study in the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that the retail industry has been transformed more in the last two decades by warehouse clubs than by online shopping.

Source: The Washington Post


Detroit as Midwest logistics hub?

With the Gordie Howe International Bridge opening a new supply route across the U.S-Canadian border, and expanses of mostly vacant land sitting idle, the state of Michigan is researching a $1.6-billion plan to transform Detroit into the logistics capital of the Midwest.

Source: Detroit Free Press


Winning the struggle to attract and keep your talent

An executive of High Jump Software discusses three ways to address and overcome a widespread problem.

Source: Logistics Viewpoints

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