OP REV OF SUPPLY CHAIN ROBOTICSBy Lior Elazary

The effects of robotics technology can be witnessed across industries, with groundbreaking implementations being tested in fields from healthcare to manufacturing and e-commerce. One such use case is the major progress being made within the supply chain, specifically in warehouse automation.

In e-commerce specifically, dominant retailers like Amazon have been incorporating automation in their warehouses and setting a highly competitive pace for order fulfillment and delivery since 2012. This has led to the modern adaption of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) that can revolutionize the supply chain for small and medium-size companies, too. Here are a few key ways innovations in robotics are benefitting the supply chain at large. 

TRADE RELATIONSBy Dean A. Pinkert

U.S. trade relations with China are beset by an unusual combination of actions taken by the United States. First, national security tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 on steel and aluminum imports, directed at China and other countries; and second, proposed tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 designed to remedy China’s policies and practices that deprive U.S. companies doing business in China of the full benefit of their intellectual property.  

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Beans Mobile Tech copyBy Brian Beans

Speed, efficiency and visibility rule in the food and beverage supply chain. Relationships among manufacturers, distributors and the retail customers they serve have always been inherently fast-paced, time-sensitive and challenging. 

LAST MILEBy Andrew Chung

In the booming world of e-commerce delivery, the last mile is often the costliest and error-prone part of the journey. While new delivery solutions seem to crop up every day of the week, from Amazon lockers to drones, there is no surefire approach to a perfect delivery plan. Last-mile properties have become the next best thing, allowing companies to confidently offer same-day and one-day delivery, which in 2018 has become the difference between making the sale and not for ecommerce and retailers. Research also shows that customers are also willing to pay more for overnight and same-day shipping. One option to provide a more convenient experience and increase revenue is to identify a facility close to your customers to make possible short delivery windows.

 BLOCKCHAIN COLUMNBy Gaurav Malhotra

The financial implications of blockchain technology are on the radar of corporations and executives in 2018 because of its role as the infrastructure supporting popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether.  However, the technology’s potential to transform the supply chain is less commonly known — and logistics and operations executives should take note.

Livingston pic 1There has not been in recent memory a period in which international trade has experienced the degree of volatility it has over the past two years. 

From the emergence of new trade blocs in the east to the renegotiation of NAFTA in the west, to the possibility of a trade war between two of the world’s economic powerhouses and the realignment of sea carriers around the world and the shortage of truck drivers across North America, one struggles to recall a time of comparable change.

Maine Pointe Syndicated picBy Steven Bowen

Data analytics has been focused mainly on the front end as a way to glean insights about customers and improve the customer experience. But with the growing investment in industrial Internet of things (IIoT), combined with dramatic changes in global supply chain logistics, a back-end focus is emerging in what is often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.

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