Consumers Continue to Disrupt Supply Chains

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UPS released their sixth annual Pulse of the Online Shopper™ study that provide interesting insight into the changing consumer shopping behavior that continues to disrupt retail supply chains. Retailers are going bankrupt at a record pace and there is no end in sight to the casualties. This UPS study sheds light on the retail paradigm shift currently underway.

UPS broke the study findings down into three categories: Read more “Consumers Continue to Disrupt Supply Chains”

The Most Valuable Logistics Brands in the World

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Photo Courtesy Flickr – Tomás Del Coro

UPS is the worlds’ most valuable logistics brand and FedEx is number two, according to the leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance. Every year they evaluate thousands of companies across all sectors for their brand power and brand strength. Brand power is based on factors such as marketing investment, familiarity, loyalty, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation. The subject companies are then designated a letter grade, for example AAA+. Brand strength is based on what proportion of a company’s revenue can be projected as coming from the strength of the brand. Read more “The Most Valuable Logistics Brands in the World”

The “Real” Uber for Freight Has Arrived

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Photo: UBER

Uber Technologies yesterday officially launched Uber Freight, a cloud-based, on-demand, full truckload, freight brokerage. They have been piloting the service in Texas with dry vans and refrigerators between Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, and are now rolling it out nationwide.

The app offers one click sign up for loads and they guarantee payment in seven days. And when everything doesn’t go as planned they also provide accessorial rates: Read more “The “Real” Uber for Freight Has Arrived”

Autonomous Ships Start to Make Waves

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Two Norwegian firms, Kongsberg Maritime, a maritime engineering company and Yara International, a chemical company, announced this week that they are partnering to develop the world’s first fully electric and autonomous container ship. The vessel is named YARA Birkeland and will operate as a manned vessel in 2018, transition to remote operation in 2019 and finally in 2020 be capable of fully autonomous operations. Read more “Autonomous Ships Start to Make Waves”

Is Your Supply Chain Next Generation Yet?

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MHI have just released their 2017 Annual Industry Report – Next Generation Supply Chains: Digital, On-Demand and Always-On. It’s a timely report that looks at innovative technologies which will transform supply chains into next-generation models. It includes identifying barriers to adoption, the top supply chain challenges, strategies for leaders and real-world case studies.

The reason I find this report so useful and fascinating is that it comprises the views of 1100 manufacturing and supply chain industry leaders. It’s the fourth in a series and provides valuable insight that businesses can learn from in building their own supply chains. Read more “Is Your Supply Chain Next Generation Yet?”

The Tesla Semi-Truck – Will Anyone Actually Use It?

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Taking a leaf out of President Trump’s playbook Elon Musk tweeted last week:

“Tesla Semi truck unveil set for September. Team has done an amazing job. Seriously next level.”

In his Master Plan, Part Deux Musk states:

“We believe the Tesla Semi will deliver a substantial reduction in the cost of cargo transport, while increasing safety and making it really fun to operate.” Read more “The Tesla Semi-Truck – Will Anyone Actually Use It?”

Not Enough Beer is Being Shipped!

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PHOTO – FLICKR – DAMIAN GADAL

Or so Big Beer would want us to believe! Representatives of Anheuser-Busch stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with lawmakers to discuss allowing heavier tractor–trailers on our nation’s roads. 11,000 pounds heavier in fact, increasing the current weight limit of 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds.

According to Trucker.com

“James Sembrot”, the company’s senior director of logistics strategy, told POLITICO that it will urge lawmakers to push for creating a pilot program for  “a limited number of states” to allow six axle trucks carrying up to 91,000 pounds on roads in participating states.”

A number of industries, apart from Big Beer, are interested in increasing truck weight limits. Read more “Not Enough Beer is Being Shipped!”

Orlando to Miami in 25 Minutes!

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PHOTOS: Courtesy Hyperloop One

Just a pipedream or could it be a reality? If Hyperloop One delivers on their promise transit times like this could be here sooner than you think.

Hyperloop One is a Los Angeles-based company founded by Silicon Valley investor Shervin Pishevar and run by former Cisco executive Rob Lloyd, its CEO. The concept originated from Tesla and Space X founder Elon Musk who published his ideas in a white paper called HyperLoop Alpha in 2013. In it he envisaged capsules traveling in near–vacuum tubes at speeds of 700 mph – 800 mph, as fast as a plane, cheaper than any train, and emitting no carbon pollution. Read more “Orlando to Miami in 25 Minutes!”