Wake Up to a New Truck in the Morning, With Over–the–Air Software Updates

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The race is on to develop over–the–air (OTA) software update technology in the trucking industry. Bug fixes and new features could be delivered wirelessly overnight while the truck driver is busy making “Z’s” in the back of the cab. No stopover at the shop or mechanic required! Read more “Wake Up to a New Truck in the Morning, With Over–the–Air Software Updates”

The Dawn of a New Era for Digitized Trucking

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PHOTO COURTESY: TESLA MOTORS

So what exactly is digitized trucking? Imagine a time when trucks are traveling down the highway managed and guided by a central software platform. Imagine if that software platform was monitoring the health of the truck, trailer and driver. Imagine if that software platform was connected to other trucks and other shippers, and automatically matched cargo based on maximum profitable utilization of available space. Imagine if the driver wasn’t in the truck at all but in an office operating the truck with a joystick. Imagine if every truck was zero emission, optimally maintained and was never involved in a road accident. Well imagine no longer – every single one of these technologies is here today. Read more “The Dawn of a New Era for Digitized Trucking”

Will Truckers Get to Make Their Own Spare Parts on Demand?

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Mercedes-Benz has passed a significant milestone this month by announcing the ability to 3D print metal parts for trucks. They successfully printed a number of “highly resistant thermostat covers for trucks and Unimog models from older Mercedes-Benz model series.”

The company has been pioneering the use of 3-D printing processes for spare parts for some time. Mercedes-Benz announced in July 2016 that “30 genuine plastic spare parts could be ordered and supplied at the press of a button from a 3-D printer.” Read more “Will Truckers Get to Make Their Own Spare Parts on Demand?”

The Invasion of the Warehouse Robots

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If you work in a warehouse there’s a good chance that an increasing number of your coworkers might be robots. Kiva Systems started the trend in 2003 by developing automated “squat orange cubes on wheels”, that lift stacks of inventory shelves and deliver them to pickers. Amazon accelerated this trend by purchasing Kiva Systems in 2012 for $775 million. Read more “The Invasion of the Warehouse Robots”

Supply Chain Transparency – The New Competitive Advantage

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One thing Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, and John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, can agree on is the need for supply chain transparency. It is one of Whole Foods Market’s  founding principles. And Amazon is in the process of making the supply chain for each individual product they sell fully transparent, as shown in the new Amazon Elements product line.

Amazon is arguably the most customer-centric organization on the planet and unarguably serves the largest number of consumers on the planet. What consumers want – Amazon delivers! And what consumers are increasingly demanding is an understanding of the origin, quality and means, by which the products they consume are sourced.

In a recent interview Jeff Bezos commented: Read more “Supply Chain Transparency – The New Competitive Advantage”

Why Truckers Should Pay Attention to the Tesla Model 3 Launch

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Keys to the first 30 Tesla Model 3’s will be handed over at a special event on July 28. That doesn’t make much of a dent in the 370,000 preorders Tesla currently has for the vehicle but they plan to ramp up to 20,000 units a month by December. The Tesla Model 3 retails at $35,000 and with an EV tax rebate it reduces to $27,000. It’s Tesla’s first mass-market vehicle and they’re planning on a very aggressive production schedule. Read more “Why Truckers Should Pay Attention to the Tesla Model 3 Launch”

What Does Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Actually Mean?

What Does Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Actually Mean?

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For those of you who might have missed it Amazon purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion last month.

According to the LA Times:

“This adds 440 refrigerated warehouses within 10 miles of probably 80% of the population,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities. “More importantly, it puts refrigerated distribution within 10 miles of probably 95% of Prime members. That means we can rely upon Whole Foods’ consistently high quality meat and produce, and can rely upon prompt delivery from the store as a distribution point.”

But is this whole story? I’m not so sure – Jeff Bezos is renowned for playing the long game. Read more “What Does Amazon’s Purchase of Whole Foods Actually Mean?”

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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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”