The Supply Chain: Robots Shouldn’t Replace People

A lot of big companies, such as Walmart, are testing the waters when it comes to using robots and AI in their supply chains.  The general thought on automated technology is that it will be good for business: it is efficient and mostly cost effective. The robots can also perform more reliably and consistently in some cases.  However, there are a variety of reasons why the supply chain should never move to be fully automated.

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Amazon Talks about Moves into FedEx, UPS Shipping Territory

Because Amazon is already set up to deliver products to homes already, any extra surcharges are already factored into the cost of purchase.  This way, the consumer won’t be hit with any added cost that they might see if their product was brought to them by way of FedEx or UPS. By taking more of the delivering into their own hands, Amazon will begin to break away from the U.S. Postal Service, among other carriers.

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Chassis Shortage Causes Major Shipping Disruption

One of the main issues with the chassis shortage is the lack of communication about the shortage itself.  We have heard about the lack of truck drivers, and read about plans to increase incentive for individuals to enter the trucking industry, but there has not been enough attention brought to the chassis crisis.  Since 2009, the supply of chassis has only become smaller.

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New Year’s Resolution: Improve Fuel Efficiency

Truck drivers are an imperative part of the transportation industry, and that does not go unnoticed.  However, one thing that should be discussed and thought about more is the amount of fuel that is utilized to power these big-rigs traveling around the world.  Drivers themselves can have a huge impact on how their vehicle runs, and its level of fuel efficiency.

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Visibility on a Global Scale: Supply Chains

One way to help companies on their way to supply chain visibility is to be sure everyone is on the same page regarding what that really means.  Gonzalez’s guest, Duerschmidt discussed three categories to answer the question of “what is the goal of supply chain visibility?” These categories include the ideas of “reliability”, companies “reshaping themselves through acquisitions”, and “visibility into upstream suppliers”.

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Transportation & Logistics Council 45th Annual Conference

It is almost time for the 45th Annual Transportation & Logistics Council Conference!  This year’s event will be held at the Hilton Memphis, in Memphis, TN. It will take place during the dates of March 25th-27th, 2019.  Throughout this Monday-Wednesday, there will be a variety of Workshops and General Session presentations for the attendees to visit.

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