CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
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January 24, 2020

Gartner: supply chain providers need to digitalize before blockchain can take root

In contrast to high-tech banking and finance sectors, supply chain still relies on physical events, packaging layers, transportation assets.

Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores

Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains

Salesforce, Publicis Sapient, IBM Services, project44, and Flooid collaborate to help solve returns, omnichannel, and logistics challenges—and ultimately improve the retail shopping experience.

Wanted: Supply chain innovators

$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

Global Healthcare Exchange acquires Lumere

Digital trading platform adds evidence-based data and analytics capabilities to support "clinically integrated" supply chains.

Report: Spending on robotics systems, drones to rise 17% this year

Forecast calls for double-digit spending increases in both categories through 2023, with robotics systems dominating the outlook, IDC research says.

Some tech hype will miss the mark in 2020, ABI says

Three trends expected to whiff on targets include 5G wearables, quantum computing, and self-driving trucks.

Federal grant gives a green light to TransMap project

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are creating a "visual decision space" that will help government and industry leaders better manage multi-modal transportation systems nationwide.

Takeoff Technologies expands grocery fulfillment deal with retailer Albertsons

Grocer to meet e-commerce demand with automated micro-fulfillment centers as rival food retailers Walmart, Krogers, Ahold Delhaize boost logistics spending.

Report: logistics sector will rise to second place in use of collaborative robots by 2023

Applications led by material handling, assembly, and pick & place, Interact Analysis says.

FourKites launches supply chain visibility course for shippers

Software firm links credits to CSCMP certification, will add courses for carriers and 3PLs in 2020.

Three logistics trends to watch in 2020

The growth of networks, data-as-a-service, and heightend use of analytics/AI will shape the logistics landscape in the New Year, tech exec says.

Cyber attacks targeted transportation sector in third quarter, report finds

Employees are "last line of defense" as hackers seek to disrupt rivals' supply chains, Mimecast says.

Report: Consumers prefer to shop locally

Survey finds that most consumers would bypass Amazon for local retailers if they could get same-day delivery—even if they had to pay for it.

MIT engineers develop flexible, 'plant-like' robot

Designed to grow like a plant, the flexible yet sturdy robot can move through tight spaces and lift heavy loads, expanding the role of robotics in industrial settings, researchers say.

Report: RFID tags see steady growth for apparel, payment cards, farm animals

Production forecast to grow from 17.5 billion tags in 2018 to 20 billion in 2019, IDTechEx says.

Digital supply chain transformation: Taking the first step

While the benefits of digitizing the supply chain are obvious, getting there can be a challenge. Companies are often tempted to start by experimenting with cool new technology in hopes of achieving a scalable change in supply chain costs and service. Taking a structured, business impact-driven approach, however, leads to better, faster results.

Retailers look to 5G, AR for competitive edge in 2020

Nielsen study says smart supply chains need to anticipate consumers' demands.

5 questions about 5G

You've heard a lot of chatter about the new 5G cellular wireless network, but what does it mean for supply chain operations? Here are answers to five basic questions.

3 ways leading brands elevate their supply chain to win mind and wallet share

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Gartner: supply chain providers need to digitalize before blockchain can take root
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Food & beverage companies claim growing share of warehouse space as consumers demand grocery home delivery
CBRE study shows that food sector was fastest growing in 2019, but e-commerce and logistics still lease the most space overall.

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Manufacturing slows in Asia as Chinese New Year begins Friday
Logistics operations build up extra inventory as calendar flips to Year of the Rat, Dachser says.

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Ports report mixed results for 2019
Container volume dips in L.A., Oakland; Port NOLA posts record year.

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Report: Manufacturing execs say global recession is likely in 2020
Trade restrictions, geopolitical instability remain top issues in the new year, but longer term outlook calls for trade improvements, tech firm survey shows.

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The future of last-mile logistics takes shape
From light-industrial properties to large multistory facilities, the urban logistics real-estate landscape is changing as shippers get a handle on the best warehousing strategies to tackle their "last-touch" challenges.

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Capgemini survey: millennial shoppers ready and willing for autonomous stores
Test cases in Norway and U.S. offer self-checkout aisles to extend store hours, source local vendors.

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Tech companies join forces to help retailers modernize their supply chains
Salesforce, Publicis Sapient, IBM Services, project44, and Flooid collaborate to help solve returns, omnichannel, and logistics challenges—and ultimately improve the retail shopping experience.

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Wanted: Supply chain innovators
$750,000 global competition seeks experts to develop solutions to supply chain problems associated with artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) worldwide.

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"Calmer waters" in trade wars could boost economy in 2020, Paul Ryan says
But long-range challenges include massive technology investments by China, former U.S. House speaker says in NRF keynote.

CSCMP Notebook
Do you know a rising young supply chain leader?
The nominations period for CSCMP's Emerging Leader Award closes February 14, 2020.

How sharing trusted data can unite the retail supply chain
Susan Pichoff of GS1 discusses a research study at Auburn University that's exploring how RFID, GS1 Standards, and blockchain can help overcome challenges in the supply chain industry.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its annual Distinguished Service Award until April 30, 2020.

EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens soon
CSCMP's EDGE 2020 Call for Sessions opens on December 15.

Out with the old and in with the new
Instead of searching the website looking for materials, members can now access all of CSCMP's online learning materials via the E-Learning Hub.

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