CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly
Technology
January 21, 2019

Commentary: The future may be here now

The technologies that could shape tomorrow's supply chains might already be available—if only we knew how to apply them.

Commentary: From a patchwork of solutions to unbroken digital thread

A cloud-based procurement network can knit together previously disparate data to reveal patterns and trends that can unlock supply chain efficiency.

How SKF uses a supply chain twin to enable integrated planning

The threat of disruption and a range of market forces drove global bearings manufacturer SKF to think differently about managing its global supply chain. Building a "digital supply chain twin" allowed the company to globalize and automate planning and "futureproof" the business.

Adding new tiles to the omnichannel mosaic

As retailers continue to expand their omnichannel service offerings, they're increasingly turning to a traditionally underused resource: the brick-and-mortar store.

KPMG predicts revolution in last-mile logistics

Use of autonomous delivery vehicles will drastically change consumer e-commerce environment by 2040, research study says.

DHL to invest $300 million in emerging technologies

Supply chain arm will deploy piece-picking robots, AI, self-driving vehicles in 350 of its 430 North American sites.

Collaborative robot milestone reached: 1 million units picked in five days

Robotics firm 6 River Systems says its solution helped 25 warehouses across United States ramp up for Cyber Monday.

AI: The future is now

A recent survey shows that a third of U.S. workers are already interacting with artificial intelligence (AI) as a regular part of their job.

Artificial intelligence will trigger a new reality for logistics

Companies that don't adapt before their peers will get run over by this "technology train," GT Nexus exec tells 3PL conference.

Gartner flags 10 strategic tech trends for 2019

Convergence of emerging technologies will create disruption and spawn new business models, firm says.

The seven keys to managing process variations

Typical responses to process variation are often unnecessarily complex, costly, and inconsistent. The seven steps outlined here will help organizations avoid those problems while effectively controlling variations.

The coming Age of Autonomy: How robotics will reshape the future of logistics

While some question the necessity of investing in autonomous vehicles, the potential for this nascent technology to create value and solve some long-standing logistical problems is undeniable. We will need to plan and prepare for the resulting disruption in business processes, operating costs, and economic models.

Convey says partner program will streamline last-mile delivery

Tech firm adds Flexe, Sedlak, Estes to e-commerce delivery platform.

Kroger advances plan to partner with Ocado on e-grocery DCs

U.S. grocer to pick sites for first three facilities within weeks, go live with $113 million project within two years.

GS1 US launches cross-industry blockchain discussion group

GS1 members, experts kick off monthly discussion of how GS1 standards support blockchain use, November 28-29 in Chicago.

Study: supply chain management projects to spark jump in IoT investment through 2023

Forrester says inventory tracking and warehouse management will be major use cases in more than one-quarter of $434.9 billion spending forecast.

The quiet case for RFID

New research says that radio frequency identification tags can help companies achieve greater order accuracy than bar-code scanning.

IBM extends blockchain platform for food supply chain

Firm's Food Trust platform to provide product traceability for Carrefour and other subscribers.

Infor rolls out internet of things analytics platform

Cloud-based product combines IoT sensor data with asset management inputs and applies capabilities from Birst Inc. acquisition.

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Port of Oakland cargo volume hits all-time high in 2018
Helped by global economic and trade conditions, port sees 5 percent increase in volume over 2017.

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DHL Supply Chain addresses talent gap
Contract logistics firm improves hiring and retention of warehouse workers with automation, focused recruiting, company says.

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UPS launches Saturday pickup service for U.S exporters
Customers can schedule Saturday pickup for delivery as early as Monday in 57 international markets, company says.

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Survey: consumers demand same-day delivery, but don't want to pay for it
Capgemini study finds retailers will need to cover their costs with increased  automation, white glove services.

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Automotive supply chain braces for change
USMCA will yield long-term gains, but short-term cost increases will shift supply chain landscape, company survey shows.

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Logistics provider lists top supply chain trends for 2019
Robotics, digital transportation solutions are among the key trends that will shape the supply chain landscape this year, DHL leaders say.

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Retailers throttle back imports after rush to beat China tariffs, holiday peak
NRF, Hackett report forecasts declining volumes as stores have already stocked up on spring merchandise.

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JD.com says its fulfillment technology will support "boundaryless" shopping for other retailers
China's biggest retailer brings "retail as a service" model to CES trade show.

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Slowing economy spells pause for industrial real estate market
But savvy developers will pursue inland port opportunities and growing demand for urban fulfillment centers, new research shows.

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Trade and tariffs top list of U.S. supply chain issues in 2019
Industry experts are keeping an eye on trade following signing of USMCA, 90-day tariff pause.

CSCMP Notebook
CSCMP and NASSTRAC join forces
Both organizations are now offering joint enterprise membership packages to new corporate members.

Distinguished Service Award nominations open
CSCMP is accepting nominations for its Distinguished Service Award through April 30.

2019 Supply Chain Hall of Fame nominations are open
Industry professionals have until February 1, 2019 to nominate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to supply chain management.

The age of transparency
CSCMP publication takes a look at how supply chains can become more transparent to meet consumers' evolving needs.

ALAN presents Humanitarian Logistics Awards to supporters of disaster relief efforts
The nonprofit organization recognized long-time humanitarian Alison Thompson and five logistics organizations during the CSCMP EDGE Conference.

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