A Look into 2026: Is a Supply Chain Robotics Takeover Inevitable?


Some examples include tasks like precision cutting or sorting through huge amounts of data. For example, we’re already seeing how barcode technology and scanning is helping workers become more accurate.

Truck Driver Shortage: Myth or Reality?

Talking Logistics

According to the American Trucking Associations, for example, there will be a shortage of 174,000 drivers by 2026 if current trends continue. For decades there has been a consistent narrative in the trucking industry about there being a driver shortage.

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Retail Apocalypse Predicted to Continue

Enterra Insights

Howland reports, “[UBS] analysts’ best case estimate is for 75,000 stores to collectively shutter by 2026, if e-commerce penetration rises from today’s 16% to 25%.” In the grocery sector, “Some 7,000 grocery stores (or 8% of the base) ‘could close if grocery eComm penetration rises from 2% currently to 10%’ by 2026, while home improvement stores could shutter about 1,000, according to the report.”

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The (Potential) Value of Labeling in the Lithium Ion Battery Supply Chain

The UCLA Anderson Global Supply Chain Blog

1] Electric vehicle driven demand for lithium-ion battery raw materials such as cobalt and copper is expected to increase 10x by 2026. [2]. As such, our cost savings estimate only focused on differences in recovered material value from the time period of 2026 to 2040.

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Why Taxing Automation is a Bad Idea

Talking Logistics

For example, grocery store customers have been accustomed to bagging their groceries for at least a decade. For example, at the time of this writing Kenco has 448 open positions across our company – a number that always fluctuates due to seasonality, but at peak times can be as high as 800.

Trucking Companies Are (Finally) Recruiting More Women


If the trend continues, the ATA predicts the industry could fall short by 174,000 drivers by 2026. Truckload carrier Schneider, for example, plans on implementing fleet-wide automatic transmissions by 2019. The American Trucking Association estimates that trucking companies are short by as much as 45,000 drivers. In light of this shortage, pressure has been mounting on carriers to reach out to untapped workforce pools in order to close the gap and keep supply chains moving.

Tectonic Shift: From Audits/Compliance to Due-diligence & Collaboration: Recap of the Forum on UK Modern Slavery


The Institute for Human Rights in Business ihrb.org has set a goal to eradicate worker fees by 2026, through the “employer pays” initiative. Cultural challenge example: with 30,000 sugar suppliers in India, how can you impose standards, and educate without ruining traditions.

The Future Is Now for Logistics

Material Handling & Logistics

If things don't change, and we continue up this progression, by 2026, we will be at 170,000 drivers short. An example of the impact technology can have was cited by a CLDA speaker from a major CPG manufacturer (unidentified because of restrictions imposed by conference organizers).

A vision for a transparent global Rare Earth Element system using blockchain technology


It is forecasted that by 2026, demand will mainly be linked to the rise in clean energy technology, in particular for neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets –– critical components for electric and hybrid vehicles as well as wind turbines.

Changing the Laws of Logistics

GTG Technology Group

where a younger driver couldn’t make the short trip from Arlington to Bethesda, for example, because it would require crossing state lines. Trucking industry experts predict that by 2026, the current shortage of about 60,000 drivers will triple unless something changes. The DRIVE-Safe Act: What You Need to Know. In March 2018 lawmakers proposed HR5358 , known as the DRIVE-Safe Act, to Congress.

The Future of Retail Supply Chain: What’s in Store?

Logistics Bureau

If a garment for example, is ordered online (where the customer can’t try it on for size) and the customer wishes to return it, the expectation will be that the customer can do so without question and by whatever channel is most convenient. For example, the challenge of getting consumers’ online orders delivered to the home, office or wherever else the consumer wishes to receive them will best be met via drop shipping arrangements.