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

AFFLINK

In a 2016 survey conducted by MHI and Deloitte, a logistics industry group, 35% of respondents said they’d already adopted robotics to maximize their supply chain optimization. Overall, robotics promise to deliver a safer, more efficient, and reliable supply chain of the future.

Great References for Preparing for the Future Role of Business Translator

Supply Chain Matters

To follow-on with our just published Supply Chain Matters Top Ten Most Popular Blogs in 2018 highlights, we explore other supply chain management web destinations highlights of what was most top-of-mind content last year.

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Global Supply Chain News on Major Changes in Which Countries have the Largest Economies, Coming, New Assessment Says

Supply Chain Digest

China to Overtake US in 2026, India, Indonesia to Rise Sharply in New World Order

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

Logistics Bureau

Retailers have little choice but to respond, often without the luxury of breathing space in which to reimagine or repurpose their supply chain networks. There will be no such thing as a one-size-fits-all model for retail supply chains. For that very reason, innovation will be a constant quest for retail supply chain owners over the next decade or so, with three primary areas of focus likely to be: Multi/Omni-channel supply.

Why Walmart is Paying Truckers Almost $90,000 a Year

Shipchain

As a supply chain manager, without a means to get a product from Point A to Point B, your hands are tied. Bob Costello, Senior Vice President of the American Trucking Associations, did a study and found that the shortage could be as significant as 175,000 by 2026.

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

NC State SCRC

Workers are so scarce that, in many parts of the country, low-skill jobs are being handed out to pretty much anyone willing to take them – and high-skilled workers are in even shorter supply.”. The American Trucking Association expect a shortage of roughly 70,000 truck drivers in 2019, which will increase to 175,000 by 2026. A group of executive joined SCRC faculty and staff for a one-day workshop held on February 28, 2019.

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Why the Great Driver Shortage Is Now Top of Mind for Shippers & a Driver of a Capacity Crunch

Cerasis

In fact, the truck driver shortage is expected to double to 100,000 in the next five years, but other industry experts, reports Iris Kuo of Trucks.com , suggest actual worsening could be as high as 200,000 unfilled positions by 2026.

Why Taxing Automation is a Bad Idea

Talking Logistics

Restaurant chains such as McDonald’s and Panera Bread have been rolling out kiosks allowing customers to place their own orders. Which is why the California proposals and ideas put forth by industry leaders like Bill Gates are disturbing to those of us in the supply chain.

Worker Shortages and More Pose a Challenge to Freight Companies

Elementum

Transportation is one of the world's largest industries and deeply influences how efficiently global supply chains are able to run. Despite ramped-up recruiting efforts, this number is expected to triple by 2026. According to Plunkett Research, transportation revenues in 2017 reached over $1 billion in the U.S. alone. Globally, they stood at $4.8 trillion.

Worker Shortages and More Pose a Challenge to Freight Companies

Elementum

Transportation is one of the world's largest industries and deeply influences how efficiently global supply chains are able to run. Despite ramped-up recruiting efforts, this number is expected to triple by 2026. According to Plunkett Research, transportation revenues in 2017 reached over $1 billion in the U.S. alone. Globally, they stood at $4.8 trillion.

Trucking Companies Are (Finally) Recruiting More Women

Elementum

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. If the trend continues, the ATA predicts the industry could fall short by 174,000 drivers by 2026. The American Trucking Association estimates that trucking companies are short by as much as 45,000 drivers.

Where Have The Drivers Gone?

AFFLINK

The most immediate impact of the truck driver shortage (beyond the shortage itself) has to do with its effect on supply chains everywhere.

Collaborative Logistics’ Role in the Emergence of the Physical Internet

Material Handling & Logistics

It may seem impossible today, but the physical Internet could be embedded into freight supply chains by 2050. Indeed, it will not only optimize entire supply chain ecosystems but also reshape and reengineer them.

The Future Is Now for Logistics

Material Handling & Logistics

the supply chain. The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' annual State of Logistics report attempts to offer just such a map -- accompanied by some timely warnings. The capacity crunch and technology are reshaping ?the

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

EcoVadis

The Institute for Human Rights in Business ihrb.org has set a goal to eradicate worker fees by 2026, through the “employer pays” initiative. You can’t cover all your supply chain tiers.

Transportation Innovation 2018

EFT

As the labor supply drops, wages will go up. Material handling and logistics forecasts that as soon as 2026 90% of new vehicles will be autonomous. Tompkins International (Tompkins) recently led a two-hour workshop on logistics technology innovations.

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

Provenance

Interested in understanding how supply chain transparency could benefit your business? Since the 1990s, China has supplied the lion’s share of the world’s demand for REEs. Nevertheless, over the last few decades the world largely relied on Chinese REE supply.