Transportation Innovation 2018

EFT

A lively discussion followed regarding how the technologies will affect the transportation and warehousing industries. Autonomous technology has been used in manufacturing and distribution centers for years where AGV are used for moving product throughout a warehouse.

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

NC State SCRC

It removes age restrictions on interstate transportation by licensed commercial drivers and strengthens safety-training standards across the industry. Many other jobs such as Material Handler, pickers, and other general warehouse position are bretween $12,00-$14,000, with fork life operators making up to $16 range. The American Trucking Association expect a shortage of roughly 70,000 truck drivers in 2019, which will increase to 175,000 by 2026.

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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. Warehousing is one link in the supply chain that needs to take a more active role in embracing technological innovation, according to the researchers.

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

Logistics Bureau

Perhaps stores will become more like showrooms with shopping floor space turned into mini-warehouses, from which online orders will be locally fulfilled. While robotics and automated warehouse systems assist supply chains to move faster, cloud computing will help retailers, suppliers, customers and partners to play nicely together. While talking technology, retail companies will need plenty of it to meet the challenge of last mile distribution in 2026 and beyond.