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Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling & Logistics

We salute the year’s top advancements in supply chain technology and processes. Thanks to omni-channel distribution, 3-D printing, self-service logistics and other avenues of disintermediation, traditional supply chain roles are rapidly being transformed into all-new opportunities.

China’s Historic Silk Road is Resurrected from the Rubble

Elementum

In 2013, President Xi Jin Ping introduced an initiative to construct a modern-day equivalent of the Silk Road as part of the country’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. If completed according to plan, it will reintroduce ancient land routes connecting China with Europe via parts of Central Asia and the Middle East. China is leading an initiative to revive one of the largest feats of trade infrastructure the world has ever known.

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Global electric vehicle demand drives scramble for fresh supplies of vital metals

EFT

The rise in EV popularity has created a rush to buy and create new supplies of battery metals because, unlike a normal auto, EVs require large amounts of nickel, cobalt and lithium. Battery producers located in Asia are eager to secure access to cobalt supplies outside of Southern Africa.