Boom Time for the Shared Economy within Supply Chain

Logistics Bureau

In logistics and supply chain management, however, transport and warehousing are the most significant sharing processes thanks to a welter of economic benefits for all parties—and the trend is accelerating despite the dampening effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Inevitability of Warehouse Robots

Supply Chain Nation

Recently, while attempting to leave San Francisco International Airport, I found myself halted by the CAFEX coffee-making robot. The next day brought news of CAFEX shuttering stores throughout the San Francisco area. As it turned out, during the same week, I found myself amongst robots yet again; this time the kinds that make warehouses more productive. An unchanging warehouse fulfilling a static demand profile will not do at all.

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The Ultimate List of Top Logistics Startups – Blog

Freightos

Movers marketplace matching shipping requirement with freelance student drivers. Supply chain platform matching drop-ship retailers, manufacturers, distributors and freight forwarders. San Francisco only. Crowdsourcing ride-sharing platform that now also matches shipping requests with spare space in passenger vehicles heading in that direction. San Francisco only. airbnb), and to warehouse storage for absent small business owners.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Click the links below to compare this year's innovations to those from previous years: Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2017 : exoskeletons, autonomous forklifts, flying warehouses, last-mile delivery, and more. Warehouse Automation.

This Week in Logistics News (April 10-14, 2017)

Talking Logistics

Amazon’s Free Shipping Pushes Small Retailers, Delivery Firms to Compete (WSJ – sub. Online Retailers’ New Warehouses Heat Up Local Job Markets (WSJ – sub. Marble and Yelp Eat24 start robot food delivery in San Francisco (TechCrunch). Catastrophe looms at ports after Brexit, shipping industry warns (The Guardian).

Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, “Christmas in October” Sales Get Results

Supply Chain Nation

This week: Earlier Christmas promotions may not be popular, but they get results; some shoppers say the quality of produce at Whole Foods has declined since Amazon bought the chain; what’s causing some Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders to run behind; San Francisco thinks twice about delivery robots; and Ford and Alibaba announce a partnership that could see Ford’s vehicles sold on Tmall. San Francisco Puts the Brakes on Delivery Robots.

This Week in Logistics News (September 26-30, 2016)

Talking Logistics

Blockchain Makes Inroads in Shipping (WSJ – sub. Starting next year, Otto-branded trucks and others equipped with Otto technology will begin hauling freight bound for warehouses and stores, he said. Moving from trucking to ocean transportation, San Francisco startup Flexport Inc. Flexport wants to track products that are in transit as well as to handle sorting, relabeling and reshipping of goods when they are sold while they’re being shipped.

Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em, “Christmas in October” Sales Get Results

Supply Chain Nation

This week: Earlier Christmas promotions may not be popular, but they get results; some shoppers say the quality of produce at Whole Foods has declined since Amazon bought the chain; what’s causing some Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders to run behind; San Francisco thinks twice about delivery robots; and Ford and Alibaba announce a partnership that could see Ford’s vehicles sold on Tmall. San Francisco Puts the Brakes on Delivery Robots.

Supply Chain Technology Roundup: Drones and Droids

Elementum

Another significant application includes inventory control in warehouses, where drones have the upper hand in terms of both efficiency and accuracy when compared to their human counterparts.

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

This acronym stands for All Water Service, which is one of the most cost-effective ways to ship your cargo, and also one of the most eco-friendly ; however, it’s also one of the slowest forms of freight transportation. With AWS, your cargo will be shipped from the port of origin to its destination using only water routes. For example, a freight shipment from Yantian to Chicago via Seattle would be unloaded on the West Coast and then shipped inland via truck or rail. .

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow

Cerasis

The retailer started dealing directly with manufacturers in the 1980s, giving suppliers the job of managing inventory in its warehouses, the Arkansas Business article said. Walmart was tapping technology even before it developed VMI when in 1975 the company started using a computer system for inventory control in its distribution centers and warehouses, according to a timeline of Walmart’s history from Supply Chain Digest.

The Exploding Use of Robotics in Logistics and Manufacturing

Cerasis

Robotics can sort through incoming and outgoing packages faster, place them on the appropriate shelves, or shipping containers, and ensure the packages do not have any defects, which would cause unnecessary returns or delays in the order fulfillment process. For example, robotics could be used to prevent a truckload of merchandise leaving the warehouse if a wreck has occurred several miles away. At a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse in Tracy, Calif.,

All Eyes Remain Focused on the Last Mile

Enterra Insights

The best-laid plans for e-commerce shipping will fail when shippers do not consider this final, vital leg of the journey, and those that do take the time to understand its challenges and focus on last mile delivery can excel in e-commerce, and deliver more freight to consumers, boosting profitability.”[3] ” Some analyst predict once-thriving malls now suffering from the effects of the retail apocalypse may soon be turned into warehouse space.

Top 20: The Ultimate Logistics Technology Roundup

Freightos

We’ve rounded up the top 20 logistics technology innovations changing the way over $18 trillion dollars of goods are shipped annually. As customers shop online, from tablets and cellphones, while using emerging payment methods like Apple Pay and Google Wallet, shippers will need to learn to ship agilely, reaching customers where they are…which may very well not be at home. And yes, it’s not just size; technology plays a key role in keeping those ships operating.

Deliverr Raises $40M to Fuel Two-Day Delivery For Ecommerce Sellers

Multichannel Merchant

Deliverr, a startup that uses data and a network of warehouse partners to strategically position inventory and enable fast ecommerce deliveries for its customers, has raised $40 million in a new funding round, bringing its total raised to $70 million.

Wanted: Supply Chain Architects!

Supply Chain Shaman

So when the warehouse team threatened to unionize, I transferred into a distribution, warehouse environment. Warehouse Management and Transportation Management were in their infancy. The flows are typically linear and the analysis is on alternate modes and best shipping lanes. Forty years ago as a chemical engineering student, I learned the tedious craft of chemical plant design.

Rapidly Rising Minimum Wages Will Significantly Increase Your Warehouse and 3PL Costs: Effective Strategies to Combat Their Impact on Your Bottom Line

Cerasis

Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland and Chicago have already moved to raise their wages and there are proposals for minimum wage increases across the country including in New York City, Washington, D.C. If you operate a warehouse in Southern California -- or any of the other impacted areas -- wages, overtime and related payroll taxes will increase significantly. domestic parcels -- with identical rates and delivery times as if shipped from within the U.S. –

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How Product Design Impacts the Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

A product might be attractive for customers but drive unnecessary supply chain costs because of the impact the product design has on sourcing, packaging, production, warehousing and transportation. Most warehouses have standardized rack dimensions and store products on pallets. POS displayers and other packaging material can be stored flat and assembled shortly before shipping. Rene Jacquat is the founder of LogiChain Solutions, based in San Francisco, United States.

How Product Design Impacts the Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

A product might be attractive for customers but drive unnecessary supply chain costs because of the impact the product design has on sourcing, packaging, production, warehousing and transportation. Storage Most warehouses have standardized rack dimensions and store products on pallets. POS displayers and other packaging material can be stored flat and assembled shortly before shipping. Ever wondered what impact your product design decision has on the supply chain?

How Product Design Impacts the Supply Chain

Logichain Solutions

A product might be attractive for customers but drive unnecessary supply chain costs because of the impact the product design has on sourcing, packaging, production, warehousing and transportation. Storage Most warehouses have standardized rack dimensions and store products on pallets. POS displayers and other packaging material can be stored flat and assembled shortly before shipping. Ever wondered what impact your product design decision has on the supply chain?

This Week in Logistics News (November 30 – December 4, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Million Investment to Power Warehouse Management Software in the Cloud. Oz’s solutions address a number of pain points for e-commerce shippers by automating logistics and supply chain processes, including order fulfilment, inventory management/scanning, and shipping.

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The 2016 Techgistics Year in Review

Techgistics

Ford announced plans for self-driving cars, Uber launched trials in Pittsburgh and San Francisco , acquired self-driving truck startup OTTO , Google spun off their self-driving car group into Waymo , and Elon Musk wrote his Master Plan Part Deux on self-driving cars. A good starting point for AR in the supply chain is in warehouses where workers are equipped with small glasses, like Google Glass, where the user will see a “digital pick-list” in their field of vision.

This Week in Logistics News (November 3-7, 2014)

Talking Logistics

Free shipping? In related news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon recently “tested package delivery by licensed cab in San Francisco and Los Angeles using taxi-hailing mobile app Flywheel.” Yard jockeys, the drivers tasked with situating trailers at docks for loading and unloading, are provided efficient, automated instructions for equipment placement correlated to shipping and receiving appointments generated by the TMS. .

Building a scalable supply chain for food startups

Logichain Solutions

Consider investing into order-to-cash software, using procurement platforms, investing into production equipment, or implementing online shipping tools. External service providers, like co-manufacturers, co-packers, warehouse providers, and logistics companies, can help scale the business in a very flexible way and address volatile demand and supply situations. Rene Jacquat is the founder of LogiChain Solutions, LLC, based in San Francisco, United States.

Building a scalable supply chain for food startups

Logichain Solutions

Consider investing into order-to-cash software, using procurement platforms, investing into production equipment, or implementing online shipping tools. External service providers, like co-manufacturers, co-packers, warehouse providers, and logistics companies, can help scale the business in a very flexible way and address volatile demand and supply situations. About the Author Rene Jacquat is the founder of LogiChain Solutions, LLC, based in San Francisco, United States.

Building a scalable supply chain for food startups

Logichain Solutions

Consider investing into order-to-cash software, using procurement platforms, investing into production equipment, or implementing online shipping tools. External service providers, like co-manufacturers, co-packers, warehouse providers, and logistics companies, can help scale the business in a very flexible way and address volatile demand and supply situations. About the Author Rene Jacquat is the founder of LogiChain Solutions, LLC, based in San Francisco, United States.

This Week in Logistics News (November 17-21, 2014)

Talking Logistics

As reported in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, it appears that “Amazon’s robot army is finally falling into place,” with deployments at warehouses in California, Kentucky, Texas, and others. Here are some interesting details from the article: At a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse in Tracy, Calif., about 60 miles east of San Francisco, Amazon this summer replaced four floors of fixed shelving with the robots, the people [familiar with the matter] said. .

Keep'n it cool; chocolate logistics

Logichain Solutions

While many chocolate makers stop shipping chocolate during the warmer summer months, consumers don’t want to give up on their favorite treat. For sea freight, chocolate must be shipped in refrigerated containers, also called reefers. In sea freight there are only a few options and routes available to ship chocolate in less-than-container loads. Shipping chocolate by air freight always involves risks for the quality of the products.

Keep'n it cool; chocolate logistics

Logichain Solutions

While many chocolate makers stop shipping chocolate during the warmer summer months, consumers don’t want to give up on their favorite treat. For sea freight, chocolate must be shipped in refrigerated containers, also called reefers. In sea freight there are only a few options and routes available to ship chocolate in less-than-container loads. Shipping chocolate by air freight always involves risks for the quality of the products.

Keep'n it cool; chocolate logistics

Logichain Solutions

While many chocolate makers stop shipping chocolate during the warmer summer months, consumers don’t want to give up on their favorite treat. For sea freight, chocolate must be shipped in refrigerated containers, also called reefers. In sea freight there are only a few options and routes available to ship chocolate in less-than-container loads. Shipping chocolate by air freight always involves risks for the quality of the products.

Keep'n it cool; chocolate logistics

Logichain Solutions

While many chocolate makers stop shipping chocolate during the warmer summer months, consumers don’t want to give up on their favorite treat. For sea freight, chocolate must be shipped in refrigerated containers, also called reefers. In sea freight there are only a few options and routes available to ship chocolate in less-than-container loads. Shipping chocolate by air freight always involves risks for the quality of the products.

An Interview with Michael Hutzli, Engineering

Alloy

I remember, during my first visit to the San Francisco office, the entire company could fit around one of the co-founders’ kitchen table. For example, it enables companies to improve their planning, so they can reduce warehouse space requirements, shipping volumes, and product spoilage and waste. Michael Hutzli is an engineering team lead in Alloy’s Vancouver office.

A Grocery Store You’ve Never Heard of is About to be one of the Biggest in America

Supply Chain Nation

by store count over the next four years, consumers are flocking to mobile commerce (m-commerce), which is set to drive mass adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in retail, IBM is pairing up with BMW to provide cloud-based data management, self-driving trucks will still need drivers, and micro-warehouses bring fulfillment closer to the customer. Micro-Warehouses Bring Fulfillment Closer to Customer. Inventory is often delivered to warehouses in shipping containers.

Amazon–Robots Roam the Warehouses

Operations and Supply Chain Management

warehouses with squat, orange, wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers, instead of having employees seek items amid long aisles of merchandise, according to people familiar with the matter. At a 1.2-million-square-foot warehouse in Tracy, Calif., about 60 miles east of San Francisco, Amazon this summer replaced four floors of fixed shelving with the robots, the people said. The full list of warehouses using the robots couldn’t be learned.

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Food & Beverage Co-Packer

Logichain Solutions

You also must factor in shipping the products to / from the co-packer. Some co-packers support their clients in R&D, buying of packaging material and ingredients, inventory management, warehousing, and fulfillment. Having the co-packer far away can create logistical challenges and additional costs with transportation and warehousing. Rene Jacquat is the principal of LogiChain Solutions, LLC, based in San Francisco, United States.