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May-June 2018

May-June 2018

Last month, I was in Atlanta at the Modex trade show. In one sense, it is a tribute to the automation technologies managing today’s distribution networks. And, I’m not only talking about automated materials handling systems, but also the software and NextGen technologies such as robotics, wearable technologies, including smart glasses and augmented reality solutions and sensors enabling the Internet of Things. In another sense, all of these solutions are coming together to drive fulfillment. With the increase in e-commerce, getting the right product to the right customer at the right time has never been more important.
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May-June 2018

May-June 2018

Last month, I was in Atlanta at the Modex trade show. In one sense, it is a tribute to the automation technologies managing today’s distribution networks. And, I’m not only talking about automated materials handling systems, but also the software and NextGen technologies such as robotics, wearable technologies, including smart glasses and augmented reality solutions and sensors enabling the Internet of Things. In another sense, all of these solutions are coming together to drive fulfillment. With the increase in e-commerce, getting the right product to the right customer at the right time has never been more important.

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May-June 2018 Features

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Industrial products forecasting needs sales input
Sales organizations of industrial product companies typically play the most important role in creating and shaping demand—because customers are largely businesses...

6
Is blockchain the missing link in the Halal supply chain?
The technology does indeed offer much promise as a solution to Halal traceability issues—providing a number of potential pitfalls can be...

10
New studies measure the benefits of the circular economy
The concept is conceived as a continuous positive development cycle that preserves and enhances natural capital, optimizes resource yields and minimizes system...

12
Higher oil and fuel prices, increased volatility on tap for rest of 2018
Oil prices will continue to face upward pressure, and—perhaps even more importantly—oil prices will become even more sensitive to geopolitical...

15
The analytics revolution in Last-Mile Delivery
How data, analytics and connectivity change the way companies manage— and visualize—the most complex part of a global supply chain.

22
The Circular Supply Chain
The boom in e-commerce has led to a record number of returns. How is that affecting supply chains and what are the...

31
Packaging’s new role in e-fulfillment
The challenges facing e-commerce shipments don’t begin and end with last-mile delivery and reverse logistics. Anyone fulfilling e-commerce orders also has...

36
Many e-tail questions, few answers
Online retailing is changing how consumers shop and how supply chains fill their orders. What that all means for the future is...

42
To offshore or reshore? The battle of data points
An incomplete assessment of production costs led to the demise of an already efficient manufacturing plant in Sweden. Here’s how total...

48
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste
Sure, the logistics industry is in crisis but leading shippers recognize this as an opportunity to make bolder changes to secure capacity...

50
Top 50 Trucking: Carriers rev up for a hot freight market
The best of the best are planning big investments and more strategic operations geared to serve shippers in a roaring freight environment—...

64
Modex 2018 Show Wrap Up
Modex 2018, April 9-12, covered more than 300,000 net square feet of exhibit space on two show floors at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress...

70
Reverse logistics practices and organizational factors
Industry and annual revenue affects the extent to which organizations invest in returns management.

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Global Kuehne + Nagel Indicators Signal Global Supply Chain Resilience
So far this year, international merchandise trade has risen by 10.6%. Emerging markets and North...
A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council Predictions Released
GBPC’s 10 major predictions, fleshed out in the study, are based on continuous scanning of the...

New Research Indicates Greener Supply Chains Mean More Profit
Transparency is key when selecting new suppliers as 85% of businesses want to achieve a...
New Survey Measures Potential Impact of Tariffs on U.S. Supply Chains
The proportion of total output produced abroad is meanwhile expected to rise very marginally.