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MHI Blog—If you pay attention to media headlines, you might think that airborne drones, autonomous, self-driving vehicles or crowd-sourced private vehicle owners will be delivering your online purchases to your doorstep within the next few months. Practically daily there are announcements of new developments and investments in these technologies and services from all segments of the market.
 

CNBC—Whether it's the way you communicate, live, or shop, the Internet is changing the game.




And in order for retailers to survive, they will need a new strategy to keep up with consumers' changing habits, experts predict.
 

USA Today—The U.S. trade deficit in November totaled $65.3 billion, up $3.4 billion, or 5.5%, from a month earlier as imports of goods continue to outpace exports, according to data released Thursday by the Commerce Department.




Exports of goods for November fell by $1.2 billion from October to $121.7 billion. Imports totaled $187 billion, up $2.2 billion from October.
 

EBN—Google Glass may have been a bust, but connected eyewear and other wearables are proving essential in helping to make supply chains and warehousing operations more productive and safer.




Supply chain management applications will contribute to wearables’ skyrocketing growth, as the market is set to surge from 2.3 million units in 2015 to 66.4 million units by 2021, according to analyst firm Tractica.  The analyst firm forecasts a cumulative total of 171.9 million wearables will be shipped for use in enterprise and industrial applications during that period.  These numbers represent a significant upgrade of Tractica’s previous forecasts since last year when enterprise- and industrial-grade wearables began shipping in volumes.
 
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Popular Science—A truck is a means to get cargo from point A to point B. A truck is a home, a job, a frequent guest in small towns that straddle highways, a way of life, and the beating heart of several supporting industries, all designed to keep the truck and its human pilot running. A truck is expenses, a breakable machine controlled by a fallible human, subject to labor laws and rules about interstate commerce. A truck is all of those things, and it may soon be a robot, too.
 

Tech Crunch— We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013.  But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights’ Zoe Leavitt, reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through "airborne fulfillment centers." Yes, that’s a warehouse in a zeppelin.




The airborne fulfillment centers, or AFCs, would be stocked with a certain amount of inventory and positioned near a location where Amazon predicts demand for certain items will soon spike.
 

Material Handling & Logistics—American manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in two years, reflecting firmer output and the biggest pickup in orders growth since August 2009.




The Institute for Supply Management said on January 3 that its index increased to 54.7, the fourth straight advance, from 53.2 a month earlier. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for 53.8. Readings above 50 indicate growth.
 
As part of MHI view's ongoing video program, this new episode focuses on: The Future of Delivery: Drones Versus Wheeled Autonomous Vehicles.

Recent excitement around drone delivery has drawn a lot of industry attention. However, we may be ignoring the more realistic opportunity to use a hybrid of both drones and wheeled autonomous vehicles to deliver packages.

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Global Trade Mag—DHL has been testing a variety of both 3D printing hardware and techniques for several years and has identified applications that have potential to redefine manufacturing and supply chain strategies. While the 3D printing market is estimated to grow between $180 billion and $490 billion by 2025, DHL’s latest DHL trend report finds it will not become a substitute for mass-production but a complementary process.
 

MHI Blog—Make no mistake, the digital supply chain is a reality. Markets are demanding not only efficiency but also agility and flexibility from modern supply chains. Digital is the key to that.




Best-in-class supply chains are successfully combining enabling technologies to drive superior performance. With a strategic focus and the courage to collaborate, they are creating digital capabilities that give them the competitive advantage they need to survive and thrive in today’s on-demand economy.
 
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Supply Chain Digest—Cyber security is high generally on IT priority list for most companies, but trends in manufacturing are creating additional areas of risk that need to be more aggressively mitigated.




That was the conclusion of a recent survey and report from MAPI, the Manufacturing Alliance, in partnership with the consultants at Deloitte.
 

Forbes—Because it’s no fun pondering the obvious, I focused my "Supply Chain Predictions for 2017" on insights from experts provoked with the statement, "tell me something I don’t already know." So, with that spirit in mind, here are my top 5 supply chain and procurement predictions for 2017.
 
MHI’s new Career Forum  enables manufacturing and supply chain professionals to view current job postings of MHI member companies. Go to http://www.mhi.org/careers to find the perfect opportunity for you.
 

EBN—The workplace has never been static when it comes to technology — machines have taken over assembly lines, while automated phone call systems have replaced receptionists. Throughout history, our tech has always been replaced by even more advanced tech. Yet, today’s automation is different — thanks to the rise of artificial intelligence.
 
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Reuters— A cargo plane emblazoned with "Prime Air" descended from an empty sky at Lehigh Valley International Airport on Tuesday, ninety minutes from the bustle of New York City, loaded with crates of goods during the peak holiday shopping season.




It's one of 40 jets leased by Amazon.com Inc for a new cargo service to meet delivery demand from the retail giant's customers. Exclusive payload data reviewed by Reuters and interviews with airport officials around the country show that Prime Air planes are flying nearly full, but with lightweight loads, taking away valued business from FedEx Corp and United Parcel Service Inc.
 

Supply Management—Supply chain disruptions have cost one in three organizations more than €1m in the last year, according to a report.




The Supply Chain Resilience Report, published by the Business Continuity Institute and supported by Zurich Insurance Group, said the overall number of organizations experiencing supply chain disruptions fell from 74% to 70%.
 

Maritime Executive—Next year, a number of Danish organizations will be running a pilot Internet of Things project to test the collection of real-time data from equipment onboard ships.




The Aalborg-based company GateHouse is behind the pilot project, and a number of other companies including the shipowner Uni-Tankers, Logimatic and the Danish Maritime Authority will contribute to the testing of the new technology. 
 
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