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Knowledge@Wharton—A team from MIT, Wharton and Boston College created a new blockchain-based system that has the potential to disrupt the global supply chain. Called ‘b_verify,’ the system is designed to help small and medium-size enterprises get financing from lenders at potentially better terms while mitigating warehouse deposit fraud. The system brings greater transparency to a key part of the supply chain.
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Technology and Innovation
NACS—The first site for a Kroger automated fulfillment center that will streamline the grocery shopping experience will be Cincinnati. Known as a “shed,” the facility will be fueled by Ocado technology, create more than 400 new jobs and cost $55 million to build—featuring robotic and digital capabilities for food storage and retrieval.
  
Supply Chain Dive—We have been watching autonomous vehicles emerge in warehouses, factory design plans and highways over the past few years. The news seems to point to a self-driving world just on the horizon. But is it really, and does that eventuality make sense?
EBN—Today’s supply chains are facing a continuous challenge to minimize disruptions and ensure that goods are delivered to customers on time.  However, there is one form of disruption that supply chain leaders cannot predict and can potentially strike anywhere in the world: natural disasters.
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Supply Chain Trends
Inbound Logistics—Thanks to the Amazon effect, consumers expect the world—and they want it fast. Here's advice on how to speed things up—from the way you design your footprint to how you execute the final mile.
SupplyChainBrain—The e-commerce boom coupled with record-setting demand for express delivery have forced retailers to meet the unprecedented challenge of extending their supply chains locally, into the towns and communities where customers live.
   
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Manufacturing
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—As many as 2.4 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next 10 years due to widening skills gap, study shows.
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Historically sales technologies have been passive and reactive. For example, have you ever said my CRM helped me close a deal? Manufacturers who are embracing digital change and technology are moving towards sales enablement tools to achieve excellence in their new business opportunities, more specifically CPQ technology. Where are you investing to become a more proactive sales team?
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Transportation
Transport Topics—After years in limbo, a final rule became effective in November allowing medical examiners — in consultation with a truck driver’s treating clinician — to decide whether an insulin-treated diabetic driver is qualified to get behind the wheel.
  
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—Companies are expecting to continue increasing driver pay and rates into 2019 unless GDP growth stalls or declines.
   
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Workforce
Material Handling & Logistics—Increasing regulatory scrutiny and a more diverse workforce require greater tolerance by employers.
  
MHI Blog—Major companies are starting to announce their holiday/seasonal hiring, so we thought we’d give you the rundown all in one place.
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.
   
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Global Trade
Global Trade Mag—Today’s supply chains have growing complexities with an international network of suppliers and service markets, and trade wars can have a major impact. However, digital technologies – such as data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) – provide companies with the resources and insights to manage risk and anticipate events.
SupplyChain247—To comply with federal mandates, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers must be able to track, trace and report on the movement of prescription drugs and medical devices, throughout the supply chain.