Forbes—A new supply chain model is emerging, replacing the traditional model of “take, make and throw away.” This new model, which focuses on reuse, remanufacture, and recycle – aka the circular economy – is becoming a more economical and efficient option.
Fresh products provide unique logistics challenges. Unlike other types of products, they cannot be stored for long periods of time and many are time or temperature sensitive.
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ThomasNet—Context-aware systems are already part of our everyday life; like any technology that enables ubiquitous computing, their ease of use means that they essentially “disappear” or are no longer noticeable. While most of the literature around context-aware IoT is centered on smart homes, a paper written by researchers Patrick Rosenberger and Detlef Gerhard explored context awareness specific to industrial applications.
MIT Technology Review—More and more security holes are appearing in cryptocurrency and smart contract platforms, and some are fundamental to the way they were built.
Supply Chain Dive— DHL Supply Chain plans to invest $150 million to expand its distribution network of medical devices and pharmaceutical supplies by 40%, including adding nine new sites dedicated specifically to healthcare product distribution.
Modern Materials Handling— Zebra Technologies Corp. revealed the results of its 2024 Warehousing Vision Study, which found that 87% of businesses plan to expand their warehouse footprint over the next five years.
MHI Blog— Whether an industrial steel storage rack is comprised of structural or roll-formed steel components, the welds created in their fabrication are critical to the system’s safe and reliable performance. That’s because a variety of conditions could increase the risk of a weld failing when the rack is abused or loaded at its rated capacity, possibly leading to a collapse.
Inbound Logistics—Making the transition to a truly flexible and lean supply chain, especially during these turbulent times, involves changing the three elements necessary for successful business transformation: processes, technology and people.
Supply Chain Management Review—How do companies steel their supply chains against wildly fluctuating levels of political risk? Also, will the impact of these maneuverings change the contours of supply chain risk management?
Transport Topics—A $2.2 billion proposal to enhance freight connectivity along Interstate 81 in Virginia was among the nine projects deemed wasteful for taxpayers in a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, whose authors encourage enhancing transit options.
MHI Blog— As part of National Safety Month, the National Safety Council is highlighting the growing problem of fatigue in the workplace. Research estimates that 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue, and 43% of Americans admit they may be too tired to function safely at work. Please see the following resources for more information.
Material Handling & Logistics—Employers who don’t address evolving hazards face OSHA and other joint liability. Gig economy workers can range from traditional independent contractors to freelancers and temporary staffing firm employees who work just a few hours a week.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive—The ongoing trade war between the United States and China is forcing companies to review their global supply chain as suppliers move their operations and the cost to make products becomes more expensive.