When you think of sustainability, what thought first crosses your mind? Reducing your carbon footprint? Adopting the right technology to effectively accommodate changes demanded by customers? Developing new business models and processes to ensure future profitability?
These are all great answers, but they seem so different that it is hard to visualize how these can all be “sustainability” initiatives. Where is the order in the chaos and how can you predict how your small system trends will interact with the larger ones?
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Global Trade Mag—We’ve come a long way, but here in late 2019, far too many companies still deal with paper invoices and manual processes. Companies want P2P but can’t figure out how to get there, and they’re not sure what to do first.
CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly—Designed to grow like a plant, the flexible yet sturdy robot can move through tight spaces and lift heavy loads, expanding the role of robotics in industrial settings, researchers at MIT say.
Material Handling & Logistics—In a CSR ranking, sustainability remained consistent over the past three years, but the majority of companies still have no measures in place to promote equality and inclusive working environments.
Inbound Logistics—North American shippers in 2019 aren't choosing intermodal for domestic transportation quite as often as they did in 2018, according to statistics from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA). Nevertheless, many shippers still look to intermodal for transportation savings. Experts share advice on how to get fast-enough service while saving money with domestic intermodal transportation.
ThomasNet—Sustainability advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund released a new report exploring how companies are leveraging new technologies to enhance their sustainability efforts and drive business results. The report, “Business and Fourth Wave of Environmentalism,” shows that manufacturers are definitely the business leaders in such investments.
Supply Chain Dive—As the pharmaceutical industry looks to shift from batch to continuous production, manufacturers may take a page from the food playbook.
Global Trade Mag—Good times come with this certainty: They never last. For businesses, that means formidable challenges (a weak economy, new competition, a sea change in the marketplace) are always just around the corner, and unprepared business leaders face the potential for disaster.
Inbound Logistics—E-commerce is quickly becoming a part of our everyday lives—putting pressure on retailers. Here are tips to help shippers keep costs down and customers happy.
Bloomberg—True driverless cars have arrived from Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc., but the company’s chief executive officer says robot ride hailing may not be the first form of automotive autonomy to take off commercially.
Material Handling & Logistics—Since 2007, the newest-generation diesel trucks on U.S. roads have eliminated 126 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), 18 million tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 1 million tons of particulate matter (PM), and saved 12.4 billion gallons of diesel and 296 million barrels of crude oil.