Drones

The Autonomous Supply Chain

Autonomous technology continues to make an impact on the supply chain. The autonomous supply chain, as I am writing about it here, applies to moving goods without human intervention (to some degree at least). One of the more interesting examples I have seen is from the Belgian brewery De Halve Maan, which in an effort …

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This Week in Logistics News (February 1 – 7)

I read an interesting article this week about food deserts. For those that don’t know, a food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. On the other end of the spectrum is a food oasis, which has higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods. In 2010, …

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This Week in Logistics News (October 19 – 25)

As the old adage goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But what happens when that imitation comes from the person they are imitating? And what happens when that form of imitation is seen as copyright infringement on a band’s song? Well, in 1988, John Fogerty faced a very rare court case in which …

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Box shipping faces $11 billion IMO 2020 bill

Container shipping lines will attempt to pass on extra fuel costs due to the introduction of low-sulfur IMO 2020 fuels next year. If shippers prove unwilling to foot the bill, carriers will likely make major cuts to service levels, according to new analysis by Drewry Shipping Consultants. The analyst estimates box shipping lines will be …

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Today’s pickup: This drone could save your life

Drones carrying automated defibrillators arrived at least seven minutes ahead of paramedics responding to simulated cardiac arrest patients during a recent round of test flights in Canada. The flights took place on Sept. 21-22 in Renfrew County, Ontario. Operators flew drones from Indro Robotics beyond their line of sight in a 10-mile radius utilizing a …

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Truckers: Fill up your tank ASAP. Diesel could surge $.60 per gallon by Monday morning

Diesel prices could spike by over 20% overnight due to the market coming to grips with the biggest blackswan event to hit oil in over a decade. On Friday night, while most of the U.S. was settling in for a weekend of high school, college, and professional football, the world’s second largest oil producer was …

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The Robot Uprising Reaches the Store

The robot uprising is coming to a store near you. And no, I’m not talking about Skynet building T-1000 Terminators to take over the world (or store in this case). I am talking about how the retail store is drastically changing to become more automated, using artificial intelligence, and relying on non-human assistance for check-outs, …

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U.S. next-day air star of the show as UPS posts solid second quarter results

UPS Inc. (NYSE:UPS) reported Wednesday adjusted second quarter earnings per share of $1.96, three cents above analysts’ median estimates, as solid results from its domestic U.S. and supply chain and freight segments offset a flat performance from its international business. Overall, revenue for the nation’s largest transportation company rose 3.4 percent to $18 billion. Adjusted …

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Today’s Pickup: Drone app wants to control the skies

Good day, The website says it all: “Flying is complex.” And with that, Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL ), has introduced an app that it believes could form the basis for an air traffic control system for drones. The OpenSky app is now available in the Google Play story and …

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The true impact of digitization and automation on supply chains

Over the last decade, the proliferation of digital applications and platforms into the freight industry has seen steady growth, thanks in part to the conscious push by companies towards embracing technologies that drive efficiency and reduce costs. The rise of e-commerce has ended up putting last-mile logistics in the spotlight, prompting stakeholders to look at …

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