Supply Chains

Scathing reports document negative impacts of Amazon warehouse model

Days before the Black Friday shopping crush, an investigative journalism outlet and a California think tank separately released two scathing reports documenting the social, environmental and economic costs of Amazon.com. Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AMZN ) breakneck-speed package delivery and fulfillment model. The investigative piece, a joint project between the Reveal Center for Investigative Reporting and The Atlantic, …

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Loadsure joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance

The latest company to join the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) is Loadsure, a London-based company that is an international InsurTech Managing General Agent (MGA) with a focus on the freight spot market. Loadsure’s U.S. affiliate is located in Denver, Colorado. Blockchain technology enables companies to identify and track transactions digitally and share this information …

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Europa Worldwide gets new head of property to manage construction of its £60 million futuristic warehouse

Multimodal logistics service provider Europa Worldwide Group has appointed Alec Kirkbride , the former national building manager of supermarket chain Aldi Stores U.K., as the head of property for its new £60 million state-of-the-art logistics facility being built at Midlands Logistics Park in Corby, England.  Once the construction is completed, the new facility will become …

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Commentary: Is the Alameda Rail Corridor in financial danger?

It is nearly Thanksgiving 2019. There are reports that the heavily used railroad intermodal corridor serving the adjacent Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach is seeing maritime container volume drops year-over-year.  The suggestion is that the drop will lower railroad freight train movements along the 20-mile long special project route of port …

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Blockchain can help end child labor in cosmetics supply chains

The cosmetics market is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with it being valued at $532 billion last year and projected to grow rapidly – buoyed by social media influencers and targeted marketing. But what is ironic is the fact that sustaining the world of glitz and sparkle ultimately boils down to lackluster …

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Meet David Faulkenberry, FreightWaves’ Final Mile Man

David Faulkenberry recently joined FreightWaves as Market Expert for Final Mile. He formerly led strategic planning, operations, quality and business system development teams at XPO Logistics, Inc., 3PD, Inc., HomeDirect, Inc., GeoLogistics and Bekins Van Lines. Faulkenberry agreed to sit down with FreightWaves to discuss the state of the industry: Q: How do you define …

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Watch for five supply chain ERP trends in 2020

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is essential to help your supply chain run smoothly and provide insight into daily operations. Here are five changes you should expect for ERP software for 2020, and how they’ll likely affect the supply chain.  1. A growing realization that ERP systems and associated technologies cut costs When the Supply …

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New Jersey next to debate limits on trucking’s use of owner-operators

New Jersey is the newest battleground for motor carriers that use owner-operators, as the state Senate takes up legislation aimed at limiting what workers can be considered independent contractors. On Thursday, the labor committee is scheduled to debate S4204 , a bill introduced by New Jersey Sen. Stephen Sweeney just seven days ago. Sen. Sweeney’s …

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Study finds $25.7 billion in US hospital supply chain overspending

A swath of the nation’s hospitals continue to forego multibillion-dollar opportunities to improve their supply chain spending, according to an annual survey released Wednesday by consultancy Navigant. The survey of 2,127 U.S. hospitals, about one-third of the nationwide total, found that $25.7 billion in annual supply chain savings could be realized if all the surveyed …

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Fees and duties analytics can help supply chains weather global tariff wars

In the context of global supply chains, politically fueled tariff wars and a widespread ebb in the growth of major economies are causing major upheavals to logistics operations. Caught in the crossfire, businesses often struggle with comprehending macroeconomic developments, let alone forecasting and preparing for a volatile future.   Navigating the regulatory environment is critical, as …

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