Top 5 Supply Chain Reads to Start Your Week - April 9th, 2018

Posted by Eunice Marigliano on Apr 10, 2018 9:44:52 AM

Each week we look for the best blog posts, articles, and commentary on supply chain orchestration, logistics innovation, and industry news to share.

This week we're reading about how countries rank by logistics and supply-chain-minded criteria, 2020 projections for global logistics spending, thoughts on the much-analyzed shuttering of logistics startup, Shyp, and what that means for your innovation initiatives, inbound shipment visibility gap trends noted by ARC Advisory's research, and Amazon's plan to use Whole Foods stores as DCs.

Here are our 5 favorites this week...

Global Logistics Spending Expected to Reach $10.6 Trillion by 2020 - By Logistics & Material Handling, @logistics_au -  Some key figures and discussion from a recent Frost & Sullivan (@Frost_Sullivan) research report with estimates for global logistics spend through 2020. Some of the top areas of investment include cloud computing, big data, digital freight brokering platforms and other areas that help reduce last mile delivery costs. "..said Vijay Narayanan Natarajan, Visionary Innovation Senior Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Moreover, the influx of start-ups in logistics has enabled innovative solutions that not only provide value-creation customized solutions for the consumer, but also tackle the inefficiencies currently witnessed.”

The 2018 Global Logistics Guide - By Inbound Logistics (@ILMagazine) - This handy supply chain and logistics practitioners' reference is produced annually and offers country-by-country snapshots and ratings based on structural, economic, political, and social criteria. 

Disrupting Logistics Ain’t Easy - By Adrian Gonzalez, Talking Logistics (@talkinlogistics) - It's always unfortunate to see a startup have to pull the plug like Shyp did last week, but as Adrian is keen to point out, successful innovations in the logistics industry are typically a marathon, not a sprint. Put in perspective for corporate improvement initiatives that may be better focused on small wins and better execution.

Machine Learning for Transportation Execution and Visibility - By Chris Cunnane (@ccunnane), Logistics Viewpoints (@logisticsviewpt) /ARC Advisory Group - Interesting post discussing visibility gaps seen from their research when it comes to real-time carrier updates of merchandise across an organization’s entire distribution network. "72.5% of respondents have real-time visibility of merchandise going from the supplier to the warehouse. However, only 45.9% have visibility into shipments going from the supplier to the store. Shipping to the store adds another layer of complexity, as the merchandise does not go through the central hub and often involves much lower quantities than those going to the main warehouse. The fact that nearly 30% of respondents do not have real-time visibility from the supplier to the warehouse shows that a problem exists as well."

Amazon Can Use Whole Foods to Help Weather Postal Rate Hikes - By Spencer Soper (@spencersoper), Bloomberg Technology (@technology) - With US President, Donald Trump, calling the company out publicly on their purported misuse of the United States Postal Service, some interesting discussion of how Amazon could use their Whole Foods stores as distribution centers given their current 35 sortation centers, that are used to help them with pre-sorted bulk rates that saves them an estimated $2.6 billion a year.  

And that's our five favorite for the week of April 9th. Did we miss any? Tweet us @mpobjects and let us know.


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