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 Home Depot's ambitious 4-year plan to transform their outbound delivery, insights and the latest 3PL rankings from Armstrong & Associate's recent 3PL Value Creation Asia Summit, how the DTC (Direct to Consumer) trend factors into retail's decline, how supply chain and logistics software is getting renewed attention and consideration from the C-suite and how GDPR rules may put serious limitations on logistics and supply chain blockchain applications.
Let's dig in...
Home Depot Launches Pilot for Ambitious Outbound Delivery Plan - By Mark Solomon, CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly - Home Depot's ambitious program, currently in pilot phase, will provide next-day delivery by 2022 to every U.S. customer, and same-day deliveries to a large percentage of the population. They'll build direct fulfillment centers in 25 locations, with each location capable of holding 35,000 SKUs. The company, who is on a hiring spree to help make this vision a reality, currently employs ~15,000 people in their logistics and supply chain operations.
Top 50 US and Global Third Party Logistics Providers (3PL) in 2017: Collaboration Is Now Paramount - By Patrick Burnson, SupplyChain24/7 (@SupplyChain247) - This article covers the highlights of Armstrong & Associate's (@armstrong_assoc) recent 3PL Value Creation Asia Summit where the consultancy shared their updated US and global 3PL rankings by revenue and commentary from their founders on the increasing complexity inherent in today's supply chains. It's no longer a straight line from distribution center to storefront and as consumers get comfortable purchasing more logistically complex items online, that complexity will only increase.
Did Suppliers, Not Amazon, Create the Retail Apocalypse? - By Deborah Abrams Kaplan, (@KaplanInk) Supply Chain Dive (@SupplyChainDive) - It's easier than ever for upstart manufacturers to bypass the traditional retail channels to reach their target customers or to satisfy both with customization. This piece details some important considerations for maintaining relationships from both the retailer and manufacturer's perspectives and shares how some brand owners are already succeeding in this bi-modal operation, as well as the product categories that are likely to be the next candidates for retail disruption.
Largely Ignored by the C-Suite, Logistics Software Finds New Path - By Eric Johnson (@LogTechEric), JOC.com (@JOC_Updates) - Drawing from industry interviews, podcasts and articles, a really good piece that highlights how SaaS vendors and their and their partner integration capabilities are creating new offerings that rival the functionality of traditional enterprise supply chain software suites and how that could affect corporate purchasing decisions in the future.
New GPDR Laws May be a Barrier to the Full Logistics Potential of Blockchain - By Alexander Whiteman, The LoadStar (@theloadstar) - A story covering a new report out by Transport Intelligence on blockchain. The right to be forgotten and deletion provisions of GDPR coupled with the indelible ledger that blockchain represents may mean limited implementations of the technology in this space and only in support of assets and inventories as it relates to corporate entities, not individuals.
And that's our five favorite for the week of June 11th. Did we miss any? Let us know by tweeting us @MPObjects!