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Supply Chain Asked to Help as Food Waste Hits Historic Highs
Supply Chain Asked to Help as Food Waste Hits Historic Highs
The USDA has funded project to figure out how to reduce the food waste, which accounts for 18% of landfills. They will test online marketplaces and mobile apps. These emerging sharing economy companies could help farmers, restaurants, retailers and households manage problems with day-to-day food waste.
Companies Must Get Better at Monitoring Ethics in their Supply Chains
Companies Must Get Better at Monitoring Ethics in their Supply Chains
"Child labor, hazardous working conditions, excessive working hours and poor wages plague many workplaces in the developing world, creating embarrassment for the global companies that source from these factories and farms," explains Richard M Locke of Brown University in a new report.
Spot TL Freight at Record High
Truckload Freight Activity Hits Record High
The June Freight Index increased 24% compared to May and was up 57% year over year, capping a robust first half of the year.
Federal Maritime Commission Pushing Further on Improving Supply Chain
Federal Maritime Commission Pushing Further on Improving Supply Chain
The FMC project aims to provide the U.S. ocean transportation supply system with accurate, actionable information delivered in a reliable and timely way.
I.D. Systems Acquires Keytroller
I.D. Systems, a provider of mobile asset management technology for the IoT, has agreed to acquire Keytroller, a manufacturer and marketer of electronic products for managing forklifts and other industrial equipment, for $9 million.
Imports Could Hit New Record as Busy Merchants Stock Up
Imports Could Hit New Record as Busy Merchants Stock Up
The National Retail Federation has forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7% and 4.2%, driven by job and income growth coupled with low debt.
Starting August Suppliers Fined for Early Wal-Mart Delivery
Walmart Suppliers Will Be Fined for Both Early and Late Deliveries
Beginning August items that are fast-turning must deliver orders 100% full on the correct date, 75% of the time. If items are late or missing during a month period the supplier will be fined 3% of the value. Early shipments are fined as well or will incur a fine of 3% of the values.
Forklift Industry Drives Dollars, Jobs to US Economy
Forklift Industry Drives Dollars, Jobs to US Economy 1
The industry added $25.7 billion in 2015 and employs 209,000. Each job within the industry supports 2.5 additional jobs elsewhere in the economy.
If Online Customers Pick Up at Store Could ‘Save’ Brick-and-Mortar Business
Having Online Customers Pick Up at Store Could ‘Save’ Brick-and-Mortar Business
By offering incentives to shoppers to use buy online and pick up in stores, retailers are driving more foot traffic into stores, and shoppers potentially can buy more than they intended to, boosting store sales.
How Logistic Technology is Impacting the Industry
How Logistics Technology is Impacting the Industry 1
When it comes to logistics tech, the last-mile drone delivery space is hot, both in the air and on the ground.
Supply Chain Investing in Technology for Current Gain, Not Future Use
Supply Chain Investing in Technology for Current Gain, Not Future Use
Supply chain executives are planning to invest in supply chain visibility, robotics and automation and sensors/IoT. However, many of the headline-making innovations – like drones, augmented reality and driverless vehicles – ranked lowest on the list.
Manufacturing Pickup Signals Boost to U.S. Economic Growth
Manufacturing Pickup Signals Boost to U.S. Economic Growth
"Everything was strong,” said Timothy Fiore of ISM. "Unless supply-chain constraints arise, there’s really no reason why the robust pace of manufacturing can’t continue."
Reinventing Retail: Amazon Vs. Walmart
Retail Wars: Amazon Goes Head-to-Head with Walmart
Amazon is threatening Walmart with its purchase of Whole Foods since 65% of Walmart’s U.S. sales comes from food and grocery sales.
Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System Needs Some Tweaking
Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System Needs Some Tweaking
A new report recommends that FMCSA should continue to collaborate with states and other agencies to improve the collection of data on vehicle miles traveled and on crashes, data which are often missing and of unsatisfactory quality.
New Initiative Aims to Help Secure Workers’ Right in Global Supply Chain
New Initiative Aims to Help Secure Workers’ Rights in Global Supply Chain
Called the “Responsible Labor Initiative”, the program will take a holistic approach to address all aspects of a worker’s journey since currently solutions have been fragmented across industries and regions.
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