“The earthquakes that impacted southern Taiwan and Japan in the first half of the year, and the bankruptcy declaration of Hanjin Shipping caused considerable disruptions to global supply chains,” said Shahzaib Khan, director of EventWatch at Resilinc.
“To stay ahead of the e-commerce curve, companies must address primary gaps with a combination of technology, trade compliance knowledge, and automation, ”said the American Association of Exporters & Importers.
Since 2010, nearly 90 million sq. ft. of these mega facilities have been completed in the top 10 markets. An additional 31.6 million sq. ft., with 60% pre-commitments, is under construction and scheduled for delivery by year-end 2018.
The second floor of this high-tech grocery story would have an army of robots picking and packing from a larger range of items — up to 20,000 different products – fulfilling online orders made by the shoppers downstairs or from people online at home who then drop by later to collect their items.
Forklift manufacturer Toyota Industries Corp. (TICO) has acquired material handling systems integrator Bastian Solutions as part of its launch of a new North American division, Toyota Advanced Logistics Solutions (TALS).
Logistics providers and their customers are concerned that anti-globalization feeling and populist policies in the UK and United States could spread and harm trade in emerging markets that rely heavily on exports.
The projects have to meet specific criteria, including a national security or public safety “emergency,” “shovel-ready” with at least 30% of initial design and engineering work complete, and a direct job creator with the potential for increased U.S. manufacturing.