There has been a lot of breathless coverage of 3D Printing, more accurately called additive manufacturing. In the supply chain realm is has been speculated that additive manufacturing could be able to transform the spare parts supply chain. The idea is that instead of carrying a plethora of slow moving [...]
Logistics group Deutsche Post DHL can foresee a future in which drones are used to provide niche commercial services or are deployed in disaster zones to reach places beyond the range of human relief workers. But the company’s chief executive is
The unveiling of the Aeroscraft, a 266 feet long and 110 feet wide lighter-than-air craft by the now Californian based Worldwide Aeros company simply shows that some maintain faith that the concept so enthusiastically pursued by Count Zeppelin still has a place in the modern age, at least in selected logistics situations, carrying suitable freight to and from certain inhospitable regions.
In the first of a two-parter, Mark Patterson, Vice President of Innovation and Product Incubation at DHL Supply Chain examines what trends are expected to shape supply chains in 2014. Check back tomorrow for Part 2
What do both Google and eBay do wrong that a 90-year-old industrial supply distributor does right? I’m talking about same-day delivery. And I’m also talking about Grainger, the longstanding industrial supply distributor whose doorstep delivery footprints are being followed, even now, by another of the most innovative companies in the world — Amazon. Same-day delivery …
New advances in 3D printing are making it not only possible but also viable to manufacture cheap, print-on-demand, disposable drones designed simply to soar off over the horizon and never come back. Some British engineers did just that, and this is only the beginning.
In a report released today, Connecting to Compete 2014: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy, we summarize the results of the Logistics Performance Index (LPI), and examine some of the factors behind different countries’ performance. The index and report, which have been produced about every two years since 2007, rank countries on a number of dimensions of trade, including customs performance, infrastructure quality, and timeliness of shipments. Nowadays the importance of efficient supply chains for trade integration is recognized globally. Most sources of friction in the global economy—trade costs—are attributable to logistics bottlenecks. These might be physical deficiencies, red tape, especially at borders, or a lack of quality services. The LPI has greatly helped the realization that policy does matter for efficient logistics, and is widely referred to as a guide by policy-makers, including in rich countries such as those in the EU. It has contributed to creating a dynamic of reforms in many developing countries where the Bank has logistics-oriented programs. We are just back from Georgia and Indonesia, and our team is currently in Rabat, Morocco, where we are promoting projects to integrate supply chains of the Maghreb.
Local delivery is among the hottest trends in the logistics field today, especially among retailers, both online and brick-and-mortar. But why? It’s not a new business practice. In fact, back in the early 1970s, my dad and uncles provided free grocery delivery to customers who shopped at our family bodega in Brooklyn, which my cousins …
Amazon’s former head of global operations explains why the company was a natural place to apply lean principles, how they’ve worked in practice, and where the future could lead. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
As cities continue to grow, both in terms of population and resource needs, they are running up against what will become one of the increasingly important questions of the 21st century: How to manage that growth sustainably.