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Logistics CIOs on Tech Innovation vs. Core Business Activity as a Priority | EyeforTransport

Logistics CIOs on Tech Innovation vs. Core Business Activity as a Priority | EyeforTransport | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
HP and eft surveyed over 200 transport and logistics IT executives, manufacturers and solution providers in the industry to provide insight into future IT investment trends, the strategic role of the CIO and the level of technological innovation in the industry.   The complimentary report can be downloaded here.
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eft Weekly Newsletter 6th February 2014 | EyeforTransport

eft Weekly Newsletter 6th February 2014 | EyeforTransport | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
This week I wanted to highlight our columnists as 3 of them have new and insightful entries to share. Vivek Sood examines the five stages of outsourcing and provides ‘Four Critical Lessons From the Leaders Who Outsource Well’.
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How Will Logistics Benefit From the 2014 Economic Upturn? - Supply Chain 24/7

How Will Logistics Benefit From the 2014 Economic Upturn? - Supply Chain 24/7 | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
With the global economy seeming to be in better shape than for many years, it would seem a good point at which to examine prospects for the global logistics industry. Economics and logistics output are, of course, inextricably linked.
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There is some good and insightful information in this article. Well worth a read.

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Time to reassess retail supply chain’s dependence on low labour costs | EyeforTransport

Bangladesh garment factories have dominated the press in regards to poor working conditions and low wages however it seems Cambodia is now in the spotlight as Cambodian factory workers seek to obtain a raise in minimum wage to $160 per month.
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Nigeria has the potential to become the most vibrant economy on the African continent, once a reliable infrastructure and diversified economy are established

Nigeria has the potential to become the most vibrant economy on the African continent, once a reliable infrastructure and diversified economy are established | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Nigeria, postcard, insight, economy, industry, agriculture, commerce
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Nigeria is one of the newly announced MINT countries - big big potential for Logistics and Supply Chain Providers in Africa

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Supply chain: the top five stories of 2013

Supply chain: the top five stories of 2013 | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Transparency and supply chain ethics - from supermarkets to smart phone producers - were strong themes on the supply chain hub in 2013
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5 sustainable supply chain stories of 2013 from around the globe. 

 

I think food supply/ingredients tracking is still going to be a prominent story in 2014 and beyond

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Is piracy possible on any object?

Is piracy possible on any object? | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it

The proliferation of 3D printing has opened the door to a world where, potentially at least, anything can be made at home and - in turn - anything can be pirated.

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According to this article "The Pirate Bay, found guilty of facilitating illegal downloads, has said that 3D printed items will be the next battlefield of piracy."

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Another Industrial Giant 3-D Prints Jet Engine Parts - DailyFinance

Another Industrial Giant 3-D Prints Jet Engine Parts - DailyFinance | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Another Industrial Giant 3-D Prints Jet Engine Parts DailyFinance Instead of buying the 60-70 additional printers that could cost upward of $1 million each to meet its annual production goals, GE has instead opted to invest "tens of millions" in...
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How long until we reach the tipping point when 3D printing for finsihed goods manufacturing becomes economically mainstream? What is this going to mean for the wider supply chain? Potentially, it may only mean small changes in material deliveries, but bigger changes in terms of inventory and emergency stock. More questions than answers so far, but personally I'm a big fan.

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What are the odds that by 2020 the two biggest logistics providers in the World are Amazon and Google

What are the odds that by 2020 the two biggest logistics providers in the World are Amazon and Google | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it

Google robots may pose challenge to Amazon drones

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According to the article, Google's robots could be paired with its self-driving car research to help automate the delivery of goods to people's doors.

It notes the company has recently begun a same-day grocery delivery service in San Francisco and San Jose, called Google Shopping Express.


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European logistics property investment set for bumper year after strongest ... - Property Magazine International

European logistics property investment set for bumper year after strongest ...
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You've landed a big contract – now what?

You've landed a big contract – now what? | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Winning a coveted place on a large organisation's supply chain is a boon to your business, but how can you adjust?
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Amazon Throws a Juicy Bone to the USPS | Chain Reactions

Amazon Throws a Juicy Bone to the USPS | Chain Reactions | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Just when you think it’s safe to consign the U.S.
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China manufacturing at 18-month high

China manufacturing at 18-month high | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
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eft Weekly Newsletter 13th February 2014 | EyeforTransport

eft Weekly Newsletter 13th February 2014 | EyeforTransport | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
As it is Valentine’s Day tomorrow, our gift to you is a bouquet full of supply chain content. There are some interesting short videos from the European Head of APL Logistics about diversity in the workplace and commoditization of logistics services and a re-cap of the relatively recent European 3PL Summit and CSCO Forum.
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Economic Growth – Where, When, How Volatile - What Does It Mean For Logistics? | EyeforTransport

Economic Growth – Where, When, How Volatile - What Does It Mean For Logistics? | EyeforTransport | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
I had planned to write about the favourable economic indicators that have been reported in many areas of the world in this week’s column. Just as I was finishing my research out popped the January ISM Manufacturing figures (http://www.cnbc.com/id/101384666) showing that U.S.
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José Angel Bocigas's curator insight, February 8, 4:03 AM

However:

 

+ economic growth= more sales = best logistics

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E-Fulfillment In The Developing World Requires Different Logistics Models

E-Fulfillment In The Developing World Requires Different Logistics Models | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
It is not news that the primary way that e-commerce goods are delivered in North America and Europe is by parcel.
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In many places in the developing world the traditional evolution of retail will differ from the experience of the developed world. Namely, that just like telecommunications in Africa for example, where the onset of mobile/cell phones resulted in landlines being leapfrogged by a superior more adaptable technology. there is a good chance that the out of town mega mall could also be leapfrogged by home delivery, especially when you link if with mobile commerce via cell phones.

 

The logistics infrastructure and strategy to enable this will be tough to achieve, and most likely unique to each settlement - maybe another use for those amazon drones when the land infrastructure is simply not there ;0)

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Supply Chain And Logistics Conferences To Attend in 2014

Supply Chain And Logistics Conferences To Attend in 2014 | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it

Great list of supply chain and logistics conferences to attend in 2014

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Naturally the 3PL Summit and CSCO Forum in Chicago, June 12-14 features ;0) I also speak each year at the CSCMP event.

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eyefortransport rebrands to ‘eft’ | EyeforTransport

eyefortransport rebrands to ‘eft’ | EyeforTransport | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it

eyefortransport is rebranding as ‘eft’, and launching the new format of it’s daily supply chain and logistics news portal, eft.com 

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A 3PL's Battle with Commoditisation -- Menlo's Solution -- AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

A 3PL's Battle with Commoditisation -- Menlo's Solution -- AMSTERDAM and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Menlo's Tony Gunn tackled the vexing issue facing many 3PLs today in his presentation at the eyefortransport's 3PL Summit in Amsterdam last week. Supported by a valued Menlo customer from the medical technology sector he concluded that open collaboration between shipper and 3PL creates long-term relationships that result in the most value for both parties
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Introducing O.W.L.S.

Introducing O.W.L.S. | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it

"A british bookstore responds to Amazon Drones with a fantastic new service......delivery by trained Owls"

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Make sure you spend 10 minutes to read all the comments, definately a friday afternoon activity

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China chasing U.S. lead in 3-D printing

China chasing U.S. lead in 3-D printing | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
U.S. manufacturers hoping to use 3-D printing technology to slash labor costs and bring some production back to the U.S. from China didn't foresee this: China is developing its own 3-D printing sector.
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Trucking Lags When it Comes to Adopting Social Media - Truckinginfo

Trucking Lags When it Comes to Adopting Social Media - Truckinginfo | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
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Trucking Lags When it Comes to Adopting Social Media
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Freight haulers are embracing social media but still not a much as other business-to-business companies, according to a new study.
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Amazon Unveils Futuristic Drone Delivery Plan | Supply Chain content from IndustryWeek

Amazon Unveils Futuristic Drone Delivery Plan | Supply Chain content from IndustryWeek | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Company CEO Jeff Bezos says he hopes to soon deploy an armada of mini-drones able to drop small packages at your doorstep.
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I think this technology may actually become very useful in the developing world. Using drones to say deliver small payloads of exepensive pharmaceuticals to rural communities with bad or non-existent transport infrastructure for example

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MTD's curator insight, December 2, 2013 11:39 AM

How practical will it be to have legions of drones flying about, delivering stuff? in one way of course it's 'so what' - we're already beset with delivery channels and vans, so it's just another one. In another way it feels like unnecessary, potentially disastrous - with the potential for huge fails, injuries, etc. The technology is of course there to make such drone in the millions. But what about coordinating and ensuring delivery? That's not just a complex problem, it's a complex problem with almost infinite nonlinear and dynamic variables. The IT to make this work, if it's more than just a stunt, almost requires AI just on its own. 

 

Or perhaps this is just the first chapter in 'drononomics' - and we will soon be seeing an upscaling of nonhuman physcial economics such as we've never imagined. 

 

 

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Amazon to Lease Poland's Largest Logistics Facility from Goodman

Amazon to Lease Poland's Largest Logistics Facility from Goodman | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
Amazon to Lease Poland's Largest Logistics Facility from Goodman
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WROCLAW, Poland, Nov.

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5 Reasons Not to Go Gaga Over 3D Printing

5 Reasons Not to Go Gaga Over 3D Printing | Supply Chain, Logistics & Freight Transport Analysis by Chris Saynor | Scoop.it
More excitable technological visionaries hail 3D printing as the next industrial revolution, but the three-decade old industry is smaller than you might think
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Mitchell Killmer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:16 PM

This article is about the flaws of 3D printers. I have not researched this topic too much but I agree with this article. It seems like everyone wants to have or try a 3D printer because they are new and exciting, but they are new, so they will have flaws. In the article it says you cannot make cars or planes out of this machine. That is true, but you can make a badge, and that is about it. I am not denying the fact that is new and exciting, I am just saying I would not spend my 2,000 dollars on this printer.

Florence G. Ruud's comment, November 14, 2013 2:36 PM
It's good to read also such kind of realistic comments when it comes to 3d printing. Yes, enthusiasm is a good thing, but I agree about several points. The devices are, at the moment, not only easy to use, slow, and look like the very first mobile phones ( the ones that were difficult to carry with you ;)<br>the size of the objects/pieces created are also quite an issue. But there is always room for improvement, however the system, the technology, the software, and in fact everything we use.<br>There are also many good points, let's face it, 3d printing is a technology we're going to use for a long time, intensively or not is our choice.