Amazon announces 20 finalists for its 2nd headquarters | A look at independently controlled drones in warehouses | Robots are getting smarter and more mobile
January 19, 2018
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Amazon announces 20 finalists for its 2nd headquarters
Amazon announces 20 finalists for its 2nd headquarters
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Amazon has announced the 20 finalist cities as sites for its second headquarters. The list includes Atlanta, Indianapolis and three locations in Washington, D.C., and its suburbs.
USA Today (1/18) 
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Innovation & Efficiency
A look at independently controlled drones in warehouses
The possibility of multiple autonomous drones collaboratively transporting one object without GPS or external location services increases their potential usefulness in warehouses. Giuseppe Loianno of the University of Pennsylvania says the primary challenge is ensuring system stability despite each drone being independently controlled.
IEEE Spectrum online (1/15) 
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Robots are getting smarter and more mobile
Robots are getting smarter and more mobile
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The sale of robots in North America was up 14% in the first nine months of 2017, but automation additions to manufacturing are not the only trend. Robots such as Adam, which autonomously travels through the warehouse and accurately selects products from the shelves, are getting smarter and offering more mobility.
Supply Chain Management Review (1/17) 
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Leadership
Grace: A powerful leadership trait
A leader who exhibits grace, no matter the circumstances, will bring out the best in staff without causing fear, writes Chip Bell. Such leaders "know that humility is more powerful than vanity, concern is more influential than command," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (1/18) 
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How to stay agile during transitions
Employees often lose momentum when new leadership and its new directives come on board, so take the time to learn about each team's recent activity, writes Elizabeth Doty. "By taking the time to uncover what is happening on the ground now and affirming explicitly what you want to continue, stop, or start anew, you can dramatically reduce the reset effect," she writes.
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (1/16) 
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Regulations & Policy
Hopes of averting government shutdown fade
Hopes of averting government shutdown fade
McConnell (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The House has passed a stopgap measure to keep the government open after today, but Democratic opposition seems likely to prevent passage in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., didn't appear to have enough votes when the Senate adjourned late Thursday.
CNN (1/19),  The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/18),  Politico (1/19) 
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Senate Democrats holding up self-driving vehicle bill
Senior Democratic senators are blocking a vote on a bill intended to help the auto industry develop self-driving vehicles and put them on the nation's streets and highways. Critics including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are concerned about potential safety risks.
Recode (1/18) 
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Food industry forms new group to fight for NAFTA
More than 30 food producers, retailers and trade groups have banded together to form Americans for Farmers and Families. The coalition will advocate for continued US involvement in the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade deals.
The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (1/17) 
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Business Update
Supply chain experts share trend expectations for 2018
Supply chain experts believe that automation will gain traction in 2018 as will artificial intelligence. In this look at other trends for the year, industry experts also note that a continued move toward e-commerce, especially for luxury brands, will take place.
EBN (1/17) 
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Online groceries expected to hit $100 billion by 2025
Online groceries expected to hit $100 billion by 2025
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Online grocery sales are expected to reach $100 billion and account for 25% of the total market by 2025, according to a Nielsen study commissioned by FMI. Amazon's current share of that market is 18%, according to data from One Click Retail.
Forbes (1/18) 
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