Hubs by Amazon is a last-step choice for delivery companies such as UPS, USPS and FedEx, and it moves Amazon into the logistics industry. The service is marketed toward residences and apartment buildings and allows all packages, even those not coming from the e-commerce company, to be left for pickup by customers.
Drones are starting to play a role in the supply chain, including in the yard and in improving inventory control, even if skepticism remains. "We believe you can trust the robot, but today, most customers using the solution prefer to see the exception before they update their [warehouse-management system]," says Matt Yearling, CEO of PINC.
Internet of things tools and big data are giving supply chain operators an unprecedented level of supply chain visibility, writes Dagny Dukach. "For example, manufacturers can use data analysis tools like SPC (Statistical Process Control) to identify outliers and improve the quality levels of their supply chain processes," Dukach writes.
Staying in the same role without learning is a career death sentence, even if it feels easier than taking a risk and learning new things, writes LaRae Quy. "It's essential that you realize your comfort zone is a tremendous enemy of peak performance," she writes.
The US Supreme Court ruled today that a state can require online sellers to collect sales taxes on purchases from that state, even if the seller does not have a physical presence there. In the court's written decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that earlier rulings on the issue were flawed.
The European Commission has approved tariffs on US goods in response to tariffs the US has imposed on steel and aluminum produced in the EU. The bloc will apply a 25% charge to about $3.2 billion in US goods starting Friday.
Imports at major US seaports are on track to grow 3.8% in the first half compared to the same period last year, according to NRF. Retailers are stocking up as consumer spending increases, along with uncertainty in the wake of the Trump administration's new tariffs on goods from China.
New US tariffs on goods from China could take a toll on the thriving ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handled $173 billion in Chinese imports last year, and retailers are looking at their supply chains to see if it makes sense to shift sourcing to other countries. "Not knowing where this administration is going to go or how they are going to get there is very concerning for folks," NRF's Jonathan Gold said.
SUPERVALU is offering a ready-to-use e-commerce system to the 3,000 independent groceries it supplies, as well as other retailers in 240 metropolitan areas. The system will allow stores that have not yet deployed their own online systems to offer shopping and delivery through Instacart.
Toronto-based restaurant chain Tim Hortons will invest $100 million to modernize its distribution system and open two new warehouses in Canada after franchisees complained recently about delivery delays. The company aims to finish making the improvements by 2020.
CSCMP's Latest Hot Topic -- What It Means to Become a "Shipper of Choice"
New ELD regulations for drivers are forcing all the partners in the supply chain ecosystem to adapt by working smarter and pushing harder to meet delivery deadlines. This CSCMP Hot Topic explores the best strategies to employ to become a preferred shipping partner.
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