Kroger to speed order fulfillment with Ocado robotics | Advanced analytics give distributors a competitive edge | Walmart tests third-party logistics service
September 13, 2019
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Kroger to speed order fulfillment with Ocado robotics
A planned Kroger fulfillment center in Dallas will boast robotic technology from Ocado that will be able to fulfill a 50-item online grocery order in around seven minutes. "This partnership with Ocado gives us a capability to bring fresh food to the entire [Dallas-Fort Worth] market," Kroger Senior Vice President Robert Clark said.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Offering the best possible customer service using ERP
It is more important than ever for today's manufacturers and distributors to be able to deliver the seamless experience customers want — and ERP can get you there. Read this report to learn why ERP is key to customer experience, how other companies use ERP to drive success and why the time is now to adopt cloud ERP.
Innovation & Efficiency
Advanced analytics give distributors a competitive edge
Distributors that use commercial analytics tools have a sizable advantage over those that don't, writes Randy MacLean of WayPoint Analytics. "Advanced analytics give you the tools to turn the tables, giving you clarity and confidence in the decisions you need [to] make every day, so you can change things to get onto higher ground, and get your customers and profits back," MacLean writes.
Modern Distribution Management (9/12) 
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Walmart tests third-party logistics service
Walmart is testing a fee-based service for holding and shipping items for third-party vendors, according to Marc Lore, the company's US e-commerce chief. Following Amazon's lead by bringing third-party logistics in-house could prove to be a significant revenue generator for the retailer.
Transport Topics/Bloomberg (9/12) 
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Cobots are a growing market for warehouse use
Collaborative robots, or cobots, are being used more in warehouses for distribution and fulfillment to alleviate labor shortages, improve efficiency and ensure worker safety. The global market for cobots is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 44.5% over the next six years.
Supply Chain Dive (9/10) 
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Act with "existential confidence" to overcome doubts
A CEO's uncertainty can be contagious, and one way to combat this is by the mindset that Jim Selman and Dr. Srini Pillay call "existential confidence." "When you are existentially confident, you are less concerned about the probability of success, and you use language related to the possibility of your goals," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/12) 
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Look to inspire rather than command
"Megaphone" leaders spell out what they want their teams to do, while "mirror" leaders inspire employees to do their best by modeling what it takes to succeed, writes Molly Page. "Mirror leaders inspire introspection by individual contributors, and they trust that others can innovate and find solutions to the task at hand," she writes.
Thin Difference (9/12) 
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Regulations & Policy
China aims for more productive trade talks; Trump open to interim deal
Chinese officials are considering measures to make the next round of trade negotiations with the US more focused and productive, sources say. China reportedly might seek to set national security issues aside for separate discussions, increase US agricultural imports and offer easier US access to Chinese markets. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has indicated willingness to accept an interim agreement.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/12),  CNBC (9/12) 
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Democrats to review proposed US-Mexico-Canada trade deal
The Trump administration has forwarded revised proposals for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Democratic lawmakers for review. Democrats say they will scrutinize the proposals to see how they align with recommendations lawmakers submitted in July. Meanwhile, several business groups have urged a speedy resolution to the issue.
Reuters (9/11),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Business Update
Reverse logistics increases demand for warehouse space in N. America
The twin booms in e-commerce and returns have prompted higher demand for industrial real estate for reverse logistics in North America. Retailers will likely have to compete more for limited space due to Amazon's dominance, says Roelof van Dijk of CoStar Group.
Mortgage Broker News (Toronto) (9/12) 
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Amazon Air readies Dallas-area hub
Amazon Air will open a cargo hub in Fort Worth, Texas, next month that will be operated by 300 full-time employees, feature sorting services and operate daily flights. The facility will be part of the 26,000-acre Alliance Global Logistics Hub, an intermodal complex that includes highway and rail access.
Chain Store Age (9/12),  FreightWaves (9/12) 
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EDGE 2019 Kicks Off in Only 2 Days! There are 3 ways to participate.
1. Register for the full EDGE 2019 Conference and be part of supply chain's premier event™.
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3. Unable to get to Anaheim? Then register for one of three livestreamed MEGA sessions on Wednesday, September 18th. Go here to register for a live MEGA session.
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CSCMP's Mentorship Program Launches this October
CSCMP's Mentorship Program is designed to foster knowledge and connection through learning partnerships helping to evolve and bridge future supply chain leaders from one generation to the next. Whether you're looking learn and develop skills to advance your career, or you are seeking to share your expertise and strengthen your leadership skills, apply to participate!

This is a CSCMP Member benefit; you must be a member to participate. The application period is open from Aug. 26 - Sept. 30, 2019.
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