December 2, 2020
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Walmart+ removes shipping minimum for most deliveries
Walmart is waiving its $35 minimum order requirement for Walmart+ program members to get free shipping, though the new feature will not apply to grocery orders delivered from brick-and-mortar stores. Walmart rolled out the $98-per-year membership program in September, offering discounts and other perks that include using an app to scan and pay, and the new free shipping benefit will apply to clothing, electronics and other non-perishable items shipped through Walmart's fulfillment centers.
Full Story: CNN (12/2),  The Associated Press (12/2) 
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Innovation & Efficiency
Automation gives warehouse operators more flexibility in site selection while enabling supply chain enhancement, according to a Prologis report. Three trends are driving higher adoption of automation: absenteeism due to COVID-19, e-commerce demand and technology advancements.
Full Story: Logistics Management (free registration) (11/30),  Commercial Property Executive (11/30) 
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An exemption from federal restrictions on transporting dry ice was key to flying vaccines that require ultra-cold storage, making United's first COVID-19 vaccine flights possible as many airlines and shipping companies prepare for their crucial role in transporting, storing and distributing coronavirus vaccines. Alaska Airlines noted it has a unique position for "providing a key lifeline to ensure sensitive medical items make it to some of the most remote regions in our country."
Full Story: Business Insider (12/1),  FreightWaves/American Shipper (12/1),  KING-TV (Seattle) (12/1) 
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The long road to fully autonomous trucking
The development of Level 4 autonomous trucks will require advanced technology and infrastructure, as well as partnerships like the one between Daimler Trucks and Waymo. The gap between today's driver-assist technologies and full self-driving capabilities is "a huge chasm," and bridging it will require "a completely different development mindset," said Waymo CEO John Krafcik.
Full Story: Transport Topics (11/30) 
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Beverage producers such as Coca-Cola, Keurig Dr Pepper, Boxed Water and others are answering the call for more sustainable packaging by pursuing paper-based options, 100% rPET bottles and increasing the use of aluminum cans. Beverage packaging "becomes an integral part of the marketing plan" by helping brands grab the retail consumer's attention, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of research with Beverage Marketing Corp.
Full Story: Food Business News (free registration) (11/30) 
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Decide what you want to accomplish before 2020 ends, and decline activities that conflict with those goals, writes Lara Hogan. Saying "no" may upset people or make you feel like you're missing out, but you're "creating a path for you to truly get what you need: that thing you're optimizing for," she writes.
Full Story: Lara Hogan (11/30) 
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There are key differences between demanding and incompetent bosses, including how they give feedback and whether they can delegate without hovering, writes Maxim Dsouza. "If no one has walked up to you and appreciated you without a reason, you have failed to make a positive impact on your people," he writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (12/1) 
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See You in Atlanta for EDGE 2021!
Let's get together again! Supply Chian's Premier EventTM is heading to Atlanta, Georgia! CSCMP's EDGE Supply Chain Conference and Exhibition is an event like no other with unlimited opportunities to learn from industry experts. Register for EDGE today!
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What changed this year for retailers, best practices for 2021 and the role of data & analytics
As we look to 2021, retailers need to focus on planning for the future with strategies that meet both the immediate and long-term needs of their customers and maximize the potential of all their sales channels. Read SmartBrief's Q&A with Leslie Hand, group vice president, IDC Retail and Financial Insights
Regulations & Policy
The city of Las Vegas is mulling a bill that would let restaurants and grocers with off-premise liquor licenses use third-party services, like DoorDash or Uber Eats, to make alcohol deliveries. Under Las Vegas' current pandemic rules, grocers, restaurants and convenience stores must hire their own employees to make alcohol deliveries, which proprietors say is prohibitively expensive.
Full Story: KSNV-TV (Las Vegas) (11/30) 
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Business Update
The November Logistics Manager's Index reading of 70.8 was a slight contraction from 71.6 in October but also significantly greater than the 51.3 record low in April, according to the most recent report. LMI researchers attribute logistics industry growth to rising e-commerce activity, which they say is leading to record lows in warehouse and transportation capacity.
Full Story: CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly online (12/1) 
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As traditional cyberattacks become less successful, hackers are using new techniques such as "social engineering" attacks on supply chains, in which the fake message impersonates an executive or colleague before sending a malicious link. Organizations can use new natural language processing and computer vision technology in email security architectures to protect themselves from this cyber risk, writes Ian Baxter.
Full Story: Supply & Demand Chain Executive online (free registration) (11/24) 
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White paper: How Every Shipper Can Benefit From Modern Drop-And-Hook
Shippers and carriers love drop-and-hook freight for its speed and simplicity. In fact, the majority of US Fortune 500 shipments are sent through preloaded drop trailers. But traditional drop-and-hoop programs can't flex capacity in volatile markets, and they're typically only available to high-volume shippers in certain regions. Convoy has pioneered a new approach to drop that overcomes these challenges, providing nationwide capacity and flexibility for demand surges to shippers of all sizes. To learn more about modern drop-and-hook services, and how you can improve the efficiency of your freight, download this free white paper.
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Smarter Supplier Onboarding and Collaboration: An IBM Point of View -- A CSCMP Hot Topic
Your ability to collaborate effectively with the suppliers you have, while quickly onboarding new suppliers, is essential to driving competitive advantage in good times and being resilient when times are tough. The global pandemic is the ultimate example of what happens when companies in certain industries don't have visibility beyond tier 1 suppliers and can't quickly onboard new suppliers to address unpredictable but urgent business needs. Read this Hot Topic written by IBM Supply Chain Solutions to learn about Smarter Supplier Onboarding and Collaboration.
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