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Supply Chain & Logistic Recap

We have officially hit Fall in Atlanta, as our leaves have turned. The weather though, it unpredictable still. Seventy and warm within a few days of 40 degrees!

  • eSellerCafe posted 2017 Holiday shipping schedules for USPS, UPS and FedEx. In our age of technology, there will likely be “digital disruption” causing delays. Sourcing  Journals Online reports, “The Digital Age–new technologies, big data and the Internet of Things–will help reinvent the container shipping industry in coming decades. A new study from McKinsey, “Container Shipping: The Next 50 Years,” recommends that shipping companies should invest in digital technologies to differentiate their products, disintermediation of value chains, improve customer service, raise productivity and cut costs. ‘The risk is that tech giants and digital disruptors will capture most of the value from customer relationships by moving faster than incumbents,” the study said.”
  • City of Las Vegas worked on an experimental driverless electric-powered shuttle bus in partnership with the AAA of Northern California, Nevada & Utah and the transport company Keolis. So it started last week and crashed in it’s first hour of service.
  • There has been a lot of talk about container shipping and the size of them. This blog writer is reporting that the industry might be saying large container ships “shouldn’t” be built, that doesn’t mean they aren’t being built.  the trend is continuing. I’ve maintained all along that the cost savings just can’t be ignored, and big ships will continue, maybe getting even bigger. Now we see there’s not a reversal yet, despite the academics. These new ships will be in the range of 24000 containers.  Mike Wackett’s article does a good job of examining the tradeoffs and the actual geometry and stacking of the containers that’s contemplated. And see the followup piece below in the same journal the next day.
  • Here is the Course calendar from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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Published in November 2017

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