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Supply Chain & Logistics Recap

We hope you had a safe and happy 4th of July this week! It can be challenging working on a Thursday and Friday after an official Holiday because it feels like the weekend. Do you still have some free time this summer and looking for things to do? Here’s a bucket list for you in case you need some ideas!

  • July 4 Supply Chain. Here’s an interesting (and short) read about the intricacies that suppliers/vendors in the USA face for Independence Day celebrations across the United States. The National Retail Federation said $6.9 billion would be spent on food. Supply Chain 24/7 reports some interesting facts like:
    • 9 out of 10 adults will celebrate
    • 31 million will be traveling
    • 62% of people are planning a cookout or picnic
  • RFID Sensors? If you like keeping an eye on advances in technology that have been around, this report might be of interest. MIT News reported last month that researchers have been working on turning “passive RFID tags into sensors” that can be used over long periods of time without batteries or charging. For example, “RFID tag-antenna that changes the way it transmits radio waves in response to moisture content in the soil. The team also fabricated an antenna to sense signs of anemia in blood flowing across an RFID tag.” This means it could be used in a multitude of ways including checking patient glucose levels and carbon monoxide detecting.
  • Covenant to Acquire Landair Holdings of Greeneville, Tennessee. Covenant Transportation said Thursday, July 5, they were set to acquire Landair Holdings. The cost was reported to be $83 million in cash and Covenant assumes $15.5 million in their debt. FreightWaves and Yahoo reported that Landair’s “dedicated and logistics” aspects were at the “center of Covenant’s prepared statements on the acquisition. In their statement they said very little change would be noticeable to employees and clients.

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Published in July 2018

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