For years, we’ve been telling anyone that will listen that packaging optimization is a must. “Get on board or you will get pushed out,” is the phrase we repeat to clients, competitors, investors and friends. Amazon is about to make this a lot more real. Is your company ready?
Mark your calendars and get ready. Cyber Monday 2018 will be on Monday, November 26th. Last year’s Cyber Monday was record breaking in online sales and shipping demand. The shopping window from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday can wreak havoc on the logistics industry which should expect to see another record break year in terms of volume and speed of orders through e-commerce engines.
Uber is one of the world’s most valuable companies with an estimated value of over $70 billion. How did it become the behemoth it is? By using a streamlined and simplified business model to disrupt an entire industry. Uberization—also known as the sharing economy—is now poised to transform the way we think about managing the supply chain.
Blockchain technology, including the idea of a digital shared ledger, has the potential to increase supply chain transparency and revolutionize supply chain auditing. Industry giants in tech and shipping such as IBM and Maersk are already deploying blockchain-based shipping systems that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time.
There are a lot of out-of-the-box solutions to the supply chain problems we face today. But let’s be clear, all of the latest tech is still, mostly aimed at solving the four main areas we already understand, packaging optimization, labor optimization, shipping optimization and warehouse optimization.
In this time of digital disruption, startups, social media and the Physical Internet, the biggest obstacle to success might be a lack of digital culture. I read three statistics recently that, when taken together, gave me some clarity about innovation in the supply chain, and where the stumbling blocks to change most likely are. I’m also more convinced than ever that there is a ton of low hanging fruit that you and your organization can take advantage of.
In response to advances in the tech sector, the movement toward using autonomous vehicles is quickly advancing. From the warehouse to the customer’s house, the future is rapidly moving toward automation and it is setting the stage for a major disruption to supply chain and logistics management.
Does the introduction of robots into supply chain management have you mystified? Separate the hype from the high-tech that should be on your radar. We take a look at how robotics, drone delivery, self-driving trucks and more are changing the supply chain so that you can make strategic investments without wasting time and money.
What effect does free shipping have on e-commerce and the rest of the supply chain industry? We look into what the biggest players are doing and how you can benefit.
With packaging optimization we can help you eliminate bottlenecks and streamline your supply chain, which will in turn speed up all of your processes. You can improve warehouse space, reduce touches and handling and so much more.