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Innovation is producing solutions to megaship/megaport congestion problems

We’ve talked a lot here about the problems associated with megaship ocean carriers like Hanjin, not to mention the problems caused when ports attempt to expand to accommodate them. Shippers have to deal with unreliable schedules, or outright cancellations. And even if everything goes according to schedule, congestion at the port makes it extremely difficult to move goods onto road or rail transport options. And forget about shipping via midsize ports. They don’t have the capacity to handle the megaships. The whole situation has gotten beyond serious. It’s a mess.

Mastering Returns

It’s time to talk about returns because nowadays, returns are the make it or break it factor in staying competitive in our e-commerce marketplace. We want to know, what is your current returns process? How much of an impact do your returns have on your bottom line?

Uber brings Software to the Trucking Game

Uber Freight, the most talked-about truck brokerage in history even before it opened its doors, is finally up and running, connecting US shippers, trucking companies, and independent drivers through a mobile app not unlike Uber’s ride-share app, but not identical either. With dozens of start-up technology companies claiming the “Uber for trucking” title over the past few years, Uber wants to make it clear that “Uber Freight is the Uber for trucking,” Eric Berdinis, senior product manager for Uber Freight, said in an interview Wednesday.

The Slow Push toward Total Automation

“Over five million jobs will be lost by 2020 as a result of developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological change.” This is according to research by the World Economic Forum, which seems accurate considering recent decisions by Walmart and Amazon. Amazon has increased its robotic workforce by over 50% this year, and Walmart is currently automating 7,000 jobs. All of this has been coined the Fourth Industrial Revolution, representing the rise of the machine in the workforce.

Congestion at Karachi sea port due to containers strike

As the goods transporters’ strike entered its ninth day on Tuesday, there was no more space left at the port here to hold more containers. Since goods transporters have refused to carry goods from the ports to the markets, the containers stand full at Karachi International Container Terminal and Pakistan International Container Terminal.

The FDA on Food Imports

The quality and safety of imported food in America is often dependent on the importing company; the Federal law states the food importers, not the FDA are responsible for "ensuring that the products are safe, sanitary, and labeled according to U.S. requirements."  China is a perfect example of where the FDA finds itself spread thin, with its large number of small contributors to the food export market and very different food standards than the US.

Ralph Lauren and Supply Chain Visibility

Did you know wood pulp is a key ingredient in making some fabrics? Ralph Lauren has decided to make sure their wood pulp isn’t the product of human rights abuses and rainforest deforestation. The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has been campaigning since 2015 to increase awareness and has been trying to get major clothing brands to become more transparent with their supply chain’s, all of which has recently been paying off.

Apple: Project Titan

The Apple car seems to be real! Last December Steve Kenner dropped a huge hint when he sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If Apple does indeed enter the self-driving car market, you should expect to see an autonomous roadway much sooner than predicted; in fact as early as 2019. It’s hard to imagine such a titanic shift in such a short period. We are very interested in seeing how this plays out, and how we will be able to incorporate automation technology into our client's solutions.

Supply chain visibility

When you think of the concept of supply chain visibility, your first thought is probably about tracking deliveries. Or it might be about instant access to inventory data. And you probably think of the technologies that are used to make that information readily available.